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Frequently Asked Questions about The Miracle of Essiac

What is The Miracle of Essiac?

Why is there a four herb formula & and eight herb formula?

Why is the eight herb formula the best choice for me?

How does The Miracle of Essiac work?

Is having Cancer the only reason the take The Miracle of Essiac?

How will I know if The Miracle of Essiac is working on me?

How long will it take before I notice a change once I start taking The Miracle of Essiac?

Are there any side effects?

Can I take The Miracle of Essiac if I have a knee replacement or a pacemaker?

Can Essiac 8 Herb Tea Hurt Me?


What is The Miracle of Essiac?

The “founder” is a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse (1892-1978). Nurse Caisse found the formula while caring for a woman who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was unable to afford surgery. The woman sought help from a native Ojibwa medicine man who gave her this recipe for a tonic. The Ojibwa natives have been preparing this cleansing tea/brew for generations. After taking this herb mixture, the woman recovered from her breast cancer and it never returned. She passed the recipe to Rene Caisse who became interested in using it for her terminally ill patients.

In the early 1920’s, Rene Caisse began giving this four-herb mixture to her patients, which were primarily terminally ill with cancer in a brewed liquid form of “tea”. She even administered this tea to her aunt, who was terminally ill with stomach and liver cancer. Her aunt also recovered and her cancer never retuned. Rene Caisse began calling the tea “Essiac” which is her name spelled backwards.

Why is there a four herb formula and eight herb formula?

The original formula given to Rene Caisse consisted of four herbs. Many herbalists today use this shortened version, which is available as public domain. This version contains Sheep Sorrell, Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Bark and Turkish Rhubarb Root. There are still many companies operating today that make this original version available for sale. You can even go on the Internet and see the formula and for those adventurous enough, can buy the herbs and blend it yourself!

While in Canada, nurse Caisse began experimenting with the formula in conjunction with Dr. R. O. Fisher. She continued testing other herbs with the original four, until she left Canada and partnered with Dr. Charles Brusch (noted scientist and personal physician to President John F. Kennedy) in 1959. Nurse Caisse spent 8 years at the Brusch Medical Research Center in Cambridge, MA. working with Dr. Brusch to create the most effective formula for Essiac, which is now the eight herb Essiac. This eight-herb formula is proprietary, and it is this formula we supply to you.

Why is the eight herb formula the best choice for me?

There is nothing wrong with the original four-herb formula and thousands have used it successfully. The eight years of scientific experiments and continued testing by Dr. Brusch and Nurse Rene Caisse has established, without question, this eight herb formula to be superior to the original four herb recipe and Dr. Brusch has stated: “Clinically, on patients suffering from pathologically proven cancer, our Essiac reduces pain and causes a recession in the growth; patients have gained weight and shown an improvement in their general health….. Remarkably beneficial results were obtained even on those cases at the “end of the road” where it proved to prolong life and the quality of that life……the doctors do not say the Essiac is a cure, but they do say it is of benefit.”

It is important to note that through clinical testing; the additional four herbs that have been added augment. modify and improve the functionality of the original formula, prove to be far superior in terms of effectiveness and yield the best results.

How does The Miracle of Essiac work?

The secret is the synergistic blend of various herbs. It has been known for generations that in Europe, Sheep Sorrel has been used to break down tumors, Slippery Elm has been used to regulate the digestive tract and Watercress has been an effective general tonic, abundant in Vitamin C. The Burdock Root is a powerful blood purifier and treatment for swelling and fever. Red Clover is a rich source of isoflavens, which have been studied for their effectiveness in treating some forms of cancer. Turkish Rhubarb Root helps to cleanse the liver and detoxify the colon and Blessed Thistle is most effective in relieving liver congestion. Kelp is a rich source of minerals including iodine to maintain a healthy thyroid, effective metabolism and boost our immune system.

These organic herbs, in a proprietary blend, actually cleanse and detoxify our bodies by eliminating free radicals and toxins that invade our cellular structure and bring our system into proper ph balance. When toxins are flushed from our body, it allows our digestive and immune system to operate at optimal functionality.

Essiac does not cure disease but enables the body to cure itself of disease.

