Thymus Therapy is the most important building block for immune therapy. This initial therapy involves a series of thymus extract injections, which activate and balance the body’s immune system. 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, infants and in the years prior to adolescence. By the early teens, the thymus begins to shrink and thymus tissue is replaced by fatty tissue.
It is critical that enough of the thymus hormones are present in the extract. These are Thymosin Alpha 1, Thymosin Beta 4 and Thymolin. Many thymus products contain only minimal amounts of these hormones.
Modern day Thymus Therapy was developed by the Swedish doctor Elias Sandberg in the 70’s. Up until then, the classic method of L Cell Therapy developed by Professor Niehans was used. Sandberg switched from using live cells and created an extract made from the thymus gland of 6 month old calves. He was able to produce this thymus extract in a physiological concentration (i.e. the concentration of active ingredients is the same as would occur naturally). He called this new substance THX. This method has been used in Germany now for over 20 years.
Due to the reduction of size of the thymus gland during our life cycle, the thymus-dependent immune response decreases the older we get. When we reach 50 years old, only about 15% still functions. This leads to a significant increase in infections, cancer, and autoimmune diseases, which increase as we get older.
The Thymus Therapy Program by Infusio
A typical Thymus Therapy program involves a course of injections using thymus peptides. This therapy is an important – if not the most important – non-specific immunotherapy. This therapy causes an activating and balancing of the cellular immune system. The method traces 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 high-molecular 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.
Doctor Sandberg performed his first treatment on a cow, which had developed a malignant sarcoma and was due to be slaughtered. After a short treatment with THX, the tumor was gone! This was the beginning of his research and therapy with thymus extract. Only in 1960 did the Australian Immunologist J. Miller discover the function of the thymus. Today we know that 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 10% of these cells are trained in the thymus and deemed fit for use in the body’s defenses. They are trained to monitor and patrol the body and to recognize foreign cells, such as bacteria, viruses or cancer cells as alien. These foreign cells are then attacked and destroyed.
IMMUNE CELLS AND THEIR ROLE
NATURAL KILLER CELLS
These cells attack foreign cells and work together with the so-called cytotoxic cells to destroy them.
These cells are involved in making antibodies. These activate natural killer cells and cytotoxic cells.
These cells store information for the immune system, enabling it to distinguish between foreign cells and their own cells.
These ensure that not too many antibodies are formed and control the killer cells, preventing excessive immune reactions.