Mistletoe therapy for breast cancer might be the alternative cancer treatment we’ve been waiting for.
The use of European mistletoe extract as a complement or alternative to radiation and chemotherapy, has become more common in recent years, and interest is growing.
Read more about mistletoe therapy and how it can help treat breast cancer.
Is Mistletoe Therapy Widely Accepted?
In a word: No. Mistletoe therapy is hotly disputed in the medical world, and it looks like the issue will not be resolved for some time.
Mistletoe therapy is widely used in Europe, however, as a complementary treatment to chemotherapy and radiation. It is a well-known option, and one of the most commonly-prescribed cancer treatments (following chemotherapy). Several varieties of mistletoe extract are available for commercial use in Europe, and a number of trials have been conducted as well. Many European doctors seem convinced of the benefits of mistletoe therapy for cancer patients.
In the United States, however, doctors are more skeptical. The FDA has not approved mistletoe therapy as a standard treatment, and only a few dozen complementary medicine practitioners can prescribe it. There have been a growing number of clinical trials in the United States and Europe, which lend support to the claim that mistletoe can treat cancer.
People Who Treated their Breast Cancer with Mistletoe
In 2001, interest in Mistletoe therapy was sparked when Suzanne Somers announced that she used it to treat her breast cancer. She opted to take Iscador, a drug made from a mistletoe extract, along with undergoing surgery to remove the tumor, and radiation to treat any remaining cancer.
While Somers did not advocate for mistletoe therapy as a universal treatment for everyone, she did say it boosts the immune system. This is supported by trials which show that mistletoe extract increases white blood cell counts.
Clinical trials conducted in Europe and the United States suggest that mistletoe extract can also lessen the symptoms of radiation and chemotherapy, especially nausea and vomiting. It was shown to lessen pain at the site of tumors, and improve the patients’ quality of life considerably.
Preclinical studies have also shown that mistletoe kills cancer cells in laboratories, but this finding has yet to be confirmed in the human body.
How Do I Learn More About It?
ALWAYS talk to your doctor first. There is no substitute for consulting with your oncologist, a cancer specialist who knows you and your situation intimately.
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