Lyme disease is the infectious pathology caused by the bacterium – Borrelia burgdorferi. What is specific about this bacterial disease is that it is transmitted in the population via bites of the infected blacklegged ticks.
After getting into the bloodstream, Borrelia burgdorferi actively spreads, affecting the brain and spinal cord, muscles and joints, and the immune system. Changes in the nervous tissue and musculoskeletal system are often irreversible. Treating Lyme disease with stem cells is the only option leading to the complete functional rehabilitation.
Conventional treatment options
As the bacterial agent, Borrelia burgdorferi is susceptible to the antibiotics. The early (localized) Lyme disease treatment includes prescription of cefuroxime, doxycycline, or amoxicillin. Proper antibiotic therapy in the early stages provides the fast and complete heal from Lyme disease.
Unfortunately, conventional treatment schemes still demonstrate poor results, often being unable to prevent the severe disability (paralysis or persistent seizures) in patients with the disseminated Lyme disease.
According to the MyLymeData, an ongoing practical research project, 38% of patients try alternative treatments in combination with antibiotics. Moreover, 31% of patients use alternative treatments as the monotherapy. Stem cells are the most promising alternative therapy.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells are the progenitors of all cells in the human body. Being non-specific from the beginning, they can differentiate into any necessary tissue. Depending on the source and harvesting procedure, the following types are used for the stem cell therapy:
- Human embryonic stem cells are harvested from the non viable embryos. They are used in a limited number of countries due to the ethical aspect.
- Adipose derived stem cells are harvested from the patient’s adipose tissue.
- Umbilical cord stems cells are harvested from the umbilical cord blood. These cells give origin to the red blood cells and the immune system components.
Stem cells are deprived from the superficial antigens, thus the patient’s immune system does not attack them regardless of the origin (autologous or donor cells).
How does this work?
Depending on the aim of therapy, the processed stem cells may be applied in the several ways:
- Injection into the local circulation – arteries that supply the affected organ (e.g. heart or muscles).
- Injection into the systemic circulation – spreading the stem cells through the whole body in order to target the immune system
- Injection into the cerebrospinal fluid – optimal way to reach the brain and spinal cord.
Once the stem cells find the damaged area, they fixate on the tissues and restore a missed part of the organ. The process of differentiation may be enhanced by applying small dosages of the ionizing radiation.
Restoring of the nervous tissue relieves seizures, cognitive and mental problems. Restoring of the heart muscle improves physical capacities and life expectancy. In addition, the therapy reduces inflammation and alleviates pain.
Where can I undergo stem cell therapy?
Patients with Lyme disease can receive the stem cell therapy in a limited number of hospitals worldwide. Today, the best treatment schemes and the most beneficial results are offered by the Clinic of Advanced Biological Medicine, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
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