Autoimmune diseases are characterized by attacks against healthy tissue caused by a malfunctioning immune system. This umbrella category comprises more than 80 diseases, including lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. It’s estimated that 24 million people in the U.S. are living with some type of autoimmune disease.
These illnesses can create debilitating symptoms that make day-to-day life difficult. Traditionally, treatments have included steroids that aim to control the immune system response, but these medications can have dangerous side effects and aren’t always advised for long-term use.
Regenerative Medicine, also known as stem cell therapy, is an emerging alternative for autoimmune disease treatment. These cells, which are the foundation of all specialized cells and tissue types throughout the body, have immune system regulating properties. Today, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are used to help address the overactive aspects of the immune system without diminishing immunity altogether, which would leave patients vulnerable to illness and infection. They also have healing properties that can address damaged tissues. With these regenerative and healing capabilities, stem cells have become an attractive therapy for people with autoimmune conditions.
While the potential for stem cell therapy spans far and wide, many of the symptoms experienced with autoimmune conditions may be managed with a customized stem cell protocol. Here are some of the most common autoimmune conditions many seek this alternative therapy option for:
- Crohn’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis
- Lyme disease
This list will likely continue to expand as more research is completed and the applications for stem cell therapy evolve. If you are interested in a complimentary assessment to see if regenerative medicine therapy may benefit you, please complete a contact form today!
This post was written by Becky Palmer, a medical professional at Stemedix Inc. At Stemedix we provide access to Regenerative Medicine for multiple sclerosis, also known as stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis. Regenerative medicine has the natural potential to help improve symptoms sometimes lost from the progression of many conditions.