Mistletoe

  • SCIENTIFIC NAMES: Phoradendron flavescens; Phoradendron leucarpum; Phoradendron macrophyllum; Phoradendron rubrum; Phoradendron serotinum; Phoradendron tomentosum; Viscum album
  • INDICATIONS: Injected: adjuvant tumor therapy. Oral: abortifacient, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, colds, depression, headache, HIV infection, hypertension, hypotension, hysteria, labor pain, lumbago, metrorrhagia, muscle spasms, otitis, whooping cough, hemorrhoids, internal bleeding, gout, sleep disorders, amenorrhea, liver and gallbladder conditions.
  • SYNONYM: Loranthacae; Viscaceae
  • CLASS: Immunomodulator
  • HALF-LIFE: N/A
CLINICALLY IMPORTANT, POTENTIALLY HAZARDOUS INTERACTIONS WITH:

Bepridil, Clevidipine, Corticosteroids, Immunosuppressants, MAO inhibitors, Squill

PREGNANCY CATEGORY: N/A

Purified extracts injected intramuscularly, subcutaneously or by intravenous infusion. Unless otherwise indicated, side effects listed are from injected preparations. The FDA considers Viscum album unsafe.

The well-known mistletoe is an evergreen parasitic plant, growing on the branches of some tree species. Shakespeare calls it “the baleful mistletoe,” an illusion to the Scandinavian legend that Balder, the god of Peace, was slain with an arrow made of mistletoe.

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SKIN
MUCOSAL
CARDIOVASCULAR
CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
NEUROMUSCULAR/SKELETAL
GASTROINTESTINAL/HEPATIC
RESPIRATORY
ENDOCRINE/METABOLIC
LOCAL
OTHER


Page last updated 09/19/2018

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Incidence info

  • <1%
  • 1-5%
  • 5-10%
  • 10-15%
  • 15-20%
  • 20-30%
  • >30%

Seriousness info

  • Hospitalization possible
  • Life threatening
  • Fatal

Warnings in other populations info

  • Breast feeding
  • Geriatric
  • Pediatric