Wouldn’t it be great if we could regrow damaged parts of our body? It might sound like something out of a science fiction movie, but medicine has progressed to the point where this is possible, at least in a limited form.
Alternative medicine is the term used to describe these types of therapies that essentially help the body repair itself at the cellular level using the body’s natural cell repair mechanisms. This approach to healing is still somewhat new, but there is a lot of potential to use it to treat previously untreatable diseases and birth defects.
Research into using regenerative medicine techniques has expanded dramatically in recent years, with some highly effective therapies becoming available to patients. Let’s take a look at how regenerative medicine works and some of the more common applications available today.
How Does Alternative Medicine Work?
Alternative medicine works by replacing tissues in organs that have been damaged by disease, injury, or hereditary issues. It differs from other treatments by its approach. This type of therapy seeks to heal the damaged organs directly, instead of treating the condition’s symptoms. Depending on the treatment methodology, regenerative medicine works at either the cellular or the DNA level by using the body’s natural repair mechanisms.
Types of Alternative Medicine
There are three cutting-edge technologies used that fall under the regenerative medicine category:
- Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
- Alternative Medicine Therapy
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)
Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy (PRP)is an injection therapy that uses the patient’s platelets and plasma to speed up the healing process in joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Platelets are a type of blood cell, while plasma is the liquid part of the blood that is rich in proteins. In PRP therapy, some of the patient’s blood is drawn and then run through a centrifuge to concentrate and activate the platelets. The activated plasma is reinjected directly to the injured or damaged organ, which can increase the number of reparative cells. This can accelerate the healing process in the targeted area.
Alternative Medicine Therapy
Stem cells are the basic building blocks of the body. They can transform and change to become any type of molecular cell present within the body. While the use of embryonic Alternative Medicine remains a controversial topic in science and medicine, you may be surprised to learn that adults have Alternative Medicine too. Stem cells can be found in bone marrow, or fat, within adult tissue, but only in small quantities.
Found in small quantities in adult tissue, such as bone marrow and fat, adult Alternative Medicine are a bit more limited in their use than embryonic Alternative Medicine. That said, adult Alternative Medicine have proven to be effective in treating degenerative diseases, including heart disease, spinal cord injuries, osteoarthritis, and others. The treatment works by harvesting adult Alternative Medicine, multiplying and manipulating them for specific use in a lab, and then injecting them into the damaged organ. The new cells that form can contribute to the regeneration of the tissue, and allow for a faster recovery. While these treatments are still relatively new, ongoing research is finding more and more uses for Alternative Medicine all the time and is one of the most promising areas for future treatments.
Perhaps one of the more cutting-edge regenerative medicine therapies is the use of exosomes. Exosomes work to repair the body at the genetic level. Exosomes are part of a person’s genetic makeup that contains small packages of cellular signals designed to allow the body to maintain optimal functioning. They contain proteins such as growth factors, enzymes, and transcription factors that stabilize cell structure, function, and signaling.
Exosomes contain messenger RNA (mRNA- Blueprint for proteins) and microRNA (miRNA- Assists in sending signals between cells). They allow for the transportation of these proteins to their target cells to assist in optimizing cell function.
Exosome therapy has anti-inflammatory, regenerative, and tissue remodeling effects by providing genetic material and instructions to damaged areas of the body, which in turn can promote healing.
Alternative medicine therapies can have effectiveness in treating a wide range of conditions and are generally used in cases where first-line therapies haven’t succeeded. Of course, particular results cannot be guaranteed, and the effectiveness of treatments will depend on a number of variables, including a patient’s particular condition. If you’re interested in learning more about regenerative medicine treatments, schedule a consultation with one of our specialists. We’re happy to discuss your circumstances and possible therapies to help you get back to living the life you want.
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