Products from Helleborus species are used as herbal medicinal treatment for cancer patients. Helleborus extracts are registered in Germany since 1994 as homeopathic medicinal products.
The products are gained from two different plant species:
• Helleborus niger (Christmas rose)
• Helleborus foetidus
Especially Helleborus niger has various botanical features similar to Viscum album (mistletoe). Both plants are evergreen and have their flowering period in winter when all other plants are dormant.
The main therapeutic aims of Helleborus in tumor therapy:
• Anti-inflammatory effects and reduce swelling and edema (ascites and pleural effusion)
• Reduce depression and anxiety