Stem cells can be considered “mother cells” because they can ultimately transform into any type of cell in the body and multiply indefinitely in order to self-renew. This means that stem cells can eventually become blood, bone, muscle, brain, heart, skin, and many other types of cells. Since all other cells in the body develop for one specific purpose, these characteristics make stem cells very unique and exceptionally valuable.
Stem cells can be obtained from various sources, including tissues from human fat, umbilical cord blood, amniotic fluid, adult bone and brain marrow, and human skin cells. Stem cells from specific origins often work best in certain applications, which is why bone marrow stem cells have been widely used in transplants for years.
When stem cells are utilized in stem cell therapies they replace damaged, diseased, and defective cells. Upon injection the stem cells are guided by the damaged tissues that send inflammatory signals, and when they reach the location of the injury the stem cells begin self-renewing in order to heal the targeted location. This means that rather than simply providing temporary pain relief, stem cells actually restore degenerated tissue and significantly reduce pain.
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