Mistletoe, Viscum album, Γκυ Ιξός , Βίσκος.

Also known as mulberry mistletoe, loranthus, European mistletoe, this medicinal herb’s Latin name is Viscum album. It is native of North America and most of Europe, but now cultivated in many places all over the world.

Well known in Europe, this plant was historically used for treating nervous disorders and epilepsy. Druids in Europe considered it sacred and hung it their home to ward off evil spirits. The Christmas decoration part is derived from this belief.

The Mistletoe is best known for its nervine, emetic, anti-spasmodic and anodyne properties. Besides epilepsy, this herb is beneficial for hypertension, treatment of insomnia and as a cancer preventive. It is also very effective in treating arthritic pain and has been used for countering snoring.

It is also a stimulant and hence, contraindicated for pregnant women as it could trigger untimely uterine contractions.

The herb is used in the form of tinctures, teas and injectable extracts. The USDA recommends that any treatment using the Mistletoe should be done under the supervision of a certified professional as if used wrong it could result in serious side-effects.

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