Mistletoe May Be Alternative To Chemo

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By Denise Reynolds RD for eMaxHealth.com

Mistletoe is a commonly used Christmas decoration, but its extract has also been used for many years in Europe as a medicinal therapy. Researchers in Australia are studying the Christmas plant’s effectiveness on cancer, as it seems it might be able to kill cancer cells, becoming a potential complementary therapy or alternative to chemotherapy.

Zahra Lotfollahi, a graduate student at the University of Adelaide, compared three types of mistletoe extracts in a laboratory study using colon cancer cells. One species of mistletoe in particular, known as Fraxini which grows on ash trees, was highly effective in killing colon cancer cells in a cell culture – even more potent than chemotherapy drugs.

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