Before we are fully formed human beings, in our fetal development stages, stem cells are continuously being produced. Fetal and embryonic stem cells are called, pluripotent. Pluripotent stem cells have the ability to develop and function into other types of stem cells, which helps our bodies grow within the womb.
The benefit of our fetal stem cells lies within the membrane. The membrane produces cells that can regenerate and become any one of many different types of cells. For example, the nervous system, bones, cartilage, skin and essentially every cell in the body can regenerate and renew. The majority of our adult stem cells (somatic) do not have this same ability. Somatic cells generally remain in a dormant state (quiescent) unless they are called into action due to sickness or adverse conditions. However, if there is a chronic underlying disorder, infection and/or illness, these cells typically become depleted with aging, and over time, our bodies have difficulty repairing and regenerating it’s cells.
Stem cells are found throughout our entire body. The cells in our vessels, skin, and arteries are known as epithelial stem cells. The cells in our brains are called neural, and in several studies back in the 1990’s, these neural stem cells were shown to help the brain’s three primary cells regenerate and repair itself. Stomal cells support blood, cartilage, and fat.
The most impressive stem cells that we have are found in our bone marrow. These are called hematopoietic cells. Bone marrow stem cells are able to renew and differentiate themselves into all other types of stem cells. The can be mobilized out of the marrow and into the bloodstream to help the body repair itself wherever it is needed.
Of course, there are options for external embryonic stem cells to be transplanted in vivo, but there is still a lot of controversy and concern with those procedures. The good news is that with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), our stem cells have been studied and show extraordinary results of regeneration. This is especially true with bone marrow stem cells.
Nitric oxide in the bone marrow helps these stem cells to proliferate, and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy increases nitric oxide production, and therefore, increases the bone marrow’s stem cells mobilization into the bloodstream.
A study done by a group of researchers at SUNY (State University of New York) was incorporated so that they could examine the mobilization of stem cells while a patient is under hyperbaric oxygen therapy. These researchers already knew from their previous work that stem cells have the unique ability to regenerate and renew bone marrow derived-stem cell and progenitor cells by a free radicalized mobilization while under HBOT. However, this study is of particular importance because they looked at how increasing the oxygen pressure ranges, or ATA (atmospheres absolute) could potentially produce even more amounts of stem cells. The results were remarkable.
At the 10th and 20th HBOT treatment, measurements of blood stem cell counts were done before and after hyperbaric oxygen therapy was given at 2.5 ATA. The conclusion of the study showed a stem cell growth of 2400 times the amount of Pluripotent stem cells. Pluripotent stem cells have the availability to turn into many different stem cells forms and help to regenerate all areas of the body.
This study alone is changing the way medical professionals are looking at HBOT as an alternative therapy and off-label treatment for various diseases and disorders.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment that delivers 100% oxygen to a patient’s pulmonary system while they are within a pressurized chamber. This saturation of oxygen allows high-levels of life-sustaining oxygen to be delivered to the tissues and organs. This increase of the partial pressure of oxygen at the cellular level accelerates the healing processes and assists in the recovery from numerous indications.
Hyperbaric Centers of Florida is a premier hyperbaric treatment facility located in the Tampa Bay area. Their state-of-the-art hyperbaric clinic provides therapy to outpatients on a 7-day per week basis, 365 days a year.
Currently, There Are 15 FDA Approved
• Air or Gas Embolism
• Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
• Compromised Skin Grafts or Flaps
• Crush Injury, Compartment Syndrome
• Decompression Sickness (Bends)
• Diabetic & Other Non-healing Wounds
• Enhancement of Healing in Selected Problem Wounds
• Exceptional Anemia: Resulting of Bleeding
• Gas Gangrene
• Intracranial Abscess
• Radiation Injury
• Refractory Osteomyelitis
• Thermal Burns
• Idiopathic Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss
HBOT is used “off-label” for various disease states and disorders and HBOT may be ordered by a physician for off-label indications. Hyperbaric Centers of Florida makes no claims as to the efficacy for any indications other than the fifteen approved by FDA.
Common Off-Label Indications:
• Brain Injury
• Bells Palsy
• Cerebral Palsy
• Cosmetic Surgery
• Lyme Disease
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Nerve Injuries
• Oral Disease
• Peripheral Neuropathy
• Rheumatoid Arthritis
• Severe Migraines
• Sports Injury
• Tendon Injuries
• Ulcerative Colitis
• Venomous snake and spider bites
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CD34+/CD45-dim stem cell mobilization by hyperbaric oxygen – changes with oxygen dosage S. Thom, Stem Cell Res. Author
manuscript, PMC 2015 May 1.