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Mistletoe the Druid cure all herb

Reference #: 532
Submit Date: 12 Mar 2003
Browse Category: cure all
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Treatment used: mistletoe
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Country of Remedy: USA
Remedy Source: folklore
More Links about this Remedy: http://www.cancerbacup.org.uk/
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Remedy Description

More than 2000 years ago the Druids used mistletoe as a medicine and gave

the plant the name 'all heal'. For more than 75 years there have been

claims that liquid extracts of mistletoe can be used to treat cancer.

These claims have been based on the belief that the chemicals in mistletoe

can boost immunity, slow the growth of tumours and even kill cancer cells.



Although mistletoe injections, which have the medical name of Viscum

album, are quite widely used in Europe (including the UK) as a

complementary therapy for cancer none of the careful clinical trials which

have been carried out show any benefit at all for this treatment.

Unfortunately there are many other reports that do say the injections are

helpful but none of these is scientifically reliable. People are often

confused, however, as many of these articles have very technical titles

which make them sound impressive. But all the proper studies, comparing

mistletoe extracts with either no other treatment or a placebo (an

inactive injection), have shown no evidence that the addition of mistletoe

is of any value for people with cancer.



Despite this many people do believe they get a benefit from the treatment

and a number of commercial preparations are available under trade names

such as Iscador and Helixor. The treatment is usually given as a course of

injections under the skin. The courses vary enormously from daily

injections for 10 to 14 days to injections several times a week for some

years.



Mistletoe is poisonous if eaten but the extracts used for injections are

generally considered safe. The injections may cause a little redness and

soreness of the skin and occasionally lead to temporary headaches or a

fever. Very rarely people who are allergic to the extracts do get more

severe reactions.

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