When people think of mistletoe, they usually think of an excuse to kiss during the holidays. However, this semi-parasitic plant has proven to be much more useful than only to provide a reason for two people to kiss.
When people think of mistletoe, they usually say that it gives us a reason to kiss at times of festive atmosphere. However, other than offering a reason for kissing, and real romantic atmosphere with its decorations, this herb has proved much more useful.
Mistletoe is a plant that has been used in many different traditions in many different cultures. Druids used mistletoe as part of the rituals of the winter solstice, but in the Middle Ages it was hanging from the ceiling or door frame to ward off evil spirits and increase fertility. Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on various tendrils, and its extract has been used for centuries as a treatment for many different diseases.
Mistletoe in the role of cancer treatment
Although it is commonly used to treat a variety of diseases, recent research has shown that mistletoe can be incredibly effective in treating patients suffering from cancer. Mistletoe is one of the most intensively studied plants when it comes to alternative medicine treating people with cancer. In fact, in many European countries, it is used in creating some of the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients who have cancer. These products include brands such as Iscador (ISCAR), Helixor, Iscucin, Lektinol (pleno Sol) and abnobaVISCUM.
Laboratory tests have shown that the extract is able to kill cancer cells and boost the immune system, theoretically making it one of the best treatments for cancer out there. Laboratory tests have also shown that mistletoe extracts may prevent the growth of tumors, not allowing the blood vessels that are needed by the tumors for their development.
All in all, this means that mistletoe can help prevent the spread of cancer cells, helping the body to fight cancer, strengthens the immune system and kills cancer cells after they are formed. Sounds pretty amazing, huh? Some of the ingredients present in mistletoe which are said to have anti-cancer properties of the alkaloids, viscotoxins, polysaccharide and lectin.
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