How You Can Enhance Your Immune Integrity and Immune Cells Viability Naturally
By Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrition
Herbalism or phytotherapy, a traditional medicine used botany and plants as medical treatment, linking health benefits in prevention, management and treatment of diseases has drawn much interests in today respectable scientists.
But herbal qualities, because geographic differences, time of grown,….. and harvest, are still raised some concerns of conventional researchers.
How many conscientious scientists do believe that some days phytotherapy will replace conventional single ingredient medicine for treatment of diseases without inducing serious side effects.
Would the big pharmaceutical companies whose bottom line is nothing but profits and more profits allowed that to happen?
Immunomodulatory effect is a function that stimulates T-cell proliferation, natural killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity, production of cytokines by human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCcs),…. and nitric oxide (NO) production.
In other words, improving immune function of modulation of gene or neurohormonal system may exert a strong efficacy in protected our body against harmful agents, including micro organisms,……and immunotoxins.
Immune dysfunction can be expressed in several different ways, depending to whether the immune system is overactive or underactive.
In long term overactive immune function, patient may be experience some symptoms of chronic inflammation caused by over production of pro inflammatory cytokines. Diseases associated to these syndromes include, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), type 1 diabetes…… and Inflammatory bowel disease
Long term of underactive immune system can reduced immune function in fighting against various pathogens or toxins, leading to development of diseases. Diseases associated underactive immune function include Human immunodeficiency virus / acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS),….
The causes of immune dysfunction, in joint investigation of ” Immune Dysfunction as a Cause and Consequence of Malnutrition” lead by the Queen Mary University of London, suggested “Malnutrition results from disordered nutrient assimilation but is also characterized by recurrent infections and chronic inflammation, implying an underlying immune defect.” and ” Defects emerge before birth via modifications in the immunoepigenome of malnourished parents”(3).
Patients with chronic immune dysfunction are associated to increase risk of morbidity and mortality(4)(5).
Chamomile is also known as camomile, common name of many species daisy-like plants, belongings to the family Asteraceae, native of the Old World.
The herb has been used in traditional medicine as antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory constituents and to treat menstrual cramps and sleep disorders, reduce cramping and spastic pain in the bowels, relieve excessive gas and bloating in the intestine, etc.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), in recent study conducted by some institutions, restored the resistance against lethal infection with the predominately granulocyte-dependant Candida albicans in immunosuppressed mice.
Administration of the chamomile extract in five doses enhanced the total white blood cells count (up to 1.2 × 10(4) cells/mm(3)) and increased significantly bone marrow cellularity.
Some researchers suggested, “Changes in bone marrow cellularity can be an indicator of systemic toxicity and, therefore, bone marrow should be included in the battery of tissues examined for enhanced histopathology of the immune system”(6).
In other words, increased numbers of bone marrow cellularity has a strong effect in enhanced immune function.
Heteropolysaccharides found in Matricaria chamomilla L. also showed to normalize the developing of the immune response upon air cooling as a result of initiated immunostimulating properties of enlargement of red blood cells and activization of immunoregulation cells.
Dr. Ghonime M, the lead author, said, “immunomodulatory activity,…..Chamomile extracts may have therapeutical implications in prophylactic treatment of opportunistic infections and as supportive treatment in oncogenic cases”.
There is no doubt that chamomile and its chemical ingredients have expressed a strong immunomodulatory activity in protection of our body against various diseases, but intake of large quantity should be taken with care to avoid toxicity.
However, further data collection with larger example size and multi centers performed on human consumption over a long term and during the course of the disease will be necessary to complete the picture of chamomile immunomodulatory possibilities.
Additionally, while addressing the possible advantages of chamomile’s immunomodutary activities, researchers must also take into account of potential, risk such as, quality controls, dosages and dosage induced adverse effect of acute liver toxicity.
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Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrition
Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published on line, including world wide health, ezine articles, article base, healthblogs, selfgrowth, best before it’s news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
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Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bio science, ISSN 0975-6299.
(1) Evaluation of immunomodulatory effect of three herbal plants growing in Egypt by Ghonime M1, Eldomany R, Abdelaziz A, Soliman H.(PubMed)
(2) [The immunomodulating activity of the heteropolysaccharides from German chamomile(Matricaria chamomilla) during air and immersion cooling].[Article in Russian] by Uteshev BS1, Laskova IL, Afanas’ev VA.(PubMed)
(3) Immune Dysfunction as a Cause and Consequence of Malnutrition by Claire D. Bourke,1,⁎ James A. Berkley,2,3 and Andrew J. Prendergast(PMC)
(4) Extrahepatic morbidity and mortality of chronic hepatitis C by Negro F1, Forton D2, Craxì A3, Sulkowski MS4, Feld JJ5, Manns MP(PubMed)
(5) [Morbidity and mortality in HIV infection].[Article in German] by Stöckle M1, Elzi L, Rockstroh JK, Battegay M(PubMed)
(6) Enhanced Histopathology of the Bone Marrow by SUSAN A. ELMORE, the Society of Toxicologic Pathology