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    Why undergo Adult Stem Cell Therapy for Stroke Rehabilitation?

    Strokes can be one of the most debilitating occurrences a person can go through. The physical and mental side-effects can cause immeasurable grief to both the patient and their families. These effects can include paralysis, difficulty with walking and basic motor skills, loss of balance, confusion, impaired vision, speech problems, or even death. With about 15 million stroke-sufferers worldwide every year, almost everyone has a family member or close friend whose life has been seriously affected by a stroke.

    A stroke is essentially an interruption in the blood supply to the brain. This can be caused by a blood vessel bursting or being blocked by a clot. With only the few moments of this interruption, the lack of nutrients and oxygen can cause severe damage to brain tissue. It is this damaged tissue that causes the above-mentioned complications.

    Traditional medicine (including drugs, physical therapy, speech pathology, occupational therapy, etc.) has had limited success in helping stroke victims recover their previous functionality up to three months after the stroke, but very few patients show significant improvement after this threshold.

    The good news is that in recent years, we have seen more and more success worldwide with stroke victims showing significant signs of recovery after undergoing stem cell therapy. If you are considering stem cell therapy for yourself or a loved one, you have probably already seen the good news:

    http://www.healio.com/cardiology/stroke/news/print/cardiology-today/%7Bae82a7f2-8798-4f37-8a57-9cdebd57c4cd%7D/iv-stem-cell-therapy-safe-for-stroke-patients

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-22646103

    Though our understanding of the role of stem cells in our bodies is relatively new, stem cell renewal in our bodies is a natural process that has occurred in our bodies since birth. Stem cells are stored and reproduced in our bone marrow. When organs or tissue are damaged, the tissue releases Granulocyte Colony-Stimulating Factor (G-CSF), which is a compound that is commonly known to trigger stem cell release from bone marrow. After that, this tissue releases Stromal-Derived Factor 1 (SDF-1)1, a compound that attracts the stem cells to the affected area. These cells then participate in the repair of virtually any tissue or organ.2 In effect, the more stem cells circulating in your body, the faster you can recover. Stem cell therapy boosts the number of active stem cells circulating in your system released from bone marrow, and due to the incredible natural asymmetrical division process of stem cells in the bone marrow, your bone marrow will not be adversely affected by the release of stem cells.3

    The reason adult stem cell therapy is so effective for stroke victims is that the transplanted stem cells are undifferentiated and therefore able to take on the characteristics of the damaged cells (neurons, astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, etc.) in the brain. Research in recent years has proven that adult stem cells exposed to brain tissue will quickly become a neuron or glial cell.4,5  Essentially, stem cell therapy rebuilds the damaged tissue whereas much of traditional medicine just treats the symptoms.

    1 Abbott JD, Huang Y, Liu D, Hickey R, Krause DS, Giordano FJ. (2004) Stromal cell-derived factor-1alpha plays a critical role in stem cell recruitment to the heart after myocardial infarction but is not sufficient to induce homing in the absence of injury. Circulation 110(21):3300-5.

    2 Díaz-Flores L Jr, Madrid JF, Gutiérrez R, Varela H, Valladares F, Alvarez-Argüelles H, Díaz-Flores L. (2006) Adult stem and transit-amplifying cell location. Histol Histopathol. 21(9):995-1027.

    3  Rando TA. (2007) The immortal strand hypothesis: segregation and reconstruction. Cell. 129(7):1239-43.

    4 Woodbury D, Schwarz EJ, Prockop DJ, and Black IB (2000) Adult Rat and Human Bone Marrow Stromal Cells Differentiate Into Neurons. J. Nurosci Res 61:364-370.

    5 Sanchez-Ramos JR (2002) Neural Cells Derived From Adult Bone Marrow and Umbilical Cord Blood. J. Neurosci Res 69:880-893.

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    Expected Benefits:

    The expected benefits from one of our stem cell therapy programs are extensive and will vary on a case by case basis according to a patient’s condition at the time of the injection of adult stem cells.

    In general though, once the adult stem cells are injected in a patient’s body, it is expected that the injected stem cells will assist in the regeneration and revitalization of the patient’s main internal organs and tissues as well as assist activate the existing body stem cells.

    Specifically for stroke patients, there have been significant improvements documented in coordination, balance, cognitive abilities, and even motor skills after years of paralysis. Sometimes these improvements may be only incremental, but even small improvements in areas such as mobility and coordination can be the difference between complete complete dependency on others and being able to handle daily functions (such as eating, tying shoes, etc.) independently.

    At Thai Regen, we encourage you to research your options carefully and choose the path that is right for you. Stem cell therapy is not a magic cure-all for every ailment but has produced incredible results for certain problems in the body, especially ailments caused by the degeneration or damage of internal organs (such as the brain).

    In addition to helping with the side-effects of suffering a stroke by regenerating brain cells, adult stem cell therapy has a broad range of far-reaching effects to improve your overall health. The revitalizing and improvement in the functions of major organs such as liver, heart, and kidneys as well as key systems such as the hemic and lymphatic systems will in turn help turn back the clock and make the body run more efficiently. With a marked improvement in internal organ functions, it is then expected that the aging symptoms experienced by a patient will be greatly reduced, or possibly disappear altogether, and that their external health appearance, mood, energy level, as well as in many cases, sexual drive will return.

    At the same time, by making the internal organs and systems biologically younger and more efficient, the stem cell therapy is also assisting in delaying the aging process and the onset of a potential degenerative disease, hence the use of the term “rejuvenation” or “anti-aging” therapy.

    Many of our patients that have benefited from one of our Thailand-based stem cell rejuvenation (anti-aging) therapy programs have mentioned several positive effects from the therapy including improvement in their overall physical and mental condition, greater energy levels, a strengthening of the immune system, a better emotional balance, improved mental capacity, and increased libido to name a few.

    If you would like to take part in one of our Thailand based Health Regen Rejuvenation (anti-aging) therapy programs, Please fill out our Health Regen Form so that we can provide you with more details.  You can also go to our Stem Cells Testimonials page to find out how some of our patients have greatly benefited from their rejuvenation stem cell therapy program.

    Our main objective at Thai Regen is not only for our patients to live longer but also to live free of age-related problems and diseases.