Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, (SLE or Lupus), is a chronic autoimmune connective tissue disease that can affect any part of the body. As occurs in other autoimmune diseases, the immune system attacks the body’s cells and tissue, resulting in inflammation and tissue damage. Most often, Lupus harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys, and nervous system. The course of the disease is unpredictable, with periods of illness alternating with remissions.
Common initial and chronic complaints include fever, malaise, joint pains, myalgias, fatigue, and temporary loss of cognitive abilities. Because they are so often seen with other diseases, these signs and symptoms are not part of the diagnostic criteria for SLE.
Being a chronic disease with no known cure, the treatment of SLE is symptomatic. In essence, this involves preventing flares and reducing their severity and duration when they occur. Treatment can include corticosteroids and anti-malarial drugs. In recent times, researchers have found stem cells useful for immunological conditions.
Our approach for Lupus consists of elevating the number of fresh non-manipulated stem cells in the peripheral blood. These injected stem cells have the potential to duplicate and transform into new cells, they will act as a “reset” button for the immunological system, rejuvenating and replacing damaged tissue.
The goal of the treatment is to slow down and even stop the activation of such flares, with this effect the progression is stopped preventing future damage. Also, new cells will travel all over the body collecting and distributing the information of cell function causing the immune system to get back on track as it was when conceived. There is an element of tissue repair, expect an improvement of general organ function and better quality of life.
How Can Stem Cell Treatment help?
Stem cells are a special type of cell that has not yet dedicated itself toward a particular type of tissue. Most cells in the body are specific and local to a certain body part. For example, skin cells always make new skin cells, and brain cells always make new brain cells. Stem cells are not limited in this way. Instead, these new cells will take on the form of the tissue that surrounds them.
Because of this property, stem cells can be effectively used to aid in the repair and regeneration of damaged tissues. This is at the heart of stem cell therapy and is why these treatments can be so effective for patients suffering from Lupus, by giving affected tissue the proper tools to repair itself, the body can regenerate naturally.
Stem cell therapy has been shown to have beneficial effects in patients whose tissues or organs have weakened. The weakness and degeneration of these systems can be counteracted or reversed through this treatment. In effect, the stem cells invigorate the other tissue and boost the body’s organic functions.
Stem cells can be harvested from adipose tissue or Human Umbilical Cord Tissue, which includes fresh cells, proteins, growth factors and other tools necessary to rebuild damaged organ or tissue. Although these substances exist naturally in an individual’s bone marrow/adipose tissue they are usually not released into a person’s bloodstream in sufficient quantities to repair damage throughout the body.
By liberating the stem cells and relocating them to an affected area, stem cell treatment solves this problem and provides relief to damaged tissues, including areas afflicted by Lupus.