Alternative Medicine in Stem Cell
Stem cell research has attracted an extraordinary amount of attention and expectation due to its potential for applications in the treatment of numerous medical conditions. These exciting clinical prospects have generated widespread support from both the public and private sectors, and numerous preclinical studies and rigorous clinical trials have already been initiated. Recent years, however, have also seen alarming growth in the number and variety of claims of clinical uses of notional 'stem cells' that have not been adequately tested for safety and/or efficacy. Alternative therapies lack scientific validation, and are usually based on religion, tradition, superstition, belief in supernatural energies or pseudoscience. Regulation and approval of alternative medicine treatment varies from region to region. Use of the term ‘stem cells’ has evolved into a powerful meme in the marketing of human or animal cell-based treatments, supplements and cosmetics, with associations of health, youth and beauty.