Wednesday, 21 December 2016 17:57

Mistletoe: A Little-Known Cancer Healer

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Mistletoe Has Been a Healing Herb in Europe since Antiquity

Around the holidays is perhaps the only time that most people give any notice to mistletoe, that evergreen plant that hangs on the low-lying branches of certain trees. While not too many people are aware of its therapeutic qualities, in many parts of the world, especially in Europe, it has been a vital ingredient of the cancer healing protocols for years. 


Mistletoe is a freeloading shrub growing on a small number of host trees, including apple, pine, fir, oak, hawthorn, ash, elm, and poplar. It was utilized by Celtic priests for hundreds of years. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) pioneered it to the world as a powerful healing tool against cancer. It is still an important healing herb for many integrative practitioners today.

 Actress Susan Somers conveyed her use of mistletoe as her main healing modality for healing breast cancer after undergoing lumpectomy and radiation in 2001. I also employed mistletoe on my husband's cancer in 2014. 

Mistletoe’s Effect on Cancer is Backed by Science

But the proof of mistletoe’s anti-cancer effects is not unscientific.  A revolutionary study published in the May/Jun 2001 journal of Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine found that those who received mistletoe extract in addition to conventional medical treatment lived an average of 40% longer than those who used conventional treatments alone.

In fact, there is evidence that mistletoe can also help counter the harmful effects of many chemotherapy drugs for those who decide to go that route. Researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland also verified the mistletoe's effect on the chemotherapy drug cyclophosphamide, (Cytoxan) on healthy and malignant cells. They discovered that that mistletoe extract doubled the activity of healthy immune system cells and that mistletoe also augmented the levels of anti-cancer cytokines as well.  Mistletoe extract by itself also exhibited significant anti-cancer effects, including cancer cell apoptosis (cancer cell death) – and without the harmful side effects that come with traditional chemotherapy. Research clearly exists that proves that mistletoe itself displays direct anti-cancer effects on its own.

With knowledge and the support of a caring, qualified integrative practitioner, mistletoe can be a chief healing modality for your own wellness journey.

Last modified on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 18:36
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