Herbarium

Mistletoe (Viscum alba)

Other names: glue ,glue ,mela , mistletoe ,Omelja ,Visco

Description of the plant: It is one of the most interesting herbs. It's one of the few plants that do not grow out of the earth, but thrive on a range of local trees, and shrubs. Mistletoe is considered haf-parasitic in nature, because of it taking water and inorganic substances from it's host. Some, on the contrary, are called complete parasites because they believe it takes organic matter from its host aswell. According to the third assumption mistletoe is neither half nor completely parasitic, the relationship between mistletoe and the host plant is that of a joint life (symbiosis); not does Mistletoe have to live off the host, but during winter it gives to the host, as an evergreen plant, it's assimilated substances rather than keeping them for itself. In any case, it's a subject awaiting further research.

The medicinal part of the plant: the drug is derived from the fruit or the ripe seed. It is collected only in dry climate from the leaves (Folia pendulums) or smaller branches of mistletoe with leaves (Herba pendulums or Stipites pendulums cum foliis). They are gathered from October to mid-December or in the spring from March to April. Bob is used in folk medicine, it's gather from November to February.

Pharmaceutical action: opinions diverge as pharmacological assessment arising mainly from animal experiments, a there is significant difference between the pharmacological experiments with animals and when it's applied to a sick human being. In most pharmacological experiments with animals there are completely different conditions, so when applying the results to a human there can be significantly different health effects. Above all, this is the case if the aformentioned herbal drugs is dministered over a longer period of time compared to its experiments with animals. Finally, the study of medicinal plants is based on years of experience, and not the results of experiments on mice, rats and rabbits and thus can't be permanently transferred to humans. We must always keep this fact in mind while researching medicinal herbs, but you may come to a comforting conclusion that despite the negative experiments with animals, the mistletoe is still a very important medicinal plant for the sick.

From the variety of medicinal effects of the mistletoe, we should first determine that mistletoe causes increased metabolism and enhances the work of the digestive glands of the entire apparatus. That in turn means the elimination of chronic constipation with all the adverse side effects (feeling of fullness, bloating, disturbances in mental and physical work, a sense of reluctance, etc.), And elimination of the beginnings of jaundice, normalizes incomplete secretion of bile, abdominal salivary glands return to working normally and lose the causes of diabetes.

Mistletoe helps with sicknesses caused by being worn out: calcification of vessels and heart damage, caused by old age. In the case of interference in the flow of blood, if the blood pressure is too high or too low the mistletoe helps bring the state back to normal. It has now been scientifically confirmed – that which folk medicine long stated - that low or high blood pressure, caused by disturbances in the blood stream, is in both cases eliminated by using mistletoe. This seeming contradictive healing effect is of lifting and lowering blood pressure is explained by the means of it having medicinal substances act to normalize blood circulation and strengthen the heart, which leads to equilibrium. Of course by doing this we also remove all of the side effects of too low or too high blood pressure, such as the rush of blood to the head, center, feelings of dizziness, headaches and tinnitus.

Improving blood flow helps women with normalizing menstruation, eliminates interference in the womb with often severe pain, so the Kneipp all the braging rights when it comes to women whole-heartedly recommending mistletoe. Fresh juice from young twigs and leaves of mistletoe is still used in the treatment against infertility in women, if the causes of infertility were for example, bleeding, or swollen uterus or white flower. No less of a healing effect does it have with controlling of the subsequent bleeding at the time of confinement, but it also treats bleeding from the lungs and vomiting blood. Some authors (Dr. Karl Anton Kass) recently clinically determined the explicit healing power of mistletoe in fighting cancer, and it was finally confirmed that it had antineuralgc properties which calm the bleeding and superb anti-cancerogenic properties.

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