Stem Cell Therapy for Autism in Malaysia: Price and Clinical Trials 2020

If you are looking for a guide on stem cell therapy for autism in Malaysia, you've come to the right place. We've tried to strike a balance between making this article consumer friendly but with enough depth for you to understand and provide enough clarity to make an informed decision. Please read on.

What is Autism?

Autism is not a single disorder, but a spectrum of closely related disorders with a shared core of symptoms. Every individual on the autism spectrum has problems to some degree with social interaction, empathy, communication, and flexible behavior. 

There is understandably a great deal of confusion about the names of various autism-related disorders. Some professionals speak of “the autisms” to avoid addressing the sometimes subtle differences among the conditions along the autism spectrum. Up to 2013, there were five different “autism spectrum disorders.”

The American Psychiatric Association attempted to simplify matters by combining the pervasive developmental disorders into a single diagnostic classification called “Autism Spectrum Disorder” in the latest edition of the diagnostic bible known as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 

The three most common forms of autism in the pre-2013 classification system were Autistic Disorder or classic autism; Asperger’s Syndrome; and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. These three disorders share many of the same symptoms, but they differ in their severity and impact. Autistic disorder was the most severe. Asperger’s Syndrome, sometimes called high-functioning autism or atypical autism, were the less severe variants. Childhood disintegrative disorder and Rett Syndrome were also among the pervasive developmental disorders. Because both are extremely rare genetic diseases, they are usually considered to be separate medical conditions that don’t truly belong on the autism spectrum.

In large part due to inconsistencies in the way that people were classified, all of the above-named variants of autism are now referred to as “Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)” or another term "Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)".
Stem cell therapy for autism Malaysia
Stem Cell Therapy for Autism

Stem cell therapy for autism in Malaysia is an ongoing topic of research and is considered experimental by the medical community. Parents can find fee-for-service clinics that advertise stem cell therapy for autism, but most of these clinics promote their own approach, which creates a lot of confusion among parents about how to compare their treatment options. 

There are various stem cell products in the Malaysian market. However, not all of the products contain 'live' stem cells. For stem cells to stay alive, it must be stored in a 'liquid nitrogen storage'. For live stem cells to reach the target organ, it needs to be administered intra-venously or intra-muscularly. Stem cells that are taken by the oral route will be digested and broken down in the stomach.

To learn more about the basics of stem cells, check out stem cell basics.

Stem Cell Therapy for Autism Research Update

Stem cell therapy for autism is an ongoing topic of research and is considered experimental by the medical community.

According to the list of cord blood releases by the Cordlife Group, more than 10 cases were used for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Malaysia and Singapore.

There are more than 400 publications related to the use of stem cells and autism.

This year alone (2020), there are more than 80 publications published on "stem cell and autism" on the National Library of Medicine (PubMed). Clinical trials have been performed to demonstrate safety and efficacy of stem cells autism management.

As of October 2020, 12 studies have been launched to investigate the potential of stem cell therapy for autism under the U.S. Clinical Trial Registry. You can search the database to look for more details of the clinical trials including the countries and centres that are conducting them.

The list below is a summary of stem cell clinical trials for autism so far, restricted only to trials in North America and to trials using either cord blood Mono Nuclear Cells (abbreviated CB-MNC) or cord tissue Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (abbreviated UC-MSC).

Autologous Cord Blood Stem Cells for Autism
Cell Type and source: Own CB-MNC 
Cell dose (millions): 16 M/kg

Allogeneic Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy for Autism
Cell Type and source: Donor UC-MSC
Cell dose (millions): 0.5M/kg - 1M/kg

hCT-MSCs for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (hCT-MSCs)
Cell Type and source: Donor UC-MSC
Cell dose (millions): 2M/kg - 6M/kg
hCT-MSCs are a product of allogeneic cells manufactured from digested umbilical cord tissue that is expanded in culture, cryopreserved and banked.


Stem Cell Therapy Cost for Autism in Malaysia

As a guide, the cost of mesenchymal stem cells in Malaysia may vary from RM 50,000 to RM 80,000 (USD 14,300) for 100 million cells. The total cost will vary depending on the number of cells used, no. of sessions, laboratory investigations, facilities and the doctors' fee.


Potential Improvements in Autism after Stem Cell Therapy
  • Improvements in food habits with improved digestion and metabolism
  • Improved eye contact
  • More appropriate behavior – both at home and outside
  • Gradual improvement in fear of loud noises, strangers and bright colors
  • Improved Verbal Skills – with improvements seen in making sounds, pronunciations and vocabulary
  • Better writing skills
  • Enhanced self-care skills
  • Improved concentration and attention
However, since every child is different, the level of these developments will also vary.

What Stem Cell Therapy tries to achieve is to trigger brain development and prepare the child for a normal adult life by developing basic skills such as self-care, communication and interpersonal skills, learning skills etc.

Research has shown stem cell therapy to be safe and might be an effective treatment process which can help children with autism or with autism spectrum disorders of varied degrees. The sooner you can start the treatment, the better it will be for the child.

Stem Cell Therapy can derive the best results when it is combined with proper parental care and educational programs and some other methods like HBOT & GcMAF.


