Mistletoe extracts are of proven efficacy in various cancer types and improving the quality of life of cancer patients (such as: fatigue, pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting and insomnia).

Mistletoe therapy, for cancer patients, improves the tolerability of conventional oncological therapies such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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The concept of integrative cancer treatment which is combining conventional therapies with selected complementary therapies has found Mistletoe therapy a force to reckon with. Mistletoe Therapy has occupied a significant space in the field of integrative oncology. The benefits of mistletoe therapy, for cancer patients, are:
• Improvement in the tolerability of conventional treatments;
• Improvement in the quality of life of cancer patients;
• Increase of patients’ compliance through reduced side effects of conventional cancer therapies.

Distinct 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 bioactive substances of mistletoe extracts are loaded with various pharmacological effects, which includes:

  • DNA protection;
  • Immunomodulation;
  • Release of ß-endorphin;
  • Cytotoxic effect on tumor cells;
  • Inhibition of angiogenesis.
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Several high quality studies have unbiasly shown the importance of mistletoe therapy for the improvement of quality of life, immune function and tolerability in patients undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy.

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