Autoimmune disorders seem to be on the rise, from Crohn’s and AIDS to lupus and multiple sclerosis.
Fortunately, medical researchers are constantly working on new treatments for autoimmune diseases and because of that, there are now more treatment options than ever, such as stem cell treatment for autoimmune diseases. Stem cells have proven to be very useful in helping patients with a wide variety of autoimmune conditions, and researchers continue to devote lots of time and resources to developing treatments in this area.
How Treatment Works
When used in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, stem cells are essentially charged with the task of replacing the affected person’s natural immune system. People with autoimmune disorders cannot fight the disease, as their body does not recognize the disease as an invader and does not fight it off. Instead, the immune system destroys itself, not the disease, leaving the body’s defenses weakened and seriously compromised.
Stem cell treatment provides new cells to replace the damaged, diseased or defective cells. These cells divide and replicate very quickly, often as fast as two weeks and they can also stimulate the regeneration of blood components in the bone marrow that have been damaged by treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. Stem cell treatment replaces the body’s immune system with a new one, which works against a virus’ ability to damage the body’s cells.
In essence, stem cell treatment gives you a new immune system that functions the way your own cannot.
Also known as regenerative medicine, stem cell treatment (or stem cell therapy) promotes the body’s ability to repair injured or dysfunctional tissue through the use of stem cells. It is like the next generation or reincarnation of organ transplantation, but instead of transplanting entire organs, the process uses stem cells in the “transplantation” process.
Stem cells can be manipulated to function like a variety of different types of cells as necessary, such as blood cells, nerve cells, or muscle cells. Those specialized cells can then be implanted into a person’s body.
Although stem cell treatment has come a long way and continues to evolve, it’s not effective in every case. Your doctor can determine whether stem cell treatment is right for you.
It’s important to know that although there is still no cure for things like MS, Crohn’s or AIDS, but stem cell treatments have been shown to reduce symptoms, slow the progression of these conditions, and positively impact a person’s quality of life. Stem cell research continues to be a positive and progressive area of modern medical research, and new advances are being made all the time.
It’s a very exciting area of medical research, and one that offers a lot of hope to those who are living with autoimmune conditions.