Benefits of HPE
The placenta, supporting the growth and development of the fetus, are rich in amino acids, peptides, vitamins, trace elements and growth factors, nutrients and biological active components. Placental therapy was applied to promote from the recovery of diseases and tissue regeneration since the early 1900s. Since then, placental therapy was applied in various clinical applications as they were shown to exhibit remarkable therapeutic attributes ranging from anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, pain reduction, hair growth promotion, health improvement, cellular proliferation, tissue regeneration and wound healing properties in vivo.
It is now greatly accepted throughout the medical community that placental extracts can positively impact many age related and degenerative conditions.
Background to HPE
History of placenta medicinal use:
The human placenta is a unique temporary organ rich in stem cells, nutrients, hormones, vitamins and minerals.
Placenta extract products have been used therapeutically for hundred or possibly thousands of years, especially in traditional Chinese medicine. Early uses included oral consumption as a medicine and topical application with acupuncture, an early application for skin rejuvenation.
In the last hundred years placental membranes and tissues have been used therapeutically to aid wound healing after surgery, to improve the attachment of skin grafts. Next placenta was applied to conjuntival defects, healing of burns and ulcers, and reconstructive surgery, and more recently to ocular repair.
In the year 2000 the USA FDA approved the use of placenta-derived amniotic membrane (AM) for ocular repair. Since then opthamologists have used AM in over 45,000 applications.
These applications resulted in better clinical outcomes including reduced pain, reduced infection, improved local regeneration, faster healing and increase in functions.
Modern uses of Placenta: the last ten years placenta extracts have become increasingly popular. These products attempt to extract therapeutic molecules from placenta while maintaining their bioactivity. In this way standardised medicines can be created that can be frozen and used more widely in other applications.
Placenta extracts do not contain cells but are rich in proteins, amino acids, minerals, and hormones. An increasing number of studies in this area have documented anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, cell re-population, regenerative, anti-allergic, radio protective, and cell protective effects.
Strong clinical evidence has shown the efficacy of placenta extracts in treating wounds, burns, and chronic ulcers, leading to faster healing and reduced pain.
In menopausal patients placenta extract has been shown to decrease the number and severity of hot flushes, irritability, to normalise hormone profile, and to impact many other symptoms.
Use of placenta extracts have also been shown to impact the ageing scores of aged patients, and to reduce fatigue. Two Korean studies of 78 and 315 chronic fatigue patients found a significant reduction of fatigue symptoms in the participants who received the placenta extract.
There is also emerging evidence that placenta extracts may be able to play a role in the treatment of Rheumatoid arthritis, neurological disorders including peripheral nerve damage, renal failure, and liver disease.