Find out more about regenerative medicine and its benefits.
In this article:
- What is Regenerative Medicine?
- Why Is Regenerative Therapy Beneficial?
- How is Regenerative Therapy Achieved?
Regenerative Medicine and Its Benefits
What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is an emphasis on reinforcing the body’s ability to heal itself.
For instance, when one has an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, the body’s own immune system is making antibodies against proteins that are found in every joint in the body.
This is a vital mistake by the immune system. Current medical practices are aimed at blindly shutting down the immune system. Thus, these current medication regimens suppress the immune system, and they make those being treated susceptible to infections such as tuberculosis, influenza virus, corona virus and fungal infections.
Why Is Regenerative Therapy Beneficial?
In regenerative medicine, peptides are used to retrain our immune system so that it stops attacking what is self and not foreign. Consequently, through regenerative medicine, there is an improvement in immune surveillance.
Having better immune surveillance eliminates autoimmune diseases and prevents cancer. Besides peptides, vitamin and hormone (testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, and thyroid hormone) levels are optimized in order to maximize the body’s ability to heal itself.
In regenerative medicine, health begins at the cellular level. That is why cell regeneration is a pillar. As cellular aging occurs, several things start going wrong within cells.
For instance, the cellular power plants known as mitochondria start making energy less efficiently and with more inflammation (free-radical oxidation). This leads to a decline in physical performance and chronic pain.
Also, proteins within cells begin to be folded incorrectly. These irregular proteins are not recognized as self and can lead to autoimmune disease.
Defective proteins can also cause cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Heart Disease.
Currently, peptides such as BPC-157, CJC/Ipamorelin, Thymosin Alpha-1, Thymosin Beta-4 are used to restore several of these pathways within cells in order to optimize cellular regeneration.
It is not that cells cannot regenerate with time; it is the fact that they do not regenerate correctly that induces the aging process.
How is Regenerative Therapy Achieved?
Regenerative therapy can be achieved through many avenues. These avenues are synergistic. That is why integrative medicine physicians such as myself coordinate the optimization of several factors (Peptides, Vitamins, Hormones).
Within the past few years, stem cell regeneration has expanded the boundaries of cellular regeneration. Stem cells by definition are cells that have the ability to become any cell in the body. Meaning, they can become any tissue or organ.
Stem cells are found throughout the entire body. The highest concentrations of these stem cells are in bone marrow and in fat cells.
In the United States, the only commercially available stem cell regeneration therapies are from mesenchymal stem cells of umbilical cord blood and those that are harvested from an individual’s own fat or bone marrow.
Regenerative stem cell therapy can be delivered intravenously or directly via ultrasound guidance to areas of tissue damage (i.e. arthritic knee). Once mesenchymal stem cells are injected into a joint such as the knee or hip, they direct healing and tissue regeneration.
As an analogy, mesenchymal cells are like engineers that direct electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and roofers in a construction project. This is the mantra of regenerative stem cell therapy!
In my office, stem cell regeneration is unique because I prepare the wounded tissue (construction site) with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and peptides two weeks prior to administering mesenchymal stem cells.
Prepping the tissue with peptides and PRP is like cleaning a construction site prior to building on it with the assistance of mesenchymal stem cells.
There are many benefits to regenerative medicine. Start at a cellular level for overall better health.
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