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Practitioner Corner: Mistletoe- More than just a Kissing Herb

By Ritamarie Loscalzo

Human palm with hanged mistletoe bunch isolated over white

Mistletoe has been traditionally hung from the ceiling at Christmas time, and if you are caught underneath it with someone, you are supposed to kiss.

MistletoeHowever, Mistletoe is also a very powerful herb for the endocrine system.

While the beautiful red berries are poisonous, the leaves make a calming tonic that has a systemic action on the glandular system.  It aids in proper pancreas function, supports female hormones in both pre and post menopause, is used to treat problems with heavy menstrual bleeding, reduces hot flashes  and  is calming to the nerves.

According to Austrian herbalist Maria Treben, two  cups of mistletoe leaf tea taken daily can reverse diabetes in 6 months.

Mistletoe is said to be effective in the treatment of high blood pressure, circulation problems, nose bleeds, palpitations and difficulty breathing.

Researchers at Seoul National University in Korea investigated the anti-angiogenic effect of mistletoe, an immune modulator, on women with endometriosis and found it to have good treatment potential for endometriosis.

So the next time you are caught in a kiss under the Mistletoe, remember all its uses in balancing hormones and circulation and smile for more than one reason.

And for more novel ideas for balancing hormones using herbs, foods, nutrients and emotions, join me in January for my first S.H.I.N.E. Conference, (Scientific and Holistic Investigation fo Nutritional Endocrinology).  You’ll walk away with checklists, protocols and tons of inspiration for becoming a super star health practitioner who gets results with difficult clients.


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With love and appreciation,


Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo


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  1. Beverly O on December 18, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Why are you showing a photo of Holy, not Mistletoe?

    • Stacie on December 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Thanks Beverly, we had a few people notice that. The team member who posted this to the blog must have selected a picture of holly instead. However, it has now been replaced with the correct herb–mistletoe, and wow aren’t those some fascinating benefits from this herb…over and beyond the kissing part!

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