Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that are able to differentiate into specialized cell types. Stem cells come from two main sources: embryonic and Adult tissue cells.
Embryonic Stem cells are taken from the early embryo. These cells are controversial and are not used in regenerative medicine.
Adult Stem Cells are used for regenerative medical purposes. These cell types exist throughout the body within bone marrow, adipose tissue (fat), blood vessels, skin, liver and muscle. Perinatal tissue sourced from the umbilical cords of live healthy births, is also source of adult stem cells.
Umbilical cord stem cells and placental based tissues are used at Natural Health Works, in Oregon City. These tissue sources are from young healthy donors and are immune privileged. Umbilical cord tissues are minimally manipulated human tissue allografts processed in a FDA registered lab. These cells are a heavily screened and are a healthy source of vibrant young adult mesenchymal stem cells. They contain important proteins, growth factors and cytokines needed for repair and regeneration.
Stem cells have three important functions in the body.
- Reduce Inflammation
- Modulate your immune system
- Repair and Regeneration
It’s important to use stem cells that are from a young source because as we age, the potency and the number of stem cells that we have decreases. Studies show that stem cell function reduces with age. By using healthy, young stem cells from the umbilical cord, you optimize your healing potential and have better outcomes.