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How Stem Cell Therapy Can Treat Autoimmune Disease

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Promising advances in autoimmune disease treatment have been made in recent years, especially when it comes to the use of stem cell therapy. Stem cells can be programmed to treat specific organs, regenerating tissues that have long ago disappeared. When traditional prescription drug treatments have failed to work, stem cells are a possibility for treatment.

Empower Health in St. Louis uses stem cell therapy for autoimmune diseases as part of our regenerative medicine treatments. Some of the conditions we can treat are diabetes, Hashimoto’s disease, arthritis, and old injuries. To see what we can do for you, make an appointment at our St. Louis office today.

Here are some of the ways that stem cell therapy can treat autoimmune diseases.

Regenerating Cells

Tissue damage can occur from a variety of conditions. This loss of tissue can interfere with your movement, making you lose out on activities you once enjoyed, but also cause significant pain. We can regenerate those lost and damaged tissues with the use of your own stem cells. You could see an increase in your range of motion, feel better overall, and begin to get back to some of the things you did once before.

Healing Inflamed Cells

Autoimmune disease can cause inflammation in many parts of the body, in addition to the tissue damage mentioned above. Inflammation is an immune response that stimulates other responses in the body, so treating it is important to the healing process. Stem cells can heal those inflamed cells and shut off the inflammatory response from the body and increase its ability to fight disease. T cells, which are critical in fighting disease, are also produced with the introduction of stem cells.

Producing Antibodies

B lymphocytes work in conjunction with the T cells to fight infection. B cells create antibodies that fight infection, and eventually become plasma cells that will further produce antibodies. Autoimmune diseases produce antibodies that attack the body, but stem cells can counteract that activity, bringing it back to a normal state.

Reversing the Disease Process

The evidence that stem cell therapy can reverse autoimmune disease is mounting. A study published by the hematology journal Haematologica showed that transplanting stem cells helped to reverse the processes in people who had multiple sclerosis, systemic sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, arthritis, and autoimmune cytopenia. These patients had tried traditional treatments before with no success, and had suffered relapses. These patients reported that after their treatments, they were able to put their autoimmune conditions in remission, or reverse them altogether. These studies are ongoing, and over time, we will know even more about the ways that stem cells can benefit people.

To learn more about how stem cell therapy can help you and your autoimmune disease, make an appointment with Dr. Kyle Longo at Empower Health in St. Louis today. He treats patients using cutting-edge stem cell treatments, and can employ regenerative medicine techniques to help you.

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