A transfer factor is a chemical substance extracted from human or animal blood that has already acquired immunity against a certain disease, herpes infection in our case. Transfer factors are also medically known as Dialyzable Transfer Factor, DLE, TF or TFd. Transfer factors have been researched in laboratory tests and are prescribed in injectable or oral form, being used primarily for the management of infectious conditions in individuals with an impaired immune system, although their benefits have been tested for other conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers.
Dr. H. Sherwood Lawrence was the first physician who used an extraction from human blood cells to extract transfer factors. Currently, cow and goat colostrum (the milk produced by the mother in the first days after birth) and chicken eggs are also used for producing Transfer Factors. TF preparations may also include whole products or extracted TF from whole products using patented micro-filtration technologies.
Transfer Factors contain 3 distinctive fractions that help balance the immune system, inducer, antigen specific and suppressor fractions. The first two fractions basically are “educating” the immune system about the potential threats and provide a “plan of action” that speeds up the process of recognizing the threat and also speeds up the healing/recovery process from the infection. The third one, the suppressor fraction, will then recognize the “enemy” and will help get the immune system get back in balance. The difference between Transfer Factors and other immune booster supplements is that TF educates and makes the immune system more intelligent, while other supplements simply provide the building blocks for optimal function of the immune system.
How Transfer Factors Work
Transfer factors for herpes infections work by boosting the immunity to the herpes virus. They are natural, microscopic molecules from the bodies of animals and humans. They act as messengers, playing a key role in passing the information about the threat of the immune system and help the body respond to that threat properly. Transfer Factors are, in fact, produced by lymphocytes, which are blood cells that defend the body against infection because they can distinguish the body’s own cells from foreign ones. They are able to transfer immunity information and help adapt your immune system’s response to herpetic infections.
Research studies show that transfer factors have the ability to transfer an immune response in less than 24 hours, and significantly decrease or even eliminate symptoms associated with the specific disease that was used to treat.
Side Effects and Safety
According to research studies, transfer factors that have been taken from human tissue are safe when used by adults up to two years, while Transfer factors from cows are safe if taken over a short period of time (up to three months). Occasionally, transfer factors may cause fever, and if used in injectable form they may cause irritation and pain at the site of the injection. Transfer factors also appear to be safe in children, being used in oral form for children up to six months old, and as injections for those between 6 months and 6 years of age.