Have You Heard of Essiac?

If you are a student of herbs, chances are you are familiar with the combination of herbs that comprise the Essiac product. The history of Essiac began with Rene Caisse’s chance encounter with a woman who reportedly was cured from breast cancer by an Ojibwa Indian medicine man in 1922. If you have not made the connection yet, the word ‘Essiac’ is Caisse spelled backward. The recipe she was given included four specific herbs. Burdock root, slippery elm, sheep’s sorrel, and turkey rhubarb. While treating cancer continues to be the primary reason why people take Essiac, there are other reported benefits from taking this herbal concoction. Other benefits of Essiac include treating cysts, ulcers, chronic stomach and bowel problems, and chronic candida; reducing daily insulin levels; reducing side effects of chemotherapy, chronic mastitis, fibroid tumors, psoriasis and shingles, and enlarged prostate; stabilizing sleep patterns; normalizing hemoglobin and white cell platelets; and improving general well being.

Essiac comes in different forms but we recommend the liquid tincture either in the original 4-herb recipe or an updated 6-herb recipe. We have a 100-year-old concentrated, handmade recipe called Ojibwe4 in a 4 oz bottle, which was handed down by the Ojibwa Indians with a daily dose of 3 drops taken twice a day.  This bottle will last a year!

The other liquid tincture we recommend is by Barlow Herbal called Essiac-20. This formula has two added herbs, watercress and bloodroot, which were carefully chosen by Max Barlow after he personally worked with Rene Caisse in the mid-1960s. The dosage for the Essiac-20 tincture is 15 drops in liquid, three times daily. The herb bloodroot is effective at addressing ‘abnormal’ cells. We offer bloodroot in a high strength capsule by Zenith Herbals if you are interested.

Please ask a Natural Living associate for our Essiac products. If you are using it for cancer, please do not hesitate to speak with me about additional information. My email address is rick@georgetownmarket.com.

Contraindications – organ transplants, taking immunosuppressive drugs, taking statins, pregnancy, low kidney function

*This product has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information on the traditional uses and properties of herbs are provided on this site is for educational use only, and is not intended as medical advice.

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