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Mistletoe Therapy - Introduction

The use of the mistletoe plant as a drug has a long tradition which traces back to the fourth century BC. Throughout the centuries this evergreen half-parasite was used for menstrual complains, epilepsy, ulcers, cardiac insufficiency, high blood pressure and oedemas 1,2.
The white-berried mistletoe (Viscum album L) only entered cancer setting at the beginning of the 20th century through Rudolf Steiner (1861 - 1925), the founder of Anthroposophic Medicine 3. In 1916 he first mentioned the therapeutic possibilities of mistletoe extracts in the cancer setting.

 

How does the Mistletoe Therapy help?

Mistletoe therapy acts on many levels: On the one hand, it boosts the immune system by multiplying and activating the immune cells. On the other, mistletoe therapy can induce apoptosis (the process of natural cell death) in tumour cells which results in the inhibition of tumour growth.
Healthy tissue is not adversely affected by this. On the contrary: Immune cells and other healthy cells are protected against further injury, e.g. damage caused by cytostatic drugs.
Patients report that mistletoe therapy significantly improves their quality of life.

For example:
- Improvement of general condition and quality of life through
◦ Increased performance and vigour, less fatigue
◦ Normalised body rhythms including body temperature, sleep and digestion
◦ Increased appetite
◦ Reduced nausea and vomiting
◦ Greater emotional well-being
◦ Reduced depression and anxiety
- Reduction of adverse reactions to conventional therapies (e.g. chemo- or radiotherapy), in particular, cancer-related fatigue
- Alleviation of tumour-related pain

This mode of action makes mistletoe therapy a key supplement to standard oncological therapy.

 

mistletoe therapy positive effects

 

 

How to take it - routes of Mistletoe Therapy administration


The mistletoe extract can be taken orally, however, the most researched route of administration is via subcutaneous injections two or three times per week.
Oral drops are only provided by Iscador®. Other administration routes, such as intratumoral and intrapleural have been described. The mistletoe extract can also be administered intravenously as an off-label-application.
If you are interested in having the Mistletoe extract in an  IV infusion, please, do not hesitate in contacting me.

 
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Mistletoe Extract - A brief Summary about The Facts

Basic research indicates that medicinal mistletoe may stimulate the immune system to fight cancer cells. Cytotoxic effects on tumour cells have been observed in animal models4,5. One study showed that mistletoe injections can attenuate airway inflammation and eosinophil infiltration6.

Studies in human beings suggest that the use of mistletoe extract alongside appropriate chemotherapy and radiotherapy may improve their tolerability by reducing their side effects and increasing quality of life, including in pancreatic7,8, lung9, colorectal10, and breast11cancers. A few studies indicate a possible positive effect on survival7,12-14, although no significant survival effects were found for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer15, melanoma16, or head and neck cancer17, and further studies are required to confirm these findings.

Other preliminary studies suggest that intravesical mistletoe extract is safe and well-tolerated in patients with nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer18, and that mistletoe extract injection may be efficacious as chemical pleurodesis in patients with malignant pleural effusion19.

With regards, possible interaction with chemotherapy, two studies with 5-year follow-ups of breast cancer patients, mistletoe therapy did not appear to have a negative impact on chemotherapy efficacy11 and appeared to contribute reducing disease/therapy-related sign and symptoms (e.g. mucositis, fatigue, pain, headache)20. The addition of mistletoe extract in patients with advanced solid tumours allowed for higher gemcitabine doses to be used without apparent pharmacokinetic interactions21.

 


Mechanisms of mistletoe extract action (summary)


Mistletoe extracts contain biologically active substances such as glycoproteins, especially mistletoe lectines I, II and II (ML I, ML II, ML III)22, polypeptide (e.g. viscotoxins23-25), peptides, amino acids, oligo- and polysaccharids26-27. Other molecules have also shown to have possibly beneficial properties, such as enzymes, sulphurous compounds, fats, phytosterols, triterpenes28-31, flavonoids, phenylpropanes, lignans, alkaloids, minerals, micronutrients and other proteins32,33.

