The History of Placental Tissue RejuvenationThis treatment is not new, people have been exploring placental tissue therapy for centuries. Chinese traditional medicine has been using the placenta for over 5000 years. They believed that this tissue could help impotence, treat chronic diseases, reverse infertility, rejuvenate the body, and enhance kidney function and liver function. Ancient Egyptians believed that one soul inhabited the body, and another inhabited the placenta, and it even had it’s own hieroglyph. Elaborate rituals honoring this life giving organ are seen all over the world. Western medicine is finally beginning to see these properties. The beginnings of placental therapy started in the 1930’s with Vladimir Filatov, a Soviet surgeon. He noticed that during the third trimester of pregnancy, and for months after delivery, pregnant women were remarkably healthy. Acting on this hunch, he began research and initiated experimentation that generated the term “placenta therapy.” This referenced implantation of full-term placenta or injections of extract.
The BasicsFirst, let’s talk about the placenta and some common stem cell myths. The tissue used for this is not embryonic in nature. It is the tissue that supplies nutrients to the fetus during growth. Placental tissue is harvested from the maternal placenta after a healthy birth, which was previously just disposed of. This eliminates any ethical or moral concerns associated with other regenerative therapies. The mothers choose to donate and must go through stringent testing and health screening, with their pregnancy closely monitored. Among the many other specifications that must be met, the baby must be born healthy. Once these conditions are met, the placenta is collected and processed by a FDA cleared facility. So why is it perfect for regeneration and rejuvenation? One common myth is that stem cells alone produce this change. This organ contains many nutrients and building blocks that a baby can not produce on its own while still in the womb. It the exact mix of biologically active substances that our bodies need to heal itself- proteins, hormones, vitamins, enzymes, growth factors, DNA, RNA and other organic substances. These building blocks are used by the body and “wakes up” dormant cells in the body, thus effectively reversing damage and stimulating growth. The matrix includes cells that can reverse damage and replace scar tissue or dead tissue. The damaged or aging tissues in our bodies send out cellular signals, called cytokines, indicating exactly what they need. These treatments have been shown to travel to an untreated area and start the healing process there as well!
Benefits of Placental Rejuvenation TherapySome of the advantages of placental rejuvenation therapy include, but are not limited to:
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory
- Decreased risk of side effects
- Reduce pain
- Improve function of muscles, tendons, joints, and ligaments
- Heal wounds
- Increase mobility
- Support soft tissue repair
- Minimize scar tissue
- Cells are brand new and maximally potent
- No risk of tissue rejection