Well Women Guide to Essiac Tea

There is so much positive information about Essiac Tea around, that it would be silly not to try it.

Essiac Tea consists of 4 herbs:

Burdock Root (Arctium lappa)

Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetolcella),

Turkey Rhubarb Root (Rheum palmatum),

Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus fulva)

It was actually discovered over 70 years ago by Rene Caisse and it is from her that it gets it's name as it is her surname spelled backwards and is pronounced es-ee-ak.

Rene Caisse was a Canadian nurse who was given the recipe by a patient. The patient had got the recipe from an Ojibwa Indian medicine man who had used the tea to cure her from breast cancer.

Rene Caisse then tried the recipe on her own aunt who was suffering from terminal stomach and liver cancer and was cured. She lived into old age and eventually died some 20 years later but not of cancer, but of old age itself.

Rene Caisse began offering the tea to patients with many illnesses other than cancer and had a great deal of success.

Dr Charles Brusch, physician to the late John F Kennedy, heard of her successes and the two began a partnership.

Essiac Tea was used to treat many conditions including AIDS, allergies, asthma, arthritis, Alzheimers, ciculatory disorders, Chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, fibroids, haemorrhoids, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons disease, impotence, Herpes, Thyroid problems, Psoriasis, eczema and skin problems, insomnia, depression, ulcers and many other illnesses.

Please click here to read and case study and also click here to read another

There are many testemonials across the internet stating the miraculous properties of the tea and how it cured either them, or someone they know.

Of course we also know from Rene Caisse herself and evidence of the many people she cured by giving them the tea.

The properties of each herb are as follows:

Sheep Sorrel: A hardy perennial, flowering in late spring and native to many countries, especially Britain and Canada.

Rich in vitamins such as A, B complex, C, D, K and E and minerals such as potassium oxalate and necessary trace elements such as silicon, citric, malic, oxalic, tannic and tartaric acids, sheep sorrel nourishes the endocrine system. It is rich in the anti oxidant Beta Carotene.

Due to it's high oxalic acid content, it is not always used for those with kidney stones or who have a family history of them.

Beneficial for chronic and degenerative illness, it is said to have anti tumour properties. It is a diuretic. Other benefits include ability to reduce fevers, jaundice, help in the soothing of digestive conditions.

Burdock Root: A member of the thistle family. It contains inulin which is important for metabolism of carbohydrates,valuable to those who are diabetic or hypoglycemic, vitamins such as the B complex and Vitamin E, as well as broad spectrum minerals such as selenium, potassium, phosphorous, chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, silicon, zinc and sodium. additionally it contains essential oils and antioxidants. A nutritious herb that strengthens and fights free radicals. Has a detoxifying effect on the liver and eliminates waste and toxic products through the skin and in urine.

Stimulates circulation which in turn benefits the epidermal tissues of the skin. Has anti tumour properties, is good for acne, psoriasis, eczema and skin conditions and destroys bacteria and fungus cultures (benefitting Candida) Is a diuretic, clears out lymphatic, urinary, ciculatory and respiratory systems. Aids kidneys in effective elimination of toxins speedily from the blood.

Slippery Elm: This is the bark of a native North American tree, also native to Canada and the inner bark is widely used in herbal medicine because of it's healing ability; contains tannins and mucilages, the properties of these are well known in dissolving deposits of mucous present in areas of the body such as soft tissue and glands. Large amount of vitamins such as A, B, C, P and K, gallic acid, phenols, starches, sugars, it contains large amounts of calcium, magnesium, and sodium, as well as smaller amounts of chromium and selenium, and trace amounts of iron, phosphorous, silicon and zinc it is nourishing to the organs and tissues including mucous membranes. It also has a soothing effect on inflammation. Calms the nerves and helps inflammatory bowel conditions, IBS, bronchial conditions, stomach disorders such as ulcers and lung conditions.

Detoxifying abilities, it also has an antibiotic and anti-microbial effect making it excellent in healing many things from burns to wounds and cuts.

Warning: Can cause allergic reactions in some individuals

Turkey Rhubarb Root: (Also known as Indian rhubarb or china rhubarb) This is a root and is a member of the same rhubarb family widely known for use in baking and puddings. Is rich in iron and is a detoxifier of the liver. It cleanses and purifies the system of toxic and waste products by stimulating the gall bladder. Helps chronic liver conditions Turkey rhubarb is the preferred herb of Rene Caisse because of it's potent healing powers. Contains many vitamins such as A, B, C, the minerals calcium, chlorine, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and zinc. It stimulates the bowel in expelling waste but should diarrhoea occur then the dose should either be reduced or stopped. Rene Caisse would tell her patients to stop until they felt better, then resume on a smaller dose and gradually increase if no problems arose.

What else does it do?

Cleans artery walls, liver, heart and kidneys by preventing the build up of fatty deposits.

Destroys parasites in the digestive system as well as in other areas of the body.

Removes toxins from the body by neutralising and eliminating.

Unburdens the liver

Can reduce and even remove heavy metals from the body.

Purifies the blood

Increases the production of red blood cells

Increases the body's ability to use oxygen by raising the oxygen level in the body's cells. To be completed this week (31/1/08)