Misteltoe (Iscador) Information



January 2010

A presentation was made at our 4th Annual Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Cancer Therapies conference by Michele Sanz of Weleda Corporation which supplies Iscador to patients in the US and Germany.

Mistletoe has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. It appears in legend frequently as a panacea and interest in mistletoe as an anticancer drug began in the 1920s.

There is no evidence of mistletoe destroying cancer cells. Investigations of mistletoe's ability to inhibit cancer cell growth in animal models have yielded mixed results, depending on the extract used, the dose, the method of administration, and the type of cancer evaluated. Research continues.

There is substantial evidence of mistletoe's ability to modulate the human immune system and results of animal studies suggest that mistletoe may be beneficial in decreasing the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy and that it may counteract the effects of drugs used to suppress the immune system. Numerous forms of mistletoe have been used in animal and human studies with minimal side effects. However, there have been reports of seizures, slowing of the heart rate, abnormally high or low blood pressure, vomiting, and death after eating mistletoe plants and berries.


Study on Misteltoe & Head/Neck Squamous Ca

European Journal of Cancer February 2001

Misteltoe Extract Prolongs Survival

Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, published May 2001

Negative Results Discussed

Eur J Cancer February 2001

Discussion in the Lancet on Misteltoe
Suzanne Somers' Use of Mistletoe

Journalist/author Peter Chowka, April 2001

Use of Iscador in Cancer Treatment

Study in Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine, May 2001

Peter Chowka speaks with David Riley, MD
Does Mistletoe help cancer patients?
Personal Perspective from B.

On homeopathic Iscador for breast cancer

Immunotherapy w/Interleukin-2 & Mistletoe lectin

Euro J of Cancer, 10/01

Synthetic Misteltoe Substance Studied

Hannover Medical School, Germany, 11/02

Iscador(r)/Iscar(r)

LINK to source/info

Recombinant Mistletoe Lectin:P53-Indep Apoptosis & RTx

Br J Cancer, 6/03

NCI info on Misteltoe

LINK to NCI site

Use of Iscador with spleen cells

Inhibited lung metastasis January 1999, a study of cell culture (in vitro)

Videos on Iscador

Two are available from FONMUNA

Iscador & Malignant Melanoma

`Arzneim.-Forsch./Drug Research' 1/1/2005 Posted 5/07

Mistletoe as part of Long-term Supportive Care

Abstract P013

Systematic Review: European Mistletoe

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