Mistletoe Therapy for Cancer

Prevention, Treatment and Healing

Johannes Wilkens and Gert Böhm; Translated by Peter Clemm

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Describes thirteen host trees and how the different characteristics of mistletoe growing on each of them might benefit particular cancer patients.

216 x 138 mm
Floris Books
Holistic Health
168 pages
Publication date:
08 Jul 2010


Mistletoe is a parasitic evergreen plant that lives on trees such apple and elm. Modern complementary therapies for cancer increasingly make use of mistletoe preparations. However, because mistletoe grows on many different trees, the properties of the plant vary according to the host tree. For the first time, this book presents an important reference for practitioners on the characteristics of each type of mistletoe, and what kind of cancers they are best suited to treat.

Thirteen host trees are described, covering all aspects from mythology and botany to homeopathy and flower essences. The author then pulls the various characteristics together to provide a unique guide to which patients might benefit most from the different types of mistletoe. The results will be useful not only in treating cancer but also in prevention.

The book includes specific case-studies as well as notes on supplementary therapies using metals.


"The book is written in an accessible form and gives an important insight into a remarakable plant and its use in fighting cancer."
-- Valerie Taylor, New View, Autumn 2010

"For those who know nothing about the role of mistletoe therapy in cancer, this book is quite a revelation, and comes within the tradition of anthroposophical medicine established by Rudolf Steiner... The book presents a balanced view of the evidence for the healing power of mistletoe, and is particularly interesting in its suggestion that cancer prone people as well as patients can be inoculated... At a time when interventions are costly and frequently traumatic, it seems well worth investigating this line of therapy, especially since it does not seem to have any so-called side-effects.'
-- David Lormier, Scientific and Medical Network Review, Winter 2010

'Mistletoe therapy for cancer is a work in progress and Dr Wilkens' efforts present a valuable attempt to develop a joined-up rationale for mistletoe therapy - and both patients and practitioners will find valuable material in this book.'
--Positive Health Online, May 2011

'There is a concise, intriguing and well-composed introduction to the fundamentals of biodynamics, but priority is soon given over to practice rather than theory. What follows is a readable, well-selected guide to biodynamic wines from all around the world...The many photographs, bottle shots and label scans are apposite and well integrated. The feel of the book is overall very pleasing, with a matte finish to the images and a tactile, pale buff-coloured paper that evokes environmentalism, somehow. (I see that the publisher, Floris, specialises in books on organics and biodynamics, so the choice of paper is surely no accident.)...the point of this book is not to debate biodynamics itself but to discover its potential in the tastiest way possible. Bookshelves are not shy of wine buying guides, but Waldin's biodynamic selection is a valuable addition for any wine lover, be they devout, agnostic or otherwise -- for here the evidence is signposted, that you might decide for yourself.'
--Richard Hemming, JancisRobinson.com, June 2013


Johannes Wilkens is a physician specialising in classical homeopathy and anthroposophical medicine. He is a doctor at the Alexander-von-Humboldt Clinic in Bad Steben, Germany, and is a specialist on differentiated mistletoe therapy.

Gert Böhm was a newspaper publisher and now works as a freelance journalist and author. He lives near Hof, Germany.

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