Anyone familiar with holistic cancer therapies knows the popularity of Essiac tea, particularly for newly diagnosed patients. Promoted in the 1920s by a Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse, the tea is comprised of four main ingredients. In fact, Essiac is Caisse spelled backwards. Keep reading to discover the benefits of Essiac tea for cancer.
Essiac Tea For Cancer
Essiac tea has been widely publicized as an adjunct cancer therapy. The formula was given to Caisse by a breast cancer survivor who declared she was cured by drinking the tea, which was formulated by a Canadian Indian healer. Rene Caisse began making Essiac tea in the 1920s, and giving it to her patients.
She treated people with this cancer-fighting tea for fifty years, and did it free of charge. It’s no wonder she garnered the respect of doctors, renowned scientists, and of course, cancer survivors themselves. Because Essiac tea is a natural remedy, it’s shrouded in controversy, which is true of many alternative therapies. This controversy doesn’t discount its effectiveness, however.
Essiac Tea Herbs
There are four main herbs in Essiac tea. Keep in mind, that in some Essiac formulas, other herbs are added, such as Blood Root, Watercress, Red Clover, and Blessed Thistle.
1. Burdock Root – Promotes healthy gastrointestinal function and immunity. The tea has apoptotic effects on cancerous cells, and may inhibit cancer growth. It’s also a powerful blood purifier.
2. Slippery Elm – A mucilage, slippery elm promotes optimal elimination and detoxification, while decreasing inflammation. It’s also soothing to the GI and respiratory tracts.
3. Sheep Sorrel Leaves – A cooling, antioxidant-rich herb that supports elimination of waste from the kidneys. It also targets cancer cells, potentially preventing cancer.
4. Indian or Turkey Rhubarb Root – Stimulates and supports liver detoxification and decreases inflammation. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting properties of Essiac tea make it a powerful cancer-fighting agent, along with its ability it promote detoxification and cellular renewal.
Health Benefits Of Essiac Tea
A wide variety of health benefits are associated with Essiac tea, making it a therapeutic remedy, for not only cancer, but other diseases including, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, IBS, constipation, allergies, AIDS, and diseases of the eye. Essiac tea is used preventatively due to its immunity-boosting properties, and also to maintain health.
- Immune stimulant
- Stimulates detoxification
- Promotes homeostasis
- Cellular renewal
- Halts cancer growth
- Purifies the blood
- Protects organs
- Relieves pain
The herbs in Essiac tea elevate the enzyme systems within the body, which is of particular importance to AIDS and cancer patients, as theirs have been destroyed. It also boosts the endocrine system, which in turn boosts immunity, allowing the body to cure itself. This increased immune function is significant because conventional cancer treatments basically wipe out the immune system.
The tea positively affects the liver, which further prevents and fights disease. Not only are the individual herbs medicinal in themselves, they also exert a synergistic effect when used together.
Essiac Tea Side Effects
Essiac tea is generally considered safe, with most people not experiencing any side effects. However, listen to your body as everyone reacts differently, even to herbal preparations. Begin with small doses to gauge how your body will respond. Possible side effects include nausea, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms or other digestive disturbances.
These symptoms are commonly the result of drinking the tea too soon after eating. It needs to be taken on an empty stomach. The symptoms could also be caused by toxins being eliminated too quickly, taking too high of a dose, or inadequate water intake. It’s also possible that one of the herbs, specifically sheep sorrel, is causing an allergic reaction.
Signs to look for would be an itchy rash, sneezing, or a runny nose and eyes. If this happens, stop taking the herb or cut the dose in half, and note your reaction. If symptoms persist, stop taking the tea for a few days. It should then be resumed at very small doses until one ounce can be tolerated daily. In most cases, this strategy will resolve the problem. No more than six ounces of tea should be taken daily.
Where Can I Get Essiac Tea?
Essiac tea is commonly consumed as a tea, but can also be taken in powder form, and as capsules, tinctures or extracts. You can buy it on Amazon at the links below. The tea can be purchased here. Buy capsules here. And in extract form here. I particularly like using extracts. They are convenient, don’t need to be brewed, have a long shelf-life, and refrigeration isn’t necessary.
How To Prepare Loose Leaf Tea
Preparing Essiac tea is quite simple:
- Bring water to a rolling boil in a covered pot.
- Add herbs (1/2 ounce) and boil for an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat, gently stirring the herbs. Make sure to use clean utensils.
- With the lid still on, leave the mixture to sit for 8-12 hours.
- Now put the pot back on the burner and simmer, but don’t boil.
- Pour the tea into a clean quart jar, using a strainer and a funnel, and securing the lid.
The typical dose is two ounces. This recipe will make approximately 16 servings, and should stay good for up to three weeks in the fridge.
This video will show you how to prepare the tea:
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Conventional Cancer Treatment Side Effects
Compare the potential side effects of Essiac tea to the side effects of conventional cancer treatment and there’s really no comparison. Extreme exhaustion, vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, lowered immunity, anxiety, bruising, difficulty breathing, and even seizures are possible side effects of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Many of these symptoms can be life threatening, greatly decreasing quality of life.
Who Should Not Use The Tea?
Pregnant and nursing mothers should not consume Essiac tea as some of the herbs may cause uterine contractions. The tea is recommended for newly diagnosed cancer patients, and not those with fast-growing cancers that have spread. It’s also advised that patients with stage IV cancer use the tea as a supplemental therapy, and not as a stand-alone remedy.
Also, cancer patients who have been treated extensively with radiation and chemotherapy, should not use Essiac tea, exclusively. Many patients do, however, obtain much-needed relief from the uncomfortable side effects of conventional therapies when they drink the tea.
Essiac tea is a powerful elixir that has helped many people fight cancer. A combination of four healing herbs, it boosts immunity, promotes detoxification, and decreases inflammation. It is used to treat other diseases besides cancer, such as diabetes, AIDS, cardiovascular disease, and IBS.
It’s available in a variety of preparations, including capsules, powders, and extracts, and can be used preventatively due to its effects on the immune system. If you or a loved one are facing cancer, consider using Essiac tea. It’s affordable, widely available, and has an amazing track record.
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