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Immunol Invest. 2006;35(1):19-27.

Effects of the homeopathic preparation Engystol on interferon-gamma production by human T-lymphocytes.

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Institute of Physiology, Biochemistry and Animal Hygiene, University of Bonn, Germany. heinrich.enbergs@medscape.com

Abstract

There is a growing interest in complementary medical practices, but few studies have investigated mechanisms behind the possible benefits. The effects of the homeopathic preparation Engystol on interferon-gamma producing T-lymphocytes were studied in vitro. Lymphocytes were isolated from 30 healthy human volunteers and the percentage of interferon-gamma producing cells was analysed by fluorescence activated cell sorting. Cells were treated with NaCl (control) or Engystol at concentrations from undiluted to 2%. All concentrations of Engystol increased the percentage of interferon-gamma producing lymphocytes significantly, from a mean of 20.9% +/- 10.5% to over 24%. There was no dose-dependence of the effect at the concentrations tested.

PMID:
16531327
DOI:
10.1080/08820130500496753
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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