Seemingly everywhere you look there’s a new article about stem cells or placental tissue rejuvenation. But if you’re like a vast majority of Americans, you want to know the facts starting with what exactly it is. Placental tissue rejuvenation is a part of a larger part of emerging regenerative medicine, which unlocks the body’s immense power to heal itself. The truth is this, these treatments work, and they work for a wide variety ailments. It is also important to know that placental tissue therapy are not the same as embryonic stem cell injections, but it works in a very similar fashion. We’ve done the research so that you can get the inside story.
The History of Placental Tissue Rejuvenation
This 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.
First, 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 Therapy
Some 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
Arrowhead Health Centers Can Help Rejuvenate You
Placental tissue rejuvenation is currently being used for treatment in many areas: pain and injury management, heart disease, osteoarthritis, skin rejuvenation, immune system boost, liver disease, kidney disease, joint repair and increased mental performance just to name a few. Along with new treatments comes an influx of information, not all of it correct. We’re here to clear away the misconceptions and help you better understand placental tissue therapy. At Arrowhead Health Centers, we know that when we put people first, people get healthy. Part of that is giving you the facts. We offer placental stem cell injections as a part of our Pain and Injury Management program, so that you can heal from the inside out instead of just managing symptoms. Whatever your pain needs may be, we can create a Recovery Game Plan just for you. If you’d like more information on our Total Joint Rejuvenation program, or if you’d like to know more about Arrowhead Health Centers, please call us at (623) 777-5587.