Scientific trials are to test whether mistletoe can help boost the immune system of cancer patients.The Aberdeen University pilot study will be overseen by cancer specialist Professor Steven Heys, from the university's medical school. The study will be run jointly with Camphill Medical Practice in Aberdeen, which regularly offers cancer patients mistletoe therapy. It will involve women with breast cancer.
Dr Stefan Geider, a GP at the Camphill practice, said some patients who have had mistletoe injections had noticed an impact on their wellbeing.
"We see an increase in energy levels, less fatigue, good appetite, better sleeping, high motivation, from my clinical experience," he said. "From seeing patients on a regular basis, my experience is that mistletoe has, with some people - although not with all - an impact on tumour reduction."
However, he said it was important people realised that it was not a miracle cure.
"Mistletoe has to my experience helped a lot of patients tremendously, both in terms of quality of life as well as life expectancy," he said.
Source - BBC