The Future of Treatment: Stem Cell Therapy to Cure Autoimmune Diseases
- What are Autoimmune Diseases?
Autoimmune diseases are characterized as conditions in which the patient’s immune system—the system in our bodies that protects our body from foreign and potentially harmful substances, cells, and tissues—generates and produces cellular and antibody responses to substances and cells that are normally found in the body. This might be restricted to only one organ in the body, or involve a particular tissue in various places. As a result of this immune response, harmful damage to different organs in the body occurs.
- What are Stem Cells?
Stem cells are a body’s raw materials or cells from which all other cells with their specialized functions are generated or produced. Under the right conditions, these stem cells can divide into other stem cells, or even produce daughter cells. These daughter cells, then, can either become new stem cells—a process called self-renewal—or become specialized cells with a specific function or purpose—a process called differentiation.
There are different types of stem cells, depending on their source. Embryonic stem cells are those cells that come from embryos about 3-5 days old. These cells are pluripotent, which means that they are very versatile and can easily divide or produce other stem cells, or specialized cells. Adult stem cells are not so common and can be found in an adult body’s bone marrow or fat. Compared to embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells are not so versatile.
- How can stem cells help to treat autoimmune diseases?
Autoimmune conditions are currently being treated with immune suppressive agents such as steroids, infliximab (Remicade), or even gold. Albeit being able to provide temporary improvement and results, however, these approaches possess the ability of long-term adverse effects, which can lead to the need for life-long treatment.
Stem cell therapy has continuously demonstrated to have the ability to induce profound healing activity in animals with various forms of autoimmune disorders. Aside from healing damaged tissues, stem cells also have the unique ability to modulate the immune system in order to shut off its self-attack immune responses, while still preserving its ability to fend off diseases and foreign substances.
Stem cells also have the ability to produce anti-inflammatory agents, which can help in treating and preventing inflamed tissues. Additionally, stem cells induce the production of T regulatory cells, which are a type of immune cell that functions to protect the body against self-attack.
- Where can you find stem cell therapy in Las Vegas, NV?
Regenerative Cell Institute is leading the way in the practice of Stem Cell Therapy is one of the original innovators of regenerative medicine in Nevada. Through our doctors’ expertise in stem cell therapy procedures and stem cell extraction techniques, we are able to perform the most precise treatments for various diseases and conditions.
We also provide platelet-rich plasma or PRP Therapy in Iowa which is used to treat and prevent various discomforting conditions—overall helping to improve the quality of life.