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What is the difference between Live Cell Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy?

The principle behind these therapies is identical. Cells are injected into a human recipient in order to restore the function of a diseased organ. The key difference between these 2 methods is the source of the cells:

Stem Cell Therapy uses HUMAN cells gained from a donor or HUMAN embryo.

Live Cell Therapy and Organ Peptide Therapy uses only ANIMAL cells.


Where do cell therapy extracts come from?

Cell therapy extracts and live cells are harvested from animals. Usually, sheep, goats, cows or pigs are used. Some manufacturers also use shark. Young animals or embryos are used for cell extract production.


What animal is best to use?

Each practitioner has his or her on preference. The general consensus seems to be that animals from a healthy race and that have a strong immune system are the best to use for organ extracts. Dr. Heinz Mastall from Germany raises Galloway cows for his organ peptide therapy. Other clinics keep herds of sheep. It is unclear which type of animal is the most suited for use in cell therapies.


Can I get a disease from animal cell extracts?

In the past there were some concerns about this possibility. Theoretically, Live Cell Therapy could transmit a disease from the animal to the human recipient. In practice, this is unlikely as the herds used are isolated from other animals and are carefully screened before use. The cell cultures are examined and tested for sterility before application.

Organ Peptide Therapy does not carry this risk as the extracts are passed through ultra-fine filters that remove the animal protein. This filtering process also removes all viruses, fungi and bacteria.


What exactly is in the vial of extract?

The cell therapy extract contains only the specific organ or gland, or a mix of different organs. These have been liquefied, filtered and stored in sterile water. The contents of the vial are always sterile as production takes place under sterile conditions.


Is it better to drink the organ extract or to inject it?

In Europe, cell therapy is always performed by intramuscular injection. This ensures that you receive the complete dose of cell extract. Some products are available for oral consumption. These are usually products sold in the USA, as this has to do with FDA regulations and licensing. The FDA recognizes cell extracts as dietary supplements. For this reason they are not allowed to be declared as injectable. The contents of these vials are sterile and some patients do prefer to inject their cell extracts. It is important to check with the vendor regarding how the extracts should be taken.

Live cells must always be injected, as they cannot be absorbed through the stomach.


What are the side effects?

Case studies indicate that Organ Peptide Therapy has little or no side effects. The actual injection itself can be painful, as the liquid stings. This usually disappears after about 2 minutes.

Some patients report a slight reddening around the injection site.

Some patients report that they sometimes have the feeling “as if they are about to get a cold”. This is due to the activation of the immune system. For this reason, it is advisable to avoid physical exertion during cell therapy.

As patients are carefully screened, allergic reactions are possible but unlikely.


Live Cell Therapy is different. Most patients tolerate Live Cell Therapy very well. As the risk of allergic reaction is much higher, patients are kept in the clinic or close to the administering facility for at least 24 hours.

Patients often feel tired during the first 24 hours and should avoid physical exertion.

No case studies or reports were available as to the side effects of taking oral supplements. It is unlikely that oral consumption of cell extracts would cause any negative side effects.


Can I have live cells or organ extracts shipped from abroad?

In theory, this is possible – in practice, it is unlikely that this be economical. Organ extracts have to be kept very cold or frozen. Shipping extracts from abroad can take several days. It would be important to ensure that the extracts remained frozen for the whole journey.

Some facilities produce freeze-dried supplements that can be reconstituted with sterile water. These can be packaged and shipped.

Live cell cultures have to be administered when they are fresh, so transportation over long distances is not possible.