Thymus Extract (generic name)
treats Burns, Urinary tract infection, Eczema, Cardiomyopathy, Dermatomyositis, Human papilloma virus, Psoriasis, Glaucoma, Alopecia, Arthritis...
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TraditionWARNING: DISCLAIMER: The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Aging, allergic rhinitis, anemia (chronic autoimmune hemolytic), anemia (thalassemia), angina (chest pain), antifungal (adjuvant), antimicrobial (adjuvant), antiparasitic, antiviral, aphthous stomatitis (RAS, mouth sores), atopic dermatitis, autoimmune disorders (hemolytic anemias), bacterial infection (severe diarrhea due to Shigella infection), bone disorders (bone marrow protection), bronchitis (asthma), cardiac bypass, cardiac (heart) disease, chicken pox, cirrhosis (liver disease), colorectal cancer, connective tissue disorders (mixed connective tissue disease), Crohn's disease (refractory), depression (short-term), diabetic retinopathy (eye disease), fatigue, food allergy diagnosis/treatment, gastrointestinal inflammation (appendicitis), hepatitis (acute, chronic, cholestatic, B, C), herpes simplex (cold sores), herpes simplex labialis (recurrent), herpes zoster, Hodgkin's disease, immune system deficiencies (hereditary and nonhereditary), infections (including postoperative), inflammation (maxillofacial), ischemic heart disease, leukemia (chronic), leucopenia (abnormally low white blood cell count), liver disease (echinococciasis), lymphedema, lymphoma, male infertility, multiple myeloma, multiple sclerosis, otitis media (middle ear infection), pre-eclampsia, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis (intrathoracic lymph nodes sarcoidosis), sepsis, sinusitis, skin conditions, surgery (abdominal, orthopedic), surgery (colorectal), viral myocarditis, weight loss (wasting or catabolic), wound healing, yeast infections.
Adults (18 years and older):
There is no proven effective dose for thymus extract. Thymus extract is typically given as an injection, although thymomodulin 80 milligrams has been taken by mouth daily for up to 90 days for the treatment of asthma. Injections have been given for the treatment of arthritis, breast cancer, burns, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, HIV/AIDS, human papillomavirus infections, immunostimulation, male infertility, psoriasis sinusitis, and systemic lupus erythematosus. A number of doses have been used, but none have been standardized. Injections should only be given under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist.
Children (younger than 18 years):
There is no proven effective dose for thymus extract in children. A thymus extract has been taken by mouth for three months for the treatment of bronchial asthma. Injections have also been given. For example, thymostimulin 1.5-3 milligrams per kilogram has been injected into the muscle daily for up to 30 days. Injections should only be given under the supervision of a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist.
SafetyDISCLAIMER: Many complementary techniques are practiced by healthcare professionals with formal training, in accordance with the standards of national organizations. However, this is not universally the case, and adverse effects are possible. Due to limited research, in some cases only limited safety information is available.
Avoid in individuals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to thymus extracts. A severe anaphylactic reaction to injected thymostimulin has been documented in a case report. Allergy to thymic extracts has not been demonstrated in currently available clinical trials
Side Effects and Warnings
Use bovine thymus extract supplements cautiously due to potential for exposure to the virus that causes "mad cow disease."
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 immunostimulation.
Avoid use in patients on hormonal therapy due to preliminary evidence suggesting thyroid extract may alter levels of certain hormones. Also, avoid in patients with a known allergy to thymus, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Thymic extract increases human sperm motility and progression. Avoid use during pregnancy or breastfeeding due to inadequate available safety information.