Mistletoe (Viscum Album) is the most predominantly used complementary therapy in cancer care in Europe
It is used in conjunction with conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy. Mistletoe therapy was developed in 1917 and is seen to be a complimentary medicine in cancer care.
There are also several consultant-led clinics and hospitals in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and The Netherlands that specialise in this therapy.
Mistletoe therapy improves and strengthens the natural defenses of the body through a supportive effect on the immune system, and has been shown to ease the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Mistletoe therapy can also help cancer patients cope with symptoms like fatigue, nausea, digestive problems and weight loss, sleeplessness, low mood, recurring infections and pain.
Joan van Holsteijn, age 53 (above) refused chemotherapy and believes that she fought the cancer by using Mistletoe instead. She had a large tumour in her leg has since had the all-clear since Mistletoe treatment. In a statement she said that she owes her life to Mistletoe and is grateful for such treatment.
In the UK Mistletoe therapy is available via private Homoeopathic Hospitals and clinics, such as ‘Park Attwood’ a non-profit charitable organisation, and up until recently – UK cancer patients – who cannot afford the Mistletoe Therapy have had their treatment funded by the NHS.
However – such funding is being withdrawn by the UK Government along side other complimentary therapies. This means that it will be no longer available for funding on the NHS – leaving cancer patients who have faith in and draw strength from complimentary medicine like Mistletoe treatment – to try and pay for the treatment themselves.
Debbie Brewer – (below) A UK resident who was diagnosed with Mesothelioma (a rare lung cancer caused by asbestos inhalation) in 2006, received Mistletoe Therapy at the ‘Park Atwood’ Clinic in 2008. She had the treatment along side a pioneering treatment called Chemoembolization.
Debbie has a lot of faith in Mistletoe Therapy and she knows from her own experience with the treatment how important it will be to other cancer sufferers like her self. She has currently set up a government petition asking that funding for Mistletoe Therapy will continue to be available on the NHS. An excerpt from her petition reads:
“We hope that the government can look into supporting patients who have found their treatment works, even in a psychological way, please don’t remove what little hope and faith patients have. Mesothelioma has very little open to it that helps patients, taking mistletoe away from these patients is cruel and heartless”
Udate: I am sad to announce that Debbie has lost her battle fighting mesothelioma. R.I.P.