Published December 5, 1984.
List of German Commission E Monographs (Phytotherapy)
Visci albi herba, mistletoe herb.
Mistletoe herb consists of fresh or dried younger branches with flowers and fruits of Viscum album L. [Fam. Viscaceae], as well as their preparations in effective dosage.
For treating degenerative inflammation of the joints by stimulating cuti-visceral reflexes following local inflammation brought about by intradermal injections.
As palliative therapy for malignant tumors through non-specific stimulation.
Protein hypersensitivity, chronic-progressive infections, e.g., tuberculosis.
Chills, high fever, headaches, angina, orthostatic circulatory disturbances and allergic reactions.
Unless otherwise prescribed:
According to directions of the manufacturer. Mode of Administration Fresh plant, cut and powdered herb for the preparation of solutions for injections.
Intracutaneous injections cause local inflammations which can progress to necrosis.
In animal experiments cytostatic, nonspecific immune stimulation.
Note: The blood pressure-lowering effects and the therapeutic effectiveness for mild forms of hypertonia (borderline hypertonia) need further investigation.