Mistletoe Injections for Joint Pain
Mistletoe or Viscum Album injections have been used in Europe for the last century. The injections are best known for their use in integrative cancer care. Another use for this therapy is for joint pain. Mistletoe has been shown to decrease pain and increase mobility in affected joints by up to 80%. Mistletoe is an effective therapy for degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Mistletoe selectively inhibits COX-2 enzyme which promotes pain and inflammation. Injections are superficial using a very small needle surrounding the affected joint. Protocols involve injections 1 to 2 times per week for 6 to10 treatments. Patients usually experience the most significant gains after their third or fourth treatments. Some patients will require maintenance treatments. Side effects may include a local transitory redness and itchiness. Patients rarely feel fatigue post injection.
Mistletoe Benefits for Joint Pain:
- Improves microcirculation
- Supports collagen synthesis
- Reduces pain
- No interaction with medications
- Improves mobility
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