How Does Stem Cell Therapy Work?
There has been a lot of hype on the effectiveness of stem cell therapy in treating several health complications in the past. If you have ever heard of this therapy, you may be wondering how it works and whether is effective at what it is said to achieve. Stem cells naturally occur in the human body and help the various tissues heal, repair and develop throughout one’s life. Historically, stem cells were only extracted from adult bone marrow, but may be obtained from various parts of the patient’s body today, including the adipose/fat tissue on the upper abdomen. So, how does the stem cell therapy work?
Extraction and Isolation of Stem Cells
Following extraction of stem cells from the parts mentioned above, they are isolated from the fat cells using a centrifuge machine. As the centrifuge spins at a high speed, it concentrates the most valuable substances, including about seven growth factors that occur naturally in the human body. it is this concentrated sample of stem cells that is administered to the same patient the sample was extracted from to treat an array of health conditions.
The sample of concentrated stem cells is directly injected into the affected tissues in the patient’s body. Following administration, the natural growth factors found in the stem cells trigger the formation and growth of new skin, connective and muscle tissues in the affected area. So, what makes stem cells effective at rejuvenating body tissues? Stem cells have several characteristics that attribute to their healing abilities, some of which include:
- They contain an array of natural growth factors, which accelerate the natural healing response by the patient’s body.
- Stem cells are ‘unspecialized’ body cells, hence may be extracted from almost any part of the body, isolated and then injected into any other part of the body to help with the healing process.
- The cells reproduce very quickly and continue offering their healing benefits long after the injection.
Since stem cells are unspecialized, they can divide and become any other type of body cell. This is very beneficial when it comes to growing a new tissue to replace an injured or damaged tissue in your body. Since the therapy used a concentrated sample of stem cells from your own body, stem cell therapy is less likely to lead to any side effects.