David Ikudayisi, an expert in stem cell medicine and founder, Glory Wellness and Regenerative Centre, Lagos, tells CHIOMA UMEHA how to manage and treat cases of sexual dysfunction, arthritis, hip, knee and shoulder pain; sexual dysfunction, among others. EXCERPTS:
Could describe regenerative medicine and its application to the treatment of sexual dysfunction?
Regenerative medicine is a branch of translational research in tissue engineering and molecular biology, which deals with the process of replacing, engineering or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore or establish normal function. Sex is cherished because of the pleasure people derive from it. It doesn’t matter whether you are a man or a woman. It is designed by nature to be enjoyed, especially when you are married. Besides, it is the only natural way of procreation. Meanwhile, there are hindrances to healthy sexual life that tend to make the lives miserable. One of such is erectile dysfunction suffered by men. A victim will normally not have penile erection to have sex. Or, to put it mildly, the victim may suffer what many people refer to as premature ejaculation. In the case of the woman, her own problem may be loss of vaginal sensation that results in what is commonly called frigidity. There are various traditional medical remedies to erectile dysfunction or loss of vaginal sensation. However, there is an emerging regenerative medicine that promises to treat the two hindrances to sex just like many other forms of treatment, if not better.
Can you explain further?
Regenerative medicine refers to a therapy that involves the use of a patient’s own platelets (through a process called Platelet Rich Plasma, PRP) and adult stem cells (through a process called Adult Stem Cell Therapy) to repair and accelerate body natural healing process and prevent further tissues degeneration related to both medical and aesthetic conditions. PRP is blood plasma that has been enriched with platelets, and contains growth factors which may elicit the gathering of stem cells around the damaged region stimulating cellular proliferation and tissue regeneration. In the case of adult stem Cell Therapy, stem cells are found in specialised areas of many tissues, including bone marrow and fat. The cells are capable of self-renewal and differentiation.
How would you relate this to healing or treatment?
The cells are recruited from the body to replace those lost over time and facilitate repair due to injury. These autologous stem cells are taken from an adult patient. Regenerative medicine has allowed clinicians to tap into the healing potential provided by these cells. When injected into a diseased or injured area, adult stem cells can develop into healthy specialised cells needed to repair damaged tissues.
Can regenerative medicine be used to treat, replace and restore tissues or organs dysfunctions?
Stem cell therapy has been a subject of intense research over the years. Today, stem cell therapy is being successfully used to regenerate tissue or renew cells in diseases such as leukaemia, diabetes, Parkinson’s or even sports injuries and other injuries to the bone or skin.
What about the cure of kidney failure through stem cell therapy?
Successful cases have been reported in India, where stem cells from bone marrow and fat are used to cure patients suffering from acute and chronic nephritis which could result in kidney failure. In this form of treatment, the mesenchymal stem cells as well as the bone marrow are delivered directly into the kidneys, which help to initiate the process of the organ repairing the damage on its own.
Similarly, stem cell therapy has been used to transplant bone marrow stem cells to treat complications of multiple myeloma arising in a kidney transplant patient.
Stem cell therapy may not completely cure kidney failure, but it can definitely be used to halt the progression of CKD and in improving success rates of kidney transplants. Currently available stem cell therapy uses stem cells to regenerate and repair damaged renal cells, improving the function of the kidney and slowing down the disease’s progression.
How does PRP resolve erectile dysfunction problems?
Since the process regenerates damaged tissues very fast under a procedure called P-Shot for Men, it gives treated men the possibility of saving their relationships by increasing stamina, enjoying bigger and harder genitals, and eventually increase in length and girth. For women, the regenerative medicine procedure for them is called orgasm-shot.
This procedure leads to increased ability to have orgasm, better arousal from clitoris stimulation, decreased pain for painful intercourse, tighter vaginal opening, increased sexual desire and natural lubrication, and increased arousal from G-spot stimulation.
Besides, because of the O-Shot rejuvenation capabilities, there is help available for women suffering from urinary stress incontinence without the need for invasive surgery. Now, it is not only in sex that regenerative medicine helps. It works through Vampire Breast Lift and Vampire Nipple Lift to do what a good bra can do (improve the breast cleavage line) and restore sensitivity to the breast.
Above all, regenerative medicine offers generalised body repair through intravenous delivery of autologous adult stem cells. This can be considered by couples without children but in dire need. In other words, this procedure can resolve infertility challenges. Of course, direct delivery of stem cells to the ovary will offer better results when it becomes available after human trials have been conducted and completed.
Intravenous delivery of autologous adult stem cells is being used to treat various illnesses and for anti-aging. Because it is autologous and no risk of rejection, adult stem cells transplantation can also be considered by people looking for alternative treatments, especially in diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, joint pain, Alzheimer and stroke.