1. IMPORTANCE OF THE THYMUS GLAND IN THE HUMAN BODY

Nature does not do allow anything to grow for “nothing”, i.e. without a function, either in plants, animals or humans. Each organ fulfils a task that is more or less essential for life. Of special importance is, for example the pancreas, which regulates the blood sugar level. Substances (hormones) are released that regulate the vital processes according to the body’s needs. The absence or decreased function of this organ can be life-threatening. Even in antiquity, attempts were made to counter such deficiencies by giving extracts from animals. The best example is diabetes (disorder of sugar metabolism). Hundreds of thousands of people with this disease would have died of it if they had not been supplied with an extract from animal pancreas.

These observations confirm the theory about the importance of the thymus gland for the body’s internal defences. If pancreatic function is stimulated by the administration of pancreatic extracts, the extract of the thymus gland should act to stimulate the immune system. The thymus gland is also called the "switchboard of the body's own defence”, and is located behind the breastbone in humans.

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2. THE HISTORY OF THYMUS THERAPY

The fundamental reasoning behind thymus therapy arose more than 2,000 years ago. By transferring natural, mostly animal substances to humans, the elderly were to be able to regain their health and vitality. Hence in antiquity, the philosopher and doctor Hippocrates recommended the use of animal preparations on the human organism, and Paracelsus also recognised the special importance of animal organs in medicine in the Middle Ages. As early as the 18th century, Hahnemann taught “similia similibus curantur” - like is cured by like. A principle of homeopathy.  

In the 1930s, it was the Swiss physician Prof. Dr. Niehans who first injected a female patient with a solution containing cell tissue taken from the parathyroid gland. The treatment was a resounding success. The patient’s tetany (muscle cramp) disappeared. Cell therapy was born.

One of the most important developments in thymus therapy was made in the 1970s by the Swedish physician, Dr. Sandberg. He abandoned cell preparations and developed an extract from the thymus gland, which he injected¹ into his brother who was suffering from tuberculosis. The treatment was a great success.

This had been preceded by his observations made during inspection of slaughtered young calves. The thymus gland of healthy calves (fed free of antibiotics² and oestrogens) was shiny, densely filled, and of normal external appearance. But changes were noted in animals that had already suffered infections, but had recovered. The thymus gland was smaller, somewhat indurated and firmer – weakened certainly, but still functioning. Chronic infection in animals leads to hardening of the thymus which becomes changed in shape and colour, and markedly impaired in function.

These observations resulted in the discovery of the important role the thymus gland plays in constituting the body’s health. Dr. Sandberg succeeded in making an extract from the thymus of young calves in natural, i.e. physiological concentrations of its various active compounds. He called his total thymus extract which he had developed “THX”. For over 40 years, therapists in Germany and France have worked with a further development of this natural medication called fresh thymus extract or thymus cell factors. But various other thymus and cell factors are also available.

1. Injections: introduction of medicaments into the body through a needle.
2. Antibiotics: substances that kill bacteria, fungi and other micro-organisms, or impair their capacity to reproduce.

3. FUNCTIONS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The human immune system, the “personal private army” for our defence against disease, is established very early in childhood. This system consists of the thymus gland, the bone marrow, the spleens¹, all lymph nodes², and all white blood cells. In addition there is the human skin forming the first protective barrier against external invaders, and the entire intestine, which must filter out all bacteria etc. from our food. This defence system accounts for more than 5% of total body weight.

The immune system is then ready at all times to destroy quickly and safely pathogens that get into the body from outside (bacteria, viruses, fungi, poisons). According to current views, the development of an organism’s defensive powers are also closely linked to thymus gland function.

At birth the thymus is the largest organ of the lymphatic system. The spleen and lymph nodes are poorly developed at this stage. In every living creature the correct functioning of the individual “stations” of this system is the basis for the body’s own (endogenous) defences.


1. Spleen: soft, sponge-like organ. Like the lymph nodes, the spleen filters blood, disposes of old blood corpuscles, and produces new ones. The spleen lies in the upper abdomen, below the diaphragm, on the left, and weighs about 200 g. In the early stages of life the spleen makes a major contribution to the production of red blood corpuscles. In adults this function is borne by the bone marrow.
2. Lymph nodes: small organs, shaped like beans, that are arranged along the lymph channels all over the body. They house white blood corpuscles (particularly lymphocytes) with important defence functions and act as filters for bacteria and also for cancer cells.

4. THE THYMUS GLAND - CENTRAL SWITCHBOARD OF THE BODY’S OWN DEFENCES

The thymus is especially large and active until puberty. Special blood cells are produced in the thymus gland and programmed to develop the body’s defence system. For this reason the thymus is also called “the central switchboard of the body’s own defences”. The bone marrow also continually produces white blood corpuscles, the so-called “blood police”. Lymphatic cells (lymphocytes), which have passed from the bone marrow into the thymus gland during their early stages, are also part of this defence force.

Within the thymus the lymphocytes are trained by the information hormones within it to recognise and not attack the body’s own cell tissues. But cells and deposits from outside the body are identified as “foreign”. The lymphocytes either themselves attack (killer cells) or pass on attack signals to the other “blood police”, namely all the large uptake and break-down cells also recognise any hidden foreign cells and uncontrolled proliferating cells in an intact immune system and make them harmless. Immunologists have found that such processes occur roughly every week and leave no ill effects.

