Stem cell therapy is becoming a significant game changer for medicine after decades of rigorous research. Stem cells have been used to treat various diseases since the 1990s. Adult stem cells can be extracted from mature tissue such as bone marrow, muscle, umbilical cord, brain, and other tissue to be used as a replacement for cells that are damaged or lost.
No other cell in the body can produce different cell types naturally as stem cells do.
Stem cells offer a unique ability to regenerate which allows for a whole new range of possibilities to treat issues currently unsolved.
The body’s building blocks are stem cells which can uniquely divide numerous times, making it more and more specialised through each division. Stem cells can transform from neutral and therefore impractical cells, into the most specialised cells in the body (i.e. muscle or tissue cells) to maintain healthy living.
Providing new cells for human growth replaces specialised cells that have been depleted or damaged. This division can occur within the body naturally and in a lab to give rise to their specific roles as other cells.
At the HE Clinic, we use AABB-approved (American standard) Mesenchymal, Stem
Cells that have been derived from the umbilical cord. This derivative self-renews more effectively than mesenchymal stem cells extracted from bone marrow. Our stem cells are highly advantageous for disorders regarding the ‘blood-forming system’ which involves erectile dysfunction, sickle cell anaemia and leukaemia. However, the treatments are not just limited to this system as our specialist doctors have been trained to integrate this with other therapies to target anti-ageing mechanisms and to ensure optimal cell regeneration for all our patients.
Stem Cell treatment for Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
A study published by Massachusetts Male Aging Study identified that 52% of a cohort of 1,290 males (40-70years) suffered from ED. Despite the privacy of the matter, this statistic highlights that this dysfunction is an issue worth discussing and that treatments are available upon request.
Recently, the use of stem cells has been implemented by doctors to restore the structural damage in the penis. The regenerative ability that stem cells possess allows their transformation into smooth muscle and neuronal cells to repair damaged muscle tissues in the penis. Additionally, blood vessels that have been previously damaged can thus be restored and maintain normal function.
Korean scientists (Bahk et al.) performed the first clinical study regarding stem cells derived from the umbilical cord. They injected these stem cells into seven diabetic men experiencing ED (57-83years). The results presented that the treatment was incredibly successful in regaining morning erections, enhancing sexual performance, consistently over six months and reducing blood glucose levels. The AABB has thus approved the utility of this procedure, and it has since been an incredibly successful way of treating ED here at the HE Clinic. But don’t get me wrong, unlike the HE Clinic, many other clinics provide stem cell treatments that are still undergoing clinical trials and are unauthorised.
We offer the ‘HE Turbo’, which contains 5 million and 10 million stem cells, which will treat ED –
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Stem Cell treatment for Anti-ageing: Although ageing is unavoidable, it can be prolonged
For several decades, the scientific community have encountered numerous issues regarding their understanding of why we age. Our body constitutes 37.2 trillion cells (each type serving its own purpose), which makes it difficult to pinpoint which pathways result in ageing. That is until now: ageing is entering a new era that marks an inflexion point towards prolonging both human lifespan and health span.
As we gradually get older, our cells naturally get sick and die, which results in a cascade of reactions like inflammation and disease. Ineffective replication of cells is one of the key reasons that are found to be linked with ageing. The reason why ageing exists constitutes a balance between our body’s entropy (a slow decline in tissue breakdown) and restoration (stem cells). If entropy outweighs the human body’s restorative capability of stem cells, it will result in ageing. Having said this, the magnitude of damage concurred as we age is much more substantial than the capabilities of stem cells that are naturally produced by the body.
Macrophages help to remove harmful substances and dead cells from the blood; they consist of two types: M1, which can accelerate ageing and M2, which is associated with anti-ageing. The stem cells used at the HE clinic shift macrophages M1 to M2; this enhances the removal rate of harmful substances and increases regenerative cells, heightening anti-ageing properties.
At the HE Clinic Dr Erik Fleischman, an acclaimed specialist in regenerative medicine for men with over 25 years of experience, utilises stem cell therapy and integrates it with other treatments to stop time from ticking. Stem cell IV provided at the HE clinic substantially increases the number of stem cells. This ensures that the entropy does not outweigh the restorative capability of natural stem cells, reducing the rate of ageing.
Stem Cell: Tissue Regeneration and Neurologic Disease
Fibrosis occurs when there is excessive accumulation of molecules at the site of muscular injuries. It can impair muscle function and increase stiffness and muscle regeneration. Stem cell therapies have the potential to promote the regeneration of healthy, functioning tissue while minimising the scarring response. The HE Clinic does not only specialise in ED and anti-ageing, but we can also utilise stem cells post-surgery or post-injury to ensure maximal recovery long-term.
Localised injections of ‘HE Turbo’ (5 and 10 million stem cells) into specific areas can help treat specific injuries and have been used by various athletes to accelerate their recovery post-injury. This is not only limited to muscular, tendon and ligament damage but also injuries to the bones. The specialisation and rapid division of stem cells enable versatility for their use in cellular recovery that is not solely focused on a specific injury or disorder.
Recently, there has been emerging evidence that stem cells can effectively migrate to damaged areas and can even take on the role of neurons to significantly minimize the severity of the following:
• Alzheimer’s Disease
• Parkinson’s Disease
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Cerebral Palsy
Future Potential of Stem cell treatment for cancer
Mesenchymal Stem Cells derived from the umbilical cord possess a unique immunomodulatory effect which can migrate to tumour sites, enabling for treatment of various diseases like cancer. Tianxia Lan, a medical researcher, and other scientists have acknowledged that this specific form of stem cell is involved in the initiation, progression and metastasis of cancer. This tumour-homing property is thus advantageous for the accuracy and selectivity when coupled with anticancer drugs. Having said this, clinical trials investigating the utility of stem cells, alongside anticancer drugs, are still ongoing and will hopefully come to a beneficial conclusion that can progress cancer treatments.
Our Work here at the HE Clinic
When our patient is booked in, new stem cells preserved at their optimal temperature are delivered before the appointment and directly injected into localised regions depending on the treatment. We offer the ‘HE Turbo’, which contains 5 or 10 million stem cells that are injected directly into the penis or into the face and knee to regenerate and repair diseased tissues. We also do a complete stem cell IV which contains 30 and 50 million cells to improve health from a holistic standpoint: increasing energy levels, boosting the immune system, helping muscle strength and tone, arthritis, pain, and sexual issues. There will be more HE Clinic coverage on stem cell IV and the potential of stem cell use for treating neurological diseases that will be posted on our blogs in the next couple of weeks. Follow us on social media for more info!