Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a naturally occurring polysaccharide found in the human body. It is a versatile molecule that plays an important role in various biological processes such as wound healing, tissue repair, and cell migration. In recent years, hyaluronan has attracted attention as a therapeutic agent due to its superior properties and potential therapeutic applications. This article reviews the therapeutic uses of hyaluronic acid. We hope that you will gain a deeper understanding of the properties and uses of hyaluronic acid.
Why Is Hyaluronic Acid Used In Medical Practice?
Hyaluronic Acid is used in the manufacture of pharmaceutical nutritional supplements and medical office support with the following properties:
- Hydration: Hyaluronic acid mainly has a special chemical structure. The carboxyl and hydroxyl groups in hyaluronic acid can bind large amounts of water, and hyaluronic acid can attract more than 1,000 times its weight in water. In the long term, it may continue to absorb water molecules from the environment.
- Cushion: Next is the important part of the fluid between bone and cartilage. The liquid acts as a cushion and absorbs mechanical stress. Therefore, you can walk smoothly without hurting your joints. Otherwise, symptoms such as swelling, stiffness, and joint pain will occur.
- Anti-inflammatory: Finally, hyaluronic acid is closely related to cell growth and cell differentiation. For one thing, it has anti-inflammatory properties. On the one hand, it provides nutrients for the repair of damaged cells and the growth of new cells.
Due to these desirable properties, medical-grade hyaluronic acid is used in dermatology, ophthalmology, etc.
What Are the Clinical Applications of Hyaluronic Acid?
One of the best-known therapeutic uses of hyaluronic acid is in the field of dermatology. It is a popular ingredient in skin care products due to its moisturizing and plumping effect. It is also used in dermal fillers to restore volume and smooth wrinkles and fine lines. Hyaluronan fillers are composed of cross-linked hyaluronan molecules that ensure long-lasting effectiveness. Stanford Chemical Company offers quality cosmetic-grade hyaluronic acid. If you are interested, please contact us.
Hyaluronan is also being investigated for potential therapeutic uses in ophthalmology. For example, it is used as a viscoelastic agent in cataract surgery and the treatment of dry eye syndrome. Using hyaluronic acid artificial tears can reduce eye itchiness, redness, and other symptoms of dry eye syndrome. Hyaluronan can be used in many eye surgeries, including corneal transplants and cataract treatments.
Figure 1. The 4 Stages of Dry Eye (DED) (Temporary Eye Discomfort, Chronic and Severe Pain, Redness, Sores)
One of the unique properties of hyaluronan is its ability to bind to water molecules, which gives it a lubricating and cushioning effect. This property makes it an ideal candidate for use in joint injections for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints, leading to pain and stiffness. Intra-articular injections of hyaluronan can help to reduce pain, improve joint function, and delay the need for joint replacement surgery.
Figure 2. Osteoarthritis
In addition to its use in joint injections, hyaluronan has also been famous for its potential use in the treatment of chronic wounds. These wounds fail to heal within a reasonable time frame usually due to underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or poor circulation. Hyaluronan dressings have been shown to promote wound healing by providing a moist environment that supports the growth of new tissue and prevents infection.
Hyaluronic acid works for the treatment of burns as well. Burns can cause significant tissue damage and can be difficult to treat because of the risk of infection and scarring. Hyaluronan dressings have been shown to promote wound healing and reduce scarring in patients with burn injuries.
Overall, hyaluronan is a versatile molecule with therapeutic uses in dermatology, ophthalmology, joint treatment, and wound healing thanks to its hydrating and cushioning effects. Stanford Chemicals Company (SCC) has rich experience in the manufacturing and sale of medical-grade, cosmetic-grade, injection-grade, and food-grade hyaluronic acids of various molecular weights. You can check our homepage and get the perfect hyaluronan products for your projects.