MISTLETOE BEYOND THE NEW YEAR by Vickie Kline

European mistletoeWhenever mistletoe is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is kissing. Mistletoe may be the most romantic plant on earth, but also offers some impressive health benefits for a variety of conditions.

First, there are differences in mistletoe. American mistletoe is used for decorating and stealing a kiss only. European or Chinese mistletoe are the plants containing medicinal properties. Throughout this post, I am going to use the term mistletoe, but am referring to European or Chinese only…

Mistletoe is a semi-parasitic plant that grows on a variety of trees, including apple, elm, oak, and pine. The plant is considered an alternative form of medicine often used in traditional Chinese medicine and has been studied for treating various forms of cancer, in particular, solid tumors. European herbalists use mistletoe for the treatment of arthritis, epilepsy, headaches, and hypertension. Since the mistletoe extract demonstrates anti-cancer activity, it is often used for other various types of cancer treatment. The basis for using mistletoe as a medicinal property is based on the theory that the plant boosts immune function, which stimulates the body’s immune cells, thus promoting healing.

Studies show mistletoe is effective as an antispasmodic, for treating cough, asthma, epilepsy, nervous fits, hysteria, dizziness, immune disorders, and fertility problems. Chinese herbalists have used the plant for centuries to support the female reproductive system; it seems to improve fertility, erratic or absent menstruation, and pain associated with endometriosis. With the immune-enhancing abilities, the plant is also effective for inflammation and gout.

So, instead of thinking only of mistletoe as a way to steal a kiss, remember its medicinal properties that help you feel better and put you “in the mood” for that kiss.

Strive to be healthy!

This information is not intended to diagnose or cure any medical problem. Always consult your physician before using any health remedies.

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