Stem cell stratagems in alternative medicine

Regen Med. 2011 May;6(3):407-14. doi: 10.2217/rme.11.13. Epub 2011 Mar 31.


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. In this article, I will survey the contours of the stem cell industry as practiced by alternative medicine providers, and highlight points of commonality in their strategies for marketing.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Complementary Therapies / economics
  • Complementary Therapies / methods*
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Humans
  • Stem Cell Transplantation* / economics
  • Stem Cells / cytology*
  • Surgery, Plastic