“Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”
Stem cells have captured the attention of the medical community within recent decades, and for good reason. These powerful cells have capabilities unlike any other cells, holding promise for effective treatment across a broad range of conditions. As part of our commitment to pioneering advanced medical services and offering the highest degree of care to our patients, Cenegenics is now offering stem cell therapy at two of our locations.
While you may have heard some information about stem cell therapy, you’d probably like to know more before you decide whether it’s right for you. Here, we share everything you need to know about stem cells and how they can help you achieve optimal wellness.
Stem cells are the foundation from which specialized cells are created. Either in the body or in a lab setting, stem cells can divide and create new cells, known as daughter cells, under specific conditions. They can duplicate indefinitely and transform into a number of specialized cell types, including brain or muscle cells. Likewise, their daughter cells can also become specialized cells (differentiation) or become new stem cells (self-renewal). These capabilities are what make stem cells so special, as no other cell type in the body has them.
In therapeutic applications, the powers of stem cells have significant potential. From helping to control the effects of autoimmune diseases to enhancing overall wellness and providing anti-aging benefits, the benefits of stem cells span far and wide. Yet, the quality of services and stem cells themselves are integral to ensuring the best possible patient outcomes.
Although adults have stem cells which can be retrieved from adipose tissue and bone marrow, these cells age over time. Younger stem cells are more powerful, which is why mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) extracted from umbilical cord tissue are the preferred option for stem cell therapy. These unique cells have high abilities to both self-renew and differentiate. Plus, they boast powerful anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties, which further aid in healing.
Stem cells can be extracted from the patient themselves for what’s known as autologous stem cell therapy. Or, in the case of allogenic stem cells, they may be provided from a donor. While autologous stem cells do have a lower risk of rejection, they require surgical extraction and will always be as old as the age of the patient. Thus, they are typically much less powerful than allogenic stem cells.
Conversely, allogenic stem cells do not require any surgical procedures and are much younger. To ensure the quality of our stem cells, Cenegenics performs rigorous screening on all donors, assessing social, lifestyle, and family factors, as well as medical history and recent travel. We also perform blood testing in a certified lab to screen for conditions such as hepatitis and HIV. Additionally, our stem cells are preserved in a regulated cleanroom environment monitored by expertly-trained staff. We use strict protocols and quality assurance guidelines to maintain an unwavering commitment to safety and quality.
Once a patient has been approved for stem cell therapy, they will work closely with a Cenegenics physician to devise a personalized treatment plan with specific goals. Patients can then arrange their treatment and prepare to receive 100 million MSCs via IV infusion. The treatment is painless and is performed in the comfort of our luxurious suites.
Stem cells have the ability to distinguish signals from compromised cells in the body, which communicate the changes that must be made to restore health. These signals direct the cells as to how and where to perform repairs. Stem cells also help to regulate the immune system and boost blood flow, thereby further optimizing body-wide healing and repair.
The medical community is discovering more and more applications for stem cell therapies, and the list of conditions which can benefit from stem cells seems to grow every day. For now, here are some of the most common stem cell therapy applications:
An estimated 30 million people in the U.S. have osteoarthritis, which is most prevalent in individuals aged 60 and up. In this condition, the joints are damaged as a result of general wear and tear. Because joints normally have a limited ability to heal and repair themselves, cartilage regeneration is minimal, and osteoarthritis patients experience lingering discomfort.
Research indicates osteoarthritis patients who have received stem cell therapy felt a significant reduction in pain and a noticeable improvement in quality of life. Moreover, these benefits were enjoyed without any serious adverse side effects.
Up to 50 million people in the U.S. are living with an autoimmune disease. These conditions are characterized by an immune system which attacks healthy cells. For example, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when the immune system has an adverse response and goes after healthy joints. This can cause chronic pain and lasting damage. With their abilities to modulate the immune response and differentiate into bone cells, stem cells appear to be a promising treatment for RA and similar autoimmune diseases.
