Th1 and Th2 Cytokine Advanced Test Panel
For those with a confirmed autoimmune condition, the Th1 Th2 test is possibly the most important test. The test points out imbalances in the immune system by looking at cytokines, proteins that the immune system relies on to communicate.
Bad communication results in complications for those with autoimmune conditions. The information this test provides can help your doctor develop a strong and effective treatment plan for you, especially when seeking alternative medicine support.
The Th1 Th2 test is also highly recommended by Dr. Datis Kharrazian in his book Why Do I Still Have Thyroid Symptoms When My Lab Tests Are Normal? In the book, Dr. Kharrazian shows how one can use lab tests to understand the true cause of hypothyroidism.
How Can the Th1 Th2 Help Me?
The immune system works like a seesaw. On one side you have Th1 cytokines that initiate the first line of defense. On the other side you have Th2 cytokines which help product antibodies to protect you from future invasions. However, when one side goes up, the other side goes down. This can contribute to a weak immune system and potentially promote autoimmune conditions.
Running this test will help figure out where the imbalance is. Because certain botanicals used in natural medicine can boost Th1 cytokines and Th2 cytokines, this test can help you and your doctor develop an effective plan to help balance a weak immune system and turn the volume down on autoimmune attacks.
For those with autoimmune concerns, it is suggested to run the CD4 CD8 ratio test along with this Th1/Th2 test.
The Th17 cytokine may become active in autoimmune states. Understanding Th17 levels can help with individualized treatment.
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What's Being Tested:
Test can not be collected in New York State.
- Th1 cytokines (IL-2, IL6, IFN-y, TNF-a)
- Th2 cytokines (IL-4, IL-6, IL-10, IL-13)
- Th17 cytokine (IL-17)
- Each cytokine is reported as a baseline and stimulated. Learn about stimulated cytokines.
- For those with autoimmune concerns, It is suggested to run this test during times of "flare-ups" or when felling "bad".
Fasting Required: No
Specimen: Blood, NeuroScience Labs (Draw Location | How It Works | FAQs)
Processing Time: 10-14 days
Available worldwide. The lab must receive the sample within 24 hours of the blood draw. International customers are responsible for all shipping costs.