Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Short Primer of Platelet-Rich Plasma

At the Pinewood Health Institute, training in the injections of platelet-rich plasma is now offered.  This plasma is exactly what it sounds like: a concentrated source of autologous platelets.  These platelets have the ability to degranulate scar tissue so this type of treatment has many applications when it comes to healing scar tissues.  This can have both cosmetic and functional benefits for your patients. 

Red Blood Cells Viewed Through An Electron Microscope
The blood itself, in this case, is sourced from the patient.  Whole blood is withdrawn from the person and then the blood is placed in a centrifuge in order to separate the platelet rich blood from platelet-poor plasma and red blood cells.  The effect of this centrifuge is that it concentrates the platelets in the blood to be injected about five times. This platelet rich blood contains many different growth factors that can help heal your patient on many levels.

This is a very practical modality to offer your patients and it has many applications in dermatology and cosmetic medicine. It has been used to treat acne, scarring, balding in both men and women, tighten skin and as an injected anti-aging serum.

Growth Factors in Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma consists of several growth factors that all help to speed up healing in the body. These include

  • Connective tissue growth factor
  • Epidermal growth factor
  • Fibroblast growth factor
  • Insulin-like growth factor 1
  • Insulin-like growth factor 2
  • Interleukin 8
  • Keratinocyte growth factor
  • Platelet-derived growth factor
  • Transforming growth factor beta
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor

It is easy to see how, with so many growth factors with so many healing abilities why injections of platelet rich plasma have become so popular in the past few years. 

The serum is usually directly injected into the injured tissue to jump-start the body’s natural healing ability and restore it to a healthy state.

The Many Uses of Platelet Rich Blood

There are all kinds of practical clinical applications for PRP blood.  It has been shown very healing in the case of scarring.

This type of treatment can also be used to treat joint, tendon, ligament and muscle injuries. It helps clear the inflammation out of the area and clear fluids from injured joints.

During the course “Platelet Rich Plasma Injection Technique” course taught at the Pinewood Institute the benefits to your patients and clients are explained in detail.  You will find out how PRP can -

  • Rejuvenate and regenerate tissue
  • Increase collagen production
  • Gather other cells to the site of injury
  • Reverse damage by inducing cell differentiation
  • Encourage extra cellular matrix formation

Furthermore PRP treatments are non-allergenic because it is an autologous product. You are using your client’s own blood to facilitate healing results.

It is also important to note that naturopathic doctors as well as M.D.’s are eligible to take this course in Ontario and no special license is required.

For more information about The Pinewood Institute for the Advancement of Natural Medicine courses including course outlines, detailed descriptions of courses and information about upcoming training sessions, please go  You can also send us an email using our email form at or call us at 416-656-8100. If you prefer fax the number is 416-656-8107.

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