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ISCADOR – Mistletoe Therapy

Iscador is a herbal preparation of Mistletoe, which grows commonly in Northern Europe. Iscador preparations are made of fermented aqueous extracts of the freshly harvested white-berried mistletoe (Viscum album L.) grown on different host trees. Host trees used are Apple (Malus, M), Oak (Quercus, Qu), Pine (Pinus, P), Elm (Ulmus, U). Mistletoe contains viscotoxins and lectins which have been shown to have a stimulating effect on the immune system.
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Integrative Medicine and Cancer Care

Integrative Medicine combines the best of conventional, lifestyle and holistic approaches to improve health and wellbeing – and this includes integrative oncology, where patients choose to have conventional treatments such as chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgery, but also choose to use lifestyle and holistic approaches such as acupuncture to help manage pain / fatigue, and mindfulness to support mental and emotional wellbeing, for example. Part of this integrative approach to cancer care includes the use of Iscador, also known as Mistletoe Therapy.

What is Iscador?
Iscador is a herbal preparation of Mistletoe, which grows commonly in Northern Europe. Iscador preparations are made of fermented aqueous extracts of the freshly harvested white-berried mistletoe (Viscum album L.) grown on different host trees. Host trees used are Apple (Malus, M), Oak (Quercus, Qu), Pine (Pinus, P), Elm (Ulmus, U). Mistletoe contains viscotoxins and lectins which have been shown to have a stimulating effect on the immune system.

There is research to show that it stimulates the group of white cells in the immune system that treatments like radiotherapy and chemotherapy can sometimes lower. These cells are called the natural killer cells and the aim of giving this medicine is that a number of these cells will be increased in your body.

In Europe, Viscum album L (mistletoe) is the most commonly used complementary therapy by patients with cancer and is integrated into conventional oncology treatment programmes in Germany, Switzerland and Holland. In recent years it has been the subject of many randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Although there are some limitations to these studies due to poor design, a relatively consistent finding of these trials was a reduction in the adverse effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and/or improvement of quality of life of the patient (QOL).

Iscador can be given by mouth as a liquid, or by injection.

Side effects of the treatment
The preparation taken by mouth seems to be very safe. Although it does not agree with everyone, reported side effects are low. This is because we are using such low doses.
Who can prescribe Iscador at NCIM?
Dr Elizabeth Thompson
Dr Domnita Neagu
Dr Roger Smith
Length of a course of treatment
When you are taking the preparation by mouth, we usually recommend that you take the Iscador for 12 months. After that time the Iscador may be stopped or an occasional dose may be given. You will be able to discuss this as part of your treatment plan.
Oral vs injectable Iscador
Currently we prescribe oral drops at NCIM, but we are hoping to offer injectable Iscador in the autumn of 2021. Please contact our Clinical Services team for further information on enquiries@ncim.org.uk
Other factors

In addition to the Iscador treatment, all the other things you do are important, such as;

  • Looking at lifestyle
  • Nutrition
  • Acupuncture
  • Mindfulness
  • Homeopathic medication
  • Counselling, relaxation and visualisation
  • Chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • Any other approach that you choose to support you through the cancer diagnosis.
Research

Please refer to this website for a list of research studies https://www.mistletoetherapy.org.uk/research/

Cost of Treatment

Please contact our Clinical Services Administrator for details about treatment cost and Iscador prescriptions.

Introducing Holistic Doctor

Our CEO and Lead Clinician, Dr Elizabeth Thompson, introduces our Holistic Doctor service and how it connects to a broad vision of healthcare approaches that can help you to take charge or your own wellbeing.