How do stem cells heal?

When a baby is conceived, stem cells give rise to every cell and tissue in the body. Stem cells have the ability to develop into many different cell types in the body. Muscle cells, ligament cells, cartilage cells – the list goes on. These cells will remain within the body throughout a lifetime. The volume and potency of these stem cells though lessen with age. In a newborn, stem cells account for one out of every 10,000 cells in the body. By the time that newborn grows into a teenager that number drops to one out of every 100,00 cells in the body. By the time they reach the age of 80, the number of stem cells in the body decreases to one out of every 2 million cells. Ever notice how children heal so much more quickly than we do as adults? This plays a large role.

Researchers have long sought the best and most ethical means of obtaining the most potent stem cells for the treatment. While there is an option to ‘move’ existing stems cells from one area of the adult body to another – this process is much longer and more involved for the patient. There is a better way of obtaining the most potent stem cells. A way to utilize the stem cells found in something which was thought to no longer be of use and cast aside.

Advancements in stem cell research have shown the blood left in the umbilical cord of a healthy, live birth contains an incredibly rich and complex combination of growth factors, proteins and stem cells. This provides a highly active regenerative mixture. While vital for their survival in the womb, newborns no longer have need for their umbilical cords once they are born. There was a time the cords were just discarded as medical waste. While it is still an option to discard the cord, there is now also the option for parents to save or donate the cord blood from their healthy child. The resulting stem cells also possess immune privileged properties. This means the recipient of these stem cells does not need to find a perfect ‘match’ or donor blood time as would be required for a successful organ transplant.

When a disease or injury strikes, stem cells respond to specific signals and set about to facilitate the healing process by differentiating into specialized cells and releasing healing growth factors required for the body’s repair. After a patient undergoes stem cell therapy and the new stem cells are injected into the body – amazing things begin to happen. The potent infusion of stem cells immediately ‘go to work’ once injected and begin the powerful healing process. Stem cells also have an added benefit called ‘Paracrine Signaling’ or have the ‘nursing affect’. This is where the stem cells prompt your own existing cells to increase in function and help out as well.

While there is no ‘sure thing’ when it comes to healing, stem cell therapy offers an alternative where the body has a chance to heal itself. At clinic, such as Brandon Stem Cell Clinic, a candidacy evaluation is performed by the doctor prior to authorizing therapy. This is done to verify the specific disease or injury suffered by the patient has seen improvement in similar cases in past patients. Please visit our Conditions Treated page to see the most commonly treated diseases and injuries or sign up for one of our webinars or local seminars to get even more information.