Thymus is the chemical derived from the thymus gland, which regulates the immune system. Those with low thymus levels may receive thymus treatments via pills or injections. Preliminary studies support evidence that thymus extract is helpful for a wide range of medical conditions.

Cancer and Chemotherapy

Changes in white blood cell count have been observed in cancer patients given doses of thymus extract. Although a standard dosage is undetermined for its effectiveness, thymus extract aids in the reversal of cellular damage caused by cancer cells. According to the Journal of Experimental Medicine, T-cells respond positively to thymus humoral factor, which is one of four hormones produced by thymus extract. This and thymus extract's other hormones increase lymphocyte production. Lymphocytes rapidly attack foreign bodies such as cancer cells while activating B-cells that produce antibodies. In addition, the side effects associated with chemotherapy treatments are weakened and infection rates decrease

Respiratory Ailments

Thymus extract's ability to fight immunodeficiency disorders can be applied to a number of respiratory ailments. Thymus extract can fight and ward off obstruction to airways such as bronchitis and asthma. Food allergies and hay fever become more tolerable, as the supplement boosts body's natural immunity. Health care professionals or pharmacists who have prescribed thymus extract to children suffering from asthma have seen drastic reduction in the frequency of asthmatic attacks, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine website. The Become Healthy Now website states that individuals suffering from severe symptoms of pneumonia have been known to rapidly arise from critical conditions to levels of normalcy within 24 hours of thymus injections.

Immunodeficiency Viruses

Immunodeficiency diseases occur when foreign bodies attack helpful cells that serve to fight infections. When viruses such as AIDS and HIV take hold of the body, they destroy the body's ability to ward off otherwise harmless sicknesses such as the common cold. The onset of secondary illnesses and diseases are the major cause of death in patients with immunodeficiency diseases, according to the Become Healthy Now website. In addition to AIDS and HIV, thymus extract has the ability to fight and sometimes reverse the effects of diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), herpes, rheumatoid arthritis and hepatitis B. The hormones in thymus extract stimulte T-cells and dramatically increase white blood cell count and normalize the body's immunological system.

Side Effects and Warnings

  • Avoid use in patients with an organ transplant or other forms of allografts or xenografts due to the possibility of thymus extract stimulating an immune response, and thus transplant rejection.
  • Patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy should not use thymus extract due to the potential for immuno stimulation.
  • Use of thymus extract is not recommended in patients with myasthenia gravis, untreated hypothyroidism, or thymic tumors due to inadequate available safety information
  • Avoid use in patients on hormonal therapy due to preliminary evidence suggesting thymus extract may alter levels of certain hormones. Also, avoid in patients with a known allergy to thymus, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding.