Stem cell treatment is one of the most significant and breathtaking breakthroughs that medical science has made possible which has given a new dimension to the field of medicine. Treatment of various highly sufferable medical conditions and deadly diseases has been made possible with the advent of stem cell treatment. The basic procedure uses stem cells to cure a diseased condition or wounds by repairing damaged cells and initiating healthy cell growth. The best thing about stem cell treatment is that it has the power to regenerate cells, the most primary and vital component of any living organism, thereby substituting diseased or damaged cells with healthy ones with very slim chances of side-effects. Such cell regeneration is usually easily accepted by the body thereby allowing healthy cell growth in place of the destroyed cells. Stem cells have the essential quality to take shape of the required cell and function accordingly.
Special Characteristics of Stem Cells
Stem cells are a class of undifferentiated cells which shouldn’t be confused with the normal cells in our body. Stem cells have certain unique characteristics which render them with highly specialized medical powers. Stem cells can regenerate by themselves when these are implanted into a living person’s body. Stem cells aren’t specialized cells for which they can give rise to specialized cells according to the need of the medical condition. Stem cells can be derived from adult bone marrow, umbilical cord blood and may be even from adult skin. Though much progress has been done in the field of stem cells yet much research is still going on to understand the characteristics in much better ways. The powers of stem cells have been unearthed but what is the mechanism that actually renders so much power is yet to be understood well by researchers.
Various Fields of Possible and Effective Stem Cell Treatment
For over three decades stem cells derived from bone marrow and of late umbilical cord has proven highly efficient to reverse the negative effects chemotherapy causes while treating cancer conditions as healthy cells also get damaged. For conditions such as stroke, brain damage, alzheimer’s disease and parkinson’s disease stem cells are claimed to be effective in regenerating healthy tissues. Through research it has also been found that stem cells have special characteristics to inhibit cancerous cell growth without turning cancerous themselves!
Medical breakthroughs happened when stem cells were efficiently used to cure spinal cord and heart damages. In both cases new cell and tissue generation along with blood cells have proven effective thereby curing the disease and restoring normal conditions. The immune system is one of the most essential systems of the human body that defends all the other organs and systems from infections and diseases. However, the immune system may get challenged due to certain diseases. Stem cells can be effective in restoring the powers of the immune system. Several other areas where stem cells can be used for treatment are blindness, missing teeth, birth defects, diabetes, infertility, wounds, baldness, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, deafness and so on.