Comprehensive
Stem Cell Treatment
for Ataxia

Reversing the symptoms of ataxia
using stem cells

Ataxia is a medical condition caused by loss of function in the cerebellum and and/or dysfunction of its pathways (brain stem, spinal cord). In most cases, the disease is caused by genetic mutation (hereditary ataxia) with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) and Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) being the most common.
The cerebellum acting as a coordination center in the brain explains why patients diagnosed with ataxia progressively develop symptoms such as gait/walking instability, dysarthria (slurred speech) and individuals affected may begin to fall without warning. The progression of the disease may later lead to fatigue, swallowing impairment, tremors, reduced coordination, decreased mental alertness and unpaired motor functions.

Few conventional treatment options are available for patients diagnosed with ataxia, which mostly focus on alleviating the symptoms. None of them are actually treating the loss of neurological function caused by cell degeneration in the cerebellum, brain stem and/or spinal cord. Stem cells have the ability to regenerate injured cells in the body, helping to reduce/reverse the symptoms and allowing ataxia patients to improve.

Why our Stem Cell Treatment is Effective

Since 2007, we have been developing comprehensive stem cell treatment protocols for ataxia to overcome the limitations of conventional therapies. In our protocols, stem cells are combined with specialized therapies for ataxia that not only focus on helping the patient to cope with their symptoms, but also treat the direct cause of the symptoms by promoting the healing of the brain/spinal cord injury. We believe that our comprehensive treatment approach for ataxia gives our patients the best chances of improvements, allowing for a better quality of life. Our stem cell treatment program can be applied to different types of ataxia including SCA1, SCA2, SCA3, SCA6, AOA1, Friedreich ataxia, ataxia caused by brain injury and more.

Riaan’s Stem Cell Journey – Video Trailer

Patient Video Experience - Trailer

Previous treated patients are happy to share their experience and improvements regarding their stem cell treatment with us. Feel free to watch this trailer about Riaan, patient from South Africa and click on the link below to watch all our patient testimonials.

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What improvements from our treatment?

What improvements can be obtained from our treatment?

The purpose of our stem cell treatment is to restore neurological function in the brain/spinal cord lesion area, thus, various kinds of improvement are possible after our treatment and our past patients have experienced the following*:

  • Better balance and coordination
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Improved speech
  • Decreased tremors
  • Improved motor function
  • Better swallowing
  • Decreased neuropathic pain
  • Improved mental alertness

It is important to remember that improvements experienced by patients diagnosed with hereditary ataxias may not be permanent, as stem cell treatments do not currently have any influence on the genetic origin of these specific types of ataxia. In such cases, periodic treatments may be required to keep a stable condition. Finally, as for any medical treatment, improvements cannot be guaranteed.

Patient Stories

Blogs

Find out more about patients previously treated with Beike stem cell protocols. The families participating in these blog posts talk about their stories and present their own view of the treatment, including thoughts regarding the daily therapies, the stem cell injection themselves as well as improvement noticed during and after treatment.

Stem Cell Treatment for Ataxia Allows Patient to Walk Unassisted [Video]

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Our Treatment Program in Details

Beike is unlike any other stem cell treatment provider in the world, the reason? Since 2005, we have been developing and optimizing our stem cell treatment protocols with the concept that only a very comprehensive solution can allow our patients to truly benefit from stem cells. We believe that stimulation through various therapies is necessary to enhance stem cell regenerative response, therefore our protocols include daily therapies to support the stem cells. Finally, we provide a wide variety and large quantities of stem cells in order to adapt to each patient specific condition and deliver maximized regenerative potential. Learn more about all the particularities that make our treatment truly comprehensive and unique.

16 to 25 Days Stay

IV & Intrathecal Injections

UCBSC / UCMSC Cells

Daily Therapy Program

120-400 Million Cells

Nutrition Program

The Stem Cell Therapy

Stem Cell Therapy

Our stem cell transplantation program for Ataxia consist in 6 to 8 simple and minimally invasive injections of umbilical cord derived stem cells. The stem cells are transplanted using two separate methods: by intravenous way using a standard IV drip system, and through intrathecal injection performed after lumbar puncture. These two delivery methods allow for increased efficacy while ensuring safety and minimum inconvenience for the patient. Read more about each procedure below:

