'Red Gyeowoosari' Mt. Halla
Scientific Name : Viscum album f.rubroauranticum (Makino) Ohwi
- Viscum album is commonly known as mistletoe.
문 : 피자식물문(Angiospermae)
강 : 쌍자엽식물강(Dicotyledoneae)
목 : 단향목(Santalales)
과 : 겨우살이과(Loranthaceae)
속 : 겨우살이속(Viscum)
Flowering Season : April
Flower Color : Yellow
Berries are used by traditional herbalists for traditional herbal remedies. Mistletoe cultivated from the Mulberry tree has the greatest medical values.
Viscum album f. rubroauranticum (Makino) Ohwi
Viscum album, also known as mistletoe has a herbal name of Sanggisangra, and it has been widely used as a medicine from ancient times.
Viscum album grows in Europe, Northwest Africa, and Central Asia--Korea, Japan, Taiwan, China. Viscum album with red berries is known as the Viscum album f. rubroauranticum and grows in Halla Mountain, a shield volcano on Jeju Island of South Korea
Active constituents present in the Viscum album are isoflavone, viscotoxin (protein), lectins I, II and III (glycoprotein), arabinogalactan (polysaccharides), saponin.
Therapeutic Uses and Health Benefits
More than 3000 research papers are published regarding the herbal uses of mistletoe and mistletoe has already been used as an anti-cancer drug in Europe. Also, approximately, about 400 Hospitals, such as Iscador, Heixor Abnoba, are using mistletoe herb as a tumor-inhibitory.
Lupeol is also one of the constituent of mistletoe that has medical properties. It relieves pains caused by psychogenic rheumatism, lumbar pain, adhesive capsulitis.
Many researchers have reported the efficacy of the Viscum album herbal remedy for its cytotoxic, antitumor, and anticarcinogenic properties.
Source from Korea National Arboretum.