Our Amazing Immune System
To understand the science of Phellinus, we must first understand how our amazing immune system works.
Our immune system is the set of cells, tissues and organs that protects our body from pathogens and invaders. For example, at the organ level skin is our largest immune system organ and provides a physical barrier between invading organisms and physical forces such as temperature or chemical exposure. Internal organs like the stomach provide powerful acid and enzymes in gastric juices to destroy ingested organisms, whilst tiny organs like the tear glands contain an antibacterial enzyme that flushes the eyeball with each blink. At the microorganism level, blood cells perform the work of the human immune system, and the cells that make up our immune system are diverse in number, size, function, and location.
With so many types of immune system cells, one key differentiation is between two large families of immune cells that are differentiated by how they deal with threats. These two big families of immune cells are known as the “active immunity” and the “innate immunity”.
Although some people are born with immune system disorders, the vast majority of cases, often chronic and life-threatening, will be developed due to age or disease throughout one’s life.
Between the complementing approaches to managing our immunity, our natural body’s defence is very strong and capable of dealing with an unbelievable amount of threats to the human body. However this assumes a properly communicating, properly nourished, quick reacting immune system. External factors can play a role in degenerating our immune system faster or in more difficult to manage way. One consideration for all human immune systems is age: as we get older our communication between immune cells decreases, notably in the cooperation between the leukocytes of active immunity and natural killer cells & macrophages of the innate immunity.