Spleen Extract (Bovine Spleen)
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The spleen is an organ in people and animals that has three major jobs. First, it breaks down and removes old and damaged red blood cells. It also holds a reserve of blood that can be released into the circulatory system to meet a sudden demand, such as bleeding (hemorrhage). It also provides some white cells to fight infection. Spleen extract is produced from animal spleens and is used as medicine.
Spleen extract is given “as replacement therapy” in cases where the spleen has been surgically removed and or isn’t working properly.
People with low white blood cell counts, cancer, infections, or HIV-related infections take spleen extract to boost the immune system.
Spleen extract is also used for treating “autoimmune” diseases such as celiac disease, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), dermatitis herpetiformis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Some people use spleen extract for a kidney disorder called glomerulonephritis, a blood disorder called thrombocytopenia, an intestinal disease called ulcerative colitis, and a blood vessel condition called vasculitis.
Spleen extract contains ingredients that are thought to stimulate the immune system.
Insufficient Evidence for:
Replacement therapy in cases where the spleen has been removed or isn’t working well.
Boosting the immune system.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
A skin condition called dermatitis herpetiformis.
A blood disorder called thrombocytopenia.
A blood vessel disorder called vasculitis.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of spleen extract for these uses.
It is not known if spleen extract is safe. There is some concern about contamination from sick or diseased animals. Until more is known, don’t use products containing spleen extract.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of spleen extract during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
We currently have no information for SPLEEN EXTRACT Interactions.