Immune System And Psyche

Micro nutrient therapy is there to strengthen the immune system and increase mental wellbeing in recent years increasingly scientific findings, which confirm that affected the functioning of the immune system significantly by psychological factors. On this subject, articles in various journals and magazines appear in regular intervals. This topic is not only for professionals of interest. Beginning of December 2009 has been published that American scientists have discovered a mechanism how stress affects the immune system. A high activity of the sympathetic nervous system reduces the number of regulatory T-cells, which the body to prevent an overshooting of immune reactions. At the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society 2008 presented a study Kiecolt-Glaser by Janice from Ohio State University on the impact of stress on allergic responsiveness. Janice Kiecolt-Glaser is a very renowned scientist in the field of Psycho-neuro Immunology and has published numerous articles on this subject. In stress experiments, Kiecolt-Glaser and her colleagues in hay fever patients had examined the extent of allergic reactions using skin tests.

When the subjects were exposed to a severe psychological stress, the hives on the skin tests were 75 percent higher than under normal conditions. Also a greater skin reaction occurred in these subjects on the day after the stress experiment much more frequently. So, stress leads to a change of immune reactions. In May 2008 it was published that stress can, obviously, be an important factor for poorly healing infection. American researchers of the Fox Chase Center have shown that women who had been infected with human papillomavirus, could overcome this infection seems worse if they were exposed to daily stress. A longer-lasting stress situation also meant that the success of vaccination in the vaccination against HPV was significantly worse than mentally at balanced patients. In September 2008 it was published that chronic stress activates apparently certain genes which enable the immune system in a permanent state of alert.