may be considered as an alternative treatment in breast cancer (Ziegler 2008).
On the other hand, the use of Iscador
, Helixor, and other mistletoe extracts is virtually unknown in the US.
The fermented mistletoe medicine is called Iscador
Weleda's first and best-selling such medicine is Iscador
[R], the mistletoe extract promoted as a complementary cancer treatment that strengthens the immune system, making it easier for the body to support conventional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation.
Francesca says: "Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital gave me a cactus remedy and trained me to inject myself twice weekly with Iscador
In a multicenter, parallel-group, cohort study that included 1,442 patients who initially underwent surgery for early-stage breast cancer, 16% of the 710 patients who received subcutaneous injections of the proprietary formulation Iscador
experienced adverse events related to their radiation, chemotherapy or hormone treatment, compared with 54% of the 732 treated with conventional modalities alone, Dr.
Actress Suzanne Somers surprised some of her fans when she recently decided to forgo chemotherapy for breast cancer and try an herbal treatment, Iscador
With the support of her husband, sister (a breast-cancer survivor) and friends - but not her cancer doctors - Somers has followed up surgery and radiation with daily abdominal injections of iscador
, an extract of mistletoe, which historically has been looked upon as a charmed substance.
But the mistletoe derivative found in Iscador
is very different from mistletoe that can be bought at the local nursery during the Christmas season.
They identified a total of 49 studies on the effects of the mistletoe drug Iscador
Two articles that are well worth reading for more information on the debate are the editorial by Dent and Clemons (2005 BMJ 331:1202) and particularly Herceptin: more hype than hope (2006 WDDTY 17:5;6-9) which discusses the politics of the use of Herceptin and compares effectiveness with Iscador
(an anthroposophical mistletoe compound).
is fermented mistletoe extract, It is an herbal medication that we have been administering to our patients as part of our integrated therapy approach tot many years.