Stem cell therapy holds a lot of promise, but so far it is known to be effective for only a few conditions: a limited number of blood, immune system, metabolic, and bone marrow disorders. If a doctor or clinic suggests you receive stem cells to treat and other condition, check that you will be participating in and FDA approved research study and discuss your plans with your regular doctor.
A “Patient Handbook on Stem Cell Therapies” from the International Society for Stem Cell Research has guidance for anyone considering stem cell treatment. If you are curious about what stem cells are, where they come from, and why scientists are so excited by them, explore this FAQ page.
Be especially wary of clinics or doctors attempting to attract new patients via print or online advertisements touting stem cell therapy. Many of them offer stem cell “treatments” that are neither proven nor regulated, may waste your money, and can be quite dangerous.