Herbal tea that has been used by a vast number of patients, with many startling reported successes. The recipe came from an American Indian healer and appears to have results that exceed the apparent potential of its ingredients.
Essiac is a herbal formula for use by cancer patients developed by a Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse. It consists of four herbs: burdock root, slippery elm inner bark, sheep sorrel and Indian rhubarb root, used as a dietary supplement. Essiac preparation is claimed to inhibit tumour cell growth while enhancing immune response to antigenic stimulation. This may be especially valuable in immune-suppressed individuals.These herbs help normalise body systems by cleansing the blood, purging toxic build up, promoting cell repair and aiding in effective assimilation and elimination. When combined they are believed to have synergistic beneficial effects. Burdock root (Arctium lappa) is one of the best depurative (blood purifying) agents in nature. It cleanses and eliminates impurities from the blood rapidly. It beneficially influences the skin, soothes the kidneys and relieves congestions of the lymphatics. It contains inulin, a powerful immune modulator.Slippery elm (Ulmus Fulva) contains mucilage (principal constituent), which is responsible for its demulcent and emollient effects. When used internally, it causes reflex stimulation of nerve endings in the GI tract, leading to mucous secretion. It also contains tannin, which is responsible for its astringent properties. It is rich in calcium, magnesium and vitamins (A,B,C,K). It nourishes and soothes organs, tissues and mucus membranes and is helpful to the lungs. Sheep sorrel (Rumex Acetosella) is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements that nourish the glandular system. It contains silicon, a necessary element in nerves and the myelin sheath that protects them.Indian rhubarb (Rheum Officinale) when harvested is rich in iron and can be used both internally and externally. In small amounts, this herb acts as a gentle laxative, purging the body, especially the liver, of waste and toxic matter. It promotes overall health and well-being, intestinal flora balance and healthy circulation.
In 1922, a patient whose breast cancer had been cured by a Native American Indian healer, spoke to Nurse René M. Caisse of an Ojibwa Indian herbal formula. From 1922 to 1978 Nurse Caisse helped thousands of people with her Essiac (Caisse spelled backwards) herbal supplement at her clinic in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada. Although she refused payments for her services, she accepted donations to help support her clinic. Nurse Caisse dedicated her life to using the Essiac formula and helping the suffering.In 1977, Nurse Caisse signed over all her rights to her original Essiac formula only to Resperin Corp Ltd. Dr Charles Brusch (President John Kennedy’s physician) of Cambridge, MA, witnessed the signing of the agreement between Rene Caisse and Resperin attesting that her original herbal formula was never revealed to anyone other than to Resperin. Resperin gave her the assurance that she sought, namely, that Essiac be produced and distributed for the benefit of all. On May 29th, 1995, however, Resperin transferred the rights to Essiac and the corporation was voluntarily dissolved. Essiac Products Inc. now owns and manufactures the Essiac herbal formula and distributes through Essiac International. The herbs used to manufacture Essiac are grown in accordance with European standards.
Essiac may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea if taken with food or soon after meals. Proponents recommend that it be taken two or three hours after meals or at least one hour before meals. Essiac was tested at both Memorial Sloan-Kettering (MSKCC) and the US National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the 1970s and was said to have no anticancer activity in animal systems. But the mixture remains worth investigating, not just because of persistent anecdotal reports, but because most of its identifiable components have individually shown anticancer properties in independent tests.
A number of companies now sell competing original Essiac in the form of a tea, but the authenticity of some of these formulas are open to question. It is very important to use a high grade fresh, properly manufactured Essiac product. As with any product, if Essiac is not manufactured correctly, or if the herbs used are old, the Essiac blend will not be of any benefit. Essiac must be made in small quantities with the freshest possible ingredients. It should not be made in large vats in massive quantities. Essiac must be brewed in small batches and it cannot be made from tea bags. The herbs should not be older than 1 year old. Do not buy Essiac that has all of the herbs mixed together in a bag or package.