Stem Cell Therapy for Managing Parkinson’s Disease
The unrelenting progression of the Parkinson’s disease can disrupt the quality of life that you lead. Some of its symptoms are readily recognizable and not easy to ignore while others are quite subtle and not easily detected. Some of its manifestations include: troubled sleep, motor control loss, and cognitive damage or impairment.
However, in recent years the infection has become the target of scientists who employ stem cell therapy to manage various conditions. The fatty or adipose tissue your body contains is a rich source for harvesting adult stem cells. That is why doctors at Aspen employ this form of therapy to treat Parkinson’s disease thereby offering many patients the ability to lead normal lives again.
How Does Parkinson’s Disease Occur?
When a chemical known as Dopamine that transmits signals in the brain is not released by nerve cells that produce it, the brain loses its cognitive ability due to lack of motor control. With less dopamine production, you will not be able to perform routine functions like motion control and coordinated movement that will eventually result in muscle rigidity, instability, tremors and slowed movements which progressively worsen with the passage of time.
Degeneration of brain tissue contributes to a variety of infections collectively known as neurodegenerative infections. What exactly causes the infections is not conclusively known, but factors such as deposition of abnormal proteins called Lewy Bodies, genetic factors and other environmental triggers are responsible for inducing irregular brain functions.
Biological Healing Ability of Your Body
Particular stem cells known as mesenchymal stem cells deposited in the fatty body tissue (adipose) can repair damaged areas of the body naturally by diagnosing the infection. When there are parts of the body that are dysfunctional or which cause pain, MCSs can detect them and start a repair or healing process. Due to their ability to heal damaged tissue, the adult stem cells are commonly called “repair cells” because of their ability to:
- Create new blood vessels
- Reduce scar tissue which hinder normal function of organs
- Stopping further death of cells
- Reduce inflammation
- Stimulate tissue and cell regeneration
To repair or regenerate damaged cells of the brain, the stem cells are directly and systematically injected into the damaged areas to enhance production of dopamine. The functions of the brain are also improved by the anti-inflammation properties of the mesenchymal stem cells or MSCs.
Management of Parkinson’s Disease by Stem Cell Therapy
Although stem cell therapy is not yet a cure for Parkinson’s, there is promising evidence to support the ability of this therapy to improve your quality of life and slow the progression of debilitating symptoms.