Mistletoe lectins are the most investigated component. Their cytotoxic effects are partially due to ribosome-inactivating properties and induction of apoptosis34(“cell suicide”). In-vitro studies have shown that mistletoe lectins increase TNFα, IL-1, IL-2, and IL-6 cytokine secretion, stimulate immune-cell phagocytosis, induce macrophage cytotoxicity, and enhance cytotoxicity on cancer cells35
In lymphoblastic leukaemia cells, mistletoe extracts stimulate dendritic cell maturation and activation36 and induce dose-dependent apoptosis through caspase-8 and -9 dependent pathways37
Studies performed in animal models have shown that apoptotic induction37 produced by mistletoe extracts rich in triterpenes were greater, and also that these extracts improved efficacy against malignant melanoma when compared with conventional extracts which reduce tumour angiogenesis38. Another component called Viscotoxins may also have tumour-inhibiting and immune-stimulating properties39. However, the pro- and anti-proliferative effects produced by mistletoe extracts produced depended on dose40. Mistletoe-induced immune stimulation may explain physical improvements that contribute to increased quality of life in cancer patients34.

 

mistletoe therapy mechanism of action

 

Drug interactions and side effects of Mistletoe Therapy - in a nutshell

Mistletoe extracts inhibit CYP3A4 and may, therefore, affect intracellular concentrations of drugs metabolised by this enzyme. However, in vitro studies show this effect only happens in very high doses and is unlikely when used in clinically relevant concentrations41,42
Raw mistletoe contains toxic constituents. Possible adverse effects of mistletoe treatment for cancer include injection site reactions, chills, and fever19,21,43-45. Long-term use may also reduce T-cell function in cancer patients46, but the majority of reactions were mild to moderate and dose-related46.

Note: The mistletoe extract is not a replacement for conventional cancer treatment and it can be considered to be used alongside appropriate conventional cancer treatments.

 

Which Brands provide the Medicinal Mistletoe Extract?

 abnoba viscum logo                      iscador mistletoe logo            helixor mistletoe logo 
       Abnoba Viscum®                                 Iscador®                          Helixor®

 

These brands are manufactured in Germany. Although each brand does have their own way of production, both do carry out manufacture and quality control procedures according to legal regulations and in strict adherence to international standards and rules of “good manufacturing practice”, i.e. the GMP guidelines. These regulations are applied and continually updated according to the most current knowledge and technology. 

From the references on my Mistletoe Therapy page, the papers which did investigate different brands of mistletoe extracts, none but one, stated them to be different. The one paper which made a difference quotes: "...ADR (adverse drug reactions) frequency differed with respect to preparation type, with Iscador® preparations showing a higher relative frequency, compared to Abnoba viscum®.."

Based on my experience, there is also individuality to be taken into consideration. Some patients have shown to respond particularly well to one specific brand (which again is different in each case).

The clinical response can be assessed easily by monitoring the cutaneous reaction around the injection site and measuring the temperature on a daily basis may be indicated in some cases.

You can read more about each brand by clicking on their logo above.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The mistletoe extract does need a medical prescription and the therapy does require medical supervision. Do not trust any product available online without medical prescription.

 

 

What is the Cost of Mistletoe Therapy 

The cost of mistletoe treatment varies depending on the brands (Iscador, Abnoba, Helixor)and forms (drops or injections).


Prices of Iscador® Oral Drops:

1 bottle = £36.40

2 bottles = £72.80

3 bottles = £109.20

4 bottles = £135.60

6 bottles = £188.40

Within the UK packaging and Postage is +£10 (1st class, tracked and signed)

* Although, the prescription fee is included, check out my Mistletoe Care Plans, which are of great value if you feel lost in your journey.

