Stem Cell Therapy in Malaysia 2020

In recent months, stem cell therapy has gained popularity as a promising treatment option for anti-aging, cosmetic and also conditions where the current medical treatment protocols have been exhausted. However, there is also a lot of confusion due to the overwhelming mixing of credible scientific information and marketing hypes available on the internet.

We have compiled and summarised essential information below in layman's terms so that you can understand and make a better informed decision.

stem cell therapy malaysia


What are Stem Cells?

The primary purpose of stem cells is to maintain, heal and regenerate tissues wherever they reside in your body. This is a continuous process that occurs inside your body throughout your life. If you didn't have stem cells, your lifespan would be about an hour, because there would be nothing to replace exhausted cells or damaged tissue. In addition, any time your body is exposed to any sort of toxin, the inflammatory process causes stem cells to swarm the area to repair the damage.

Stem cells differ from other kinds of cells in the body. They are special because of their ability to self-renew, duplicate, regenerate and repair.

Stem cells can also be classified based on their source, for example, embryonic stem cells, foetal stem cells and adult stem cells.

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

Historically, stem cells were isolated from bone marrow, and have been used for bone marrow transplants for cancer patients since the 1930s. However, you can get stem cells from just about any tissue in your body, as every tissue contains stem cells.

Your bone marrow actually has very low amounts of mesenchymal stem cells, which are now believed to be the most important, from a therapeutic perspective. Mesenchymal stem cells have the ability to send signals out to the rest of your body, calling cells to the area to help promote healing.

Stem Cell Therapy For Treatments

Stem Cell Therapy for Diabetes

Stem Cell Treatment for Knees

Stem Cell Treatment for Autism

Stem Cell Therapy for Anti-aging

Stem Cell for Hair Treatment


Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Mesenchymal Stem Cells

There are 3 main sources of mesenchymal stem cells.


Umbilical Cord - 
The umbilical cord itself is a rich source of stem cells, where its Wharton’s Jelly holds precious Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs). These stem cells have been found to be very promising as it has beneficial properties that Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) may have restrictions in. MSCs have the ability to differentiate into bone, heart, nerve, cornea, fat and cartilage cells, and has been used for repairs of these organs.

Bone Marrow - The bone marrow has been identified as one of the best sources of harvesting stem cells from adults, through Bone Marrow Aspiration (BMA). The BMA process is a low-risk, invasive procedure usually performed on the back of the hip bone. MSCs that reside in the spongy bone are extracted from the bone marrow, where the half-day procedure leaves a very small, negligible scar on the back. The MSCs are then brought back to the laboratory to be processed and expanded.

Adipose Tissue (fat tissue) - It has been found that adipose tissue (fat tissue) contains MSCs. These MSCs are ideally harvested during liposuction, where instead of discarding the fat collected, the fat is brought back to the laboratory for MSCs isolation and expansion. Although the adipose-derived MSCs are currently investigated to treat a multitude of diseases, they are particularly suited for cosmetic indications.


Oral Stem Cell Supplements?

The are many phoney “oral stem cells” which aren’t really live stem cells at all and are sold with amazing claims but devoid of any clinical data to back them up, typical of other health supplement scams. You’ll have the usual testimonials of people who “feel better”, “look younger” etc. Unfortunately these subjective improvements are likely a placebo effect or delusions.

Marketeers' claims of oral stem cell supplements containing live stem cells are not scientifically plausible as stem cells consumed orally will be destroyed by the enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract. Stem cells, like any meat (muscular cells) that you eat, will get digested (broken down into smaller elements) in your digestive system and be absorbed as amino acids and lipids. Therefore, there are no special benefits to eating stem cells besides from nutritional aspects gained from eating any animal cells or eating a piece of meat. In order to get to the target sites, stem cells will need to be injected or infused (intravenously etc.) in order to bypass the digestive system.

However, oral supplements may be prescribed by doctors to 'support' the stem cell therapy. Do not be confused with 'oral stem cell supplements' that claim to contain live stem cells. As mentioned above, live stem cells need to be injected in order to avoid the human digestion process in the stomach.

Stem Cell Therapy Cost in Malaysia

The cost of stem cell related services will vary widely depending on the type of services you are having done. Stem Cell Therapy has been around for decades, most well known for the treatment of leukemia, where it has saved thousands of lives via bone marrow transplant.

Beyond the use of stem cell in bone marrow transplant, stem cell treatment for other indications are are already going through clinical trials and have shown positive results in diseases such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, knee osteoarthritis, autism and anti-aging purposes.

As a guide, the cost of mesenchymal stem cells in Malaysia may cost from MYR 20,000 (USD 4,900) to MYR 80,000 (USD 14,300) for 20 million -100 million cells.

Stem Cell Cartilage Regeneration Package for the knees will vary from MYR 25,000 to MYR 40,000 for both knees.

Medical insurance will unlikely to cover stem cell therapy as they prefer to wait for more evidence before covering it. Still, when you compare it to the cost of long-term medications or the out-of-pocket cost of getting a knee replacement, stem cell therapy may still be a less expensive option.

Stem Cell Cost related references:

Stem Cell Regenerative Packages (Anti-aging) vary from MYR 60,000 to 80,000.
Ref: https://www.whatclinic.com/oncology/malaysia/stem-cell-therapy

Stem Cell Therapy for Knees: RM 18,000 per knee.
Stem Cell Therapy for Anti-Aging: RM 75,000
Ref: cellmalaysia.com

“In private hospitals, the cost of transplant Allogeneic PBSCT (Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplant) ranges from MYR 200,000 to 250,000. Through Tabung Bantuan Perubatan, the Ministry of Health is subsidising HSCT done in University hospitals at MYR 40,000 - 60,000 per transplant."
Ref: 1st Stem Cell Congress held in November 2012

Stemlife Price Malaysia 2018/2019
  • Cord Lining (MSC, EpSC), Wharton’s Jelly (MSC), Cord Blood (HSC): RM 800 average annual storage fee
  • Wharton’s Jelly (MSC), Cord Blood (HSC - hematopoietic stem cells): RM 400 average annual storage fee
  • Cord Blood (HSC): RM 400 average annual storage fee


Cryocord Price Malaysia 2018/2019
Basic Plan: RM 280 annual storage fee
Premium Plan: RM 700 annual storage fee

Stem Cell Malaysia Reviews

Most of the reviews are related to stem cell banking in Malaysia.

1) Stem Cell (lowyat.net) 

CellSafe, RM 3700 (promotion price), SEPAX device, normal price RM4500 but 10% discount + free stoller with maybank card.
StemLife, RM 4750 (promotion price), automated AXP processing.
Cryocord, RM 4300 (normal price), normal processing; +RM600 for automated AXP device; +RM500 if store by vials.

2) StemLife vs Cryocord Price (lowyat.net)

Was given the following cyrocord price:
1. Cord blood
Upfront $3000
Annual $280
20 years $2500
2. Cord blood + MSC
Upfront $10,800
Annual $700
20 years $9000
Lump sum discount $500 (not worth it)
Cord blood tube storage +$600
Free car seat.
Do you know stemlife pricing?
Let me know if you can get better price or freebie?



Wrapping It Up

So, here you are. A local guide on stem cell therapy in Malaysia.

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