03 Sep Stem Cell Therapy Cures Lupus Symptoms
Lupus is a devastating autoimmune disorder causing chronic pain flare-ups that cannot be cured. The symptoms can be controlled with medications and therapies, but it is a life-long condition. Stem cells may be able to treat Lupus symptoms at the source, controlling your body’s immune response and stopping the painful attacks.
What is Lupus?
Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems, including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs. Lupus can be difficult to diagnose because its signs and symptoms often mimic those of other conditions. The most common sign of lupus is a facial rash that resembles the wings of a butterfly unfolding across both cheeks. Some people are born with a hereditary predisposition to developing lupus, which may be triggered by infections, certain drugs, or even sunlight. While there’s no cure for lupus, treatments can help control these painful symptoms. No two cases of lupus are exactly alike. Signs and symptoms may come on suddenly, or develop slowly over time. They may be mild or severe and can be temporary or permanent. Most people with lupus have a mild form of the disease characterized by episodes when signs and symptoms get worse for a while, then improve or even disappear completely for a time.
What is Stem Cell Therapy?
Stem cells are being used in regenerative medicine because of their unique healing properties. They are the origin for every specialized cell in our body, and any type of cell can be made out of a stem cell if it is programmed that way. Stem cell therapy is becoming increasingly more popular and safe, considered a miracle treatment in modern medicine. There are many different sources to harvest stem cells from, some less controversial than others. The most common sources of stem cells are embryonic cells, adult stem cells like bone marrow cells and fat tissue cells, adult stem cells that have been changed into embryonic cells, and perinatal cells. Generally, harvesting stem cells from a patient’s fat tissue is the easiest method. It is a quick, pain-free procedure where fat tissue is taken from anywhere on the body, and the stem cells in the fat tissue are harvested for therapeutic use. These fat-derived stem cells never decline in abundance as you age, as adult bone marrow stem cells do. Bone marrow stem cells can also be extremely painful to harvest, unlike fat cells that require a relatively non-invasive procedure. Embryonic stem cells have been considered unethical to use, as they take them from unborn, fertilized embryos.
How Can Stem Cells Cure Lupus Symptoms?
Stem cell therapy is being considered more often for patients who do not respond to traditional treatment methods or medications. Early studies are testing the effectiveness of stem cell therapy for Lupus and the safest delivery method. Stem cells can reduce the need for constant medications, reduce the life-long effects of Lupus symptoms, and stop any further damage to vital organs in the body. Further studies need to be done before it is a safe treatment method, but the current results are promising.