STEM CELLS AS THE MODERN ELIXIR OF ETERNAL YOUTH


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.

 

 

AWAY WITH FATIGUE
 

Though stem-cell therapy in our country is mainly associated with demanding medical interventions, treatment abroad with extracts from stem cells in the fight against aging and the prevention of civilization’s diseases is very widespread. For example, it has a place in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. "In this case, an injectable admixture of stem cells from the adrenal glands, spleen, thymus, placenta and other tissues is used, whereby there is a difference between the extract intended for women and men," the doctor says.

The stem cells applied to the gluteal muscle have the task to support the process of regeneration in the body and the enhancement of the immune system so that one can manage long-term stress more easily and cope with states associated with a high workload which is typical of the present time. In order to make sense of the cure, at least ten doses of the extract should be applied, and it is recommended that the cure be enhanced by the intake of high doses of vitamin C in infusions.

THE WAY TO BEAUTY
 

Many women also believe in the power of stem cells. They apply them in connection with the care for their skin. Stem-cell extracts are used as alternative methods for wrinkle smoothing and skin rejuvenation. There are more possibilities of using stem cells in skin care.

To prevent the formation of wrinkles or to remove already-existing small wrinkles, it is possible to apply the extract of stem cells into the disrupted surface layers of the skin from where the stem cells penetrate deeper and repair the genetic information by dividing the damaged cells and supporting the formation of new collagen and elastic fibers. "The stem-cell extract strengthens in this case the skin’s elasticity and provides the necessary hydration. For best results, hyaluronic acid or some minerals are also included in the serum. This method is non-invasive and not painful because it is not necessary to inject the serum into the deeper layers of the skin," Monika Golková describes the method.

It is also possible to use the extract in the form of an injection. This is done when the wrinkles are very pronounced when the serum is injected under the skin, where it acts in the deep layers. The advantage of this method is that stem cells can also improve the condition of minor scars and skin defects.

THE WAY TO BEAUTY
 

Many women also believe in the power of stem cells. They apply them in connection with the care for their skin. Stem-cell extracts are used as alternative methods for wrinkle smoothing and skin rejuvenation. There are more possibilities of using stem cells in skin care.

To prevent the formation of wrinkles or to remove already-existing small wrinkles, it is possible to apply the extract of stem cells into the disrupted surface layers of the skin from where the stem cells penetrate deeper and repair the genetic information by dividing the damaged cells and supporting the formation of new collagen and elastic fibers. "The stem-cell extract strengthens in this case the skin’s elasticity and provides the necessary hydration. For best results, hyaluronic acid or some minerals are also included in the serum. This method is non-invasive and not painful because it is not necessary to inject the serum into the deeper layers of the skin," Monika Golková describes the method.

It is also possible to use the extract in the form of an injection. This is done when the wrinkles are very pronounced when the serum is injected under the skin, where it acts in the deep layers. The advantage of this method is that stem cells can also improve the condition of minor scars and skin defects.

THEY MAKE TAILORED PRODUCTS
 

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.


HOW IT ALL STARTED


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.