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Mistletoe Treatment

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For over 80 years, mistletoe extracts have been used as a complementary therapy in the treatment of cancer.

As with most medical treatments, mistletoe extracts can have different affects on different people, however, mistletoe has been found to have the following effects:

  • It can stimulate the immune system, improving and strengthening the body’s natural defenses.
  • It can induce apoptosis in cancer cells, this is where cells self destruct and so can help to stop or, in some cases, reverse tumour growth.
  • It can protect DNA in healthy cells from the harmful effects of cell toxins. This can make the effects of chemotherapy or radiotherapy more tolerable as it can reduce the damage to healthy cells during such treatments.
  • It can induce an inflammatory reaction, together with a mild fever. This can be a welcome effect for cancer patients as they can often feel cold and keeping warm is important for an active immune system and a well functioning metabolism.

Mistletoe has also been found to have a positive effect on a cancer patient’s quality of life. Patients have reported feeling stronger. They are more able to resist infections, many find their appetite returns allowing them to gain weight and again feel better. It has been found that mistletoe can ease pain caused by tumours and help restore natural sleep patterns.

Currently there are two mistletoe preparations available on the NHS, Iscador® and Anoba Viscum®. Speak to your doctor about this form of treatment.

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