By Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrition
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla), in recent study conducted by some renowned institutions, restored the resistance against lethal infection with the predominately granulocyte-dependant Candida albicans in immunosuppressed mice.
The immune system is the set of cells comprised of the body’s defense system against diseases.
In normal immunity, active immunity may also be artificially acquired active immunity caused by injection of vaccine, a substance that contains antigen and passive immunity is an auto response of immune system against infection through production of antigen.
Under active immunity can be primary immune deficiency.or acquired immune deficiency. People with weakened immunity, regardless to the cause are at constant danger of infections from bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
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.
In the study to examine the immunomodulatory effect of a group of medicinal plant including Silene (Silene nocturna), Black seed (Nigella sativa) and Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) growing in Egypt in Balb/c mice, researchers found that intraperitoneal injection chamomile methanolic extract was found to enhance immunity through the increased total white blood cells count(1).
In compared to other plants extracts, chamomile extracts also increased bone marrow cellularity significantly(1).
Furthermore, spleen weight of chamomile treated groups was significantly increased. increased weight of spleen is an indication of improved immune activity as spleen plays an important role in the modulation of the immune system and in the maintenance of peripheral tolerance via the clearance of circulating apoptotic cells, the differentiation and activation of T and B cells and production of antibodies(5)
Dr. Ghonime M, the lead author said, These results confirm the immunomodulatory activity of Silene, Black seed, and Chamomile extracts and may have therapeutical implications in prophylactic treatment of opportunistic infections and as supportive treatment in oncogenic cases”.
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 on large example size and multi centers studies performed with human consumption of the chamomile extracts during the course of the disease will be necessary to complete the picture of chamomile immunomodulatory possibilities.
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Kyle J. Norton, Master of Nutrition
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(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) Active and passive immunity, vaccine types, excipients and licensing by David Baxter(Oxford Academic)
(4) When the immune system goes on the attack by Vicki Brower(PMC)
(5) Liver-spleen axis: Intersection between immunity, infections and metabolism by Giovanni Tarantino, Antonella Scalera, and Carmine Finelli(PMC)