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Mistletoe Therapy | Spirit Working
Mistletoe Therapy Beth W. Orenstein RADIOLOGY TODAY / DECEMBER 23, 2002 The Christmastime tradition of hanging a sprig of mistletoe above the doorway originated in Greek folklore. Now, another use for the plant is becoming popular in the United States — complementary cancer therapy. Almost two years ago, the scientific and clinical review committees of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pa., looked at available research on the use of mistletoe as a supportive treatment for cancer patients. They concluded that it was an acceptable supportive therapy for patients seeking such options. Ever since, the prescription-only medicine made from the extracts of the European mistletoe plant has been offered as part of care to cancer patients through Jefferson's Center for Integrative Medicine. "I believe it is helpful, and I suggest it to my patients," says Steven Rosenzweig, MD, founding director of the center, which integrates complementary therapies