When disease or trauma damage some organ in our body, ideal treatment would be a complete replacement for the new, healthy tissue. This, however, isn’t possible, but the closest we’ve got to that is with stem cell therapies. This field is constantly developing and stem cell research advancements are being reported every once in a while. Unfortunately, numerous clinics offer stem cell treatments, but the matter is filled with false claims that are not supported scientifically. Thus, here are nine facts to know about stem cell treatments.
Few approved treatments, in spite of stem cell research advancements
Although stem cells researches are being conducted worldwide, the truth is that only a restricted group of diseases is being successfully treated by stem cells therapy. The most utilized is blood stem cell transplantation that restores blood and immune system disorders. Some skin, bone and eye conditions are suitable for this cure as well.
Stem cell therapy is not uniform treatment
There’s no one stem cell treatment that will cure unrelated diseases. There are two types of stem cells in our body: embryonic and tissue related stem cells. The second type remains throughout a lifetime, but has limited potential and is applicable solely to the organ from which it originates.
You can’t just insert stem cell and get a result
Most people have a false impression that stem cells are omnipotent and all it takes is for doctors to implement them at the damaged place and the cells will do the rest. This is false. Scientists use a large number of methods to “teach” stem cells to act in the desired way.
Your stem cells aren’t necessarily safe for you
Theoretically, stem cells originate from your body, but once they’ve been taken out and subjected to dozens of lab manipulations, there are chances that your immune system would reject them after stem cells therapy.
Keep in mind procedure risks
Every medical procedure carries risks, so does this one. The stem cells could come infected, there’s a risk of bleeding after surgery, the risk of additional tissue being damaged while injecting stem cells and finally – the risk of cells starting to grow out of control causing cancer.
Experiments are not clinical trials
Regardless of the fact that even clinical trials are testing the effects of the therapy, these treatments are conducted in a controlled environment under strict medical conditions. This is not equal to subjecting yourself to experimental treatment offered in some clinics.
Stem cell treatment may be for a lifetime
Opposite to widely present belief that once conducted stem cell therapy will restore your damaged tissues, the truth is that stem cells are actually drugs just like any other medicine and are often applied for a lifetime in regular periods.
Check the facts and trust future medicine
Two facts to always keep in mind. Accept only carefully checked and scientifically approved treatments conducted in specialized medical centers. Also, be aware that this field of medicine is rapidly progressing, thus the options you are offered today are not the end of the road for stem cell treatment.