Essiac Tea (Es-e-ac) is an herbal tea which was discovered in the West by the Canadian nurse Rene Caisse. It has been used by many as a treatment for cancer of many different kinds. It is a tea composed of Burdock root, Sheep sorrel, Slippery Elm (inner) bark, and Turkey Rhubarb root (Indian Rhubarb and other varieties are also sometimes used but seem less potent).
Rene Caisse discovered a scar on a patient which turned out to be the only remainder of cancer. The woman had learned about Essiac tea from an Indian medicine man in the 1890s. Caisse later tested this tea on her aunt in 1924, who had stomach cancer and an estimated six months to live. The tea appeared to have cured the cancer, and her aunt lived another 21 years. From that time on, Caisse began testing and improving on the formula for this tea, and continued treating people with it with an amazing success rate. Another interesting fact is that Dr. Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin found out about this tea and was interested to the point of even offered Nurse Caisse research facilities to test it. Dr. Banting stated that "Essiac must actuate the pancreatic gland into normal functioning"
Essiac is an invented name for this tea alone. It was created by simply writing Rene Caisse's last name backwards.
Essiac tea has been used for a number of things, including:
Only a few liquid ounces are required each day. Since there is not scientific method currently available to discover the needed dosage, experimentation is required. Essiac is non-toxic, so the worst that will happen in case of "over-dosing" is a temporary digestive disruption. Continue to gradually work up the dosage until this occurs, then back off a half ounce to an ounce.
Since small quantities of this tea are used at a time, it is usually sealed in canning jars when it is made. Open one jar at a time and drink the amount you can tolerate and seem to need cold. If you prefer to heat he tea, this is not known to cause any harm but is not the way Rene Caisse used it.
- Caisse's recipe has been recorded by her assistant using ounce measurements. Even though the herbs are dry, the intention is for them to be measured by liquid ounce. This is not done by many individuals and companies.
- Essiac tea is only successful against cancer if the patient begins taking it soon enough.
- Essiac tea is much less effective for people who have received conventional cancer treatment already or are doing so at the same time. Essiac enables the host's immune system to fight the cancer, but this only works if the immune system is not already damaged.
- As a natural cure, this can be used along with other natural cancer treatments to improve the immune system's effectiveness. Vitamins A, C (Especially Sodium ascorbate), and D (especially D3), as well as a number of other herbs and vitamins are sometimes used at the same time.
- Since this is a treatment which the FDA has so far refused to test, it cannot be prescribed, or even mentioned as a cure without adding a disclaimer We are also mandated to say that you should always consult with your doctor before using Essiac tea. Almost all medical doctors will discourage using Essiac tea because it has not been (and probably never will be) tested.
Footnotes and References
- By U.S. law, we must say that this statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. Since only drugs and surgery are approved treatments, this is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent and disease.
- Snow, Sheila, and Mali Klein. Essiac Essentials: The Remarkable Herbal Cancer Fighter. New York: Kensington, 1999. Print.