Thymus therapy is the most important factor in immune therapy. The initial therapy involves a series of thymus extract injections, which activate and balance the body’s immune system. This is what we call immune modulation. It is very different from simply boosting the immune system. The goal of immune modulation is to establish a healthy immune cell ratio rather than just produce more immune cells. In nature, the thymus gland plays a key role in cellular immune modulation.
The thymus gland is located just behind the sternum, on top of the heart. This gland is the center of our immune system. The function of the thymus is to produce and ‘educate’ T-lymphocytes (T cells). These cells are critical to the adaptive immune system. The thymus changes its size and function during our life cycle. It is largest and most active in newborns and infants. By our early teens, the thymus begins to shrink. Due to this reduction of size, the thymus related immune response decreases as we get older. When we reach our fifties, only about fifteen percent of the thymus gland still functions. This leads to a significant increase in immune related diseases such as infections, cancer, and auto-immune disease.
In1960, the AustralianImmunologist, J. Miller, discoveredthe functionof the thymus gland. He alsorecognized the true importance of the lymphocytes that are programmed by it. Since that time, international thymus research has been increasing. Today we knowthat the thymus is the central organ of the body’s defenses. The white blood cells formed in bone marrow reach the thymus as immature lymphocytes. Only ten percent of these cells are trained in the thymus and deemed fit for use in the body’s defenses.
Natural killer cells, helper cells, suppressor cells, and memory cells are trained to monitor and patrol the body. The purpose of this systemis to recognize the body’s own cells as its own and to recognize foreign cells, such as bacteria, viruses, or cancer cells, as alien. These foreign cells are then attacked and destroyed.
As our immunesystemis madeupof awholearray of different cells, thesemust all functiontogether toensure a coordinated immune response to disease. For this reason, it is important that a healthy ratio exist between the different kinds of immune cells. Stress, illness, trauma, age or other factors can cause these ratios to become skewed. This is often described as an immune defect. An immune defect impairs the body’s ability to coordinate an accurate immune response and can lead to weakened immunity or auto immune syndromes such as fibromyalgia, lupus, and chronic fatigue.
Thymus therapy can be traced back to Dr. Elis Sandberg from Sweden, who was having promising results in treating chronic diseases and cancer as far back as 1938. He developed his own thymus peptide extract called THX. By the 1980’s Sandberg had successfully treated more than 50,000 patients. In addition to the positive results of his treatment, many of his patients experienced significant anti-aging effects. This method has been used in Germany now for over 30 years and it has replaced the classic method of Live Cell Therapy developed by Professor Niehans.
The use of thymus extracts has been extremely well researched. There are over 1400 scientific studies about the use of cell extracts, most of them focusing on the use of thymus. Through modern preparation techniques, these products are safe to use. As with all forms of supplements and medication it is important to consider the risk of a negative or allergic reaction. The tens of thousands of case reports show that thymus extracts are safe for use by most patients. Most issues can be avoided by choosing a high quality product, produced in a certified