ESSIAC: AN HERBAL
LIQUID AND POWDER
GRY03 - 32 fl oz
GRY04 - 2 oz powder
Caisse's Tea is the original preparation (Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel,
Turkey Rhubarb Root and Slippery Elm Bark) that is quickly becoming a
favorite among Alternative Health Care Professionals throughout the
world. Its history dates back over 100 years through its use by Native
Herbalists. Originally prepared by the Ojibway Indians, the formula was
reported to have been used in an effort to restore strength, harmony
and overall well being as part of their tribal tradition.
Essiac tea is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. The
formula should not be prepared or stored in plastic or aluminum
containers. Sunlight and freezing temperatures destroys the formula's
effectiveness. It is generally recommended that persons consult with
their physician before treating any condition with essiac. It is
important to remember that essiac is often used in combination with
traditional cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation, and
No major adverse side effect have been associated
with Essiac tea.
Essiac is not known to adversely interact with other
medications or nutritional supplements.
It is important to note
here that NO claim is made or implied that this product will in any way
cure or treat cancer or any other disease or condition. We are in no
way presenting this product to be a medicine or drug. It is generally
recommended that persons consult with their physician before treating
any condition with essiac. It is important to remember that essiac is
often used in combination with traditional cancer treatments, such as
chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
THE HISTORY OF
(Essiac is Caisse spelled backwards)
In 1922, nurse Rene Caisse of Haileybury, Ontario, noticed a female
patient with a severely scarred and disfigured breast. Asking the woman
about her scars, Rene was told an amazing story of how years earlier
the woman had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Toronto doctors had
told the woman she must have her breast removed immediately. However,
in desperation, the woman turned to a more natural route that had been
told to her by an Ojibwa Indian medicine man.
The Indian medicine man told her of a combination of
herbs to brew into a tea and drink daily. He told her this would cure
the cancer in her breast and not require it to be removed. She did as
the medicine man instructed and as she sat telling Rene the story many
years later, she obviously had not had the surgery and yet she had no
recurrence of the cancer!
Rene asked the patient for the formula for the tea
and wrote it down but never really pursued making it. A few years later
when her aunt was diagnosed with inoperable cancer, Rene began giving
the tea to her aunt. After two months of drinking the tea daily, Rene’s
aunt rallied and lived an additional 21 years with no recurrence of
cancer just as the lady with breast cancer had done!
In her desire to help the sick, Rene then began to
give the tea to others with wonderful results. People with various
kinds of cancer, diabetes and more seemed to improve with the use of
this tea. Rene decided the unique combination of these particular herbs
somehow seemed to cause the different organs in the body to "normalize"
helping the body's own immune system to fight and "correct" whatever
This amazing formula, made up only four simple
herbs, is believed to normalize body systems by cleansing the blood,
purging toxic build up, promoting cell repair and aiding in effective
assimilation and elimination. While incredibly simple, when combined
with each other, these four herbs and their separate individual effects
are greatly enhanced.
Rene decided to called this tea "Essiac" which was
her last name spelled backwards. As time went on, Rene Caisse continued
to "treat" those considered terminally ill with very positive results.
Health officials vacillated back and forth between a love/hate attitude
toward her. While she never openly claimed the tea would cure ALL
cancers it did seem to have a definite effect on many and it undeniably
promoted wellness, general good health and strengthened the immune
Rene's desire was to make the tea available to
everyone. She operated a Cancer Treatment Clinic in Canada using her
Essiac Tea for many years, never charging for her services. Rene used
the herbal tea herself everyday and finally died in 1978 at the age of
Her desire was never for financial gain but rather
that the formula for this old Indian herbal tea could be used to help
mankind. Rene did not want to "sell" her formula to drug companies
since she did not want it to get tied up in bureaucratic"red tape" or
"shelved" and discredited like so many other "natural" remedies.
However, as she grew old, she finally sold the rights to this formula
for only $1. She did this hoping the tea could be developed and made
easily available to the public. Now many
companies are using the four herb tea combination formula and are
marketing it under different versions of the original name.
As, advances have been made in mass producing the
tea formula, it can now be offered not only in liquid tea but in
convenient capsule form.
Caisse reported that
hundreds of her patients had been cured of their cancers through the
use of her tea, sometimes used as intramuscular injections. Most of the
patients came to her after conventional cancer treatments (surgery,
chemotherapy, and radiation therapy) failed. Several alternative health
care practitioners report Essiac tea seems to work best in patients who
have had the least amount of radiation therapy or chemotherapy. It is
generally recommended that persons consult with their physician before
treating any condition with essiac. It is important to remember that
essiac is often used in combination with traditional cancer treatments,
such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
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Liquid - Polarized Water, Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel,
Rhubarb Root and Slippery Elm Bark.
Powder - Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel, Slippery Elm Bark and Turkey
Taken separately, the herbs may not have a very
strong effect. But, many times herbs when combined together work
synergistically, creating an effect greater or all together different
from the effect of each herb when taken separately.
