Is It True That Knocking On The Center Of The Chest In The Thymus Area Can Boost The Immune System?
Is it true that if we knock on the middle of the chest cavity, we can increase our immune system because the thymus gland is triggered by our beats?
Hello Fauzan Reza,
Thymus is a gland located in the upper center of the chest, which is a lymphoid organ and plays a role in the formation of T cells (plays a role in the body's immune system). Until now researchers are still conducting studies on the function of this thymus gland.
In the past (in the 1960s) based on studies at that time it was concluded that the thymus was not involved in regulating the body's immune response. However, along with the development of medical science and research, it was found that the thymus has a role in the body's immunity especially cellular and adaptive immunity.
Thymus consists of 2 lobes and weighs only about 5 grams in elderly patients. The thymus gland is most active at <28 days of age and in the pre-teen period (20-40 grams). The thymus gland will gradually shrink after adolescence, experience involution (decreased function, the body also has an immune system that is regulated by other organs), and replaced with fat deposits. Hyperactivity of the thymus gland in adults can be observed in patients with hyperthyroidism or myastenia gravis. Tumors originating from the thymus are called thymomas. If the thymus functions well during childhood, it will form a good immune system as an adult. Abnormal thymic function in childhood causes impaired immunity as an adult (not as good as those who are normal).
Knocking on the center of the chest, in the area of the thymus is known as the thymus thump. This is widely circulated on the internet, claimed to be able to increase energy, stimulate the immune system, reduce anxiety, and reduce allergies. In fact, there are no medical studies that have shown sufficient evidence of the effectiveness of these actions and their role in increasing the body's immunity. Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.