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is the medical use of oxygen at a level higher than atmospheric pressure. The equipment required consists of pressure chamber, which may be of rigid or flexible construction, and a means of delivering 100% oxygen into the respiratory system. Published research shows that HBOT increases the lifespan of stem cells after injection and provides an oxygen-rich atmosphere for the body to function at optimum levels.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Research has shown that TMS can effectively treat symptoms of depression, anxiety, neurological pain, stroke, spinal cord injuries, autism and more. This procedure is very simple and noninvasive. During the procedure, a magnetic field generator or “coil” is placed near the head of the person receiving the treatment. The coil produces small electrical currents in the region of the brain just under the coil via electromagnetic induction. This electrical field causes a change in the transmembrane current of the neuron which leads to depolarization or hyperpolarization of the neuron and the firing of an action potential.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy

Physical therapy or physiotherapy (often abbreviated to PT) is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialty that, by using mechanical force and movements, remediates impairments and promotes mobility, function, and quality of life through examination, diagnosis, prognosis, and physical intervention. We combine our PT with stem cells for maximum physical rehabilitation improvements.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task and teaching the skill, in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the patient with physical, mental, or cognitive disorders. Our Occupational Therapists also focus much of their work on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities, similar to everyday life.

Aquatherapy

Aquatherapy

Aquatic Physical Therapy is the practice of physical therapy in a specifically designed water pool with a therapist. The unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance interventions for patients with neurological or musculoskeletal conditions. Aquatic therapy includes a wide range of techniques allowing patients to improve their balance, muscle strength and body mechanics. Aquatic therapy works to enhance the rehabilitation process and support effectiveness of stem cell treatment.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body – most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It is one of the most effective practices used in traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture stimulates nerve fibers to transmit signals to the spinal cord and brain, activating the body’s central nervous system. The spinal cord and brain then release hormones responsible for making us feel less pain while improving overall health. Acupuncture may also: increase blood circulation and body temperature, affect white blood cell activity (responsible for our immune function), reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and regulate blood sugar levels.

Nutrition Therapy

Nutrition Therapy

Medical nutritiontherapy (MNT) is a therapeutic approach to treat medical conditions and their associated symptoms via the use of a specifically tailored diet devised and monitored by a specialist. The therapy aims at fixing nutritional deficiencies and physiological imbalances in order to provide the best environment possible for the stem cells to develop properly as well as improving patient’s general health.

Nerve Growth Factor (NGF)

Nerve Growth Factor (NGF)

Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a member of the neurotrophic factor (neurotrophin, NTFS) family, which can prevent the death of nerve cells and has many features of typical neurotransmitter molecules. NGF plays an important role in the development and growth of nerve cells. NGF is synthesized and secreted by tissues (corneal epithelial, endothelial, and corneal stromal cells), and it can be up-taken by sympathetic or sensory nerve endings and then transported to be stored in neuronal cell bodies where it can promote the growth and differentiation of nerve cells.

NGF can exert neurotrophic effects on injured nerves and promote neurogenesis (the process of generating neurons from stem cells) that is closely related to the development and functional maintenance and repair of the central nervous system. It is also capable of promoting the regeneration of injured neurons in the peripheral nervous system, improving the pathology of neurons and protecting the nerves against hypoxia (lack of oxygen)/ischemia (lack of blood supply).

Stem Cell Quality and Quantity Ensured

Different types of stem cells for different needs

Beike provides stem cells from two separate sources: umbilical cord blood and umbilical cord tissue. Umbilical cord related samples are donated by healthy mothers after normal births and are sent to Beike Biotech's laboratories for processing.
After reviewing the patient’s full medical information, our doctors will recommend which source of stem cells should be used for treatment. Our treatment protocols may include one or multiple types of stem cell in combination depending on each patient's specific condition.

Highest International Stem Cell Processing Standards

Beike Biotechnology is processing its own adult stem cells in its internationally accredited laboratories. The company has full control over the processing and quality control of all stem cell products, ensuring perfect safety and highest quality. Processing methods and facility are accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), the highest international standard in the industry.

Patient Videos

Below are video interviews recorded during treatment with Beike stem cells. The families showcased in these videos talk about their personal stories and their experience of the treatment including the improvement noticed. The improvements mentioned in these videos are typical, however it does not guarantee that all patients may have the same improvements.

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Why Choose Beike?

Why Choose Beike?

Experience: With more than a decade of practice, you are ensured to be advised and treated by competent professionals.

Safety: Accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and following highest international standards, our stem cell processing methods and laboratories ensure that you receive the best stem cell quality available.

Diversity: Multiple types of stem cells having different capabilities are available to adapt to each patient's specific condition. We do not use the same type of stem cells for all patients.

