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Balancing Cellular and Humoral Immunity
Many chronic and difficult to treat health conditions (see lists below) respond to herbal and nutritive protocols designed to modulate cell mediated immunity/TH1 or humoral immunity/TH2. At birth, an infant’s immature immune system initially relies primarily on humoral or antibody immunity, while “practicing” on early infections and symbiotic GI microbes in order to develop a robust cellular immunity. Research indicates that antibiotics and vaccinations can interfere with development of a healthy cellular immunity, and lead to allergic/hypersensitivity conditions such as asthma.
All the above conditions will respond if you balance cellular and humoral immunity. To balance TH1 and TH2 you must first address THREE areas:
1. HEAL DYSBIOSIS
Chronic GI tract infections with bacteria, fungi or parasites disrupt immune balance. Also consider the role of root canals and cavitations in sabotaging gut ecology.
A. kill with artemesia, berberine, citrus seed extract, etc.
B. crowd with probiotics
C. scrub with fiber blends2. HEAL LEAKY GUT, both mucosa and mucin lining, to restore healthy absorption and minimize circulating immune complexes (CICs):
3. HEAL STAGNANT GALT (gut associated lymphoid tissue)
GALT stagnation often follows GI infections/dysbiosis, even after steps are taken to heal the lumen and mucosa of the gut. The surrounding gut lymphoid tissue is where 50% of all circulating T helper cells originate. T helper cells produce the TH1 and TH2 cytokines we are discussing here. At any one time, 80% of all antibody producing plasma or blast B cells in an adult are located in the tissues underlying the gut mucosa. The GALT which often becomes stagnant with debris from past imbalances, is frequently overlooked. Note how many allergic TH2 dominant (B cell driven) reactions occur at the mucosa.
To up-modulate GALT immune response use HERON HERBALSNEEM-RHUBARB FORMULA containing pau d’arco, neem leaf, turkey rhubarb root, black walnut, quassia bark and stillingia root.
To down-modulate GALT immune response (with inflammation) use HERON HERBALS BLACK WALNUT FORMULA containing quebracho, black walnut, artemesia absinthium, uva ursi leaf, gentian root, oregon grape root. Quebracho is a rain forest herb used by Eclectic physicians of the 1800’s to increase oxygen uptake by lungs; also helps to maintain supply of oxygen to GI tract.
After balancing: DYSBIOSIS
If TH1 and TH2 need an extra nudge (5-10% of cases), use the following homeopathics or herbs/nutrients: