How does regenerative medicine work? I am often asked of this question by my patients.

The body has an innate capacity to heal by replacing dying or injured cells and rejuvenating itself. We have this capacity at any age. The goal of regenerative medicine is to restore structure and function of a damaged tissue or an organ by using the body’s innate ability to heal. This is different from most modern medical treatment modalities which only manage conditions without any potential to actually heal. For example, if you have osteoarthritis and you take ibuprofen to reduce the pain and inflammation or you receive an injection into a joint with a compound such as a steroid or a lubricating agent.

Cellular and stem cell activating treatments are a very big and complex subject because the number of conditions that can be treated is vast. I would like to discuss just a few treatments that we perform as a starter and discuss more in future blogs.

Let’s start with osteoarthritis of the knee, hip or shoulder joints. As we age, we are all going to develop varying degrees of osteoarthritis of the joints. It is part of the aging process due to the normal wear and tear that our joints undergo as we go through life. Some people have it more in the hips, some people have it more in the knees, some people have it more in the hands, but it is a very common malady of humans. Regenerative medicine stem cell activating treatments are aimed at helping to restore structure and function, not just reducing inflammation or blocking pain receptors in the brain. That means that the joint is going to work better and it is not going to be as painful.

Let’s talk about hair loss which is a very common issue, particularly in men. It may not be a health issue, but it is something that bothers a lot of people. Regenerative medicine treatments can help hair follicles that are still alive to produce thicker hair and more hair. If the follicle is dead and totally gone, nothing is going to regrow a follicle. But, if the follicle is still there, even if one little tiny thin hair is coming out, regenerative medicine treatments can help that follicle produce thicker hair and more hairs out of the follicle.

Now, let’s talk about neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia and peripheral neuropathy. Both of these conditions can be improved by regenerative medicine treatments. Let’s take dementia today for example. One very common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Many doctors throughout the world have had excellent success in treating this condition with a regenerative medicine cellular treatment known as neuroregenesis. Though not a cure for the disease, noticeable and measurable positive outcomes usually occur. This treatment can address significant deterioration of brain dysfunction as well as with stages of forgetfulness. The treatment has been able to bring many people who are severely limited back into a more normal life and a more normal interaction with their families. It is also a useful treatment to help reverse aging related minor decline of brain function. For example, when someone feels as if their mind is not as sharp or quick as when they were younger, this regenerative medicine treatment can help.

The important thing to remember is that the goal of stem cell activating treatments is to restore structure and function of damaged tissues and organs. It works in part by the body’s innate ability to heal and rejuvenate. It is a very powerful and proven medical breakthrough.