Helleborus Therapy

Background

Helleborus, or Helleborus niger is a perennial herb often referred to as the Christmas Rose. Records left by various ancient physicians mentioned this particular herb in relation to the treatment of a variety of diseases. Paracelsus, a Swiss physician during the medical renaissance, acknowledged the healing properties of Helleborus niger, and integrative medicine practitioners have been using it since the beginning of the 1900s.

Since that time, Helleborus has been typically used as a complementary drug in the treatment of many types of cancers and associated symptoms, as well as for chronic inflammatory diseases. Helleborus has also been used for edema, and brain and kidney diseases, as well as developmental disorders of early childhood.

Helleborus niger as a cancer therapy

Helleborus is a biologic therapy with broad applications in the field of oncology. It was initially used for prostate and urogenital cancers, including testicular and fallopian tube malignancies. That use has expanded in recent years, and Helleborus Therapy is used frequently and effectively with aggressive, metastatic tumors and both brain and lung metastasis.

European oncologists have also treated cancer patients with the liquid extract of the Helleborus plant to improve not only survival but quality of life. Although Helleborus therapy is most commonly used as a complement to Mistletoe Therapy in cancer patients, it can also be used by itself in circumstances where Mistletoe is not tolerated.

Although successfully used for many years in Europe, traditional American oncologists cannot offer Helleborus as a standard of care for cancer patients until it is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Helleborus is currently a therapy option for cancer patients exclusively through integrative oncologists, such as The Riordan Clinic.

Benefits

  • Improved sleep
  • Improved appetite
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved mental strength
  • Inhibited cancer cell growth
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Easier breathing for patients with lung issues
  • Reduced tumor-related pain

Recommendations

Helleborus is advised for all types and stages of cancer treatment, as well as Lymphedema, Ascites and effusions, bone metastases and Hemoptysis. Helleborus Therapy is not recommended for anyone with an allergy to Helleborus products.

Treatment

At the Riordan Clinic, Helleborus Therapy for cancer patients is administered via injections under the skin, most commonly in the abdomen, where it can enter the bloodstream most efficiently.

Your first Helleborus injection will be done at Riordan Clinic so that one of our health care providers can demonstrate safe and proper injection technique, as well as observe for any allergic reaction. All subsequent injections can be administered at home by the patient or caregiver.

Cost

The initial kit costs $175. Monthly treatments thereafter cost approximately $350. Health insurance does not currently cover this treatment because it is considered alternative medicine.

References:

Introduction to Helleborus, Collaborative Medical Arts, Accessed on 1/12/21

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