 

 

            Iscador®      Abnoba Viscum®         Helixor® (€ not £)

Price per Ampoule

 

£9.14 - £11.14

£10.12 - £10.87

9.23€ - 10.25€

Price for 4-months supply*

 

£546.00

£433.00

461.84€

Postage charged by pharmacy

 

£7

£15

7€ +Vat

Needles and syringes supplied by the pharmacy

No

Yes

No

 

After the prescription is sent…

The patient has to contact the pharmacy to arrange payment and postage.

The pharmacy does contact the patient to arrange payment and postage.

 

The pharmacy does contact the patient to arrange payment and postage. 

 

* Price example is given of 20mg ampoules. Price may change depending on dose indication and your tolerance.

Please note that prices are subject to any price increases from the manufacturer.

 

Is the Mistletoe Therapy available on the NHS?

Unfortunately, since April 2018 the Mistletoe Therapy is no longer funded by the NHS. At the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM), patients can get a prescription free of charge during their appointment, however, they have to pay for the mistletoe therapy themselves. Iscador® is the only brand available at the RLHIM and the pharmacy does sell needles and syringes.

If the Iscador® is purchased at the RLHIM’s pharmacy, the prices are a bit more expensive because the RLHIM pharmacy has to pay VAT to their supplier.

 

Where is Mistletoe Therapy available?

Mistletoe Therapy is available Worldwide 

The Mistletoe Therapy is available for no matter where you are*.

Technology nowadays allows us to stay connected almost worldwide and 

via telephone or video calls you can get your individualised holistic care plan directly into your home.

Consultations can be held in English, Spanish or German.

 

 

How easy is it to get this therapy?

My aim is to make it as easy, quick and cost-efficient as possible. Therefore I have created the following system:

  • You have a consultation with me. I will explain everything and assess your current situation. Thereafter, I will write your prescription and send it to the pharmacy (my fees depend on the Care Plan you have chosen).
  • Pharmacy receives my prescription. Once you have made the payment to the pharmacy they will send your Mistletoe Therapy directly to your home.
  • You can start as soon as you want. After the prearranged time, you and I will have another follow-up consultation, starting the process all over again.

 

mistletoe therapy consultation worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

How to Start Your Mistletoe Therapy

Step1:    Choose your best Plan

 

 

Essential Plan 

 Premium Plan

Premium Plus Plan

Every time you need Once a month 30min Twice a month 45min each

 

£30.00 each time you need a repeat prescription (every 5 weeks until you are on the highest dose you can tolerate. Thereafter, every 4 months). Telephone consultation is included.

 

Only £99 each month (no contract, no compromise) Only £199 each month (no contract, no compromise)

 

You will create an account (encrypted and password protected) which you will update every time you request your repeat prescription and telephone consultation.

 

No need to create an account. Only fill in a small form.

You can relax and forget about having to contact me. I will contact you once a month and take care of everything.

Same as Premium Plan but I will call you twice every month to give you all the support you need. 

You can relax and forget about having to contact me. I will contact you twice a month and take care of everything.

Telephone consultation is 5-10 minutes and only for the Mistletoe Therapy.

 

The monthly telephone consultation is up to 30 minutes and in addition to the Mistletoe Therapy, we will review your nutrition (including supplements), lifestyle and your emotional wellbeing.

 

Each telephone consultation is up to 45 minutes and in addition to the Mistletoe Therapy, we will review your nutrition (including supplements), lifestyle and your emotional wellbeing.

 

 

You can get exclusive benefits and extra top-ups on many infusions at NADclinic*

 

You can get exclusive benefits and extra top-ups on many infusions at NADclinic*

*Only applicable if you ask to have your infusion with me.

 

STEP 2:    Request your free telephone consultation.

 

 

 

 

What side effects could you experience?

The most frequent “side effect” is actually a reaction on your skin around the injection site. This local inflammatory reaction correlates to your immune response and allows me to adjust the dose you need.

 

desired local mistletoe therapy reaction

 

Other side effects, such as dizziness, flu-like sensation, itch, fatigue or even slightly increased temperature or enlarged lymph nodes may also occur, however, these are less frequent. In any case, patients under my care can always contact me (I want my patients to feel supported and well-looked after).

