Extracts from this woody plant are injected or infused for cancer treatment, often reducing side effects and improving quality of life, and perhaps improving survival.
Affordability and access
- Yes. Injected mistletoe—the form used in cancer care—requires a prescription from a licensed physician.
Other names and brands
You may find mistletoe under these alternate names and brands:
- ABNOBA viscum
- Iscador Qu
- Viscum album
- White-berry mistletoe
Where to access
Mistletoe is widely available in Germany. Considered a drug, it is regulated by the German drug agency, which also regulates herbs.
Mistletoe is available in Canada from Helixor Canada, 1-877-734-1686 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Access to subcutaneous injectable mistletoe is available in the USA, but healthcare professionals are not allowed to give mistletoe by injection. A patient must self-inject it.
The first step is to find a licensed practitioner who is trained in providing mistletoe therapy and can assess if mistletoe is right for you. If so, they will walk you through the process of obtaining the injectable mistletoe and teach you how to give the injections to yourself.
Find a licensed practitioner trained in mistletoe therapy
A list of practitioners with training in mistletoe therapy who meet the following criteria:
- Have completed the Physician’s Association for Anthroposophic Medicine’s (PAAM) Mistletoe Therapy Course
- Have completed Believe Big’s vetting process
- Would like to be listed and are accepting new patients
- Continue to get positive feedback from the patients served by Believe Big
In the US, intravenous (IV) mistletoe therapy is not yet available as standard therapy in medical offices but is available only in clinical trials.
- In a 2015 post, the average cost of mistletoe treatment at GW Center For Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC, is listed from $100 to 200 per month.