Multiple Sclerosis is a progressive disease of the central nervous system that interferes with the brain's ability to send and receive messages. It is believed to be a result of immune-system dysfunction. Inflammation occurs in the breakdown of myelin, the protective insulation surrounding the nerve fibers of the central nervous system. Myelin is destroyed and replaced by scars of hardened patches of tissue. When the myelin is damaged, nerve impulses are not quickly and efficiently transmitted.
Symptoms of multiple sclerosis vary widely, They may include:
- Impaired vision
- Loss of balance and muscle coordination
- Slurred speech
- Tremors and stiffness
- Bladder and bowel problems
- Difficulties with gait (balance or walk), and in severe cases, paralysis.
While there is currently no cure for MS, stem cell therapy is a promising new approach to address debilitating MS symptoms while targeting nerve cell repair by making use of the powerful healing mechanisms of your own body.
Stem Cell Therapy for MS
Stem cells known as mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs have powerful healing properties. They not only stimulate nerve tissue repair, but help to immediately calm inflammation and prevent further nerve cell death.
MSCs can detect changes in the body which are causing pain or dysfunction and can signal the body to provide the correct tools needed for healing. Stem cell therapy can immediately address the debilitating symptoms while getting to work on a more long-term strategy of healing and repair. Stem cells are commonly referred to as “Medicinal Signaling Cells” for this ability to heal injured tissues, organs or body parts, their primary functions being:
- Decreased inflammation
- Stimulated cell and tissue regeneration
- Prevention of further cell death
- Reduction of scar tissue that prevents normal organ function
- Stimulate the creation of new blood vessels
Improvements that have been seen in MS patients treated with stem cells include:
- Increased energy
- Improved memory
- Better balance and coordination
- Improved gait and mobility
- Increased sexual function
- Reduced medications