Now, if I were to ask you what springs to mind when I mention mistletoe, your first answer would probably be Christmas time and the prospect of getting a sneaky kiss beneath this wonderful plant. But I want to let you in on a secret…mistletoe is oh so much more than a hanging kissfest! Mistletoe extract has in fact been used for centuries to treat illnesses such as hypertension, epilepsy, headaches, menopausal symptoms, infertility and arthritis. And more recently it has been used to treat those diagnosed with cancer.
The treatment was first introduced by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman in the 1920’s and since then, a number of research projects have been undertaken to investigate the effect of using mistletoe on tumours in animals or plants, in vitro, and on cancer patients.
What’s so good about Mistletoe?
- Extracts of mistletoe have been found to kill mouse, rat and human cancer cells in lab tests
- Improves immune function
- It has antitumoural effects when administered either directly into the tumour or systemically
- It is classified as a biological response modifier (a substance that stimulates the body’s response to infection and disease)
- Extracts of mistletoe have been shown in the laboratory to prevent the growth of new blood vessels needed for tumors to grow
- MT can be used safely alongside conventional treatment such as chemo, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and targeted therapies such as Herceptin or Avastin
- MT has an excellent safety record and is widely used in Europe as a “complementary therapy”
- Protects the DNA in white blood cells in the laboratory, including cells that have been exposed to DNA-damaging chemo drugs
How is it administered?
I have been having 2 types of mistletoe treatments. One being the infusions mentioned above which I visit the Raphael Medical Centre in Kent for and the other being an injection of mistletoe that I give myself every 3 days. Both work in slightly different ways to boost the immune system and support the body with fighting disease.
Whatever your opinion about treating cancer naturally or alternatively, I really believe that the future of medicine lie in an integrative approach where the two can co-exist. Sometimes chemo and radiotherapy are required to help slow the growth of some cancers and you know what, we have to make our own decisions based on what we feel is the right thing to do. So I judge no-one for going down that path – who knows, one day I might need it ,so the option of conventional medicine, which is one of many is always available. But I do think that we should do everything we can to support our body undergoing any treatment which is where so-called “complementary” treatments such as Mistletoe and Hyperthermia can really help. Personally, I’m all for anything that can help me continue my existence on this plane for as long as possible.
Have you ever had MT or would you consider it?