Cell Therapy History

A Short History of the Cell Therapy

Dr Paul Niehans

Prof. Paul Niehans

Cellular therapy is a scientific method developed in Switzerland by Prof. Paul Niehans to regenerate human tissue and revitalize the body.

The method consists of implanting foetal cell extracts of mammals selected for their biological value, which modulate the immune system and thus improve the function of certain specific organs and enhance the vitality of the entire organism. This results in the revitalization and true regeneration of the organs.

Modern day cell therapy goes back to the beginning to the 20th Century with Dr. Alexis Carrel. He was born at Lyon, France in June 1873. Carell specialized in surgery.

He began experimental work in this area in Lyon in 1902, but in 1904 he went to Chicago and in 1905 worked in the Department of Physiology in the University of Chicago under Professor G. N. Stewart. In 1906 he was attached to the prestigious Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York. Here he carried out most of the experiments that earned him the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1912

Later that year Dr. Carrel first noted that cultures of ageing cells are stimulated to increased growth by the addition of embryonic tissue.

The Swiss doctor Paul Niehans, a grandson of German Emperor Frederick III and considered the father of modern day cell therapy, completed a large number of gland transplants after 1918, which achieved positive treatment results for a brief period limited to several months. Then on April 1, 1931 chance brought a scientific breakthrough.

On that day a patient was referred to him with severe post-operative convulsions, resulting from the mistaken resection of the parathyroid gland in severely damaged condition.

In this situation, a transplantation of the gland was not possible. He immediately used some material of parathyroid glands derived from a calf embryo, added some sodium chloride solution and injected both in the great thoracic muscle. The patient was healed and the monitoring proved that she had no more spasms for the following 25 years.

With this decisive and groundbreaking discovery, Professor Niehans established a previously unknown therapy method by applying a biological principle: Regeneration using cells from juvenile donor animals.

Professor Niehans abandoned traditional transplantations after the discovery, and along with his students subsequently developed this biological treatment method further; so that safe application is ensured and optimum treatment results can now be achieved for many chronic disorders, wear symptoms and dysfunctions. In 1937, stimulated by the great neurosurgeon and neuroendocrinolist Cushing, Niehans implanted cerebral cells for the first time, principally of the hypothalamus and of the hypophysis. From 1948, he amplified the therapeutic system with liver, pancreas, kidneys, heart, duodenum, thymus and spleen.

Cell therapy has helped many personalities achieve new health and vitality, including Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Picasso, Sophia Loren, Pope Pius XII and others such as Emperor Hirohito, Emperor Haile Selassi, King Ibn Saud, Konrad Adenauer and many more. All of them have been treated with cell therapy. What was once only a therapy for a handful of well-to-do-people is now within the reach of everyone. In the last 30 years a total of over 15 million people have undergone cell therapy treatment.

In his time, Federal Minister of Health Seehofer attempted to prohibit the therapy method because of pressure from mainstream medicine. But based on decades of positive results and good treatment outcomes, cell therapy has continued to assert itself with great success. The treatments are now regulated and overseen by the German government. This keeps cell therapy treatments to the very highest standards possible ensuring patient safety and the ongoing research and development in this area. As medical technology has advanced through the years, cell therapy has continued to grow with it, remaining at the pinnacle of the field. This will continue to be the case in future years, ensuring that Cell Therapy will be able to help many patients in the years to come.

The desire to remain young and vital is as old as humanity itself. Cell therapy developed over more than 80 years based on experience and triggered by the desire to preserve and restore human vitality and performance.