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Like homeopathy, the premise of cellular therapy is “like cells help like cells.”1
What is cellular therapy? Where did it originate?
Cellular therapy is variously known as live cell therapy, glandular therapy, organotherapy, cellular suspensions and embryonic cell therapy. In the 1930s, cellular therapy was made popular by Paul Niehans, a Swiss physician.1
Cellular therapy involves the injection of processed tissues from the embryos, fetuses or organs of animals. Cells that correspond to those of the diseased patient are extracted from the animal. For instance, a patient with lung cancer will be injected with embryonic lung cells from an animal. The animals most commonly used as “donors” are sheep and cows.1
In 1970, one of Dr. Niehan’s associates called Wolfram Kuhnau began offering cellular therapy to patients suffering from cancer in Tijuana (Mexico). The injected cells are considered to travel to the malfunctioning organ and heal it.1
How is cellular therapy beneficial?
Cellular therapy is used to treat the following conditions:
- Chronic viral diseases such as HIV in Hepatitis B and C
- Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinsonism
- Delaying aging2
Studies/research on the efficacy of cellular therapy
- No published clinical trials exist that report the results of cancer patients treated using cellular therapy.1
How is cellular therapy performed?
- Cellular material is collected from the organs of fetuses, usually sheep.
- The fetus is carefully processed using laboratory techniques and freshly injected into the patient.
- Techniques such as classic live cell therapy are used to inject the animal material.
- It is believed that this animal material encourages repair and healing in the damaged or diseased tissues of the patient by inducing regeneration.2
How can you get started with cellular therapy?
Since cellular therapy uses animal stem cells it has widespread potential availability as compared to tissues or cells from the same species. It is recognized that chronic degenerative disease is determined and manifested by an imbalance between many tissues and organs. Thus, practitioners of cellular therapy use different combinations of cellular preparations in order to treat this imbalance.2
Any precautions, contraindications, interactions
Conventional medicine considers cellular therapy to be dangerous since there could be complications after injecting animal material which is foreign to the human body.1
- In the 1950s, a survey conducted in 200 hospitals in Germany where cellular therapy was practiced found that there were around 80 cases of significant immunological events or adverse events.
- The adverse events caused death in 30 individuals. This conclusion was later challenged.2
- Infections with gas-forming bacteria were reported in a clinic.2
- Immune or allergic responses such as polyradiculoneuritis, encephalopathy, immune complex disease and severe skin lesions were reported.2
- In 1987, an editorial in Lancet reported the death of an athlete after using cellular therapy. However, it is not clear whether his death can be attributed to drugs as well.2
The benefit-to-risk ratio of cellular therapy is yet to be determined. Also, the immunological reactions arising from cellular therapy are under explored2
- Yuan C., Bieber E. Textbook of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. CRC Press; 2003. 416p.
- Holt S. The Anti-Aging Triad. AuthorHouse; 2011. 310p.