Thanks in large part to advances in modern medicine, we now have solutions to many common illnesses and diseases. Stem cell therapy has become one of the most evolutionary treatment options for people suffering from a wide range of conditions. When first introduced, many were confused by stem cell therapy and thought it wasn’t for them. However, over the years, we have learned just how beneficial stem cell therapy is. Not only has stem cell therapy saved countless lives, but it holds an incredible amount of future potential to help those with many different health complications.
Before we look at three things we think everyone should know about stem cell therapy, let’s break down what, exactly, it is. Stem cells can be found in many different parts of the human body. They are very unique cells in that they have the ability to transform and develop into other types of cells. You can think of them as the body’s internal healing system if you will. Stem cell therapy works by dividing the cells into two daughter cells, one of which becomes another stem cell, continuing to reproduce many times over. The other daughter cell becomes a more specialized cell used for healing and rebuilding the body. Now that we know what stem cell therapy is, let’s go over three facts everyone should know:
Different Cells Do Different Things
As we touched on briefly, different types of stem cells can perform various duties and functions, depending on where the cells came from inside the body. We are still learning a lot about the capabilities of stem cells, but we do know that tissue-specific stem cells can promote healing, whereas blood-forming stem cells can work to regenerate the cells in the blood.
Given this information, it is important you understand that not all stem cells are created equal. Unfortunately, many clinics offer treatments with stem cells that are not accurate or of quality. Here at Texas Partners Healthcare Group, we strive to ensure our patients understand exactly what treatment they are undergoing, including the benefits and side effects. We offer the highest quality treatment options available and are happy to answer any questions you may have.
Lots of Diseases Can be Cured with Stem Cells
The more we learn, the more people we can help. As we continue to conduct research about stem cells, we have learned just how significant they are. Many believe there is no limit to what stem cells can do. As of right now, this is a list of some of the diseases stem cell therapy can treat:
- Spinal cord injury
- Heart disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Lou Gehrig’s disease
- Lung diseases
- Sickle cell anemia
- Organ failure
There Are Different Types of Stem Cell Treatments
Last but certainly not least, understanding that there are many different types of stem cell treatments is a must. Stem cells are specific to the different types of tissues, no manipulation necessary. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that there are various types of stem cell therapies out there, including:
- Embryonic stem cells
- Non-embryonic (adult) stem cells
- Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCSs)
- Cord blood stem cells
- Amniotic fluid stem cells
- Bone marrow stem cells