Stem cell therapy is progressively changing the face of medicine today. Due to the distinctive and special qualities that stem cells have for helping grow and regenerate tissue, doctors who specialize in regenerative medicine are discovering new ways to use stem cells to treat various conditions. Considering how useful they are, one of the most amazing things about stem cell therapy is actually where they come from.
Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine, referring to a variety of treatments that assist the body’s natural ability to heal itself, replace, restore, and regenerate damaged and diseased tissue due to degenerative conditions or injury. New healthy tissue develops to repair the body, improving overall health, function, and mobility.
Today, adult stem cells are being used to treat many injuries and conditions, such as joint pain, arthritis, cancer, sprains and strains, fractures, and more. They are even proving helpful for low libido and autoimmune disorders.
Our body is made up of more than 200 types of cells. Stem cells are special and defined by what they have the ability to do. Adult stem cells can divide or self-renew in the body, enabling them to multiply and adapt where needed. The reason that stem cells are called “specialized cells,” is that they each have their own task, and can differentiate or become whatever type of cell they need to, and go where they are needed, in order to heal the degenerated unhealthy tissue, and help the body continues to regenerate and heal itself, allowing the body to function again at its optimal level.
As mentioned before, there are a variety of stem cells that come from different places in your body and serve a multitude of functions. Scientists are discovering that many tissues and organs contain a small number of adult stem cells that help maintain them. Adult stem cells are the most common, and these are the type of stem cells utilized at National Stem Cell Centers. Also called mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), these are found most commonly in bone marrow and fat (adipose cells). As well, stem cells are also found in the brain, skeletal muscle, teeth, liver, embryo, blood vessels, and the fetus. Although, the most common and least invasive stem cell retrieval comes from areas of stored body fat. When injected into the site of injury, or where degeneration has occurred due to disease or aging, these stem cells work with the local tissue cells to help build, produce, and create new healthy cells and connective tissue, to promote regeneration and healing.
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