Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing, renewing or engineering human cells, tissues, organs, proteins, etc. for the purpose of restoring function and homeostasis in the body. Stem cells are one component of regenerative medicine.
What Are Stem Cells?
Stem Cells are undifferentiated cells in our bodies that have the capacity to change into any healthy cell in our body. Meaning they can change into skin, bone, heart and muscle cells to name a few. Stem cells are located throughout our body in almost every organ and tissue such as bone marrow, fat, teeth, muscles, etc. However, as other cells in our body, stem cells also age as we do.
How Do Stem Cells Function?
Stem cells have the capacity to migrate to injured tissues, a phenomenon called homing. This occurs by injury/disease signals that are released from the distressed cells/tissue. Once stem cells are delivered to a site of injury or deployed into the blood stream, they go to these distressed signals and dock onto adjacent cells to commence performing their job.
- They serve as a cell replacement where they change into the needed cell type, such as a muscle cell. This is ideal for traumatic injuries and orthopedic applications.
- They dock on an adjacent cell and release proteins called growth factors, cytokines and chemokines. These factors help control many aspects such as:
- Control the immune system and regulate inflammation which is a key mediator of diseases of aging and autoimmune diseases..
- Help to increase new blood vessel formation which aids in adding vasculature so that tissues can receive proper blood flow and the correct nutrients needed to heal.
- Provide trophic support for surrounding tissues and help host endogenous repair.
Wellife Center uses only ethically derived regenerative medicine products. There is no pain for the patient as there is no extraction or procedure required to obtain the stem cell-based product. Moreover, the product contains no known proteins that can cause a rejection in the patient.