Although aging is a natural part of life, the risk for many different conditions also increases with age. One important element of aging well is the ability to control the body’s acute inflammatory response. Chronically elevated inflammatory markers are the precursor for many preventable diseases, including cardiovascular disease. Stem cells can help to decrease the pro-inflammatory response throughout the body, acting as immune system modulators and helping to slow or minimize some of the more harmful effects of aging.
Unfortunately, the body’s natural production of stem cells declines with age. Yet, MSC therapy can help. MSCs kickstart the body’s own healing processes by stimulating regeneration and secreting beneficial cellular products, exosomes, and molecules.
Beyond the treatments listed above, stem cells have also been used in therapeutic applications of neurodegenerative conditions, as well as heart and lung conditions.
There are a number of unique advantages to stem cell treatments. First, this therapy is a promising supplemental or alternative treatment for conditions in which other treatments may be poorly tolerated or produce suboptimal results. Additionally, research indicates stem cell therapy leads to few or no adverse side effects.
MSCs are among the most widely studied cellular therapies, with more than 800 registered clinical studies having been conducted across the world, and more than 3,000 citations to publications. Stem cell therapy has been administered to tens of thousands of patients worldwide with little to no adverse effects. Among the 3% of patients who did report side effects, the effects were temporary and minimal, and included nausea, chills, and body aches.
Stem cell therapy is considered safe, but infusions must still be administered by experienced clinicians. Many protocols must be in place to assure safety, which is why all patients should seek out a trusted provider for stem cell therapy.
Beyond its safety and low risk for adverse effects, stem cell therapy is also becoming increasingly popular for its life-enhancing benefits. Stem cells achieve regeneration and combat immune imbalances and inflammation in ways no other cell type can. For patients who have experienced poor outcomes from traditional treatments, they can help improve quality of life. Even in individuals who do not have any chronic illness or injuries, they may help to preventively minimize the effects of aging. The stronger your population of stem cells, the better you’ll be able to optimize your wellness at every age.
Stem cells are the cells that act as the foundation for all other cells. These raw materials form other cells with specialized functions. Both in the body and in a laboratory setting, these cells can divide indefinitely into daughter cells. They can transform into specific varieties of cells, including brain, muscle, blood, heart, and bone cells.
Daughter cells can become new stem cells in a process known as self-renewal. Or, they may become specialized cells with unique functions, which is known as differentiation. Stem cells are the only type of cells with these unique capabilities.
Cenegenics uses pure mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs. These adult stem cells are located within the bone marrow, but the MSCs Cenegenics uses are isolated and developed from umbilical cord tissue. In addition, MSCs can be extracted from adipose (fat) tissue, dental pulp, placenta, bone marrow, fallopian tubes, and peripheral blood.
When stems cells are derived from the patient’s own tissue, they are referred to as autologous. When they’re retrieved from someone else, they’re known as allogenic cells. Cenegenics uses allogenic cells derived from umbilical cord tissue because they are the most powerful source available. Plus, autologous cells are more likely to carry the diseases we develop through adulthood. Unsurprisingly, studies indicate that our own stem cells aren’t as effective as young allogenic stem cells.
MSCs have been used in more than 800 clinical studies worldwide and appear in more than 3,000 citations (PubMed). They are therefore among the most heavily studied and pursued cellular therapies. Tens of thousands of individuals have undergone therapy with allogenic MSCs with little to no adverse effects. For this reason, MSCs are considered safe.
Roughly 3% of patients experience adverse effects with MSCs, but symptoms are mild, experienced directly after receiving stem cell therapy, and quickly resolved. Symptoms may include chills, nausea, and body aches.
Our stem cell donors undergo testing, including prescreening for genetic abnormalities and karyotype analysis to ensure no genetic issues are present. Additionally, we perform testing on the stem cells themselves to assess for viruses and bacteria according to FDA standards. Once the cells are grown, further testing is completed to ensure the utmost level of quality. Additionally, we test the cells according to the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) to verify that the cells are MSCs.
