Treating Autoimmune Disease?
Stem cell therapy continues to show even greater promise and more possible uses. Those with autoimmune diseases may benefit since the cells and tissues of the body that are either low in number or damaged can be regenerated with this therapy.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are categorized as undifferentiated, making it possible for them to differentiate into specialized cell types. This means that they are capable of developing into various cell types in the body. With this therapy, stem cells are harvested and then injected into specific areas of the body. They signal existing cells to go to work and alleviate inflammation by naturally releasing anti-inflammatory elements.
Why Consider Stem Cell Therapy for Autoimmune Diseases?
This therapy has been shown to promote healing activity with an array of autoimmune disorders. The cells work to heal damaged tissue, as well as modulate the immune system, making it possible to essentially turn off pathological responses while preserving the immune system’s ability to fight off disease. The stem cells go to areas where inflammation resides and start to produce anti-inflammatory agents. They do not suppress the total immune response, but instead act locally. Stem cells also help to trigger T regulatory cell production. These are immune cells that work to prevent immunological self-attack.
Stem Cell Therapy Benefits for Autoimmune Diseases
Those with an autoimmune disease can still experience symptoms and relapses even when taking their medications and undergoing other traditional treatments. This can make it difficult to live a productive life. With stem cell therapy, there are several benefits for those with these conditions:
- Not all patients respond well to drugs and traditional therapies, so seeking out alternatives, such as stem cell therapy, can give them other avenues to improve their quality of life.
- The side effects from medications can sometimes be harsher than the disease itself, but stem cell therapy does not cause the drug side effects many patients experience.
- This therapy offers anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as the ability to regenerate and repair damaged tissue without inhibiting the immunesystem like drug treatments do.
- The therapy is specifically targeted, so it does not have a negative impact on the total body like the medications used for autoimmune diseases.
Non-Surgical Stem Cell Therapy
Non-surgical stem cell therapy is approved by the FDA. It involves injecting the stem cells into the body using a needle, making it a minimally invasive procedure. The purpose is to restore the body back to optimal function. Patients receive individualized care and treatments that are tailored to them. Traditional autoimmune treatments are largely focused on reducing symptoms and relapses. This therapy is regenerative and goes deeper to target the underlying issue.
Traditional autoimmune therapies are focused on essentially dampening the immune system, leaving the patient vulnerable to infection. Stem cell therapy is focused on not hindering the immune system, but instead taking those misguided cells and restoring their normal function. The following autoimmune diseases can benefit from this therapy:
This condition affects the central nervous system, resulting in nerves deteriorating, and eventually, experiencing permanent damage.
The lining of the joints experience damage which can lead to joint deformity and bone erosion.
Almost all areas of the body can be damaged by the inflammation associated with lupus, potentially resulting in complications, such as kidney, blood vessel, lung, brain and heart damage.
Connective tissues are affected by this condition. One of the most prominent manifestations is hardening of the skin.
The digestive tract becomes inflamed, which can cause an array of symptoms, such as severe diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal pain and malnutrition.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this therapy cause pain?
There are no invasive procedures included with the injectable stem cell therapies. This makes it possible for shorter procedure duration and less discomfort.
Will the body reject the stem cells?
For this therapy, the stem cells come from placenta and umbilical cord tissue. This eliminates the risk of rejection issues because the body does not recognize these stem cells as foreign. The babies these come from are screened for infectious disease and born healthy.
Is stem cell therapy the same as platelet rich plasma?
No, the two are different procedures. With platelet rich plasma, platelets are separated from the patient’s blood and then re-injected to promote tissue healing. With stem cell therapy, platelets are used in conjunction with the stem cells. Stem cell therapy offers regenerative abilities to aid the body in healing the underlying cause of an injury or illness.