A lot of alchemists and wizards spent many years of their life composing the recipe for the elixir of youth. Perhaps the greatest effort in this field can be attributed to the alchemists at the court of Emperor Rudolph II, who was obsessed by the thought of and the desire for eternal youth. Though he invested in the research a goodly sum of money, nobody brought him the magic concoction. Can current science find it?
The basis of the production of the youth elixir at the Emperor's court was a decoction of herbs, extracts of animal origin, or crushed minerals which the alchemists mixed, boiled, and tried to provide magical power with the help of spells.
Current scientists are betting on a much stronger weapon. They are putting their hopes into stem cells, by the help of which they try to slow down the aging of the organism and repair defects resulting from cell division during the aging process. "The use of stem cells to combat the aging process and to restore damaged tissue is not a completely new idea. Even Charlie Chaplin underwent a long time ago stem-cell therapy at a Swiss clinic. At that time stem cells derived from ovine tissues were used.
Currently in Anti-Aging medicine purified extracts from embryonic precursor stem cells are used," MUDr. Monika Golková, senior consultant of the Anti-Aging Clinic A2C explains.
The advantage of stem-cell therapy is that they penetrate the targeted cell and act exactly where the effect is expected. They do not work elsewhere. This minimizes unwanted adverse effects. "For regenerative and rejuvenating treatments, stem-cell extracts which have been purified several times are used that are free of all antigens. That's why their use is much wider than in conventional medicine where pure stem cells are used. However, it is necessary to follow certain principles when applying them.
Rejuvenating or regenerative therapy should not be given, for example, to a pregnant woman or a person with acute health problems, such as acute inflammation or oncological diseases," senior consultant Monika Golková informs us.
The pioneers of cell therapy include the Swiss Clinique La Prairie founded in 1931 by Dr. Paul Niehans.
Since its establishment, the clinic has been a spa and health center which has also been involved in the treatment by stem-cell extracts from different tissues of sheep and sheep embryos. Fresh animal stem cells (in particular, cells derived from hepatic embryo liver cells were used sequentially) were administered to the patients as a rejuvenating agent that encouraged their immune system and helped them to recover. This anti-aging method brought unexpected results and became known throughout the world under the concept of revitalization.
Among the clients of the clinic belonged many well-known personalities over the 80 years of activity of this clinic. Among others, Charlie Chaplin, Marlene Dietrich and Charles de Gaulle.
At present, the clinic offers a number of rejuvenation programs and treatments aimed at total regeneration using stem-cell extracts, aesthetic medicine and rehabilitation, and specializes in the treatment of problems associated with exhaustion, insomnia, depression or controlled weight reduction. Its main clientele includes wealthy people from Russia, China and the Arab countries.