Stem Cell Therapy in the Philippines

Watching Boy Abunda’s "The Bottomline" made me more curious about stem cell therapy. I’ve been hearing about this but never really took the time to dig deeper on what it really is. Urologist Dr. Dante Dator of the National Kidney and Transplant Institute is a very effective resource person.

Embryonic Stem Cells

What is it about stem cell therapy that convinced known personalities like former President Joseph Estrada and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile to undergo the procedure? Does it really slow down aging? How effective it is? Is it the most effective cure for serious illnesses such as HIV and cancer?
"Stem cell treatments are a type of intervention strategy that introduces new adult stem cells into damaged tissue in order to treat disease or injury. Many medical researchers believe that stem cell treatments have the potential to change the face of human disease and alleviate suffering. The ability of stem cells to self-renew and give rise to subsequent generations with variable degrees of differentiation capacities, offers significant potential for generation of tissues that can potentially replace diseased and damaged areas in the body, with minimal risk of rejection and side effects."
Stem Cell Therapy is becoming widely available in the Philippines. The country will also become the headquarter of stem cell therapy and research hub of Asia with the opening of the Asian Regenerative Center for Cellular Therapies (ARCCT) in September this year.

It is also said that “the ARCCT will be a pioneer and a leader in medical research and innovations, immune and stem cell research and therapies, and in wellness and anti-aging programs. The research and therapies of the ARCCT will serve to advance knowledge of cellular regeneration medicine in Asia and the rest of the world.”

Stem cell therapy potential treatments:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Autism
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cosmetic Rejuvenation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Epstein-Barr
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Face Lift
  • Glaucoma
  • Hair Transplantation
  • Hearing Loss
  • Heart Disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Huntington's Disease
  • Kidney Failure
  • Knee Injuries
  • Liver Disease
  • Lupus
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Optic Nerve Injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis, Emphysema, COPD
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Sports Injuries and Torn Ligaments
  • Stroke

Stem cell therapy offers lots of potentials, the caveat is it is still quite expensive and may not be an option for people with limited financial capability even if the procedure is done in government medical facilities.

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  1. have seen people who underwent stem cell therapy sessions and they are now cured of their diseases like kidney failure, heart failure, diabetic, muscular dystrophy, autism, eyesight problems or blindness and many more.

  2. I have a 5 year old daughter with profound bilateral hearing loss, can this be cured via stem cell treatment?

    1. It would be best to consult the experts on this.

      You can check out this recent article from BBC

  3. Stem cell therapy is an intervention strategy that introduces new adult stem cells into damaged tissue in order to treat disease or injury.

  4. How will ARCCT produce large scale/amount of these stem cells, embryonic or adult for clinical applications?
    What large scale production process are they using? Is it under cGMP?


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