From Mistletoe to Medicine

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By: Unknown Author

In the world of nature mistletoe appears as a stranger and a curiosity and the processes needed to make it into an effective medicament are complex.

Twice a year the plant is harvested from a variety of host trees: at midsummer time, when vegetative growth is at its height, and during the Christmas season, when the plant has developed the white berries and taken its life rhythm to a certain conclusion.

The plants are checked and cleaned by hand before selected parts undergo lactic acid fermentation. This is a live process providing for gentle extraction, with the essential plant constituents and powers taken up into an aqueous (watery) phase in a way that reduces the natural toxic effect.

Twice a year, around Easter and Michaelmas, the summer and winter extracts are combined in a specially designed centrifuge process. The machine imposes extreme conditions in which the natural medicinal powers of the mistletoe plant are selectively enhanced. Subsequent pharmaceutical preparations include dilution, sterile filtration and filling.

Courtesy of Weleda AG



Four of the mistletoe preparations developed in Europe over the past seventy years:

Iscador: first developed by Ita Wegman, MD in 1917.

Iscar is the homeopathic version of Iscador, available in the US from Weleda Inc., 175 N. Rte. 9W, Congers, NY 10960, (800) 241-1030.

Iscusin: developed by Dr. Koeller of WALA in 1924. Available by prescription from Raphael Pharmacy, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. (916) 962-1.099.

Helixor: developed by researchers in 1971. Available from Helixor GmbH, 72348 Rosenfeld, Germany,
Fax: 011 49 742 893 5102.

Abnoba: information: 75177 Pforzheim, Germany. 01149 72 336 8125, Fax: 011 4972 336 8110.

Wala: Iscucin
The use of mistletoe to treat cancer stems from Rudolf Steiner's indications given to doctors in 1920. Iscucin was to become one of the mistletoe preparations developed for this use. In 1958 Dr. K. Koeller took up a suggestion given to him personally by R. Steiner in 1924, and be­gan work on the development of a spe­cial mistletoe preparation. In 1962 Koeller published six case histories of patients with clinically manifest malignant tumors who had been successfully treated with the newly developed Viscum preparation Iscucin.

The name Iscucin is the designation for the special medicinal preparation made from Viscum album of various host trees. At the same time it characterizes the method of manufacture employed. Ex­tracts from Hawthorne, Oak, Willow, Fir, Pine, Apple, Poplar, and Linden tree arecurrently available in eight different po­tency stages, ranging from a 20(-1) con­centration in Strength H (50mg/ml), to 20(-10) concentration in Strength A. These are available in Series I (Str. A-D) and Series II (Str. D-G), and as individual strength from Sir. A to Str. H.

The rights of manufacture of the Iscucin-Viscum preparations are held by the firm WALA-HEILMITTEL GmbH, Eckwalden, Germany. Iscucin is available in the United States, by prescription, from Raphael Pharmacy, Fair Oaks, CA 95628. Tel: 916 962-1099.

In 1971 a working group of physi­cians, pharmacists and technical staff met at the Association for Leukemia and Can­cer Therapy to research and develop a new mistletoe production procedure aimed at improving tolerance and therapy success. In 1975 the company HELIXOR Heilmittel GmbH was founded and in 1976 Helixor was registered as a medicine specialty. It has meanwhile become a reg­istered and approved drug in Germany, covered by insurance. 1976 the company incorporated under the name Helixor, and in 1980 became part of a foundation, whose activities include initiatives in re­search and education.

Physicians desiring information call the Helixor Medical Scientific Department Therapy Service at 01149 742 893 5344 or fax 011 49 742 893 5350. Detailed information on clinical experience and research practice is available.

Helixor Heilmittel GmbH & Co., Fischermuehle 2, 72348 Rosenfeld, Ger­many, Fax: 011 49 742 893 5102,

Abnoba Viscum
Abnoba Heilmittel GmbH, Hohen­zollernstrasse 16, 75177 Pforzheim, Ger­many. For information and counselling call 011 49 723 131 6478 or fax: 011 49 723 135 8714.

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