IV STEM CELL THERAPY
IV Adipose Stem Cell Therapy (ASCT) is an innovative treatment utilizing the body’s natural cell regeneration mechanisms to accelerate and enhance healing in systemic conditions and those associated with aging.
The adipose-derived stem cell is safer and more easily accessible than other stem cell alternatives.
Stem cells are undifferentiated biological cells that can differentiate into specialized cells and can divide (through mitosis) to produce more stem cells. They are found in multicellular organisms. In mammals, there are two broad types of stem cells: embryonic stem cells, which are isolated from the inner cell mass of blastocysts, and adult stem cells, which are found in various tissues. In adult organisms, stem cells and progenitor cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues. In a developing embryo, stem cells can differentiate into all the specialized cells— ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm – but also maintain the normal turnover of regenerative organs, such as blood, skin, or intestinal tissues.
There are three known accessible sources of autologous adult stem cells in humans:
- Bone marrow, which requires extraction by harvesting, that is, drilling into bone (typically the femur or iliac crest).
- Adipose tissue (lipid cells), which requires extraction by liposuction.
- Blood, which requires extraction through apheresis, wherein blood is drawn from the donor (similar to a blood donation), and passed through a machine that extracts the stem cells and returns other portions of the blood to the donor.
Stem cells can also be taken from umbilical cord blood just after birth. Of all stem cell types, autologous harvesting involves the least risk. By definition, autologous cells are obtained from one’s own body, just as one may bank his or her own blood for elective surgical procedures
The doctor will harvest the adipose stem cells from your belly fat using a liposuction technique. The adipose tissue is then processed to isolate the mesenchymal stem cells.
These cells are then mixed with PRP and activated under light. Saline is added and the stem cells are given intravenously in order to reach locations of injury and begin the healing and regeneration process.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The stem cells promote growth and regeneration by releasing growth factors, which stimulate cells to multiply and form new tissue.
A growth factor is a naturally occurring substance capable of stimulating cellular growth, proliferation, healing, and cellular differentiation. Usually it is a protein or a steroid hormone. Growth factors are important for regulating a variety of cellular processes.
Growth factors typically act as signaling molecules between cells. Examples are cytokines and hormones that bind to specific receptors on the surface of their target cells.
They often promote cell differentiation and maturation, which varies between growth factors. For example, bone morphogenetic proteins stimulate bone cell differentiation, while fibroblast growth factors and vascular endothelial growth factors stimulate blood vessel differentiation (angiogenesis).
IV stem cell treatment often provides improvement in health similar to the use of human growth hormone.
WHAT CAN BE TREATED WITH IV STEM CELL?
General well-being and aging are targeted using IV stem cell + PRP. It can also treat:
- Lung damage and inflammation associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Gastrointestinal tissue damage associated with inflammatory bowel disease
- Injuries resulting from major trauma
- Kidney diseases
- Diabetes mellitus
- Cardiac failure
- Chronic wounds
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT?
You should eat healthily, drink plenty of water and take supplements such as Q10 and vitamin D. You should try to avoid:
- Sugar rich foods
- Anti-inflammatory drugs (eg. Cortisone, Nurofen, Celebrex) for 2-3 days before and after the treatment
- Blood thinners (eg. Warfarin, Pradaxa, Xarelto and Aspririn)
- Fish-oil and cholesterol-lowering medication a week before the stem cells are harvested.
*Discuss with your doctor before ceasing any medication.
Following the IV stem cell treatment, there may be some pain and discomfort in the area of stem cell collection during and for a few days after treatment. Improvement is expected to be gradual.
Some patients may also experience flushing like a mild flu in the hours following treatment. Others may also find they are sleeping more than usual for a few days.
As stem cells are taken from your own body, there is no risk of disease transmission or allergic reaction. Also, as stem cells are adult stem cells, there is no chance of the cells causing cancer.