Mistletoe as a Remedy

The intentions of mistletoe uses were manifold and conflicting in several cases. According to the Greek physician and author Dioskorides (15-85 AC), Hippocrates (460-377 BC) used the mistletoe to treat diseases of the spleen and complaints associated with menstruation. Plinius (23-79 AC) reported mistletoe from oak trees, when applied as a chewed pulp, to be beneficial for epilepsy, infertility, and ulcers (Historia naturalis, liber XXIV, 12). Around 150 AC, the Platonist Celsus reported the...