Cancer Wellness

The Miracle of Mistletoe

Mistletoe, long a symbol of holiday cheer, might have a secret superpower: fighting cancer.

Cutting-edge technology has become synonymous with cancer treatment. Think chemical pills and injections, high-tech radiation, and machinery that test the limits of scientific invention. But for those seeking a more holistic approach, medicinal mistletoe may take contemporary oncology back to its roots.

Mistletoe first grew in popularity as a cancer treatment in Europe during the 1920s. In more recent history, naturopathic healers and their patients claim mistletoe injections shrink tumors, boost the immune system, and treat cancer symptoms like pain and exhaustion. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center are putting these claims to the test in the first rigorous clinical trial studying mistletoe and cancer.

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