Every type of specialized cell has a unique structure, shape, and function. According to research, MSCs can distinguish signals sent by distressed or sick cells, which communicate the changes that need to take place in the body. These signals allow the stem cells to determine what type of repairs are needed and where. Stem cells also release factors to help regulate the immune system and boost blood flow, thereby supporting overall healing.
Because stem cell therapy is personalized (as with every Cenegenics program), treatment durations may vary. Once you’ve been selected as a candidate for the treatment, your Cenegenics physician will begin designing your program. You can expect to stay at our facility for two nights or more, depending on your individual treatment goals.
Stem cell therapy is a simple procedure which isn’t painful in the slightest. It consists only of an IV infusion, through which the stem cells will be administered. Roughly 100 million MSCs will be transferred during the procedure. As the cells are prepared, you can relax in our inviting suite.
The time it takes for MSC stem cell therapy to begin producing noticeable results varies based on a number of factors. First and foremost, the condition being treated will dictate the time line. Factors such as diet, preexisting medical conditions, social history, and environmental impact may also impact the treatment’s efficacy. Similar to any medical treatment, there is no guarantee that you will witness noticeable benefits. With that being said, many patients notice immediate improvements, while others report changes within six months.
Stem cell treatment is considered an elective procedure, and is therefore not covered by health insurance.
As of now, the FDA has only approved stem cell therapies using cord blood or bone marrow for treating cancers of the blood and bone marrow.
Cenegenics offers stem cell therapy at our Mexico clinics, with locations in Mexico City or Los Cabos, Baja California.
If you’re interested in exploring the benefits of stem cell therapy firsthand, please note the following:
-All stem cell therapy programs are completely personalized, so you will need to schedule your treatment in advance. A Cenegenics Mexico-International Health Concierge will be happy to make all of the arrangements for you.
-You can also reach us by phone: +1 832 618-4708
-Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (CST)
Upon receiving your request and approval for stem cell therapy, we will reach out to you with tentative dates. You can then select a time and date that works for your schedule. Please allow one to two business days for a response.
No more than 30 days before your MSC therapy, Cenegenics will perform extensive laboratories in the state/country, including panel labs:
HCV RNA by PCR
The results of these labs will be sent to [email protected] at least three days before your treatment.
100 million IV MSCs therapy, with a 2 nights’ stay at Santa Fe Westin Hotel and airport transfers: $19,000 USD
Only 100 million IV MSCs therapy: $18,900 USD
Los Cabos, Baja California
100 million IV MSCs therapy, with a 2 nights’ stay at Hotel Grand Velas, plus wellness suite, one massage SPA – luxury, all inclusive (gourmet meals and premium beverages) + VIP airport transfers: $22,500
100 million IV MSCs therapy only: $20,900
To provide complete personalization, Cenegenics offers a variety of options depending on the package and location you choose. Every package includes the administration of 100 million MSCs via IV. This service is only available Tuesday through Friday.
To schedule your stem cell procedure, Cenegenics requires full payment in advance. Payments are accepted via wire transfer and American Express. Upon receipt of payment and confirmation of dates, we will request stem cells from the lab. At this point, the date cannot be changed, as stem cell preservation requires administration within 24 hours of receipt. If notice is received no less than 7 days before the scheduled date, rescheduling is possible. Please note that refunds will not be offered in the event of a missed appointment.
If you’re ready to explore the benefits of stem cell therapy firsthand, Cenegenics can help. We currently offer stem cell therapy at our Cenegenics Mexico locations, in Mexico City and Los Cabos, Baja California. Because our stem cell treatment is completely personalized according to your individual needs (as with all Cenegenics programs), we require advance scheduling. A Cenegenics Mexico-International Health Concierge will happily make all necessary arrangements on your behalf, including lab work and travel accommodations. To inquire about stem cell therapy through Cenegenics,