Mistletoe Therapy

Mistletoe therapy is part of an extended and integrative approach to cancer care. Therapeutically used mistletoe is extracted from the European mistletoe, Viscum album, and prepared under strict pharmaceutical conditions.

Used in cancer treatment for over 90 years, it has been widely researched and is subject to ongoing development. Mistletoe therapy is one of the most frequently prescribed complimentary treatments for cancer in Central Europe, where it is prescribed by physicians and specialty cancer centres and hospitals.

Mistletoe therapy integrates with conventional cancer treatment, can be used for a wide range of cancers and may be started at any stage of the illness.

Mistletoe extracts have been shown in studies to stimulate the immune system, stimulate cancer cell death and protect healthy cells against harmful effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

How Can Mistletoe Therapy Help?

  • Improved quality of life
  • General feeling of well-being
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased weight gain in cachexia
  • Improved energy and mood
  • Reduced pain
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiation
  • Reduced risk of cancer metastasis and recurrence
  • Increased life expectancy

How is it Administered?

Most patients will be taught to self-administer injections at home. Mistletoe therapy can be continued over several years; exactly how long will depend on the type of cancer, its development and your response to treatment.

Mistletoe therapy has an excellent safety record. Where mistletoe therapy is combined with other medicines, interactions need to be considered. Mistletoe therapy should always be taken on medical advice and under medical supervision.

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Quality of life in breast cancer patients during chemotherapy and concurrent therapy with a mistletoe extract.
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20724129

Use of Iscador, an extract of European mistletoe (Viscum album), in cancer treatment: prospective nonrandomized and randomized matched-pair studies nested within a cohort study.
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11347286

Systematic evaluation of the clinical effects of supportive mistletoe treatment within chemo- and/or radiotherapy protocols and long-term mistletoe application in nonmetastatic colorectal carcinoma: multicenter, controlled, observational cohort study.
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19883529

PDQ Cancer Information Summaries
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK65978/