Common Names: Mistletoe , Loranthus, European Mistletoe, Mulberry Mistle~toe

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Botanical Name ( Scientific Name ) Viscum coloratum[Phoradenedron flavescens], V. album Family: SANTALACEAE

Mistletoe is a predatorial plant, that's poisonous, but also potentially medicinal( see Arndt Schulz Rule ). It behaves as a parasite, and requires a host. It lacks the genes required to produce energy(extremely unusual). It creates a milky substance that acts as a seed, and when it leaches on to other types of plants, typically trees, it then grows roots into it. This is why it is a parasite.

Anxiety, Cancer, Hypertension and Insomnia

         Over the centuries herbalist have discovered many holistic applications for MistleToe. There is in fact a scientific understanding of the chemicals inside the herb. This is thanks to phytochemist who, unlike the FDA, actually do have an interest in natural remedies and their potential for healing. On this page you'll gain insight into the holistic healing applications regarding this plant, some cultural folk lore of ancient origins, and a scientific understanding of alternative medicine in general.

Mistletoe has served as a symbol for love for as long as anyone can remember. This is likely because of its historic use as an aphrodisiac that was used to increase sexual potency.(warning, it's also toxic!) Elixirs prepared in the sun are a preference by Shamanic practitioners with this one. In Shamanic-like practices, it's used to "banish unwanted spirits and nightmares". In Christian lore it is also seen as sacred and use during holidays and baptism. Several cultures consider it a "talisman", or a "symbol for romance".

In alternative healing practices Mistletoe is commonly used for the treatment of: Anxiety, Cancer, Hypertension and Insomnia to name a few. The phytochemicals produced by the species during its life time produce anti-spasmodic and nervine effects. In Europe, extracts of it have been extensively studied in the treatment of cancer. There, it was also used throughout history for treating epilepsy and other convulsive disorders. It's considered a narcotic that has powerful effects on the nervous system. Herbalist also believe that it can lower blood pressure, treat arthritic pain and even snoring.

One should understand that different herbal remedies have completely different potency's, dosages, chemical make-ups, and side effects. Certain pharmaceutical drugs can dangerously interact with herbal supplements! That, and taking too much of something that you're un-familiar with can also be dangerous. So as a general rule of thumb, always remember when dealing with Mistle-Toe or any other healing plant medicine, dosage counts, and do research first.

The public needs to be educated on these herbal medicines, while the health care system needs to embrace them, without dominating or controlling the marketing from the entrepreneurs of the world in the process. I intend to make an impact by sharing the science and methods used by different cultures to use these plants. So Phoradendron flavescens, as its known as scientifically, is often added to infusions in alternative health practices. The idea of an "infusion" is to combine plants which work synergistically together in order to compliment each others properties. Certain holistic herbs should not be combined though. It's a precise art which requires much knowledge and practice. Plant ally's that share properties for dealing with Insomnia can unite to create a powerful elixir.

The active constituents which have been isolated from the Mistletoe herb are listed below. These are phytochemicals that phytochemist have isolated and examined thoroughly. These researchers are supremely trained and educated professionals who seek to understand the mechanisms of action within medicinal herbs. In turns out that nature is in fact, a extraordinarily sophisticated and intelligent pharmacy. On a final note I would like to encourage anyone who is exceptionally interested in these sacred health restoration tools to study this in college. Together we can expose the truth to the minds of the masses.

Active constituents include: Amines (acetylcholine, choline, histamine, gaba and tyramine), antioxidant flavonoids (quercitin, chalcone and flavone derivatives), terpenoids (beta-amrin, butulinic acid, oleanic acid, beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, ursolic acid, lupeol and ester c. It also contains Mucilage, which is one of my favorite naturally occurring chemicals. Mucilage is found in Mullein, Sassafras, Silppery Elm Bark, and can be thought of much like Aloe Vera, and its used for cuts, burns, ulcers, scratches, stomach and intestines, etc.

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