All About Mistletoe
Mistletoe is commonly hung in an entryway to promote a kiss during the holidays. This hemi-parasitic plant is poisonous to humans.
There is limited scientific research on the human use of mistletoe. However, more research is warranted on the topic of mistletoe supplements as a cancer treatment. Further, it has shown potential as an anti-inflammatory, sedative, hypotensive, and anti-diabetic. Click the button below for a detailed review of research.
Latin Name: Viscum album
- Druid's herb, mistelkraut, all-heal, banda, viscum
- Other Scientific names: Visci herba
- Not to be confused with: Phoradendron serotinum, American mistletoe
Mistletoe is a parasitic plant growing in trees with forked stem pieces, white pea sized berries, small yellowish flowers, and yellowish-green leathery lanceolate leaves.
Leaf, twigs and berries are used. Small amounts can be toxic and lethal. Mistletoe has a low therapeutic margin and serious side effects with overuse.
Lectins, toxic polypeptides (viscotoxins), lignans, flavononoids, amines, phenylpropanes, biogenic amines