Hollywood star Cate Blanchett swears by it. Actor Tarek El Moussa just got it done. Celebrity TV star Caroline Stanbury got herself one too. Rafael Nadal was looking at a career end had he not done it, and legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus would have stopped playing if he would not have done this. So what is this common thread that binds all of these celebrities? They have all undergone some type of stem cell therapy.
Ever so often we hear about news on the miraculous stem cell therapy and its limitless potential to treat ills and to make one look young again. There is huge interest for stem cells and the collective monthly volume of keywords that people search for on the internet is a whopping 190,000! So what are stem cells and how do they work?
What are stem cells and how can they help?
Our body is made of trillions of different types of cells. Each of them has a different role to play. Stem cells are pluripotent, meaning, they can, under the right circumstances, have the ability to become any type of cell. These cells play a vital role in regenerating old and damaged tissue and are part of the body’s renewal processes.
In stem cell therapy, an individual’s own stem cells (after removal from the body) are grown in lab conditions. These stem cells will grow exponentially, thereby increasing their numbers. They are then injected into the body. By virtue of their inherent characteristic, they will travel to the area where cells are weakened or need repair. Here, stem cells proliferate and mature into the cells of that region and provide the much needed vigour and vitality. This helps in healing and regeneration of the tissue.