Regenerative Medicine Helps to Harness the Body’s Healing Power
Posted on October 1, 2018
Our body is a machine, always working, even when we are at rest. Our tissues are always under construction to make new cells as old cells age and die off. The body is even busier when faced with repairing tissues after an injury or fighting off illness-causing germs. The body’s ability to heal and defend itself is incredible, and when this healing power is harnessed to give the body a boost, it can mean healing for conditions that have no cure or for individuals who do not respond to conventional medical treatments.
So, how can the body’s innate ability to heal itself be used? One way is through regenerative medicine.
What Is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a specialty area of medicine that focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself when faced with injury or illness. Regenerative medicine encompasses medical treatments such as stem cell therapy, platelet-rich plasma treatments, fat grafting, gene therapy and tissue engineering, and autologous tissue transplantation.
Recently, regenerative medicine has been in the spotlight as new therapies develop and discoveries make the news, but regenerative medicine has been an evolving medical specialty for the last few decades. It is currently being used to treat musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions, lung diseases and autoimmune conditions.
Why Choose Regenerative Medicine?
One of the primary reasons driving the research for regenerative medical therapies is that some individuals affected by diseases or injuries cannot tolerate or do not respond to conventional medical treatments. Unpleasant and uncomfortable side effects of drug therapy or surgical procedures can negatively impact the quality of life of some individuals. Other individuals simply do not respond to treatments or stop seeing improvements after experiencing some therapies over time.
Regenerative medicine is also gaining popularity because of its use of the body’s own tissues instead of allogeneic tissue, or tissue that comes from another person. Using the body’s own tissue (called autologous tissue) eliminates the risk of rejection and the need for anti-rejection medications after a procedure.
Regenerative Medicine and Root Cause
One of the goals of regenerative medical treatments is to target and treat the root cause of diseases, versus just treating their symptoms. For example, conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) currently have no cure. Their respective treatments work to reduce symptoms and slow down the diseases’ progression, but these conditions are ultimately fatal.
Regenerative medicine can help to treat the root cause of these conditions, which means reduced symptoms. The regenerative medical specialty of stem cell therapy can also help reset malfunctioning immune systems that cause autoimmune diseases, thus reducing or eliminating flares.
Learn more about regenerative medicine from Park Avenue Stem Cell Center by calling 888-386-4751 for more information.