Essiac has been used for
over 75 years (that we know of) to remedy the
side effects of cancer and even to aid in
the remedy of cancer itself. (and
Essiac has become a generic name for a herbal
tea that is one of today's most popular alternative
remedies for cancer. Essiac was originally a
herbal tea attributed to Canadian nurse Rene
Caisse (reen-case) of Bracebridge Ontario,
Canada, who claimed that the formula came from a
Native Ojibwa medicine man. She named it after
the backward spelling of her own last name,
History of Essiac and Rene Caisse... Canada's
Rene Caisse spent her whole adult life treating
cancer patients along with her life long friend,
Mary McPherson, with this herb tea in her own
clinic, until she died in 1978 at the age of 91.
Many of the people she treated for cancer
reported they were miraculously cured by taking
it, while others claimed the tea relieved the
pain and agony of cancer and made their lives
with cancer much more bearable.
When Rene presented her Essiac and its
effectiveness to the medical society, some
doctors were so impressed by the results that
they petitioned the Canadian Government in 1938
to pass a Bill to "authorize Rene Caisse to
practice medicine in the Province of Ontario in
the treatment of Cancer and conditions resulting
The Bill failed to pass by only 3 votes. Soon
after, a Legislative Assembly passed "An Act For
The Investigation Of Remedies For Cancer", by
which Rene would have to reveal her formula.
Rather than do this, Rene closed her clinic,
later opening it again at the behest of the
Minister of Health. Thereafter, she was allowed
to treat patients certified as terminal by their
Rene Caisse kept the formula a secret all those
years, fearing it would be exploited. Finally,
14 months before she died, she signed the
properties (formula, trademark name Essiac®,
notes, etc.) over to a Canadian company named
Resperin, with hopes that it would be clinically
validated (which Resperin failed to do) and made
available to all people.
miserably with the manufacturing of the "ORIGINAL RECIPE" Essiac. The
Resperin was of such poor
quality that users felt that
not using the correct formula.
longer is the manufacturer of Essiac.
Many users of Essiac believe it can and does improve the body's ability to fight cancer
and is effective at reducing the
side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
treatments. Users have reported that with the
reduction in chemotherapy / radiation side
effects, they are much better able to handle the
full course of their treatments without
interruption and delays in treatment.
The herbs in essiac are safe to use and are in
some instances used individually as culinary
herbs in food preparation and as additions to
garden salads. Burdock root, an important
ingredient in Essiac was actually used as a
prepared candy by the Ojibwa Natives of North
America. Boiled in maple syrup, burdock root was
eaten through the winter as a nutritious snack
Brief History of ESSIAC TEA and Rene Caisse
Many believe Rene Caisse (pronounced "reen case") is one of the greater heroines of the past century. This modest Canadian nurse discovered a natural herbal formula she took no money for it and died in relative obscurity.
In the 1922, Rene Caisse was head nurse at the Sisters of Providence Hospital in a northern Ontario town. While on duty, Rene was bathing an elderly lady and noticed that one of her breasts had a lot of scar tissue on it. Upon questioning the lady, she learned that the women had advanced breast cancer 30 years earlier.
Toronto doctors had told the woman she must have her breast removed immediately.
The woman further explained that she had met an old Indian medicine man who told her he could cure her cancer. She explained that she had no money at that time, and didn't want to have an operation anyway, so she went to see the Indian. He showed her certain herbs growing in the area and told her to pick them and make a tea and to drink it everyday.
She had no reoccurrence of cancer to that day, 30 years later.
Rene asked the patient for the formula for the tea and wrote it down but never really pursued making it. A few years later,
in 1924, 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!
Later, her 72-year old mother was
diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the liver, with only days to live.
After a few months of drinking the tea, her mother recovered and lived without cancer for another 18 years.
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 was wrong.
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 system.
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 90.
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.
Nurse 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.
ESSIAC TEA INGREDIENTS: A POWERFUL COMBINATION
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 have 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 lappa)
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 acetosella)
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, chlorophyll,
and 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
for centuries, and more recently in North America. Alleged to break
down tumors and alleviate some chronic conditions and degenerative
diseases, it is an astringent and diuretic.
Slippery Elm Bark: (ulmus fulva)
Extensively used by Native Americans for a wide assortment of ailments. Slippery elm bark's primary ingredient
is 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 body.
Turkey Rhubarb Root: (rheum palmatum)
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.
Burdock root (Arctium lappa), rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum),
sheep sorrel herb (Rumex acetosella), slippery elm bark (Ulmus
Bring ½ gallon (1.9 L) of water to a boil. Add ¼ cup of tea
powder to water and continue to boil for 10 minutes covered,
stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let sit covered
for 6 hours. Stir thoroughly, cover and let sit for another
6 hours. Reheat to boiling and strain into light proof
containers. Refrigerate prepared tea. Drink ¼ cup prepared
tea on an empty stomach, or as directed by a healthcare
Store at room temperature.
Keep out of reach of children.
Most Frequent Question
Q: How is this product different from Essiac Tea?
A: The herbal tea famously
made by Canadian nurse Rene Caisse is a combination of
burdock root, slippery elm, sheep sorrel, and rhubarb.
Although our Essiak Tea is a virtually identical
formula to the original nurse Caisse recipe, the name Essiac
is a branded name, so we can't call our tea by the same
name. So we simply modified the spelling.