Is Stem Cell Therapy Safe and Legal in Mexico?

Is stem cell therapy safe and legal in Mexico?


People like having options. It is natural. Part of the result is the journey; as such, we tend to search for different possibilities when choosing medical therapy, because, fundamentally, we want to heal, not just treat the symptoms of our ailments.


It is common to receive inquiries from patients looking for new treatment for ALS, new treatment for Arthritis or new treatment for COPD, to mention a few conditions we regularly treat. Although stem cell therapy is a field within Regenerative Medicine that has been authorized (albeit limited to IV applications and certain conditions) for commercial offering in the US since bone marrow transplants (first stem cell transplants) generalized in the 20th century, it is still considered “alternative” or “new” by the general public. We understand that curiosity and concern is, therefore, expected when interested patients call Giostar Mexico to find out more about stem cell therapy in Mexico, including if stem cell therapy is safe and legal. Arguably, Mexico is a convenient healthcare service tourist destination for US citizens, due to geographic proximity, affordable costs, rapid access and availability of stem cell therapy due to progressive legislation undeveloped in the United States. That is why we recommend to each patient that they verify their chosen stem cell clinc has all the required licenses issued by COFEPRIS. Let's begin with understanding what stem cell therapy is!


What is stem cell therapy?

Stem cell therapy is a form of regenerative medicine that uses our body’s natural self-healing mechanisms in order to slow down, stop and regenerate (this is the essence of regenerative medicine) damage on our tissues and organs done by disease or injury. We all have stem cells in our body; however, due to aging, disease and a weaken immune system, our ability to heal is sometimes diminished or completely overrun. Stem cell therapy helps our immune system to recover its balance (immunomodulation), which in turn supports regeneration efforts.


Imagine a city under siege. This is a patient’s body under attack by a disease or condition. The people inside the city are the organs, immune system and various cells that work to combat/rebuild the damage done. Stem Cell Therapy works in three stages: first, it stops the siege (damage/attack to the body); second, it provides the building materials for rebuilding; last, it tells the citizens (organs, immune system and cells) how to use the building materials. 

Patients can expect different results even if they have the same condition, because each body reacts differently to stem cell therapy. Like most situations and experiences in life, everyone reacts in their own way. However, common side effects that patients may present are: excess of energy, increased general wellbeing, ease or difficulty to sleep, headaches and soreness.

Is stem cell therapy safe?

An important question our patients ask before coming to our clinics is: Is stem cell therapy safe? We also understand that, perhaps, the real question is: Is stem cell therapy legal in Mexico? Yes and of course! In Giostar Mexico, we ask for each applicant to submit a health history form, from which our medical directors personally evaluate the viability of each applicant. This means that stem cell therapy may not be for everyone. Important: we currently do not treat macular degeneration and patients with cancer.

Stem cell therapy is thoroughly regulated by the Mexican FDA-equivalent: COFEPRIS. Due to advanced legislation, Mexico enjoys sufficient regulatory framework to offer applications otherwise unavailable in countries such as the US or Canada, for example: local direct applications (hands for arthritis, shoulder pain, knee pain), lumbar and cervical applications, all which have proven better results for patients, than just receiving stem cell therapy intravenously.

Giostar Mexico's COFEPRIS operational licenses per facility


*Los Algodones Clinic*

COFEPRIS Official License: Progenitor or Stem Cell Bank

Folio: 18-TR-02-02-0001

COFEPRIS Official License: Provision of Progenitor or Stem Cells (transplant)

Folio: 14-TR-02-002-0008


*Playa del Carmen Clinic*

COFEPRIS Official License: Progenitor or Stem Cell Bank

Folio: 19-TR-23-008-0002

COFEPRIS Official License: Provision of Progenitor or Stem Cells (transplant)

Folio: 19-TR-23-008-0001


Stem cell therapy cost

When it comes to pricing, it is common for our patients to begin their questions with: how much does a stem cell injection cost? Gladly, we clarify that, depending on the condition to be treated, the number of IV and Local applications will vary. Also, we do not charge our patients per injection; rather, all of our prices vary according to the number of vials included in the personalized protocol each patient receives from our medical directors, who in turn consult with Dr. Anand Srivastava (our Chief Scientist Officer and Co-Founder). This translates to safety for patients of stem cell therapy, knowing that each protocol is developed by highly trained medical professionals with scientific background. You will not find this easily in other clinics, even countries.

Also, it is important to consider that treatment price may vary according to the specific interest each patient presents. We take into account the personal choices of patients regarding type of mesenchymal stem cell to be used (umbilical cord, adipose tissue or dental pulp), and if our medical directors determine that the treatment’s results will not be compromised, the patient selects the type of donor mesenchymal stem cells to receive. So, as you can see, the price of stem cell therapy will greatly depend on what you decide!

Stem cell therapy for knees

For example, an average cost for stem cell therapy for knee pain, in Giostar Mexico, starts at $7,500.00 USD. What does this include?

·       Transportation from hotel-clinic, clinic-hotel and airport-hotel as well as hotel-airport (mainly for our Clinics in Playa del Carmen and Guadalajara; our Clinic in Los Algodones, due to its proximity to the US-Mexico border crossing, we pick up patients on the border and take them to our clinic or their hotel)

·       Lodging (available in our Clinic in Algodones)

·       Hyperbaric chamber or oxygen therapy

·       Body preparation – Nutritional IV Therapy

·       2 vials (between 70 – 80 million stem cells)

·       Laboratory protocol by Dr. Anand (“programming” of the stem cells in order to direct them towards the affected tissue or organ)

·       Medical Consultation

·       Dietitian Follow up post-therapy

·       Preferential prices for future reinforcements/applications

·       Laboratory exams the previous day before first application

Why Giostar Mexico?

Diversity is wealth. Each patient is unique, genetically and medically. In Giostar Mexico, we develop personalized protocols for each patient. Be it immunomodulation, disease recovery, pain management or rejuvenation the objective, through continuous innovation and research in our facilities and labs, Giostar Mexico continues expanding its treatments into new areas to provide regenerative solutions through stem-cell-based applications that potentialize your body’s natural self-healing capabilities.

Giostar México is specialized in stem cell therapy, being a leader in stem cell therapy in Mexico, with more than five years of experience and 15 years of scientific research knowledge by our parent company Giostar based in San Diego, California. Our clinics are located in Los Algodones, Baja California, Playa del Carmen, Guadalajara (through renowned San Javier Hospital) and a new location in Cancun (2022) will be available for patients soon. We hold safety and legality as fundamental values based on daily practices that consolidate a satisfactory experience for each of our patients. We like to believe that our continuous growth provides testament of our best business practices. So, is stem cell therapy safe and legal in Mexico? Yes, we Giostar Mexico make sure that it continues to be.

Are you ready to begin your healing process?