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Iscador (Mistletoe) Information

Iscador contains as active ingredient a total fermented aqueous extract prepared using white-berried mistletoe (Viscum album) from different host trees.

 

From the results of extensive research and clinical experience in practice, various advantages of Iscador treatment have been demonstrated:

·         Improvements in general condition (increase in appetite and weight)

·         Restoration of normal sleep pattern. Improvement in general vitality.

·         Improvement in mental state (depression/anxiety states, courage to face life and ability to take initiative).

·         Improvement in ‘quality of life’.

 

 In addition other major effects are:

·         Relief of tumour pain

·         Inhibition of malignant growth without affecting healthy tissue

·         Immunological effect (increase of the body’s own defence system including a reduction in susceptibility to infections)

·         Reducing unwanted side-effects from Chemo- and Radiotherapy

·         Reducing the risk of recurrences and metastases

 

Indications :

  • Malignant and non-malignant tumours
  • Illnesses due to bone marrow depression
  • Treatment to reduce the risk of recurrence of tumours while the condition is in remission
  • Defined pre-cancerous states

- Cervical dysplasia (Papanicolaou stage III)

- Kraurosis vulvae

-Papillomatosis of the bladder

-Intestinal polyposis

 

Cancer Therapy

Mistletoe lectins: mistletoe lectin I, II and III with a total of more than 20 different individual components (isolectins). All lectins can stimulate cancer cells to “self-destruction“. “Apoptosis“ of

this nature is possible and necessary for all healthy cells. This is because new cells are continually being produced and old cells are continually dying. Cell death and cell division are thus balanced

out. Cancer cells have lost this ability and for this reason they reproduce unregulated and begin to proliferate. If the capability for apoptosis in cancer cells is reactivated or restored, the tumour growth can be restricted.

 

Complement Cancer Therapy

Early pre- and post-operative treatment with Iscador reduces the risk of developing recurrences or metastases and promotes the activation of the immune system, therefore promoting an improved recovery. The use of Iscador during radio and/or chemotherapy significantly reduces

the side effects of these treatments.

 

Possible Reactions

A reddening and slight irritation at the injection site and possibly an elevation of body

temperature are favourable reactions and are a part of the therapeutic regime.

 

How is it done?

The mistletoe (1ml dosage) is given as subcutaneous (shallow) injections at the abdomen.

This treatment is given every 2 to 3 days in a week.

 

Clinical studies

Currently, well over 100 clinical studies have been carried out with regard to the use of mistletoe extracts with different types of tumours. Mistletoe preparations are thus the best and most

extensively researched medicines used in complementary cancer treatment. In the final analysis, the studies predominantly indicate that mistletoe therapy is of benefit. The best documented effects are the reduction in the side effects of conventional treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy and an improvement in quality of life. In some cases, the appearance of metastases can be delayed and survival time can be prolonged.

 

Breast cancer

A study by Bock et al. (2004) demonstrated the safety and efficacy of a mistletoe preparation in patients with breast cancer. It compared the medical data of women with breast cancer

who only received basic oncological treatment after the surgery with the data of patients who also received mistletoe extract. When compared with the control group, the women in the mistletoe group showed substantially fewer side effects caused by conventional treatments (radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy) and a longer survival time. The tolerance of the mistletoe therapy was assesed good to very good.

 

Malignant melanoma

Study results from Augustin et al. (2005) show that mistletoe therapy can also be regarded as safe and effective in cases of malignant melanoma. Furthermore, it was determined that skin

cancer patients treated with mistletoe extract survived for a clearly longer period of time. In general, the treatment was well tolerated; neither serious side effects nor an increase in tumour growth were

observed. In contrast, the incidence rates of metastases were significantly lower in the mistletoe group as compared to control.

 

Intestinal and pancreatic cancer

Current study results are now also demonstrating the efficacy and safety of mistletoe extracts in patients with intestinal (colorectal) cancer and pancreatic cancer. The patients in the

mistletoe group showed considerably fewer side effects caused by conventional treatments than those in the control group. For example, in the mistletoe group, only approximately 19% of the

colorectal cancer patients and only 14% of the pancreatic cancer patients developed side effects caused by chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, whereas in both control groups almost 50% suffered

from these side effects. Likewise, disease- and therapy related symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, depression, fatigue, sleep disturbances and back pain occurred at a much lower frequency than in the control group, the physical performance of the patients was better, they spent much less time in hospital and survived longer with a better quality of life at the same time. The mistletoe therapy was also well tolerated. Only very few of the patients reacted to the mistletoe extract with side effects such as dizziness, fatigue, depression, slight fever or itching. With almost a quarter of the patients, so-called local reactions occurred; these were always slight to medium in terms of intensity and subsequently subsided completely. No major side effects were observed (Bock et al. 2007, Matthes et al. 2007).

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