Mistletoe (Viscum album) extract is a natural, safe and effective adjunct to conventional treatment for many types of cancer. Treatment with mistletoe is not a cure for cancer but helps to improve quality of life and increase survival.
Mistletoe therapy has been shown to:
- Diminish cancer-related pain and reduce the risk of tumour recurrence
- Stimulate the immune system and support blood counts during conventional treatments
- Offset the side effects of chemotherapy/radiation like nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and low energy
Effect On Survival
The vast majority of studies performed on mistletoe in the treatment of cancer have found that it increases survival time in cancer patients. This is a big deal, for an herbal medicine with very little side effects to have such a profound effect. Patients with pancreatic cancer1 , ovarian cancer2 , cervical cancer3 , breast cancer4 , liver cancer5 , colon cancer6 , glioma7 and melanoma8 have all shown an increased survival when studied with mistletoe, compared to similar cancer patients not being treated with mistletoe.
How does it work?
The vast majority of studies performed on mistletoe in the treatment of cancer have found that it increases survival time in cancer patients. This is a big deal, for an herbal medicine with very little side effects to have such a profound effect. Patients with pancreatic cancer , ovarian cancer , cervical cancer , breast cancer , liver cancer , colon cancer , glioma and melanoma have all shown an increased survival when studied with mistletoe, compared to similar cancer patients not being treated with mistletoe.
How is Mistletoe therapy Administered?
Mistletoe therapy is administered by subcutaneous injection into constantly changing sites of the abdomen, thigh or upper arm.
The frequency of injections can be three times per week. In rapidly progressive cases, daily injections may be necessary. The treatment always begins with low doses. The dose is increased gradually, according to the patient’s reaction, until the therapeutic dose is reached. If the disease is advanced, a higher dosage is usually required.
Possible Side Effects
Often there is redness and swelling that develops at the injection site. Also, there is often a slight rise in temperature. These are actually positive reactions, indicating that the immune system is being activated. A local reaction in response to the mistletoe injection has been associated with better T-lymphocyte function, which demonstrates an activation of the immune system. For more information please visit helixor.com/mistletoe-therapy
When Can I Start Mistletoe Therapy?
There is no wrong time to start mistletoe therapy. It is a sensible supplement to standard treatment in every phase of cancer. Ideally, you should start mistletoe therapy as early as possible, preferably right after diagnosis and before any planned cancer surgery. You can also start before, during, and after a standard cancer therapy (e.g. chemo-/radiotherapy/hormone therapy), in consultation with your doctor.
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