Extremely rare side effects are diarrhoea, weakness, allergic reaction including anaphylactic shock

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mistletoe Therapy Faq's
What are the differences between AbnobaVISCUM®, Helixor and Iscador®?

What are the differences between the three brands of Mistletoe extract?

Manufacturer: 

All three brands are manufactured in Germany. Although each brand does have their own way of production, all do carry out manufacture and quality control procedures according to legal regulations and in strict adherence to international standards and rules of “good manufacturing practice”, i.e. the GMP guidelines. These regulations are applied and continually updated according to the most current knowledge and technology. 

Evidence: 

From the references on my Mistletoe Therapy page, the papers which did investigate different brands of mistletoe extracts, none but one, stated them to be different. The one paper which made a difference quotes: "...ADR (adverse drug reactions) frequency differed with respect to preparation type, with Iscador® preparations showing a higher relative frequency, compared to Abnoba viscum®..."

Distributor: 

Iscador® Oral drops and injections are distributed by Customised 4U Pharmacy: tel: 0800 035 3078, fax 0800 035 3079. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Address: Unit 2 Regents Drive, Low Prudhoe, Industrial Estate, Northumberland, NE42 6PX

AbnobaViscum® injections are distributed by Village Pharmacy Charlton Ltd: tel 0208 858 0907, tel/fax 0208 265 5222. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Address: 9 The Village, Charlton, SE7 8UG

Helixor® is the only brand which is available worldwide and has different contact details depending on the country. Check out www.helixor.com for more information.

Postage: 

Customised 4U Pharmacy (Iscador®) does charge £7 for postage. 

The Village Pharmacy (AbnobaViscum®) does charge £15 for postage.

Helixor® shipping prices depend on where you live. Click here for more information

Needles and syringes: 

The Village Pharmacy (AbnobaViscum®) does send needles and syringes together with the AbnobaViscum® ampoules.

Customised 4U Pharmacy (Iscador®) and Helixor® do not send needles and syringes per post. You can go to your GP and request a prescription for subcutaneous needles (0,5x16mm, 25G 5/8", or insulin needles) and 1ml or 2ml syringes, or get them at boots or online.

Please, avoid insulin syringes (1ml syringe with a fixed needle). If needed I will give you a prescription for needles and syringes for only £5.

I want to travel, should I take the mistletoe extract with me and do I need to keep it refrigerated?
  • If you are on Iscador® Oral drops, and you travel for less then 1 month, it will be fine to have a few weeks break from it. If you wanted to take it with you or you are leaving for more then 1 month, I recommend that you take enough supply with you. If you are traveling with an already opened bottle and the journey takes less then 8-12 hours, don't worry, otherwise, I'd recommend you take a small refrigerating box with you to keep to cool.
  • If you are on mistletoe therapy injections, and you are traveling for less then 1 week, it should be fine. If you are leaving for a longer period, I'd recommend that you take enough supply with you. If the journey takes less than 4-6 hours there shouldn't be any problem. Otherwise, I recommend you take a small refrigerating box with you to keep it cool.
Can the Mistletoe Therapy be used instead of chemotherapy?

The Mistletoe Therapy is not a replacement for conventional medicine and it can be considered to be used alongside appropriate conventional cancer treatments.

Studies have shown that the Mistletoe Therapy can reduce side effects of conventional treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy. In addition, it seems to increase their tolerability, increasing the likelihood of continuity on recommending dosages.

Chemical interference on treatment outcome, according to research, appears unlikely. Read more

For how long should I take the Mistletoe Therapy?

The overall duration of treatment is not restricted but will be individualised in each case.

Generally, after two years of continuous treatment, the frequency of injection can be reduced to 2 ampoules (2 injections) per week.

From the 3rd year onwards, treatment-free intervals can be taken, always adapted specially to each case.

