When you think of Mistletoe, do you think of cancer? No? Well, this might change your mind!
You can certainly find mistletoe in the United States, but it’s the species found in Europe that is being used in treatment for cancer, inflammatory conditions and AIDS.
Rudolph Steiner, an Austrian Swiss physician, first used this in 1920 and founded the Society for Cancer Research. The leaves and twigs are used when making this herbal extract, but not the berries, so replace your centerpiece.
The mistletoe preparations are used to stimulate the immune system, kill cancer cells, and help to reduce tumor size. It’s also been said to reduce the pain and side effects of chemotherapy in some cancer patients.
A typical course can last several months to a year. The doses are increased according to the patient’s condition. Usually given by injection, it can also be given orally depending on the particular cancer.
“Mistletoe extracts are promoted as a remedy for numerous types of cancer, including cancer of the cervix, ovaries, breast, stomach, colon, lung, and as a treatment for leukemia, sarcoma, and lymphoma.
Promoters also claim mistletoe can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, relax spasms, and relieve symptoms of arthritis and rheumatism. It is further claimed to have sedative effects and is promoted to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy”, says Cancer.org.
Bottom line: Is this in your backyard? No, but I was able to find a list of doctors that are currently using this form of treatment!