Nageen Sharma
Craniosacral therapy
Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Years of experience 3

Total years in practice: 3

Published Date
December 31, 2013
Abstract Authors
Ulrike Weissenstein, Matthias Kunz, Konrad Urech, Stephan Baumgartner
Abstract Source
BMC Complement Altern Med. 2014 ;14:6. Epub 2014 Jan 8. PMID: 24397864
Abstract Affiliation
Ulrike Weissenstein
Study Type
Research
Conditions
Breast Cancer, Cancer Care
Therapies
Herbal Therapy, Holistic Medicine
Reference
Abstract Content
Background:
Given the importance of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to cancer patients, there is an increasing need to learn more about possible interactions between CAM and anticancer drugs. Mistletoe (Viscum album L.) belongs to the medicinal herbs that are used as supportive care during chemotherapy. In the in vitro study presented here the effect of standardized mistletoe preparations on the cytostatic and cytotoxic activity of several common conventional chemotherapeutic drugs was investigated using different cancer cell lines.
METHODS:
Human breast carcinoma cell lines HCC1937 and HCC1143 were treated with doxorubicin hydrochloride, pancreas adenocarcinoma cell line PA-TU-8902 with gemcitabine hydrochloride, prostate carcinoma cell line DU145 with docetaxel and mitoxantrone hydrochloride and lung carcinoma cell line NCI-H460 was treated with docetaxel and cisplatin. Each dose of the respective chemotherapeutic drug was combined with Viscum album extract (VAE) in clinically relevant concentrations and proliferation and apoptosis were measured.
Results:
VAE did not inhibit chemotherapy induced cytostasis and cytotoxicity in any of our experimental settings. At higher concentrations VAE showed an additive inhibitory effect. CONCLUSIONS: Our in vitro results suggest that no risk of safety by herb drug interactions has to be expected from the exposition of cancer cells to chemotherapeutic drugs and VAE simultaneously.
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