How Stem Cells Work
When learning about how stem cells work, it is important to know that stem cells are the foundation of all growth and regeneration in your body. All cells eventually can trace their origins back to stem cells. A stem cell can renew itself through cell division or differentiate itself into any other type of cell in your body. Through the production of collagens and amino acid chains known as peptides, the stem cells can create proteins that act as growth factors in your body, causing cells that have been damaged by injury or the effects of aging to renew themselves. Stem cells are therefore not only the mechanisms of traditional growth in your body since before you were born, but they are also the means by which your body can repair or replace tissues without invasive, artificial replacements or pain treatments that simply mask the problems.
Stem cells can be derived either from adults or from the Wharton’s jelly found in donated umbilical cords. In adults, stem cells can be harvested either from adipose tissue or from bone marrow. Both of these extraction methods are relatively invasive, but do ensure that the cells originate within the subject’s own body, cutting down on immunosuppression. The cells are produced so that the body can regenerate tissues and keep itself in good maintenance as a machine. Another type of stem cell is Wharton’s Jelly derived mesenchymal stem cells. These are harvested from a substance called Wharton’s jelly found within donated umbilical cords. This process avoids ethical concerns typically associated with the use of stem cells, and guarantees that these particular cells are free from the effects of aging that can affect adult harvested stem cells.
Our Doctors Use Mesenchymal Stem Cells Derived From Wharton’s Jelly
Normally, mesenchymal stem cells that are injected for therapeutic purposes are in exactly the form in which they were extracted. Rules in the United States prevent doctors and labs from letting the cells expand and reproduce before the injection, so only about a million are present in each injection. Because the Infinity Medicina Regenerativa clinic is not subject to these rules, we can let the cells do what they do best: renew and regenerate and multiply BEFORE the introduction into the patient. This results in a much more powerful therapeutic application of the power of these cells.
What Are Stem Cells Used For?
Stem cells have a great many uses within your body, essentially all being traced back to their primary natural functions. Because stem cells can reproduce themselves or differentiate themselves into other types of cells, they can promote growth and healing within the body. While there is no guaranteed approach to turning back the aging clock, stem cell therapy can be used to reset tissues that have suffered damage, which is the primary source of many problems associated with aging. The growth factors and cytokines produced by the stem cells stimulate the body’s existing cells and can lead to them completely replacing themselves with new cellular material.
Whether we are talking about tissue damage from injury or joint pain resulting from the effects of time wreaking havoc on our bodies, stem cells have the potential to push the reset button and help these tissues replace themselves. The stem cells encourage targeted tissues to repair and renew themselves by regrowing the cells that make them up. If you have damaged or missing tissues due to injury or simple degradation due to aging, stem cell therapy can help restore your body to a state before the pain and free you to live the active, productive, and healthy life you deserve. Understanding how stem cells work will help you make the best informed decision for your health.