The American biomedical journal Cell Metabolism published the results of studies by Swiss scientists on the positive effect of cold on the disease of multiple sclerosis in humans. The results showed that due to the decrease in immunity in cold conditions, the severity of the disease is reduced.
Multiple sclerosis disease affects the central nervous system. In most cases, it affects the musculoskeletal system. In addition, it disturbs the coordination of movements, reduces mental and speech abilities and causes pain.
Immunity during this illness plays a negative role. It destroys the sheath of neurons that are responsible for the transmission of nerve impulses. As a result, the necessary signals do not reach the final destination. In severely ill patients, paralysis may occur.
Mirko Trajkovski, the author of the research, together with other scientists, decided to reduce immunity at the expense of the body’s energy consumption. They suggested that this would stop the development of multiple sclerosis.
To test their hypothesis, they conducted an experiment on mice. For this, individuals with multiple sclerosis were taken. Then they began to gradually reduce the ambient temperature to 10 degrees Celsius.
The mice continued to maintain their own body temperature. A few days later, scientists found a sharp decrease in the severity of the disease. In addition, disturbances in the musculoskeletal system have decreased.
This phenomenon is explained by the fact that when the body maintains the required body temperature, immunity decreases. In autoimmune disorders, the immune system does not recognize its own and foreign cells, and therefore destroys everything. The temperature weakened this protective function of the immune system, thereby suspending the development of symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
Scientists suggest that perhaps these data will help in the treatment of other immune diseases.