Stem cells are undifferentiated cells in your body that can grow to become the cell type your body needs in an injured area. Stem cells divide multiple times and act as a repair system for diseased cells; they can become blood cells, brain cells, muscle, bone, organs, nerves and tissue.
Where do they come from?
Stem cells come from several different sources. Embryonic stem cells are cells taken from the embryo at just a few days old and are pluripotent, meaning they can grow to any type of cell the body might need, except for those needed to support the development of a fetus. Adult stem cells are cells from adult tissues such as bone marrow or fat and are more limited as to what they can become. There are also adult cells induced pluripotent, which have properties similar to embryonic cells. Finally, there are perinatal cells that come from amniotic fluid and umbilical cords and can become specialized cells.
What are they used for?
Stem cells can be used to cure those with diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injuries, stroke victims, burn victims or cancer patients. If you feel you can benefit from stem cell therapy, come visit us at the American Regenerative Clinic.