Research has shown the use of umbilical cord stem cells to be an effective method in treating certain diseases. The use of umbilical cord stem cells has also been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a treatment for serious eye problems. Read on if you are interested in the capabilities of umbilical cord stem cells.
Umbilical Cord Stem Cells Used to Treat Eye Problems
Therapeutic Properties of Stem Cells
Stem cells are special because of their ability to give rise to different kinds of cells in the body. Umbilical cord stem cells, in particular, have the following properties:
- Plasticity – they can grow other types of cells and tissues.
- Homing – they can travel to the site of damaged tissue.
- Engraftment – they have connective capabilities and can unite with other tissues.
Significant Findings To Date
Duke University Medical Center found that umbilical cord stem cells can grow retinal neurons present in the eyes of rats.
Although studies have shown limited results in rats, this is very useful and relevant for human application. After all, animals and humans have similar anatomy, including the anatomy of the eye.
In humans the retina sends neural signals to the brain. This connection is what allows us to see. These high speed connections, also called Synapses, present in our retina are crucial to this process. In the event that the retina is damaged, different kinds of visual impairment, including blindness can occur.
Umbilical cord stem cells, as the study found, help regenarate retinal synapses. This is because of their ability to produce the three types (1, 2 and 4) of the protein thrombospondins that aid the growth and connective capability of retinal neurons.
Umbilical Cord Blood Serum For Dry Eyes
Other therapeutic vehicles that involve umbilical stem cells include umbilical cord blood serum eye drops. Although it sounds strange, these eye drops are actually very effective for people with dry eyes. Furthermore, the serum contains vitamin A that has the same growth factor found in our eyes’ self-lubricants, like tears. Finally, umbilical cord blood serum has 2-3 times a higher concentration of the growth factor.
Umbilical Stem Cell Treatment in Florida Wellness Center
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Florida Wellness Center now offers Umbilical stem cell treatment as of one of its services through the leadership of Dr. Edward Kondrot, Healing The Eye’s experienced Homeopathic Ophthalmologist. The criteria for this treatment are as follows:
- Must have completed a 3-day vision program and have continued treatment for a minimum of 6 months
- Currently undergoing a detox program if heavy metals have been identified
- Using Microcurrent on the eye to stimulate blood flow
Q: What eye problems can umbilical stem cell therapy possibly cure?
A: Umbilical cord stem cells can help cure age-related macular degeneration (AMD), glaucoma, macular dystrophy, and optic nerve atrophy. Although, an examination of cases would ultimately determine if one is an eligible candidate for the therapy.
Q: What other useful materials can we read regarding this therapy?
A: You can watch Dr. Kondrot’s webinar for more info on stem cells and other eye-related topics.
Watch this video from BBC featuring stem cells as a cure for blindness:
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