We all think of a festive kiss when we think of mistletoe. We hang it up and let it work it's magic. And, that's about the extent of our concern with it. But what if it could do something really cool, like cure cancer?
American mistletoe is toxic and should never be ingested. European mistletoe on the other hand, is used routinely to help cancer patients. Its estimated that around 70 percent of individuals fighting cancer are using mistletoe to help them win the fight.
Medicinal applications of this healing herb originated in ancient Greece. It's history of use include treating convulsive disorders, menopause, hypertension, headaches, arthritis, and even infertility.
In the 1920s, studies were conducted on its effect on cancer. It became widely used in Europe shortly after. Then, in 2005, a study concluded that European mistletoe can cause complete remission of pancreatic cancer. The results of study after study conclude the same. Mistletoe has a debilitating effect on cancer cells.
Mistletoe can also regulate the immune system. There are also connections to beneficial properties for diabetics. Perhaps more trials will be executed in the near future to thoroughly study those particular benefits.
Raw mistletoe in any form is incredibly toxic. You can find European mistletoe extract for purchase and through select clinical trials. Any medicinal use of mistletoe should only be conducted under the supervision of your healthcare provider.
So, the next time you look at a bundle of mistletoe hanging, kiss your loved one and take a second to be thankful for this medicinal miracle! Did you know that mistletoe has healing properties? Have you ever used mistletoe that way?
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