Yes, it is true that stem cells of plants can be used in stem cell therapy for human beings.
You might ask:How could that be when plants are so different from humans?
That’s a good question. But consider this:
(1) plants have stem cells,
(2) stem cells of plants can induce stem cells of humans to work,
(3) it is highly probable that plant stem cells pose less risk than human stem cells in treating and curing disease,
(4) and plants are a source of supplements that induce healing and wellness in humans.
Kind of plants
We deal with flowering plants also called angiosperms. Flowering plants are of two kinds: dicots and monocots. Examples of dicots include the apple, cashew, and pine tree. Examples of monocots include grass, bamboo, and amaranth.
We focus on dicots that have meristematic tissue and permanent tissue. “Meristematic is growth tissue from which all other plant tissues are derived,” (Tortora, G.J. and J. F. Becker. Life Science 2nd edition. 1978:204).
Tissue is made up of cells. Meristematic cells make up meristematic tissue. A meristematic cell in a plant is the equivalent of a stem cell in humans. A meristematic cell differentiates to graduate into permanent cells. A permanent cell in a plant is the equivalent of an adult cell in humans.
“New cells produced by a meristem are initially alike, but as they grow and mature, their characteristics slowly change as they become differentiated into cells of other types”, (Same source as above).
To repeat, plants have meristems that are equivalent to stem cells of humans. Meristems differentiate in the same way that stem cells of humans differentiate.
Meristems for use in human therapy
Meristems of plants are the ones that are used in stem cell therapy in humans. The main reason is that both have the property of differentiation. A meristem and a human stem cell differentiate. We now plug meristem into our framework:
Let’s start with this statement in our process:
“A trigger induces a stem cell to differentiate into a multi-celled organism”.
The meristem (stem cell of plant) serves as a trigger. (Read another StemCell101 article, “A Framework in Stem Cell-Organism,” for more background information). If you plug in a meristem, the above statement would change to:
“A meristem induces a stem cell to differentiate into a multi-celled organism.”
If you review that framework mentioned above, you will find that the trigger may or may not participate in the differentiation. A human stem cell used in therapy may participate, like the stem cells of skin of a normal eye when used to regrow a burned eye to correct blindness. To repe
at, the meristem (plant stem cell) does not participate in the differentiation of human stem cell. It only induces the human stem cell to multiply and differentiate.
How do we know it does this?
Plant stem cells (as those found in Stem-Kine) have been taken by humans who were being treated for diseases like arthritis. Arthritis is a degenerative disease caused by free radicals. These damage the membranes of cells of the knee, for example. Free radicals attack the synovial fluid in the knee resulting in bones rubbing against each other. As a result of consuming the plant stem cells, native stem cells of the sufferer could differentiate and regrow the synovial fluidmaking it possible for healing to take place that remedies the arthritis.