After 5-7 years in total (from the beginning of treatment) treatment can be discontinued, or switched to oral drops if the patient’s condition and prognosis are favourable.

Iscador® Oral Drops are generally recommended to be taken continuously for 2 years. From the 3rd year onwards, treatment-free intervals are recommended in a progressively increasing regime, always adapted to each case. Generally, the recommended overall duration is 5 years, however, in some cases, therapy can be extended up to ten years (from the 6th year up to the 10th year, treatment-free intervals will progressively exceed treatment intervals).

How should I take the Iscador® Oral Drops?

The standard recommendation is to take 6 drops in the morning and 9 drops in the evening, from Monday to Friday only, for 3 weeks and then to have one full week break before a new bottle is started. Variations may be recommended to adjust to each case.

I did forget to take the Iscador® Oral Drops, what should I do?

If you didn’t take the drops in the morning, you can take them in together with drops in the evening. (Example: you usually take 6 drops in the morning and 9 in the evening, and you didn’t take you 6 drops in the morning, then take 15 drops in the evening and continue as usual the following day)

If you didn’t take the drops in the evening, you can take them in together with drops the next morning. (Example: you usually take 6 drops in the morning and 9 in the evening, and you didn’t take you 9 drops in the evening, then take 15 drops the next morning and continue as usual having 9 drops in the evening)

If you missed a complete day of treatment, divide the number of drops in 2 half and add each half on the following two treatment days. (Example: you usually take 6 drops in the morning and 9 in the evening, and you missed one day: 6+9=15, 15/2=8, 15+8=23, so for the next two days you have 23 drops in total, 10 drops in the morning and 13 drops in the evening)

If you didn’t take the drops on a Friday, take them on Saturday.

In order to gain the most benefits from the mistletoe therapy, make sure that you take them as prescribed and following the instructions.

How should I store the Iscador® Oral drops?

Before opening, Iscador® Oral Drops should be stored at room temperature (15 - 25 ºC).

Once opened, Iscador® Oral Drops should be stored in the fridge (2 - 8 ºC).

The expiry of Iscador® Oral Drops is 3 weeks from opening.

How should I store the ampoules containing mistletoe extract?

The mistletoe extract has been protected from oxidation under the strictest conditions during the entire manufacturing process. For this reason, injections must be given immediately after breaking open the ampoules; the contents of opened ampules cannot be used at a later time.
Ampoules containing brown-coloured liquid may not be used as this indicates that the preparation has been exposed to oxygen and spoiled.

AbnobaVISCUM® 20 mg to 0.02 mg strengths and all Iscador® ampoules must be stored in the fridge (2 to 13 °C). The ampoules may not be frozen. If ampoules are transported, e.g. from the pharmacy to the patient’s home, continual cooling at the above-mentioned temperatures is not necessary. However, extreme temperatures such as frost or heat (over 25 °C) should be avoided.

There are no particular storage recommendations for abnobaVISCUM D6 to D30 strengths. These ampoules do not have to be kept in the fridge, although they should not be stored or transported at temperatures above 25 °C.

How should I take the mistletoe injections?

Standard regime recommends having 3 injections weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, at any time of the day.

Adjustments can be recommended as part of an individualised treatment considering each patient’s situation.

I do have a red patch around the injection site, is it normal?

Yes! The skin provides us with reliable information about how your body reacts to the mistletoe extract. Check Are there any side effects? for more information.

If you have any question, please, contact me.

 

 

More Information:

 Cancer Research UK www.cancerhelp.org.uk Helpline: 0808 800 404 (free, only UK)

Macmillan Cancer Support www.macmillan.org.uk Helpline: 0808 808 0000 (free, only UK)

Camphill Wellbeing Trust http://www.mistletoetherapy.org.uk/ NHSinform.

Cancer Information Online at your fingerTIPS (Tailored information for the People of Scotland) www.nhsinform.co.uk/cancer/TIPS

 

 

 

References:

  • https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/mistletoe-european

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