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  • Curcumin and Viscum album Extract Decrease Proliferation and Cell Viability of Soft-Tissue Sarcoma Cells: An In Vitro Analysis of Eight Cell Lines Using Real-Time Monitoring and Colorimetric Assays - Nutr Cancer. 2017 Jan 3:1-12 - "Viscum album extract (VAE) ... soft-tissue sarcoma (STS) cells ... Curcumin and VAE can inhibit the proliferation and viability of STS cells"  - See Curcumin products at Amazon.com and Viscum album extract at Amazon.com.
  • Safety of Intravenous Application of Mistletoe (Viscum album L.) Preparations in Oncology: An Observational Study - Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:236310 - "Intravenous mistletoe therapy was found to be safe and prospective studies for efficacy are recommended"
  • Case reports of sarcoma patients with optimized lectin-oriented mistletoe extract therapy - J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Oct;17(10):973-9 - "Mistletoe (Viscum album L) extracts (ME) are widespread as immunomodulatory therapeutic agents in alternative tumor treatment. Assessing the often-controversial clinical results is rather difficult since the effects of ME on the immune system cannot be equally reproduced. Mistletoe lectins (ML) are the only mistletoe ingredients also found in vivo that are capable of having a positive effect on the immune balance of patients with tumors. Other components have only been tested in vitro, and the removal of mistletoe lectins ML from the extract can put an end to the immunological efficacy of ME. Preclinical investigations in the tumor models (using nude mice xenotransplanted with human leiomyosarcoma and interleukin-12-deficient C57BL6 mice) show that without immunological reactions, ME induce less antitumor efficacy. ML, functioning as ligands for pattern recognition receptors of the natural immune system, are docked to ganglioside molecules (CD75) of monocytes and granulocytes, thereby stimulating the natural antitumor mechanisms. Objectives: The aim of this article is to present and discuss several favorable clinical responses of patients who had sarcoma and who were treated with immunologically effective ME preparations. Course of therapy and results: In accordance with the bell-shaped dose-response relationship of ML, the patients with sarcoma were treated with ME preparations, standardized for the active sugar-binding lectin contents. Thus, an optimal dose of 0.75-1.0 ng/kg ML was given twice a week subcutaneously. In this report, the clinical progress of 6 patients with sarcoma showed remissions of tumor symptoms. Conclusions: It seems that this disease is beneficially influenced by optimized lectin-oriented ME therapy since patients with sarcoma may react especially well to the improved balance of natural immunological mechanisms" - Note:  Six out of how many????  It's an important part that was left out.  You can probably find a way to get Mistletoe via this website: http://www.iscador.com/index.aspx
  • In vitro investigation into the potential of a mistletoe extract to alleviate adverse effects of cyclophosphamide - Altern Ther Health Med. 2010 May-Jun;16(3):40-8 - "Mistletoe extract strongly stimulated healthy PBMC but not malignant Jurkat cells. In addition, mistletoe extract seemed to partially protect healthy PBMC-but not malignant Jurkat cells-from the cytostatic effect of 4-hpc. The results motivate further preclinical and clinical investigations of mistletoe extracts as an adjuvant medication in cancer therapy to alleviate side effects of conventional therapy"
  • Molecular mechanisms of mistletoe plant extract-induced apoptosis in acute lymphoblastic leukemia in vivo and in vitro - Cancer Lett. 2008 Feb 29 - "Aqueous mistletoe extracts (MT) ... Both MTs significantly improved survival (up to 55.4 days) at all tested concentrations in contrast to controls (34.6 days) without side effects"

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Where to purchase Iscador:

  • http://www.weleda.com/
  • URECH Konrad, Institute Hiscia, Society for Cancer Research, CH-4144 Arlesheim, Switzerland, Tel. +41 61 701 2323, Fax. +41 61 701 6274
  • Weleda AG

Email from Michele Sanz [michele@weleda.com] on 4/2/01:

Thank you for your interest in one of our products. ISCADOR® is distributed under the brand name ISCAR® in the US by WELEDA, Inc., a division of the Swiss company WELEDA-AG that has been specializing in complementary medicine and natural skincare products for over 80 years.

ISCAR® is a “prescription only” homeopathic medicine, listed with the FDA in accordance with their requirements for homeopathic medicines. It is made from a homeopathic tincture of viscum album (mistletoe).

ISCADOR®/ISCAR® is a complementary rather than an alternative medicine. It is frequently prescribed in Europe by Medical Doctors, including oncologists, in addition to the conventional cancer therapies – radiation, surgery and chemotherapy.

ISCAR® is indicated as a homeopathic medicine for adjunct treatment of cancerous conditions as well as the conditions that frequently accompany cancer - apathy, sadness, constipation and internal thermoregulation problems. Many patients report an improvement in the quality of life and a recent study shows that it increases the positive prognosis for cancer patients.

There are many different strengths of ISCAR® available and your doctor will need to determine which is the correct one for you. Once you have a prescription, you can order in one of the ways listed below:

. Mail your prescription for ISCAR® directly to us.

. Ask your doctor to order ISCAR® from us.

. Have your local pharmacy stock ISCAR® for you.

Sincerely yours,


Michele Sanz

Medical Services Manager


Weleda, Inc., 175 North Route 9W, Congers, NY 10920

(800) 241-1030 or (845) 268-8572 n Fax: (845) 268-8574 n e-mail: rx@weleda.com n Internet: www.weleda.com