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Anthroposophic Medicine, Integrative Oncology, and Mistletoe Therapy of Cancer 

Anthroposophic Medicine, Integrative Oncology, and Mistletoe Therapy of Cancer
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Anthroposophic Medicine, Integrative Oncology, and Mistletoe Therapy of Cancer
Author(s):

Peter Heusser

and Gunver Sophia Kienle

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199329724.003.0020
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date: 14 October 2019

Chapter 20 covers anthroposophic medicine (AM), integrative oncology, and mistletoe therapy of cancer, including definitions of AM, how AM integrates conventional tumor therapy, mistletoe and other plant or mineral medications, art therapy (painting, modeling, music, poetry recitation), eurythmy (a movement therapy), and psycho-oncological and spiritual care, that quality of life studies show significant improvements of global, physical, emotional, cognitive, spiritual and social quality of life after holistic AM treatment in advanced cancer, the origins and current use of mistletoe treatment, and how, in preclinical in vitro and animal models, mistletoe preparations and their isolated constituents such as lectins, viscotoxins, oligo- and polysaccharides have induced apoptosis, cytotoxicity, tumor inhibition, immunomodulation (e.g., activation of macrophages/monocytes, granulocytes, killer cells, T cells), DNA stabilization, and DNA repair. Additionally it touches on how 33 randomized, 18 nonrandomized trials, 18 prospective single-arm cohort studies, and 4 elaborate pharmacoepidemiologic retrolective cohort studies have been conducted with varying methodology and quality evaluating the clinical effectiveness of mistletoe and that most of them report clinical effects.

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