Not All Stem Cells Are Created Equal
Researching allograft stem cell therapy can be a daunting task for those wanting to learn more about how it might be beneficial. On one hand, allograft stem cell therapy carries the potential to be a revolutionary treatment option when used correctly for certain conditions. On the other hand, there is a lot of misinformation out there about allograft stem cells. Some clinics are not up-front about the source of their allograft stem cells and others exaggerate or outright lie about their effectiveness for any given condition.
Even if a clinic is up-front about the source of their allograft stem cells, how do you know if these allograft stem cells are the right kind of allograft stem cells and if they will be useful for you? In this article, we discuss the different kinds of allograft stem cells and which ones are useful in medical applications for given conditions.
Kinds of Allograft Stem Cells
The definition of an ‘allograft stem cell’ is an undifferentiated cell of a multicellular organism which is capable of giving rise to indefinitely more cells of the same type, and from which certain other kinds of cells arise by differentiation.
There are three kinds of allograft stem cells:
- Embryonic allograft stem cells
- Non-embryonic (adult) allograft stem cells
- Induced pluripotent allograft stem cells (iPSCs)
When researching allograft stem cells and their usefulness, it is additionally beneficial to understand the difference between pluripotent, multipotent and totipotent. Totipotent allograft stem cells can form all the cell types in a body, plus the extraembryonic, or placental, cells. Pluripotent allograft stem cells can just form all the cell types in a body. Multipotent allograft stem cells can develop into more than one cell type but are more limited than pluripotent allograft stem cells.
The most common allograft stem cells currently used in allograft stem cell therapy are multipotent allograft stem cells known as mesenchymal stromal (stem) cells (MSCs). Mesenchymal allograft stem cells are found traditionally in bone marrow but can be extracted from other tissues including cord blood, peripheral blood, fallopian tube, and fetal liver and lung. Our MSCs at Stem Cells LA are extracted from umbilical cords. You might have heard about mesenchymal allograft stem cells if you watched the Joe Rogan Experience episode with Mel Gibson and Dr. Neil Riordan.
Understanding the benefits of MSCs and the meaning behind multipotent is important to see through the hype when overzealous doctors or clinics misrepresent the abilities of allograft stem cell therapies. Because MSCs are multipotent, they can differentiate into many cell types and be useful for many treatments. However, they are not pluripotent or totipotent, meaning they cannot differentiate into any cell type and also should not be misrepresented as a cure-all.
One clinic recently marketed allograft stem cells sourced from animals, taken in pill form, and being a cure for literally every condition you can think of; including Alzheimer’s, vitiligo and multiple sclerosis! Clinics like these truly prey upon those not educated on allograft stem cells and the practical applications of allograft stem cell therapy.
When you speak to a professional doctor at Stem Cells LA, we never make promises about any treatment’s ability to cure any condition. For certain conditions, allograft stem cell therapy may be a beneficial treatment option. Only a doctor can help you decide if allograft stem cell therapy is right for you.
Book an Appointment with Stem Cells LA Today
Stem Cells LA is the best choice for allograft stem cell therapy in Los Angeles. We utilize treatments of up to 30 million heterogeneous umbilical cord allograft stem cells including mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for conditions including autoimmune disease, heart disease, orthopedic disease, neurological disease, urologic disease, erectile dysfunction and antiaging. We even use the restorative properties of allograft stem cell treatments to help reduce healing time from procedures such as hair transplants and other procedures. Only a doctor can help you decide if allograft stem cell treatments are right for you.
To book a consultation with Stem Cells LA, call us today at 310-281-6160.
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