Essiac was invented by a Canadian nurse named Rene M. Caisse, who named the formula with her last name spelled backwards. Born in 1888, Rene Caisse promoted the use of her tea in the treatment of a steady stream of cancer patients until her death in 1978 at the age of ninety. Rene Caisse’s cancer cure was used by persons with prostate cancer, advanced bladder cancer, and advanced breast cancer who are documented to have gone into remission.
Almost always used as a tea however encapsulations and even extracts are being distributed.
The efficacy of Essiac against cancer can be partially explained by the cancer-fighting characteristics of herbs in the formula.
Red clover contains compounds that may keep estrogen from stimulating breast cancer cells.
Burdock root reduces the rate at which estrogen is reabsorbed into the bloodstream after it has been processed by the liver. The emodin found in rhubarb root greatly enhances the cure rate of conventional chemotherapies, notably Adriamycin, Platinol, Rubex, and Taxol.
The aloe emodin found in sheep sorrel is effective, at least in laboratory studies, against leukemia cells.
A report in the August 2004 edition of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine suggests that the greatest benefit of Essiac may be found in treating prostate cancer, more specifically prostate cancer in men with compromised immune systems.
A survey by the Mayo Clinics found that nearly 10% of all persons with cancer may take Essiac tea.
Essiac tea has a mild and pleasant taste, although some of its herbs can aggravate certain pre-existing conditions, as noted below.
Essiac detoxifies, assists with removing harmful substances, and improves the body’s capability to fight cancer. Essiac has been reported to:
~ Strengthen the immune system
~ Improve the appetite
~ Relieve pain
~ Shrink tumors
~ Improve sleep
~ Alleviate pain
~ Prolong lifespan
~ Increase energy, overall health and well-being.
~ Reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatments
Use as directed. Never inject Essiac. Rhubarb root and sheep sorrel contain high concentrations of oxalic acid, so Essiac should be avoided by people who have kidney stones. Rhubarb root is a stimulant laxative which must be avoided by persons who have any kind of intestinal obstruction. Essiac must be taken on an empty stomach, nausea and indigestion may occur if used on a full stomach. Diarrhea and gastrointestinal discomfort may occur because of the laxative effects of Essiac. Frequent urination may also occur. Because of the detoxification process, sufficient water should be drunk while using Essiac, as water assists the body with the removal of toxins.
Some individuals may be allergic to one or more of the herbs in the formula. Negative affects may also occur from taking too high a dosage of Essiac, a low dosage is recommended.
There are no known interactions between Essiac and other medications or herbs. However, it is recommended that you consult a licensed physician before using Essiac for any reason.