08 Aug STEM CELL THERAPY TO REPLACE HIGH-DOSE DRUGS FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Patients suffering from multiple sclerosis live with the understanding that there is no known cure for the condition and will have to rely on a long list of medications to manage the many symptoms of the disease. Some of these drugs act to slow the progression of the disease; some are given to treat flare-ups while others help to control or relieve symptoms of the disease.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic progressive disease that attacks the body’s central nervous system and results in different symptoms that are difficult to predict and equally difficult to control and manage. The available treatments for multiple sclerosis do not provide a cure for the condition but may help control the symptoms of the disease. Current research findings however show that stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis might be the best alternative treatment ever considered for this condition.
What is multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic inflammatory progressive autoimmune disorder of the central nervous system. In this condition, the body’s immune system attacks its cells and destroys them resulting in rapid destruction of the myelin-forming cells of the central nervous system and symptoms like; motor paralysis, impaired sensitivity in the limbs, visual impairment, cognitive impairment, etc.
Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease with unclear pathogenesis and can affect people of any age group. Most patients experience alternating periods of relapse and remission. There is no way to predict the presenting pattern of the illness in different individuals and this is one of the many reasons why multiple sclerosis is difficult to manage. There is no known cure for this illness. The medications used in management may provide relief for a while but in many patients, the medications stop working after a while.
Medications for multiple sclerosis
As mentioned earlier, due to the complex nature of the disease and the varying symptoms experienced by patients, there is a long list of medications used in the management of multiple sclerosis. Some of the FDA-approved medications for delaying the progression of the disease and reducing the number of relapses are often prescribed by medical professionals.
Stem cell therapy Vs High dose drugs for multiple sclerosis
After several years of research, stem cell therapy is very effective in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, and going by reports from clinical trials, it is well on its way to replacing the use of high-dose drugs. The conventional treatment for multiple sclerosis involves the use of various high-dose drugs which have been found to cause severe side effects in patients. These medications act by modulating or suppressing the body’s immune system as a way of combating the immunologic effects of the disease. These high-dose drugs are effective in slowing down the progression of the disease and limiting the number of relapses but they result in side effects related to immune suppression and chronic drug use. They are also very expensive and lose their efficacy with time.
Stem cell therapy maximizes the regenerative abilities of stem cells to fight the inflammation caused by the disease, and halt disease progression by providing new immune cells to replace the compromised cells created by the disease, regulate the immune e system, and prevent further destruction of myelin-producing cells. Stem cell therapy has been found to have a neuroprotective effect on the nervous system.
Stem cell therapy involves a safe, non-invasive and simple procedure that offers lasting benefits than the use of high-dose drugs in the management of multiple sclerosis. Different types of stem cells have been explored in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Some of the available stem cell therapy options around the world include; autologous hematopoietic stem cell treatments, the use of induced pluripotent stem cells, embryonic stem cells, etc.
Stem cell therapy results in reduced cell apoptosis reduced inflammation, neuroprotection, and immune regulation. Research has proven that the use of stem cell therapy may provide a cure for multiple sclerosis.
Advanced stem cell therapy treatment centers
Stem cell therapy is a relatively new development in modern medicine and has not yet been approved for the treatment of many medical conditions. Not every hospital or country offers stem cell treatments. The best treatment centers for advanced stem cell therapy are located in California. Patients can receive stem cell injections in San Francisco.