Mistletoe Therapy

Mistletoe therapy therapy is a method of herbal medicine and goes back to the founder of anthroposophy, Rudolf Steiner. He led the mistletoe preparations as a cancer therapeutic.

Today, the mistletoe, especially in complementary oncology (cancer treatment accompanying) is used as an immune stimulant.

The method

The extracts of mistletoe are mainly produced from the leaves and not from the berries. The preparations are made from pressed juices, cold aqueous extracts, aqueous liquid extracts or extracts from laktofermentation.

The main ingredient is sugar-containing protein aggregates, called mistletoe lectins. Particularly effective for the mistletoe is seen the lectin 1 (ML-1). The ML-1 has an immunomodulatory effect and stimulates the body's own defenses.

The stimulating effect of mistletoe extract results in the release of cytokines, interferons and tumor necrosis factor (mediators of the immune response).

Also, there is an increased maturation of lymphocytes (immune cells). Furthermore, the secretion of endorphins increases (endogenous morphine - the body's own substances classified as neuropeptides control the sensation of pain and the development of euphoria).

Besides the lectins also viscotoxins are known which have cytotoxic (toxic to cells) and may directly attack tumors.

The major mechanisms of action of mistletoe preparations are:

  • Apoptosis: Apoptosis refers to the destruction of cells (apoptosis), which is triggered by genetic information in the cell itself. The information in the mistletoe lectins affect the amino acid synthesis (protein metabolism), thus causing the onset of cell apoptosis, in both healthy cells and cancer cells. Because cancer cells reproduce more and thus be present in large numbers, this can help to reduce the apoptosis of cancer cells.
  • Immunomodulation: substances such as lectins, viscotoxins and polysaccharides, have a positive influence on the immune response of the body. Following a mistletoe injections increasingly defensive substances such as cytokines and immune cells (T-helper cells, cytotoxic T cells (killer cells), and B-lymphocytes and plasma cells) and macrophages are formed (macrophages), which leads to a strengthening of the body's immune system .
  • DNA stabilizing effect: When chemotherapy often leads to damage that can be prevented by a mistletoe treatment sometimes. The therapy has a protective effect on DNA.

Individual treatment is dependent on the nature and severity of the disease. First, in a preliminary phase, the compatibility of the mistletoe preparations tested.

The duration of treatment is usually two months, followed by a 4-8-week break. Then the treatment is repeated. The drug is injected subcutaneously (under the skin).

Mistletoe therapy is particularly useful for the following cancers:

  • lung cancer (lung cancer)
  • bladder cancer (bladder cancer)
  • breast cancer (breast cancer)
  • gastric cancer (stomach cancer)
  • Malignant melanoma (skin cancer)
  • Malignant ascites - ascites due to a tumor
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer)
  • Cancer of the larynx (throat cancer)
  • colon / colorectal cancer - colon and rectal cancer
  • ovarian cancer (ovarian cancer)
  • Pancreatic cancer (pancreatic cancer)
  • prostate cancer (prostate cancer)
  • Cervical cancer (cervical cancer)

Your Benefit

The mistletoe is an accepted procedure in complementary cancer therapy, which is used as an adjunct treatment in a variety of cancer for the benefit of patients.

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