Mistletoe is a spiky green plant with small white berries. The leaves have been used with cancer therapies to help a person live a longer, better quality life. It can be taken as a pill, powder, or extract. Mistletoe can also be made into a tea. It is often injected under the skin. This should only be done by a doctor.
There aren’t any advised doses for mistletoe.
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It is likely safe to take mistletoe in small amounts and use it on the skin for a short time, but it can cause the body to make too many white blood cells. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not use mistletoe.
Talk to your doctor about any supplements or therapy you would like to use. Some can interfere with treatment or make conditions worse, such as:B1-B6
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC Last Updated: 6/29/2020