Stem Cell Therapy for ALS


Stem Cell Treatment for ALS

ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease is a very aggressive neurological-degenerative disease that impacts the nerve cells within the brain and the spinal cord. In particular ALS refers to the degeneration of the motor neurons that reach out from the brain towards the spinal cord and then towards the muscles. ALS will cause the motor neurons to eventually die and with it the capability of the brain to instigate and manage the voluntary muscle movements similar to Parkinson’s Disease and MS. This will eventually result in total paralyzation for the patient during the late stage of the illness.(Poungvarin and Viriyavejakul 1991)*

Stem cell treatment ALS

Common symptoms for patients suffering from ALS patients include:

    Stiff finger joints

    Uneven fine motor skills

    Weakness in hands due to muscle atrophy

    Problems with keeping head up

    Problems keeping good posture

    Weak muscles in feet, ankle or legs

    Sensory neuropathy

    Slurring of words during speech or trouble swallowing

    Frequent muscle cramps

    Random twitching of tongue, arms or shoulders

    Trouble with respiratory system and breathing normally

Cell Collection

Due to the nature of the progressive neurodegenerative disease, Autologous stem cell treatment or therapy (cells from the patient fat,blood or bone marrow) are not recommended. Our center does not also use Embryonic stem cells or stem cells derived from animals ie “Live Cells”. Our therapy uses only Human Neural Stem Cells that are isolated and expanded into glial restricted progenitors cells (GRP), oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs), astrocytes and neurons.Cell Expansion with Neural Growth Factors

After collection the stem cells are concentrated then isolated to measure the overall quantity and quality of the collected stem cells. Only certain types of  activated stem cells have the capability to transform into the necessary types of cells. These activated stem cells are  capable of regenerating damaged tissues such as the myelin sheath for the treatment of ALS.(Thomsen et al. 2014)*

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