Principal Proposed Uses
- Cancer Treatment Support (Injectable Form)
European mistletoe, famous during the Christmas season, is a semiparasitic plant that grows on trees in Europe and Asia. Its young leafy twigs and flowers were used as an “all-heal” or panacea, said to be helpful for virtually all diseases. The herb is also said to have played a role in Celtic religious celebrations.
Note : American mistletoe, Phoradendron leucarpum , is related to European mistletoe, but it is thought to be more toxic and has not been well studied.
What is Mistletoe Used for Today?
In the 20th century, mistletoe became popular in Germany through the advocacy of a mystic and philosopher named Rudolf Steiner. The school of medicine he founded, anthroposophical medicine, recommended injectable forms of mistletoe as a treatment for cancer. The initial basis for this use was Steiner’s “clairvoyant” insight. Scientific tests were subsequently conducted with somewhat positive results, but current evidence is far from definitive.
Injectable mistletoe extracts should only be used under the supervision of a physician.
Mistletoe tea can be made by soaking 10-20 g of chopped leaves in 2 cups of water for 8 hours. A typical dose is 1 to 3 cups daily.
Mistletoe is not recommended for use in young children, pregnant or nursing women, or people with severe liver or kidney disease.
- Reviewer: EBSCO CAM Review Board
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 08/22/2013 -