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Mistletoe Therapy, its types and benefits

 

Mistletoe Therapy is an integrative treatment option especially for cancer patients.

The concept of integrative cancer treatment combines conventional therapies with selected complementary therapies.

 

Mistletoe Therapy is one of the most often used therapies in the field of integrative oncology.

 

The benefits of mistletoe therapy, for cancer patients, are:

• Improvement the tolerability of conventional treatments
• Improvement the quality of life of cancer patients
• Increase of patients' compliance through reduced side effects of conventional cancer therapies

 

Different non-fermented aqueous extracts of fresh mistletoe are available from the three subspecies of Viscum album:

• Viscum album subspecies abietis, which grows on fir trees
• Viscum album subspecies album, which grows on deciduous tree, e.g. apple trees
• Viscum album subspecies austriacum, which grows on pine trees

 

The pharmacological effects of the bioactive substances of mistletoe extracts are:

·         DNA protection

·         Immunomodulation

·         Release of ß-endorphin

·         Cytotoxic effect on tumor cells

·         Inhibition of angiogenesis


For the patients, who are undergoing conventional treatments such as chemotherapy & radiotherapy, several high quality studies demonstrated the importance of mistletoe therapy for the improvement of quality of life, immune function and tolerability.