Most treatments for COPD are only successful in reducing lung damage and bring limited relief from the symptoms. However, modern and more technologically advanced treatment methods are being used to treat COPD in Germany. A number of medical centers such as EuroMedic Healthcare are using sophisticated techniques to treat patients with COPD. The fact that COPD is the leading cause of death of over 3 million people annually is proof enough that new and advanced techniques to treat it has to be identified. Stem cell therapy is being recognized as one of the most promising treatments for COPD.
Stem cell therapy makes use of stem cells to maintain the regenerative processes of the lungs by keeping it in homeostasis by preserving the tissues and functions of the lungs. Adult stem cells can be found in the bone marrow, blood, placenta, umbilical cord, and other tissues, and these cells can be developed into various body tissues or blood cells. Because of their tendency to develop into a number of tissues, adult stem cellsare being used to repair damaged cells, and regenerate tissues. Stem cells can be derived from self – autologous – or from that of another person – allogenic.If these cells are extracted from self, they are less likely to be rejected by the body.
The concept of using stem cell therapy for treating a host of lung disorders is that the regenerative qualities of stem cells help in keeping the destructive and damaging effects caused by excessive exposure to smoke, cigarettes, and other airborne irritants from affecting the functioning of the lungs. Therefore, the lungs will be able to maintain balance and function properly. There have been a number of studies conducted, all around the world, that have projected stem cells to have the ability to help lung tissues recover from damage, repair and regenerate. Therefore, the injection of stem cells obtained from exogenous sources is seen as a way to treat the conditions belonging to COPD. There are valid reports to suggest that stem cell therapy is effective in protecting tissues of the lung by suppressing inflammation. In addition to this, stem cells also have the ability to trigger repair and grown capabilities of organs. During experiments on rats, it was noted that stem cells had, in fact, increased the growth and regeneration of blood vessels, alveoli and other tissues. Interestingly, stem cell therapy in mice has shown tremendous benefits which have the ability to prove successful in treating a number of respiratory diseases that include COPD.