Peptide Therapy

Peptide therapy is a newly emerged science that helps to achieve different kinds of body metamorphoses – internal and external. In layman terms, peptides are small proteins comprised of short chains of amino acids that the body uses as hormones and signaling molecules for biological pathways. Peptide Therapy is considered safe and can be used to produce very specific results.


What are Peptides?

Peptides are chains of amino acids. These are linked together in a specific process to produce a protein.  There are thousands of peptides in the body and many have different functions.  In our bodies, these small proteins typically act as signaling molecules. Peptides bind to receptors on the cell surface and tell other cells and molecules what to do.  Peptides safely and effectively improve and modulate specific parts of the body.

Classes of Peptides

  • Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (MSH) analogues 
  • Testosterone Enhancing Peptides
  • Muscle, Bone and Tendon Repair Peptides 
  • Weight Loss Peptides 
  • Muscle Building Peptides
  • Fat Loss Peptides
  • Sleep Peptides
  • Brain Peptides
  • Energy Peptides
  • Immune Enhancing Peptides
  • Sexual Arousal Peptides
  • Telomere Lengthening Peptides

What is Peptide Therapy

Peptide therapy is the targeted use of peptides to produce a specific reaction in the body. Some peptides have been shown to assist with weight loss by stimulating the breakdown of visceral fat. They may also be utilized to reduce inflammation.

What Conditions Does Peptide Therapy Address

Peptides have been shown to be very useful in the treatment of age-related conditions such as osteoporosis, obesity and many chronic inflammatory diseases. A certain class of peptide has been used to help prevent skin cancer by increasing the melanin in one's skin, causing a darkening effect that mimics a quality sun tan. This peptide has also been shown to increased lean muscle mass and improve sex drive. 

How Can Peptide Therapy Help Me?

Peptide therapy encompasses numerous different biological amino acid sequences with varied effects, ranging from immune modulation and tissue repair to fat loss and muscle building. The benefits of peptide therapy may include improved sleep cycle,  brain function and inflammatory mediators. Peptides can also be used in the treatment of injuries. They also have the capabilities that help prevent aging, illness, and enhance peak performance. Peptides play a major role in how your body responds to diet and exercise. The body will not perform at an optimal level if it isn't producing enough peptides or essential amino acids. 
Peptides may help regulate processes within the body. Patients with Lyme disease, chronic inflammation, autoimmune disease and other chronic degenerative diseases may benefit from peptides in their treatment plan.  

Peptides offered at Delaware Integrative Medicine:

Thymosin B4


Thymosin is a hormone secreted from the thymus. Its primary function is to stimulate the production of T cells, which are an important part of the immune system. Thymosin also assists in the development of B cells to plasma cells to produce antibodies. The predominant form of thymosin, thymosin beta 4, is an actin, a cell building protein. One of the main mechanisms of action of Thymosin Beta-4 is its regulation of Actin.

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This cell-building protein is an essential component of cell structure and movement which leads to its role in tissue repair. Tβ 4 has been found to play an important role in protection, regeneration, and remodeling of injured or damaged tissues. After an injury, Tβ 4 is released by platelets and numerous other types of cells to protect the most damaged cells and tissues and to reduce inflammation and microbial growth. Benefits may include:
  • Calms muscle spasm
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Increased exchange of substances between cells
  • Encourages tissue repair
  • Stretches connective tissue
  • Helps maintain flexibility
  • Reduced inflammation of tissue in joints
  • Encourages the growth of new blood cells in tissue
  • Increased endurance and strength
  • Prevents formation of adhesions and fibrous bands in muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  • Effective in fighting infectious disease like Lyme disease by stimulating T cells and B cells
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Melanotan II


Melanotan II (MT2) is a stimulating peptide which induces skin tanning. Melanocyte Stimulating Hormones (MSH) are a class of peptide hormones produced in the intermediate lobe of the pituitary gland that stimulate pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin and hair to produce and release melanin which leads to darker skin and hair. Melanotan II increases melanin production via stimulation of skin pigment cells called melanocytes.

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Melanin is the skin pigment produced that protects our skin from sun’s UV radiation and damage. It could be considered our body’s own natural sunscreen. Low levels of melanin mean that the skin is highly susceptible to DNA damage with excess sun exposure. This lack of melanin and its protection against UV radiation means that those individuals with fair skin have a propensity to burn and risk more DNA damage. Use of the tanning peptide provides more a-MSH which results in more melanin being produced and greater tanning potential (skin pigmentation) regardless of your skin type. Benefits may include:
  • The ability to achieve a darker tan with less exposure to UV radiation
  • Possible reduction in the risk of Melanoma (skin cancer)
  • Possible reduction in the incidence of sun-damaged skin
  • Fair skin individuals have the ability to develop a tan through the use of the MT2 peptide
  • Can lead to reduction in body fat
  • No sunburn, no tan lines
  • No sunless tanning streaks or fake tan removal
  • It can increase libido
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