How does Stem Cell Therapy work? The Healing Trilogy.
The body’s natural healing process involves three components: stem cells, growth factors and tissue. The stem cells are the raw material needed to generate new tissue, possibly to repair an injury. The growth factors are the agents that help generate more stem cells, speeding up the healing process. Your pet’s own tissue at the targeted site is the scaffold to which the stem cells attach. All three are in your pet’s body. The key is to extract them with minimal invasion and combine them to target the area of interest.
Growth Factors and PRP
Your pet’s blood contains red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelet cells, all suspended in a liquid called plasma. Platelets contain growth factors that can stimulate the growth of other cells. This applies to stem cells; therefore, growth factors are the agents that help generate more stem cells, speeding up the healing process. So the more platelets, the more growth factors and the faster the healing process. At PetStem, we draw your pet’s own blood and isolate from it a high concentration of platelets called platelet-rich plasma or PRP.
Stem Cell Therapy (SCT), ASC and BMAC
Stem Cells are “blank” cells that can develop and grow into any type of cell or tissue in the body. There are numerous sources of stem cells in your pet’s body, including their blood (as with PRP above), their bone marrow and their fat tissue. At PetStem, we can harvest your pet’s own bone marrow through simple aspiration and then concentrate it to obtain Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate or BMAC. We can also perform a mini-liposuction to extract stem cells from fat, called adipose-derived stem cells or ASC. The number of stem cells extracted with ASC is usually far superior to that of BMAC. However, some think that BMAC cells are of higher quality. At PetStem, we will focus on the technique best suited to your pet’s needs.
Whether from PRP, BMAC or ASC, the harvested solution is re-injected where your pet needs it most. SCT thus harnesses the power of these blank slate cells to encourage their body to heal itself. By using stem cells in an area of the body that requires healing, they will go to work on that area, greatly enhancing the process of regeneration.
Putting It All Together
While this might sounds like something out of science fiction, it is not new at all. In fact, an increasing number of animal and human trials support the use of stem cells in the treatment of numerous conditions. SCT provides a natural way to rebuild lost or damaged tissue. It uses the healing process that occurs naturally in the body, but does so with targeted intensity and improved recovery. In doing so, it has the potential to reverse the effects of the aging process locally.
Stem Cell Therapy DOES NOT Use Embryos.
When many people hear the words “stem cells,” they assume it is in reference to embryonic cells or those taken from other animals or even humans and embryos. We do not seek outside sources of stem cells. Nor do we attempt to grow them in a laboratory. Rather, we only use cells from your pet’s own body in our treatments. Even then, we are not always extracting and injecting stem cells into their body – in some cases, it is sufficient to inject Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), which triggers stem cells already present in the area to grow and multiply.
There is no controversy here. It is FDA-regulated and legal in the US. We merely kick-start your pet’s body into doing what it does best: heal itself.