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Nature's Temple / Mistletoe

Mistletoe

(Viscum album)

Parts Used: Dried leafy twigs, young twigs and leaves

Active Constituents:

Viscotoxin (a cardio-active polypeptide), triterpenoid saponins, choline, histamine, anti-tumour proteins, gamma-aminobutyric acid

Main Actions:

  • Nervine
  • Hypotensive
  • Cardiac depressant
  • Possibly anti-tumour

Major Safety Issues:

  • Should not be used during pregnancy.
  • Home-made preparations should not be use as there is a risk of severe poisoning.
  • Should not be used together with prescribed anti-asthmatic drugs.