Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and Stem Cells
HBOT has proven to be very effective before and after stem cell treatments. Its high degree of safety in current methods provides a potential for augmenting the success of such procedures. Exposure to hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) can cause rapid stem cell mobilization in the peripheral circulation (from own bone marrow as well as for those implanted). Studies have shown that HBO therapy augments growth factor synthesis. If growth factors are elevated in peripheral wounds, damaged or ischemic tissues and/or sites exposed to radiation, these factors would attract mobilized stem cells to home to the affected areas, where vasculogenesis occurs. Postnatal neovascularization occurs by sprouting of endothelium from preexisting blood vessels (angiogenesis) allowing blood irrigation and therefore regeneration of bone and tissues.
Scientific studies provide new insights into variable mechanisms for hyperbaric oxygen therapy. HBOT can assess the growth potential of the implanted stem cells. The results from flow cytometry in stem cells exposed to HBO therapy indicate high regeneration responses. High levels of oxygen molecules in body fluids and blood stream can result in better stem cell response.
What Stem Cells can do for you?
Stem cells have a remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body. Serving as a sort of repair system for the body they can divide without limit to replenish other cells. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has a potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with more specialized function such as muscle cell, a red blood cell, or brain cell.
Stem Cell and Degenerative Diseases
Stem Cells offer the possibility of renewable source of replacement cells and tissues to treat a number of degenerative diseases, conditions and disabilities including: Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, Autism, spinal cord injury, stroke, burns, heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Hepatitis C, Severe Immune System Disorders, leukemia, lymphoma as well as a wide variety of neurological disorders among many others degenerative diseases and medical indications.
The Power of Division
Conventional thinking has it that stem cells are only good for regenerating red blood cells and immune system cells. However, this is not true. Many lab studies have shown that stem cells can be transformed into other cell types such as neurons, heart cells, liver cells, etc. In human use, it has been shown that stem cells can favorably benefit various neurological conditions and medical challenges in which the immune system has been greatly compromised.
Hoping for Body Regeneration
Stem cells could launch a new era of medicine, curing deadly diseases with custom-made tissues and organs. Scientists have discovered chemical “signatures” on stem cells that correlate with what they tend to become. We stand at the threshold of a new exciting medicine of regeneration where transplants of stem cells can potentially restore function to injured, diseased and debilitated tissues and organs. Stem Cell treatment is evolving into a therapeutic tool that is more useful than anything we can now envision. By developing this technology today, we can hopefully establish therapies that will benefit our children and grandchildren in the years to come.