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- What is American Mistletoe?
- How does American Mistletoe work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for American Mistletoe.
American mistletoe is used as a smooth muscle stimulant to increase blood pressure, and to increase muscle contractions in the uterus and intestine. It is also used to cause abortions.
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- Increasing muscle contractions.
- Causing abortion.
- Increasing blood pressure.
- Other conditions.
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nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased heart rate, hallucinations, and heart problems in some people. Also, one of the chemicals in American mistletoe seems to be similar to poisons in cobra venom. This chemical can cause "cardiac arrest," a condition in which the heart suddenly stops beating.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is LIKELY UNSAFE to use American mistletoe during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Don't use it.
Heart disease: American mistletoe might make heart disease worse. Don't use it.
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011