More and more research into stem cell therapy has been conducted as the possibilities of stem cells become realized. Stem cells have proven themselves as a viable means to treat many difficult-to-treat diagnoses, injuries, and even chronic pain, often without the need for drugs or surgeries. A noticeable reduction in pain is common to ailments that present with pain as a symptom. Today, researchers are looking into applying this treatment to conditions of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue, disorders of blood circulation, problems with the endocrine system (first of all diabetes) and so on.
I have personally visited Swiss Medica clinic, which specializes in stem cell therapies. Swiss Medica clinic 21 has more than 10 years experience in stem cell treatment. Swiss Medica testimonials are very impressive. Being thoroughly impressed, I would like to share information about the unique therapies they offer at Swiss Medica.
What specific types of conditions can stem cell therapy help treat?
Some of the most common are:
- Endocrine system (diabetes and diabetic foot ulcers)
- Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue (arthritis, osteochondrosis).
- Multiple Sclerosis (read more).
- Digestive diseases (Crohn’s disease, cirrhosis, peptic ulcer).
- Cardiovascular diseases (strokes, arterial hypertension, infarction).
What are stem cells?
Stem cell therapy uses stem cells. Stem cells are cells which have a unique ability to transform into all different types of cells and can encourage the health of nearby cells. They can come from the patient’s own body or from a donor. The stem cells will help to repair tissues and bolster the patient’s own regenerative processes.
What is a mesenchymal stem cell?
Depending on the diagnosis and the purpose of the treatment, different cell-based products can be used for different tasks. The most common stem cells used in medicine are multipotent mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs).
Stem cells can be taken from many different areas of the patient’s body or donated:
- bone marrow;
- adipose tissue (fatty tissue);
- peripheral blood;
- umbilical cord;
Benefits of MSCs
– stimulate the development of capillary networks and collateral blood flow;
– overcome the problem of peripheral vessels in diabetes mellitus (read more);
– Regeneration of ulcerative lesions, such as those found on the skin;
– have anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects which reduce the advancement of many diseases, and may even induce remission;
– restoration of the structure and function of the damaged myocardium through regulatory effects on cardiomyocytes (more you can read here);
– no severe contraindications and adverse reactions;
– blocking inflammation in the joints (treatment of arthritis);
– achieve and continuously maintain good blood glucose and blood pressure levels;
– have beneficial effects on the pancreas and insulin response.
Schematic pre-treatment and treatment
Generally, the goal of most stem cell treatments is the regeneration of damaged tissues, stimulation of the patient’s own cell growth and the reduction in pain related to the ailment. In contrast to many other clinics, Swiss Medica offers multiple different routes of administration into the patient’s body:
– Intramuscular, intradermal injections;
– Injections into the spinal canal;
– Local injection (directly into the damaged area);
– Intravenous stem cells injections (IV drip).
Stem cell therapy is broadly considered to be minimally invasive, only involving the injection of the cell product (along with anesthesia if required). After administration, there is a period during which the patient will be constantly monitored. This is typically around two hours, but may be longer if the patient is not feeling well. A vast majority of patients leave within hours of the administration of the stem cells with little or no side effects.
How does stem cell therapy work?
Inflamed tissues secrete specific proteins that attract stem cells when in the blood. They circulate around the damaged area and start producing various chemicals (chemokines, growth factors) that are able to activate the regenerative functions of distant cells and promote tissue recovery. For example, when stem cells are introduced around damaged cartilage tissue, they often repair the injured area by developing new cell growth.
What can you expect from Swiss Medica? Here is some insight from patients
“I was diagnosed with MS in 2009 and over the next few years, my disease made itself apparent in different ways. I found that I was just stumbling for no reason again and again. I walked with a cane. I developed digestive problems. Later I discovered that it was a symptom of my MS. After six years I wasn’t able to walk by myself. I was always tired, and I couldn’t think clearly. I needed to find something to improve my condition. I found out about Swiss Medica and read many stem cell treatment reviews. I discovered that it went back to the 1980s and it is able to treat various types of diseases. I also learned that stem cells naturally occur in all humans and are generally very well tolerated and safe. When I first mentioned I was considering the stem cell treatments available at Swiss Medica, he was skeptical. He did not believe it would have much – if any – benefit. 6 months after the treatment I came to him for a full examination with clear and apparent improvements in my condition.
I arrived in Moscow in February. A taxi driver met me at the airport, asked if I needed anything. When I arrived at the clinic I was greeted warmly in English – the entire staff speaks English! The very next day I was met by a team of doctors who explained what was going to happen. We started with blood tests. They tested my blood for everything even mineral deficiency, and slight traces of the metals. The abnormality of the blood was examined. This put my mind at rest. Since having a treatment in Moscow I came back to the UK. I was able to walk without a stick. My “digestive problems” slowly disappeared. My quality of my life was greatly improved”.
“We came here to Swiss Medica because my wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This is a diagnosis that may progress very quickly, yet there really isn’t a treatment available in the UK. The prospects were grim and the disease was brutal. I didn’t know what to expect from stem cell therapy, but I knew it was worth a shot. I started to investigate other places and other countries. After researching we decided on Swiss Medica, Moscow. I read a lot of Swiss medica clinic reviews. I was afraid of going there because, you know, I haven’t been there before. I didn’t know about the Russian Federation at all. It was much more modern and accommodating than I was expecting. We had even brought dried food with us because we didn’t know what to expect, but even the food was good! Are the people we encountered were very nice and the staff was highly skilled. My wife ended up receiving six different stem cell treatments to try to combat the progression of the Alzheimer’s. We knew it was a gamble, but they reassured us. We stayed in the room, which gave you a feeling that you were not really in a hospital. They offered us good, good food, good treatment. Everyone knows about food standard in hospitals. But it was very tasty. After a course of treatment, we received a recipe or roadmap that will aid her mental training and for her diet. The hospital believed that her condition will not progress and may even improve. That means that she could have a normal life, drive a car. She hasn’t been able to return to work, but she has most certainly improved. We are already satisfied with the results of treatment.”
My opinion about stem cell therapy
Stem cell treatments are now used to treat different difficult diseases in a short period of time and without surgery and potentially harmful drugs.
According to Swiss Medica therapy review, the benefits of stem cell treatments include such effects as speeding up healing time, lowering chronic pain, lack of a need for drugs, increasing functionality, decreasing nerve damage, and improving collagen concentrations, depending on the disease.