Mistletoe

 

Mistletoe is a semiparasitic plant that grows on several types of trees, including apple, oak, maple, elm, pine, and birch. It has been used for centuries to treat medical conditions such asepilepsyhypertension, headaches, menopausal symptomsinfertilityarthritis, and rheumatism.

-the chemical makeup of mistletoe products varies, depending on many factors, including:

-the type of host tree on which the mistletoe plant grows.

-the time of year the plant is harvested.

-the species of mistletoe.

-whether the extract is fermented or unfermented.

-whether the extract is prepared with homeopathic methods.

-the company that makes the product.

Mistletoe extracts are prepared as water-based solutions or solutions of water and alcohol.

What are the main active components of mistletoe?

Alkaloids.

Viscotoxins.

Lectins.

What mistletoe is used for:

-Extracts of mistletoe have been shown to kill cancer cells in the laboratory and to boost theimmune system

-Protect the DNA in white blood cells in the laboratory, including cells that have been exposed to DNA-damaging chemotherapy drugs.

Possible side effects:

-Common side effects include soreness and inflammation at injection sites, headache, fever, and chills. A few cases of severe allergic reactions, including anaphylactic shock, have been reported.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved the use of mistletoe as a treatment for cancer or any other medical condition. The FDA does not allow injectable mistletoe extracts to be imported or used except for clinical research.

Source: NCI-National Cancer Institute, fotó: Jan Jerszinsky