Cellular therapy is fast becoming a standard therapy in many regenerative clinics today. Many doctors are no longer questioning the safety and effectiveness of stem cell therapy. This is because various stem cell studies are already describing the benefits of stem cells for patients who are living with chronic and autoimmune health conditions.
This article will be talking about why stem cell therapy have become a standard therapy in clinics, the paracrine effect of stem cells, and other reasons why doctors are adopting stem cells in their clinics.
Benefits of stem cell therapy
Stem cell therapy is an important innovation in medicine because of its regenerative power in the human body. Most disease states are characterized by damaged cells, tissues and organs, which is where stem cell therapy comes in. In stem cell therapy, stem cells are administered into the human body and it replaces the cells damaged by disease or health disorders.
Stem cell research has revealed two major ways of using stem cells to rebuild defective and damaged cells. One of these ways can be seen in procedures like bone marrow transplant, where stem cells are used to replace the damaged cells by engraving, and they then differentiate into the proper cell type. Another mechanism relies on the paracrine effect of stem cells. This procedure of stem cell therapy involves using stem cells isolated from a donor to stimulate the patient’s cells to repair damaged tissues.
Additionally, unlike traditional therapy, stem cells have a wide application. Stem cell therapy is used to manage various degenerative diseases, autoimmune disorders, birth defects, and the research is still ongoing for so many other health conditions where stem cells have shown potential.
Also, there is currently a high demand for aesthetic medicine. Stem cell therapy is a proven alternative to other forms of cosmetology such as plastic surgery. Hence, dermatologists are turning to stem cell therapy to administer anti-aging procedures, skin rejuvenation, hair therapy, micro-needling etc.
The Paracrine effect of stem cells
The paracrine effect of stem cells is one of the most outstanding effects of stem cells. It involves using donor cells to stimulate endogenous repair by harnessing the regenerative power of the human body. It is a mechanism of tissue regeneration that has created new possibilities for managing various conditions using stem cell therapy.
The cells that trigger a paracrine response are; mesenchymal cells, umbilical cord blood, umbilical cord tissue, adipose (fat) tissue and blood cells from a donor’s bone marrow.
The paracrine effect occurs when the donor’s cells send the damaged or defective cells signals to induce self regeneration and repair by secreting some factors and proteins. One of the mechanism by which this paracrine effect is initiated, involves the secretion of cytokines and regulatory proteins by the damaged patient’s cells, these cytokines and proteins act as mediators to stimulate an immune response that attracts the donor cells, this causes the donor cells to release proteins and factors that stimulate the patient’s cells to promote cell proliferation, increase vascularization and blood flow to the areas that needs to heal, while reducing inflammation.
Moreover, research has shown that the paracrine effect of stem cells prevents damaged and diseased cells from dying. They are also therapeutically useful in autoimmune diseases and preventing transplant rejection due to the immune suppression effect they have.
Is stem cell therapy effective?
Doctors are always looking for ways to provide the best possible treatment to their patients, and that is why many clinics are embracing stem cell therapy as a standard, due to its many advantages.
Stem cell therapy is one of the most effective and safest therapy patients can receive, when compared to other existing treatment options. Stem cell therapy is used in promoting patient outcomes in a lot of disease conditions that were previously poorly treated by other alternatives.
Again, as new potentials and ways of applying stem cells are being discovered, doctors are beginning to maximize these benefits in their clinics. Some conditions that are currently treated by stem cells include autoimmune conditions, immunotherapy Car-T cells, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, neurodegenerative conditions, osteoarthritis, spinal cord injury, aesthetics/anti-aging, sports medicine, autism and multiple sclerosis.
Another reason clinics are adopting stem cell therapy as a standard therapy is because it is easy to administer. A lot of machines such as GCELL which makes the harvesting and processing of stem cells easy and fast, have made the procedures easily adaptable by doctors.
Furthermore, stem cell therapy reduces the treatment and recovery time associated with surgical procedures and other treatment options. This alone is a big factor in why stem cells are becoming a standard therapy in clinics.
Therapeutic uses of stem cells vs traditional medicine
Existing stem cell research has shown how the regenerative effect of stem cells is defining the future of medicine. The major advantage of stem cell therapy over conventional medication-based therapy is its safety. Stem cell therapy is aimed at treating the cause of the disease while traditional medicine targets the symptoms.
Another problem with traditional medical therapy is that it introduces another problem while trying to solve the existing one. As a doctor, you always run the risk of causing harm with each prescription because of various adverse effects that could lead to major organ damage of the kidney, liver etc. On the other hand, patients already know this and they are actively seeking better alternatives, this is why stem cell therapy is fast becoming a standard therapy in clinics.
Moreover, doctors will always be concerned about whether their patients are taking their medications or not. The burden of drug compliance and adherence associated with traditional medical therapy is not always easy to navigate. This is why effective treatment options like stem cell therapy have become a standard therapy in clinics. It only requires the patients having a procedure that repairs and restores damaged cells and tissues in the most natural way.
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