Basically, a stem cell is different from other cells for two important reasons. First, it is an unspecialized cell that can renew itself. It is a cell waiting to become something. Second, it is a cell that can be changed into a variety of different types of cells.  This serves as an internal repair system. However, as we age so do our stem cells. The consequence is a decreased ability to do the repair that we demand. Therefore, the cartilage in our joints lose their compressive resistance and start to fissure and fail. The exciting news is that we can now add stem cells back into the system which will stimulate the new growth.

As we age we produce less and fewer stem cells (through normal wear and tear, injury, or disease) making it extremely hard to find enough healthy stem cells in our aging bodies that can help us repair our bodies.  Often toxins around us, medications, stress, etc. just compromise what few stem cells we have making them ineffective in healing our bodies. When stem cells are introduced into our bodies they stimulate the growth of our own stem cells to start to repair our body. The stem cells also produce growth factors and other messenger chemicals.

The human body contains hundreds of different types of cells that are important for our daily health. These cells are responsible for keeping our bodies running each day such as making our hearts beat, brains think, kidneys clean our blood, replace our skin cells as they shed off, and so on.  The unique job of stem cells is to make all these other types of cells. Stem cells are the suppliers of new cells. When stem cells divide they can make more of themselves, or more of other types of cells. For example, stem cells in skin can make more skin stem cells or they can make differentiated cells of the skin that have specific jobs of their own such as making the melanin pigment.

How are stem cells helpful in healing?

Stem cells address a wide variety of conditions and promote continued wellness. They can:

  • Speed up the length of time it takes injuries and wounds to heal

  • Repair osteoarthritic joints

  • Reduce pain and lessen the need for medications

  • Increase joint function

  • Improve sleep quality

  • Reduce muscle compensations and thus the risk of future injury

  • Decrease nerve damage and repair nerves

  • Increase collagen production

  • Generate new heart and blood vessel tissue

Stem cell therapy can also provide an overall improvement in your well-being by decreasing inflammation and deter the development of conditions such as heart disease and dementia.

What areas can stem cell therapy treat?

Stem cells can be effective in treating pain or injury to:

  • Muscles

  • Tendons

  • Ligaments

  • Bone

  • Cartilage

For example, stem cells can be used to heal hip pain, knee injuries, and other joint problems. In addition, the cells have an immune-modulatory effect, so they can fight chronic autoimmune conditions, such as Lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

Stem cells also have aesthetic applications. They can help revitalize hair growth and boost skin health and appearance. The hair restoration programs are very effective.

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Where do Stem Cells Come From?


 Embryonic – Embryonic stem cells are obtained from the inner cell mass of the blastocyst, a mainly hollow ball of cells that, in the human, forms three to five days after an egg cell is fertilized by a sperm.  Human embryonic stem cells are generated mainly from blastocysts that are the result of in vitro (the lab) fertilization for assisted reproduction but are not needed for implantation into the mother The FDA does not allow embryonic stem cells to be used in the United States.

Bone Marrow – This is has been the most well-known source of stem cells. Blood is aspirated from the pelvis bone marrow which is a rich source for stem cells. This is an invasive procedure that requires a minor surgical procedure. Once the blood is collected it is placed in a centrifuge to isolate the stem cells. These are then injected into the patient. The efficacy or quality, of the stem cells, is dependent on the age of the patient. Unfortunately, the efficacy of the stem cell decreases with the donor’s age.

Adipose – Unlike bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells, adipose stem cells can be obtained from the abundant adipose tissue by a minimally invasive procedure, which results in a high number of cells. This too is an invasive procedure but less painful than Bone Marrow aspirate. Again, the efficacy of the stem cells is they are dependent on the age of the patient.

Umbilical Cord – This has been shown to be the best source of stem cells. These cells are collected from the umbilical cord after healthy live births and are cryopreserved for later use. At this stage, there are no antigens so there is no rejection from donor to host. The cells are Day 0 in life and are the most potent that they can be.

Stemlight Center only administers the highest quality Human Umbilical Cord Tissue Products to our patients.

Why The Umbilical Cord?

Cord tissue is a precious and unique resource retrieved after a child is born. This tissue contains stem cells  that have powerful healing capabilities used to help repair damaged tissues, restore impaired cartilage, or regenerate lost cells. A single stem cell can be multiplied into many cells for a variety of medical therapies, and expands healthcare possibilities.

What is the Umbilical Cord?

  • Formed at day 26 of gestation, represents the link between mother and fetus during pregnancy.

  • Composed of a special embryonic mucous connective tissue, called Wharton’s jelly, lying between the covering amniotic epithelium and the umbilical vessels.

  • Functions:

  • Blood source for the neonate

  • Source of nutrients

  • Transfer waste products and deoxygenated blood away from the fetus to the maternal circulation


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