Although its effectiveness is not scientifically confirmed, Essiac tea is one of the most popular alternative treatments for cancer patients. The formula originated in 1922 from nurse Rene Caisse, who told her that an 80-year-old patient had her formula. She told her that she had cured breast cancer with the help of the tea she had worked for on the instructions of the Indians from the Ojibwa tribe from Lake Ontario. The original version contained 8 plants, followed by Caisse based on the formula with 4 basic plants – burdock root, sheep sorrel, slippery elm, and also Turkey (or Indian) rhubarb root.
The name Essiac was obtained in the reverse order of the letters of the surname Caisse. In 1977, Rene Caisse (1888-1978) sold the formula to the Respirin Corporation (today Essiac Products Inc.) and the US and also Canadian Health Ministries refused to allow Essiac tea to be offered as a medical device and sold as an adjunct to the diet.
The Essiac tea
Rene Caisse claimed that tea with Essiac had cured hundreds of patients. The American Cancer Society published the following opinion: “A review of the medical records of people who took Essiac tea as a therapy did not support the claim that the product helps cancer patients alleviate symptoms or prolong life.” Cancer Research also emphasizes that there is no scientific evidence that Essiac can help treat cancer or control symptoms, and also warn that Essiac may interact with some of the treatment methods, so it’s important that patients who opt for this alternative therapy are consulted your doctor.
The story of Essiac tea and the life and work of Rene Caisse has been published in several books, along with recipes and dosage recommendations. In Canada and also the United States, there are currently more recipes and a version of Essiac tea. According to the book “The Essiac Book” by author Mali Klein, the recipe is as follows:
- 120 grams of NOT chopped root of burdock (Arctium lappa)
- 80 grams of red sorrel (leaf and root) powder (Rumex acetosella)
- 20 grams of the inner crust of the slippery elm (powder) (Ulmus fulva)
- 5 grams of root of Chinese or Turkish rhubarb powder (Rheum officinale, Rheum palmatum)
Mix all the ingredients in the tea mix. Take 15 grams for 1.5 liters of cold, clean source water. Mix in stainless steel pots and put on a fire to boil. Let it boil for 10 minutes and then turn off the fire and let it cool down. Drain it through a double gauze and pour into sterilized bottles. And keep it in the refrigerator until you spend. Take it in the morning after awakening or in the evening before bedtime, 30 milliliters diluted in 60 milliliters of hot water, for four weeks then make a week break.