The use of mistletoe in cancer therapy is gaining in popularity – though it is also very controversial
It has its origins in Rudolf Steiner’s 1920s work when he was developing many ideas about medicinal value of plants. His ‘science of the spirit’ (anthroposophy) approach suggested that particular plant species could be linked to specific ailments.
He identified mistletoe as a species that could help with cancer treatment and in the following decades his teachings and suggestions for mistletoe treatments have been substantially developed in mainland Europe, particularly in Germany and Switzerland.
There are now a number of dedicated anthroposophic clinics and manufacturers of mistletoe extracts, using the specific processes suggested by Steiner. The mistletoe treatment is complementary – used alongside and in addition to, conventional cancer treatments. It is not generally used on its own.