23 Jul Stem Cells for Autoimmune Disorders
Stem cell research has continued to show promise in the efficacy of stem cell therapy. As a result, stem cells are now being considered for the treatment of a wide range of ailments, not strictly pain. Recently, the idea of stem cells being used to treat autoimmune disorders has been tested and shown to be effective. Autoimmune disorders occur when the body’s natural defense system begins attacking itself. While it is not clear what really causes autoimmune disorders, stem cells have been shown to be effective in lessening autoimmune disorder symptoms.
Some of the more popular autoimmune disorders include multiple sclerosis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating condition where the body’s immune system attacks the fatty covering around nerve fibers. These fatty coverings insulate the nerve and allow for rapid transmission of nerve impulses. As this fatty covering is destroyed, transmission becomes slower, thus affecting the person’s ability to think, talk, and perform basic functions necessary for life. According to various studies, 74% of multiple sclerosis patients showed significant improvement with their condition after being treated with stem cell therapy.
Lupus is another autoimmune disease that has shown promise with stem cell therapy. Lupus occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own organs and tissues. This can be everything from skin to joints, to blood cells to the heart. It is a common disease and can be life-altering. People who suffer from lupus often feel fatigue and major joint pain. After treatment with stem cells, lupus patients at the 5-year follow up showed 50% with no signs of the disease.
The Regenerative Stem Cell Institute uses a National Investigational Review Board Approved protocol for harvesting stem cells and treating patients suffering from autoimmune disorders. These stem cells are unique in that they are harvested from fat in the patient’s own body. Typically, liposuction is done around the abdomen and adipose stem cells are extracted from the fat obtained from the patient. The procedure takes about 3-4 hours.
Using the patients own stem cells is ideal because the risk of rejection or infection from outside cells is eliminated. In addition, adipose tissue contains a significantly higher amount of stem cells. In general, the more stem cells that are present, the better results the patient will see. Utilizing adipose stem cells to treat patients suffering from autoimmune disorders has proven to be a very effective treatment option.
Previously, those suffering from autoimmune disorders have had very few treatment options to choose from. Medication to control symptoms can be costly, ineffective, and typically does not treat the underlying cause of the disorder. Advances in medicine and stem cell therapy have allowed stem cells to be a viable option for those suffering from autoimmune disorders. Stem cell therapy allows for an effective treatment of the underlying condition as opposed to just the symptoms. It is important to consult with a physician before undergoing any kind of stem cell therapy. Stem cell therapy treatment for autoimmune disorders can help those suffering live a much better quality of life.