Although each of the four main ingredients in essiac tea are used to
treat other conditions, only the sorrel is used separately to treat
cancer. Only when the four are combined do they effect anti-cancer
properties. It is not clear exactly how or why the ingredients work in
combination, but it is generally believed they work synergistically to
stimulate production of antibodies. Caisse herself said she believed
essiac tea purified the blood and carried away damaged tissue and
infection related to the cancer. She also believed the tea strengthened
the immune system, allowing healthy cells to destroy cancerous cells.
Burdock Root: (articum
Has been studied by Hungarian and Japanese scientists for its
anti-tumor activity. Burdock is one of the finest blood
purifiers in the herbal system. It is classified as an alterative,
diuretic and diaphoretic. It helps the kidneys to filter out
impurities from the blood very quickly. It clears congestion in
respiratory, lymphatic, urinary and circulatory systems.
Sheep Sorrel: (rumex
Sheep Sorrel is high in vitamins A, B complex, C, D, K and E and the
minerals include significant levels of calcium, iron, silicon,
magnesium, sulphur, zinc, manganese, iodine and copper. Sheep Sorrel
also contains beta carotene and chlorophyll; citric, malic, oxalic,
tannic and tartaric acids and it is rich in potassium oxalate.
Sorrel plants have been a folk remedy for cancer for
centuries both in Europe and Asia, more recently in North America.
Alleged to break down tumors and alleviate some chronic conditions and
degenerative diseases, it is an astringent and diuretic. Has been used
medicinally in Europe for centuries.
Slippery Elm Bark: (ulmus fulva)
Extensively used by Native Americans for a wide assortment of ailments.
Slippery elm bark contains, as its primary ingredient, a mucilage, as
well as quantities of gallic acid, phenols, starches, sugars, vitamins
A, B complex, C, K and P. It contains large amounts of calcium,
magnesium, and sodium, as well as lesser amounts of chromium and
selenium, and trace amounts of iron, phosphorous, silicon and zinc.
According to some herbalists, an antibiotic and
anti-microbial effect has also been reported along with an ability to
remove toxins from the body; therefore, it promotes faster healing of
cuts, burns, ulcers and wounds. It is alleged to revitalize the entire
Turkey Rhubarb Root:
Has been used for its anti-tumor activity. It also is known to exert a
cleansing action on the gut, removing debris. Turkey Rhubarb root
contains vitamin A, many of the B complex, C, and P; calcium, chlorine,
copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium,
silicon, sodium, sulfur, and zinc.
The rhubarb root exerts a gentle laxative action by
stimulating the secretion of bile into the intestines. It also
stimulates the gall duct to expel toxic waste matter, thus purging the
body of waste bile and food. As a result, it is alleged that the liver
is cleansed and chronic liver problems may be relieved.
The preparation of Essiac is as important as the
formula itself. Essiac is a decoction, not an infusion. An infusion is
what people do when they put a tea bag in a cup of hot water. Generally
speaking, an infusion tends to extract vitamins and volatile oils. A
decoction is used to extract minerals, etc. from roots, bark or seeds
by boiling for ten minutes and then allowing the herbs to steep for
several hours. Entrepreneurs often sell Essiac imitations in tincture
form (herbs in alcohol) or in gelatin capsules; neither form is Essiac
because Essiac is a decoction.
1. Using a stainless steel pot and lid, boil 1/2 cup
of herb mix in one gallon of pure, non-chlorinated water for ten
2. Turn off heat and allow herbs to steep for 12
3. Heat up tea to steaming, but not boiling. Allow
herbs to settle a couple minutes.
4. Strain off hot liquid into sterilized canning
jars. The remaining pulp can be used for healing poultices.
5. Refrigerate tea. For long-term storage use the
boiling water bath canning method and store in a cool, dark, dry place.
6. For preventive purposes, people take 1 to 2 oz.
(1/8 to 1/4 cup) per day diluted with about 1/2 cup hot water.
Herbalists recommend increasing daily water intake due to diuretic and
detoxifying action. People who are using Essiac to treat an illness or
to eliminate toxins, sometimes take Essiac two or three times a day,
depending on the situation. Do not eat or drink anything (except water)
one hour before to one hour after taking Essiac; bedtime is recommended.
Make sure that the sheep sorrel you use is the
small, wild variety of sheep sorrel and not a substitute like yellow
dock or garden sorrel. Don't use imported turkey rhubarb root. Many
Essiac merchants are unaware of the quality of their herbs. The best
way to insure that you're getting true Essiac is to grow the herbs
yourself. This puts you in control of product quality and takes out the
commercialism. Burdock root is harvested in the fall of the first year.
Slippery elm bark is wildcrafted and is easy to buy, but should also be
homegrown so it doesn't become endangered. Turkey Rhubarb is the only
herb in Essiac that cannot be wildcrafted in the U.S. It is an
attractive ornamental that can be grown in a flower bed or garden.
A NATIVE HERBAL CANCER REMEDY
BY CYNTHIA OLSEN
This is a very easy and comprehensive book to read on the subject. With
Essiac's key ingredients now available through health food stores, this
book gives clear, simple instructions on how to brew the tea. You will
read about the importance nutrition and exercise play in creating good
health. Also included are experiences of patients who attained relief
or regeneration from this remarkable herbal preparation.