Stem cell therapies have been on the cutting edge of scientific research for several years. Previously, however, stem cells were solely harvested from discarded umbilical cords after the birth of a child, but the discovery of adult stem cells has widened their potential for health benefits. Scientist now know that adult stem cells can offer many of the same regenerative health benefits seen in prior stem cell research. 

Where are adult stem cells found in the body?

Stem cells in the body are somewhat like raw material in a manufacturing plant. This is because each one can be used to fulfill a different need in the body, much like a factory that uses the same material to form different end products. Essentially, stem cells are like a blank cell that can take on the appearance and work of another cell type. 

Adult stem cells are found in many areas of the human body, including in bone marrow, the brain, liver, teeth, and skin, as well as many others. To harvest these cells, they must first be located and isolated, a process that is different for each specific type of stem cell. Scientists are currently working to determine whether adult stem cells can be reprogrammed or genetically modified to make them even more useful in the treatment of human diseases and illnesses. 

What illnesses and diseases may benefit from adult stem cell treatment? 

According the stem cell industry, testing continues to show that stem cell treatment may offer hope for dozens of health conditions and illnesses, including: 

  • many types of cancer
  • auto-immune diseases, including lupus and multiple sclerosis
  • wound care
  • liver failure 
  • end-stage bladder disease

Clinical trials and research are ongoing on stem cell treatment, and especially adult stem cell treatment, to help further define the potential benefits it may offer, as well as any potential risks that must be considered. 

Is stem cell treatment generally believed to be safe? 

While stem cell treatment is generally considered to be safe, patients should always make sure they understand any potential risks that may be involved, as well as any benefits it may offer.

As with any medical treatment or procedure, it is imperative to discuss any treatment offered with your doctor and to only utilize stem cell treatment centers that employ stringent safety protocols to protect the health of each patient. When considering stem cell treatment as part of their recovery plan, patients should always carefully research and interview availableadult stem cell treatment services in their area before moving forward with any proposed treatment plan.