Stem cell therapy for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) cannot be considered a cure, but recent data has shown promising results. Mesenchymal stem cells can significantly help RA patients by reducing inflammation and stabilizing the immune system.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects more than just the joints. The illness can harm a range of body systems in some people, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart, and blood vessels.
RA is an autoimmune condition that arises when your immune system erroneously targets your own body’s tissues.
Unlike osteoarthritis, which causes wear and tear on your joints, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of your joints, causing severe swelling that can eventually lead to bone erosion and joint deformity. The inflammation caused by RA can also harm other sections of the body. While modern drugs have significantly improved treatment choices, severe RA can still cause physical limitations.
RA causes the immune system to generate cellular and antibody responses to various components of the joint such as type I collagen. As a result of this immune response, not only does joint destruction occur, but also other secondary complications such as pulmonary fibrosis, renal damage, and even heart damage.
While recent data has shown promising results, stem cell therapy can not be considered a “cure” for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, mesenchymal stem cells can significantly help RA patients by reducing inflammation and stabilizing the immune system.
Rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic autoimmune inflammatory condition, may benefit from mesenchymal stem cell therapy. Stem cells have the unrivaled potential to transform into any cell in the body. This is known as differentiation.
Intravenous administration of stem cells can be used to locate and mend damaged tissue throughout the body. Stem cells may be able to heal damaged tissue in RA sufferers, reducing pain and increasing mobility. This impact can be ascribed to mesenchymal stem cells’ anti-inflammatory capabilities.
Besides healing damaged tissues, stem cells have the unique ability to modulate the immune system so as to shut off pathological responses while preserving ability to fight off disease.
Stem cells, specifically mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), migrate to inflamed tissue and begin generating anti-inflammatory molecules. These mediators work locally and do not dampen the patient’s overall immune response. Furthermore, MSCs stimulate the creation of T regulatory cells, a type of immune cell that protects the organism against immunological self-attack.
A recent study on MSCs for rheumatoid arthritis (Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Patients with Active Rheumatoid Arthritis: Safety and Efficacy) found that MSCs reduced pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-6 and TNF-, both of which are temporarily targeted by many current RA treatments.
Through administration of umbilical cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells, we have observed improvements in rheumatoid arthritis patients treated at our facilities.
Stemwell uses cord tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells ethically sourced from full-term human umbilical cords (We do not utilize cells from embryos). We then administer more than 300 million cells that are all thoroughly tested for viability before treatment. These cells are NOT a blood product; therefore, it is extremely safe and does not require HLA or phenotypic matching.
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The patient undergoes an initial evaluation and blood work by Stemwell’s doctor.
Endovenous detox therapy applied to patient
Stem Cell IV Infusion Therapy + localized Autologous stem cell injections in trigger pain points under sedation
Hyperbaric Chamber therapy – Hyperbaric oxygen reduces inflammation, oxygenates injured muscle, and regenerates skeletal muscle via macrophage and satellite cell activation.
Photobiomodulation (PBM Therapy) – the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain.
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Because the body’s immune system cannot distinguish umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as foreign, they are not rejected. Our doctors have administered MSCs hundreds of times and there has never been a single incidence of rejection (graft vs. host disease). In practice, allogeneic (not from the patient) MSCs are approved for the treatment of graft vs. host disease in Canada and New Zealand.
Umbilical cord-derived MSCs also proliferate and differentiate more efficiently than “older” cells, such as those found in the fat and, therefore, they are considered to be more “potent”.
They are typically given intravenously (IV) over the course of a few days.
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Stem cell therapy offers no guarantees and is not promoted as a cure. This is similar to many other medical treatments. Reviewing the patient’s medical history is necessary to determine stem cell therapy eligibility. Any personal information provided is for internal and medical use with our medical providers only. The Stemwell Health headquarters is located in McLean, Virginia. Stemwell Health Virginia is not a stem cell treatment facility or surgical center. Treatments are not conducted anywhere in the US, since these advanced therapies are not yet FDA-approved. All cell therapies are conducted in Colombia where it is regulated by the ministry of health, INVIMA (Columbia’s FDA equivalent) and other local authorities. All treatments are performed within the country’s legal limits and regulatory framework where the specific medical provider practices.