What is Regenerative Medicine?
Regenerative medicine is a game-changing area of medicine with the potential to heal damaged tissues, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that today are beyond repair.
Regenerative medicine itself isn’t new — the first bone marrow and solid-organ transplants were done decades ago. But advances in developmental and cell biology, immunology, and other fields have unlocked new opportunities to refine existing regenerative therapies and develop novel ones such as stem cell therapy and prolotherapy. Cells in the body once thought to be no longer able to divide (terminally differentiated) — including the highly specialized cells constituting the heart, lungs, and nerves — have been shown to be able to remodel and possess some ability to self-heal.
The Three Rs
- Rejuvenation. Rejuvenation means optimizing your body’s innate ability to heal itself. Though after a cut your skin heals within a few days, other organs don’t repair themselves as readily.
- Replacement. Replacement involves stem cell therapy or prolotherapy that stimulates the production of new, vital cells and healthy tissue.
- Regeneration. Regeneration involves delivering specific types of cells or cell products to diseased tissues or organs, where they will ultimately restore tissue and organ function. This can be done through stem cell therapy. Regenerative medicine holds the promise of definitive, affordable health care solutions that heal the body from within.