Stem cells have been at the forefront of medical research in recent years. This regenerative medicine has been heavily researched for treating a wide range of conditions, from autoimmune disease to sports injuries.
Many tissue types within the body contain stem cells. They have the potential to regenerate and transform into many different cell types. Some types of stem cells can be genetically reprogrammed to create what’s known as induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC), which can divide indefinitely and transform into virtually any cell type, including muscles, bones, and other tissue types.
The most commonly used stem cell today is the mesenchymal stem cell. These can be sourced from one’s own body from the adipose (fat) tissue, bone marrow tissue, or donated umbilical cord-derived tissue (Wharton’s Jelly).
What Can Stem Cell Therapy Treat?
Stem cells regenerate into daughter cells, which can either self-replicate or form new cell types. These cells are therefore well-positioned to treat a wide range of degenerative conditions, including Multiple Sclerosis and ALS. In addition, they’re used to treat musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, and certain autoimmune diseases.
Stem cells also help scientists test the effectiveness of new drugs. These versatile cells allow researchers to observe how cells can mutate and grow under certain circumstances.
What Are the Benefits of Stem Cells?
Stem cells offer a wide range of benefits to patients who receive them. Some reported are:
- Prevent or delay unwanted surgery
- Has the ability to help slow the progression of one’s condition
- Help manage and improve symptoms such as mobility, bladder control, improved sleep, lessen chronic pain, and improve energy
While stem cell therapy cannot be considered a cure-all, for many conditions that are challenging to treat, this regenerative treatment could make considerable improvements in patients’ lives.
This post was written by a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine for multiple sclerosis, also known as stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.