Is having Cancer the only reason the take The Miracle of Essiac?

No. Many of our customers use Essiac as “maintenance” to keep their body free from toxins and free radicals. It boosts their immune system, keeps the digestive tract operating at optimal efficiency and keeps your body ph in balance. Keeping your body in an alkaline state will prevent illness and disease from growing.

Our Essiac eight herb blend has also been used by those suffering from AIDS, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, liver disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

How will I know if The Miracle of Essiac is working on me?

Generally speaking, most people experience reduced pain, increased feeling of energy, more restful sleep and improved bowel movements.

How long will it take before I notice a change once I start taking The Miracle of Essiac?

We would recommend a gradual regimen, which can take from three months to six months.  It all depends on the individual.  This depends on the amount of your exposure to toxins, including chemicals, pollution and diet.  Your personal ability to purge toxins is also another factor.  This three/six month window is based on the maintenance level of two ounces of Essiac taken twice per day.

Those seeking a shorter two to four week detoxification plan will require nine to eighteen ounces of Essiac tea per day.

Are there any side effects?

During the first month or so of taking Essiac, you may experience reactions such as, mild diarrhea, and a runny nose (mucous drainage).

The reactions you feel are the toxins being eliminated from your body.  As you eliminate these toxins, these side effects will diminish and simply fade away.

If you cannot tolerate these reactions, you can “flush your body” with a half gallon to one gallon of water per day.  You may also reduce your daily dosage down to one ounce, twice per day or even one once per day in total.

In most cases, side effects are so mild they are easily tolerated.

Can I take The Miracle of Essiac if I have a knee replacement or a pacemaker?

Essiac by nature wants to identify foreign matter in the body such as chemicals, toxins and waste stored in our digestive tact and other parts of the body.  The fact that your immune system could be at  peak performance when fueled with a daily maintenance of Essiac can potentially accelerate the body’s natural reaction to reject foreign implants.

We strongly suggest that if you are currently taking Essiac to stop before any surgery and advise your physicians of how long and how much your daily regime of Essiac consists of.  Ask your doctor when you should stop taking Essiac prior to surgery.

After surgery, or outpatient procedure to install any medical implants, we strongly urge you to consult with your physicians prior to resuming or even starting an Essiac regime.  Based on your individual physical condition and how your body has tolerated implants, your doctor may want you to wait as long as one year after replacement surgery to resume Essiac or not to take it all.  Do not resume taking Essiac without consulting with your physicians.

Can Essiac 8 Herb Tea Hurt Me?

The quick answer is no.  But with millions of people wondering about this "wonder cure" (which it is not) there can always be somebody that has a reaction to Essiac.

Lets answer the questions as they come up:  Wonder Cure, no it is not.  Why then all the hype about Essiac Tea?  Because Essiac has been, for generations an all natural source to rid the body of toxins, to detoxify the system and return your body's ph balance to an alkaline state.  It is when your body is acidic that cancer cells grow and multiply and cancer cells actually feed on the acid in your system!

Your body must be in an alkaline state to fight off disease, Essiac is a path to that goal.

There have been reports from people starting Essiac Tea that symptons can include loose bowels, smelly persperation, runny nose and increased urination.  These symptoms are very rare but are not of any concern because it is for some a normal change of your system.  All of a sudden you are ridding yourself of years of plaque and toxins that have been coating your organs and you are actually "steam cleaning" your engine.  These symptons do not last long and should be of no concern.

For those who cannot tolerate this kind of minor change in their body's functions, you can flush your system by drinking, in the course of an hour or so, a gallon of distilled water, and that should be sufficient to wash out your system and flush out any remaining Essiac in your body.

At the end of the day, remember Essiac has been in use for hundreds of years and there has never been a fatality reported in connection with taking this all natural herbal formula.  It is safe for adults and children and it is recommended that directions always be followed.  As a maintenance level you should take 2 oz of Essiac tea twice per day, or for soft gel users, it would be 2 gel caps twice per day.  There are directions for those who are suffering from disease how much to take as and aggressive dosage.  Please following dosing directions.  Some people think if 2 oz will help than I will take 6 oz because more is better.  Do not do this, always FOLLOW DIRECTIONS!

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