Definition of Thymus:

This soft, pinkish-gray gland is tucked behind the sternum between the lungs, shrinks as we come to puberty, and may even atrophy later on.  The thymus helps the immune system adapt to various threats.  For example, "T" cells are white blood cells that have been activated by the thymus; hence the letter "T".  The thymus also produces a number of different compounds that help strengthen the immune system.  It increases in size until puberty to approximately 20-50gm and then undergoes progressive atrophy to 5-15gm in older patients.  The thymus is the site where bone marrow progenitor cells migrate and differentiate into various T-cells.  The thymus appears to need plenty of balanced protein, and antioxidants such as carotenes, zinc, selenium, and vitamins C, E and B6.

Also: Thymus Gland

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Clubbed Fingers Or Toes

...the condition
“...These include ... Thymus Cancer...”

Copper Deficiency

...the condition
“...Copper deficiency results in several abnormalities of the immune system, such as a reduced cellular immune response, reduced activity of white blood cells and, possibly, reduced thymus hormone production, all of which may contribute to an increased infection rate...”
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Endocrine Glands

...related topic
“A set of hormone-producing glands including the pituitary, hypothalamus, pineal, thyroid, parathyroid, thymus and adrenal glands, as well as the pancreas, ovaries and testes.”

Enlarged Lymph Nodes

...the condition
“...The lymphatic system is a complex network of thin vessels, valves, ducts, nodes and organs (for example the tonsils, spleen, and thymus).  It helps to protect and maintain the fluid environment of the body by producing, filtering and conveying lymph, and by producing various immune blood cells...”


...the condition
“...NK activity can be significantly enhanced by natural products or drugs such as IP6 (Inositol hexaphosphate), MGN3 (a commercial rice bran product modified with mushroom extracts), thymus extracts, low dose Naltrexone, zinc, DHEA, glutamine, a good multiple vitamin-mineral over time and others such as astragalus, cordyceps (Chinese fungus), and MCP (modified citrus pectin)...”
...recommendation Thymic Factors
Thymus extracts help immune system cells to mature and kill the virus as claimed by several clinical reports...”

Herpes Simplex Type I

...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“Vitamin C, zinc, thymus extracts, TMG, monolaurin from coconut, and olive leaf extract have all been used with some success as reported by various doctors.”


...the condition
“...Occasionally, a person is born with one or more of the parathyroid glands embedded in the thyroid, the thymus, or somewhere in the chest...”

Immune System Imbalance (TH2 Dominance)

...the condition
“...UV-A light, vitamin E, transfer factor (antigen specific) – protein immunomodulators extracted from colostrum, colostrum, low dose naltrexone, IP6, lentinian and certain other mushrooms, Thymus extracts, licorice root, dong quai, beta 1,3-glucan, noni, neem, gingko biloba, exercise, water (to aid detoxification), a positive attitude and prayer, the ability to forgive and be...”

Low T-Helper (CD4) Cell Level

...the condition
“T-cells are white-blood-cells – or lymphocytes – which mature in the thymus.  They protect us against invading cells, or antigens...”

Lymphatic Congestion

...the condition
“...The primary lymphoid organs include the bone marrow and thymus.  The secondary lymphoid organs include lymph nodes, spleen, appendix, tonsils, adenoids and Peyer's patches (lymphoid tissue present in the small and large intestines)...”
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Myasthenia Gravis

...relationship to Thymoma
“About 15% of patients with myasthenia gravis are found to have a tumor of the thymus gland, known as a thymoma...”
...recommendation Surgery
“The thymus is thought to play an important role in the development of the disease by supplying helper T cells sensitized against thymic nicotinic receptors...”

Peyer's Patches

...related topic
“...They are one of the organs of the immune system which also includes the lymph nodes, spleen, thymus, tonsils and the appendix.”

Rheumatoid Arthritis

...recommendation Thymic Factors
“The thymus gland contributes to the maturing of T-cells...”


...related topic
“T cells are lymphocytes that are produced in the bone marrow and mature in the thymus.  T cells are responsible for mediating the second branch of the immune system called "cellular immune response...”

Thymic Factors a treatment
“...known lecturer and co-author of the best seller Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, "The most effective method for maintaining or attaining a healthy immune system is supporting the functions of the thymus gland... to a very large extent, the health of the thymus determines the health of the immune system...”


...the condition
“Thymomas are rare tumors of the thymus gland.  Rarely, other tumors such as lymphomas, leukemias and germ cell tumors can be found in the thymus gland...”
...related topic
“A tumor of the thymus, an organ that is part of the lymphatic system and is located in the chest, behind the breastbone.”

Weakened Immune System

...the condition
“...Some are available with thymus extracts in them...”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
“...Zinc is needed for a healthy immune system as it is involved with immune cell (T-cell) production in the thymus gland.  Along with copper and manganese, zinc is a precursor of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD)...”
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