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5. HOW DO DISTURBANCES IN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM DEVELOP?

There are several causes for this:

  1. Weakening of our immune defences with age is a perfectly natural development. The thymus gland achieves its full performance during puberty. Thereafter the production of thymosins, the active thymus substances which are so important for the body's defences, diminishes continually. At the age of 50 we only have 20% of the level compared with puberty. By the age of 70 the thymus gland has almost ceased to work completely. This means: the immune system needs help, above all in the second half of our life-span. Thymus therapy ensures that the body again has the required level of thymosins needed to win the fight against viruses, bacteria, etc.

  2. In chronic inflammation, e.g. of the airways, after prolonged courses of antibiotics¹, or when the body’s vital organs do not function properly, the immune system must perform heavy labour. No wonder that many of these patients are susceptible to infections, feel weak and frail, and lack energy.

  3. Rheumatic diseases lead to a kind of "revolution of the immune system". Body cells that fight diseases in a healthy person will turn against the patient’s own body thus leading to confusion among the body’s vital defenders. Taking a course of thymus treatment gives your body the support it needs to redress this dysfunction.

  4. Wear and tear (arthrosis) and chronic joint inflammation are also a trial for the immune system. Thymosins stimulate protein metabolism and help the natural cleansing of the joints: swellings, reddening and pain subside.

  5. Eczema and other skin complaints are increasingly attributable to environmental contamination and increasing UV radiation from the sun. The active thymus substances stimulate the skin’s metabolism and help with the production of new, healthy skin cells.

  6. Emotional disorders such as depression, stress and overstrain impair the performance of the immune defences. Pathogens can gain the upper hand, susceptibility to infections increases.

  7. Serious diseases and operations weaken the whole body, and above all the immune system. This explains why even a common cold can have serious effects after an operation. The active thymus substances strengthen the immune system and shorten the recovery phase after major surgery or difficult treatment. 

 

1. Antibiotics: substances that kill bacteria, fungi and other micro-organisms, or impair their capacity to reproduce

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6. WHAT DISEASES CAN BE FAVOURABLY INFLUENCED BY THYMUS THERAPY?

The active thymus substances are so-called immunomodulators. This means that they can be used in all cases of dysfunction of the defence system. Here are a few examples of clinical pictures that respond well to thymus therapy:

  1. Weak defences and susceptibility to infection

  2. Rheumatic diseases

  3. Eczema and other chronic skin diseases

  4. Emotional exhaustion states and loss of drive

  5. Before and after treatment for serious diseases

  6. Allergies such as hay fever and asthma

  7. Before and after major surgery
7. HOW DO YOU RECOGNISE WEAKNESS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?

Blood tests provide the most accurate information about the state of the immune system. But there are pointers that you can watch out for yourself:

  1. Quickly feeling tired and lacking drive

  2. Susceptibility to infection and persistence of illnesses

  3. Slow wound healing

You should “listen to” your body carefully. If the complaints do not improve with a healthier life style (healthy diet, plenty of exercise, a lot of sleep) you should inform your therapist. 

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8. HOW DOES THYMUS THERAPY WORK?

Over 1,500 studies and reports have been published all over the world about the therapeutic effect of thymus and cell factors. These have resulted in the following possible indications of efficacy:

  1. Interaction between the defence cells is improved.

  2. The defence cells within the body are activated.

  3. Thymus factors stimulate the new formation of lymphocytes in the bone marrow and promote their maturation to functioning defence cells.

  4. Disordered balance between the different defence cells is normalised when, for example, there is an imbalance between promoting helper and retarding suppressor cells.

At this point we would like to point out that thymus therapy is rejected by prevailing conventional medical science. It is an “outsider” method. Although the use of the method may harbour specific risks, broad experience gathered all over the world has shown that it can also heal and ease various diseases. 

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9. HOW IS THE TREATMENT WITH THYMUS CARRIED OUT?

Treatment is usually given on an outpatient basis (in the doctor’s practice). The "classic thymus treatment course" consists of 15 to 20 injections over a two to five week period. Thymus factor injections are injected into the gluteal muscle and cause virtually no pain. The therapy plan can be altered according to the individual clinical picture. In some chronic syndromes, therapeutic results can be further improved by additional injections (one to two injections per week over a period of 2 to 3 months). 

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10. ARE SIDE EFFECTS TO BE EXPECTED?

The active agents of this natural preparation are thymus peptides, similar to the peptides the thymus gland produces itself – but often in an insufficient quantity. Because thymus cell factors no longer contain any long chain protein molecules, but only the active constituents, the preparations are well tolerated. Redness or itching may occur in the area around the injection site, but in most cases this disappears without any further treatment.

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11. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE EFFECTS OF TREATMENT TO MAKE THEMSELVES FELT?

Treatment with thymus therapy has a long-term effect. An improvement in wellbeing is experienced after only a few weeks. The most important factor of this therapy is the possible long-term effect on the immune system. Once the defence cells are functioning as desired, no further disturbances are to be expected. A big step has been taken towards a healthy life.

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12. FURTHER CELL FACTORS

It is possible to manufacture cell factors from all the organs. The following list shows a few organs and their functions: