Mistletoe used for medicinal purposes

Scientists at the University of Adelaide compared three different types of European mistletoe in vitro and found one in particular, fraxini, which grows on ash trees, was highly potent against colon cancer cells and gentler on healthy intestinal cells compared to chemotherapy.

“Our laboratory studies have shown fraxini mistletoe extract by itself to be highly effective at reducing the viability of colon cancer cells,” lead investigator and health sciences student Zahra Lotfollahi said.

“At certain concentrations fraxini also increased the potency of chemotherapy against the cancer cells.”

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