Best Stem Cell Therapy Clinics in Malaysia

There are many stem cell clinics out there and it may not be easy to select the right one. That's one of the reasons why we have filtered and shortlisted and selected a few stem cell clinics in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for you to choose. The stem cell clinics are based on Google Search Results, reviews and information available on blogs and forums.

Disclaimer: The stem cell clinics have been arranged in no particular order.


1) Stem Cell Malaysia

Stem Cell Malaysia is a network of specially trained multi-disciplined medical doctors and specialists, providing advanced, research-driven, regenerative medicine treatments in Malaysia.

Stem Cell Malaysia has several partner clinics in Klang Valley i.e. Mid Valley City, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, Assunta Hospital, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam and Seri Kembangan.

Stem Cell Therapy Malaysia (HQ)
Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley City, 58000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Web: stemcell.aestheticsadvisor.com

WhatsApp: +60 12 - 299 8845


2) Cell Therapy Centre - UKM Medical Centre (UKM Stem Cell)

Address: 12th Floor, Clinical Block, Bandar Tun Razak, 56000 Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Cell Therapy Center is one of the Center of Excellence in UKM Medical Centre (UKMMC) which provides cell-based therapy including hematopoietic stem cells, lymphocytes, dendritic cells, mesenchymal stem cells and mononuclear cells to patients with blood cancers, bone marrow diseases and degenerative diseases. The Cell Therapy Centre has the aspiration to be among the world leaders in research and development (R&D) of cancer immunotherapy and regenerative medicine.


3) Stem Cell Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Address: No. A413, 4th Floor, Block A, 8, Jalan Bukit Pantai 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Dr Malinee A. Thambyayah - Pediatric Neurologist
MBBS (Delhi), DCH (Lon & Glas), MRCP (UK & Ire), FRCP (Glas)
Her interests and subspecialties include Integrative Rehabilitation for Brain Injury Using Stem Cells, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), Nutritional Medicine and biomedical treatment in autism.


4) Beverly Wilshire

Maintain your vibrancy and vitality even as you age with medical grade stem cell therapy. Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre has a dedicated team of doctors and nurses and the ambience of a five star hotel equipped with the latest monitoring devices so you can feel assured of both safety and comfort. Our treatment includes follow-ups to ensure the best long-term outcome is achieved. Various package available, please enquire to know your best suited package.

The accumulated free radical damage that you sustain everyday increases over time and your body naturally responds with consequences of premature aging and degenerative diseases. Your body cells are attacked daily, thousands of times by these free radicals which reduce your quality of life that could be inverted with our stem cell therapy packages.

With 3 branches in Klang Valley, 2 in Kuala Lumpur and one in Petaling Jaya. 

Beverly Wilshire Medical Centre - HQ 
Address: Level 6, 8 & 9, Kenanga Tower, No. 237 Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 


5) Celestica Life Sdn Bhd - Stem Cell Kuala Lumpur 

Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, CelesticaLife is an advanced wellness clinic specializing in preventive and regenerative medicine. Delivering personalized treatments to manage diseases and delay the onset of ageing, we aim to empower you to regain control of your health and your ageing process.

The team is deeply honored to be recognized as the ‘Best Anti-Ageing Service Provider in Asia Pacific” by the Global Health Awards in 2019. This serves as an affirmation of the patented technology and cellular treatments that the team has tirelessly worked on to give our clients nothing but the best treatments.

Complementing the wellness experience is CelesticaSpa, a health sanctuary which offers luxurious massages to improve well-­being for a holistic wellness journey.


Location: Level 5, Intercontinental Hotel, No. 165, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


6) Cell Malaysia Stem Cell Therapy

Cell Malaysia is situated in Malaysia and is a specialist centre that provides pioneering stem cell therapy techniques to patients from all over the world to help reduce the effects of the aging process.

Cell Malaysia, owned by Chamrun Health Sdn Bhd (1321092-P), was established in 2010 as a one-stop Stem Cell Therapy service provider assisting patients worldwide seeking for Stem Cell therapy through our panel of specialised doctors with years of experience in this field having treated hundreds of patients in the past decade.

Cell Malaysia operates in ReGen Rehab Hospital, their partnered medical centre that specialises in medical rehabilitation to transform care and rebuild lives. ReGen is the first private rehabilitation hospital in Malaysia to obtain a Stem Cell Therapy license from the Ministry of Health with dedicated rehabilitation gyms & facilities.

The stem cells use by Cell Malaysia are Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs), derived from the Wharton’s Jelly of the umbilical cord of a newborn baby with a high viability rate. These cells are of very high quality, processed ethically at our lab in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The MSC cells go through various layers of tests at each stage of isolation and expansion to ensure the best quality of cells.

Address: Lot 8, Jalan Bersatu, Jalan 13/4, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.


Cautionary Remarks 

Stem cell therapy for autism is still considered a non-standard and an experimental treatment that is under research. When a clinic gives you promises that you will see gains, and/or claims that the same stem cell therapy can cure everything, run! In real medicine, results are not guaranteed and there are no cure-alls. Be wary of advice from people who have “done their research” by watching YouTube videos. Real research is published in peer-reviewed journals, and you can search the journals via PubMed or Google Scholar. 

Please remember that this article is not a substitute for medical advice from a qualified medical doctor in Malaysia. To know more about stem cell therapy for autism in Malaysia, please feel free to contact us >
 


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