Stem cell therapy has revolutionized the field of regenerative medicine. More and more people in the medical community are embracing its role in natural healing. It has been successfully used to treat chronic diseases and conditions such as cancer, diabetes, joint pain, back injuries, and injured ligaments and tendons. However, the myths and misconceptions that surround this field alienate the public and inhibits them from fully embracing it as a viable treatment option. In this post, we debunk some of the most popular stem cell therapy misconceptions.
1. Stem cell therapy is illegal
This a popular misconception that is mostly based on the fact that the procedure is not FDA approved. It is important to point out that FDA does not legalize practicing medicine, rather it regulates the drugs and medical devices that are in the market.
As adult stem cells are not a medical device nor are they drugs, such do not fall under a category that requires FDA approval. Only cultured stem cells need such regulation.
2. There is the risk of rejection after the procedure
This misconception arises because most people confuse stem cell therapy with an organ transplant treatment. An organ gets rejected as it is usually acquired from another person’s body. In stem cell therapy, the cells are extracted from the patient’s body thus reducing the chances of rejections or other complications tremendously.
3. Stem cells are collected from embryos
Embryonic stem cells are usually of the highest quality and are omnipotent. This implies that they can turn into any type of cell depending on what’s being treated. However, embryos are not the only source of stem cells. Adult stem cells can be harvested from reservoirs such as the adipose tissue, bone marrow, teeth, and so on. While they differ in their ability to become different body cells, they continue to be used and are being utilized far more frequently simply because embryonic stem cell use is so controversial.
4. The bone marrow is the best stem cells source
The majority of research on stem cell therapy has been dedicated to understanding the bone marrow as a source of stem cells as well as their potential. This perhaps explains this misconception. While the bone marrow has different types of stem cells, it is only one of the sources that can be utilized.
The adipose tissue is another source of stem cells and is easily accessible and plentiful. Indeed, the adipose tissue has 100-1000 times more stem cells than the bone marrow for any given volume.
5. Stem cell therapy is unverified
Vast clinical trials and research have been carried out to prove the effectiveness of stem cell therapy. Publications, patient testimonials, and case studies are readily available for your review on government websites. Stem cell therapy is on its way to becoming one of the most preferred lines of treatment for the effective treatment of degenerative joint disease, low back pain, and other conditions.
Stem cell therapy is a field that has a great potential to change the future of medicine due to its potential to improve cartilage health, heal soft tissue damage, minimize pain, as well as a plethora of other treatments.