Extensiveness: A complete supportive therapy program is provided daily to stimulate patient's freshly transplanted stem cells. The best improvement can only be obtain by supporting your stem cells.

Support: A full follow-up program is provided after the treatment and you will be asked to take part in it at 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after treatment. Access to our team after the treatment is very important as you may receive further advice to maximize improvements.

Learn More About Us

Founded in July 2005, Shenzhen Beike Biotechnology Co. Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Beike Biotechnology) is a national high-tech enterprise specialized in clinical transformation and technical service of biological treatment technology of strategic emerging industries.

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More About Ataxia

What is ataxia?
Ataxia is defined as an inability to maintain normal posture and stability of movements. It is a sign and symptom of a central nervous system abnormality instead. The underlying neurological abnormality, which results in ataxia, can be either acquired or hereditary. Hereditary ataxias are a heterogeneous group of neurodegenerative disorders, characterized by degenerative atrophy of the cerebellum, brainstem and/or spinal cord. Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) and Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) are the most common forms of hereditary ataxia.

What causes ataxia?
Most often ataxia is caused by loss of function in the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that serves as the coordination center. The cerebellum is located toward the lower posterior part of the brain. The right side of the cerebellum controls coordination on the right side of the body while the left side controls coordination in the left part of the body. The central part of the cerebellum controls the very complex movements of gait or walking, head and trunk stability and eye movements. Other parts of the cerebellum help to coordinate eye movements, speech and swallowing.

Ataxia may also be caused by dysfunction of the pathways leading into and out of the cerebellum. Information comes into the cerebellum from the spinal cord, and other parts of the brain and signals from the cerebellum go out to the spinal cord and to the brain. Although the cerebellum does not directly control strength, (motor function) or feeling, (sensory function) the motor sensory pathways must work properly to provide the correct input into the cerebellum. Thus, a person with impaired strength or sensation may notice clumsiness or poor coordination and may be diagnosed with ataxia.

There are many causes that could affect the function of cerebellum. These causes could be classified into 10 categories: developmental (e.g. cerebellar hypoplasia); hereditary (e.g. Friedreich ataxia); vascular (e.g. cerebellar hemorrhage); toxin-associated (e.g. alcohol); medication-associated (e.g. anticonvulsants); neoplastic (e.g. cerebellar tumor); infectious (e.g. encephalitic bacterial infection); immune-associated (e.g. multiple sclerosis); metabolic and nutritional (e.g. deficiency in vitamin E).

How does ataxia affect the patient?
The disease is characterized by progressively disabling clinical manifestations. Patients show symptoms of gait instability or dysarthria and may begin to fall without warning. Gradually they present progressive limitations in their activities, lose the ability to walk, become bedridden and fully dependent. Other clinical manifestations include astasia, impaired fine motor skills and intention tremor (cerebellar tremor). The cerebellar syndrome is often associated with other neurological signs such as pyramidal or extrapyramidal signs, ophthalmoplegia, and cognitive impairment.

How to diagnose ataxia?
Most people don’t know what ataxia is and may overlook the early symptoms. Anyone with progressive gait disorder or imbalance should be evaluated by a neurologist. MRI is recommended in all cases. If a treatable cause is not discovered, a gene test should be done. In about 60 percent of the cases, the gene test will determine the type of ataxia.

What is the efficacy of conventional treatments?
Until now, conventional treatments are generally used to alleviate the symptoms, not the disease itself. The movement disorders can be managed using pharmacological, physical and occupational therapies to minimize the damage and to promote the mobility as long as possible but overall current treatment remains retardant.

What are the difference between autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive ataxias?
Autosomal dominant and autosomal recessive ataxias are hereditary ataxias, and spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) and Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) are the most common forms of hereditary ataxia. Autosomal dominant genes express themselves when present. Autosomal recessive genes will only express themselves when in the homozygous state -- i.e., both genes in the gene pair are the recessive gene form. Thus, recessive genes can be "carried" by those whose phenotype does not exhibit the gene characteristic, while dominant genes cannot be "carried". Therefore, generally autosomal dominant ataxias are easier to express and at a higher morbidity than autosomal recessive ataxias.

What is the role of Purkinje cells, where can we find those cells ?
Purkinje cells are a type of neuron found in the cerebellar cortex, at the base of the brain. They are among the largest neurons and are responsible for most of the electrochemical signaling in the cerebellum. The Purkinje cells and the cerebellum are essential to the body's motor function. Disorders involving the Purkinje cells usually negatively affect the patient's movements.

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