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    I was just wondering if anyone has heard of or used "ESSIAC TEA". I was told of its many Natural healing ingredients. If anyone has any information on it I would like to hear your feedback on it. Also, if someone knows where I might find it. Thank You.

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    <TABLE cellSpacing=3 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD bgColor=#ffffff colSpan=2>Essiac (es-ee-ack) is an herbal tea remedy attributed to Rene Caisse (reen-case) of Canada.</TD></TR><TR><TD> </TD><TD>Canadian Nurse Rene M. Caisse claimed the source of her recipe was an old Indian medicine man. Rene treated cancer patients with her Essiac remedy for 50 years, Rene M. Caisse Cancer Clinic operated from 1935 until 1941. </TD></TR><TR><TD colSpan=2>Rene Caisse named her herbal remedy "Essiac" after backward spelling of her last name. The purpose of this site is to provide information and education about essiac including the history, herbs, recipes, available books, controversial issues and product prices for comparison shopping. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
    According to the FDA, there are no scientific clinical studies that prove Rene Caisse's formula cures, alleviates or prevents any disease or condition. Essiac stories and testimonies are not medical proof.
    Talk to your health care provider before taking any kind of alternative herbal supplement.
    "The Cleveland Indians are going to change their name. They don't want to be known as a team that perpetuates racial stereotypes. From now on they're just going to be called the Indians." - Native Comedian Vaughn Eaglebear, Colville/Lakota


    • #3
      Thank you Spirit of Seattle


      • #4
        <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=10 width=600 bgColor=#ffffff border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left width="100%" bgColor=#ffffff><CENTER>An Overview of the Essiac Scene</CENTER>

        The name "essiac" is common vernacular for an herbal tea attributed to Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse who named it "Essiac" from backward spelling of her last name. Herbs used to make the tea are Burdock root (Arctium lappa), Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella), Slippery Elm bark (Ulmus fulva) and Turkish rhubarb (Rheum palmatum) or Indian rhubarb (Rheum officianale).

        Sometime prior to 1922, Rene Caisse was given the recipe by an English miner's wife who said it came from an old medicine man. The original formula had 8 herbs but Rene refined it to the 4 herbs and named it "Essiac". Treating terminal cancer patients with Essiac, she gained physician support and operated her own Bracebridge Cancer Clinic from 1935 to 1941. However, Rene Caisse finally had to close her Clinic after endless hassles with Canadian health laws and Health officials.

        Rene Caisse kept her formula a secret most of her life, concerned that lay people would make it incorrectly or it would be commercially exploited. She even refused to reveal it to interested research centers in the US, like Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Brusch Medical Clinic.

        When she was 89 years old, Rene Caisse signed over her Essiac recipe to Resperin Corporation Limited of Toronto, Ontario on October 26, 1977, because Resperin promised to do clinical trials to prove Essiac could cure cancer. Rene died 14 months after she signed the Resperin Agreement.

        Resperin clinical trials were poorly conducted and in 1982, Health Canada concluded there was no evidence to support claims that Essiac was an effective cancer treatment. However, Essiac could be obtained by physician request under Canadian Emergency Drug Release Program for many years.

        The Essiac formula and trademark was purchased from Resperin Corporation by David Dobbie in 1995 and his Essiac® Products Inc. of New Brunswick became the manufacturer of Essiac®. The allied Essiac® International of Ontario owned by Terry Maloney was formed to market the Essiac®. Resperin Corporation dissolved itself in 1998 and the Resperin rights were sold (but not to Essiac®).

        "From Resperin Corporation" was the Canadian Essiac® promotion used to connect their formula to Rene Caisse, letting people think Resperin Corporation still made the product (despite Resperin protests about that use of its name). Essiac® promotion in 2000 became "From Resperin Canada", which usurped Resperin rights of real "Resperin Canada" company in Canada who owned the rights.

        More confusion, two Essiac® trademarks exist, an unrelated company owned by Dr. Pierre Gaulin
        of Florida holds the legal Essiac® trademark in the US. He sells all of the Rene Caisse formulas.

        More controversy, Dr. Charles Brusch started claiming (after Rene died) that she had revealed her formula to him during her brief time at Brusch Medical Center in 1959-1960 (contradicted by evidence in a recent Snow/Klein book). Dr. Brusch got together with Elaine Alexander (Canadian broadcaster enthusiastic about essiac) to have Flor-Essence, his 8 herb tea, manufactured by Flora Inc. in 1993 (and Linda Paulhus of MA claims Brusch gave her a version of his 8 herb formula in 1986).

        A few people knew Rene's Essiac formula. Her close friend and helper Mary McPherson knew it and continued making Essiac for Rene's patients after she died. According to Sheila Snow, Rene also gave the recipe to Gilbert Blondin(who later made "Easy-Ac" and formed a partnership with Pierre Gaulin). Dr. Gary Glum's 1988 book "Calling of An Angel" about Rene Caisse had a $79.95 video offer revealing her Essiac formula (perhaps he got it from Pat Judson, a Detroit patient of Rene's). After the recipe became public, the essiac bandwagon started rolling with dozens of essiac entrepreneurs claiming to have "genuine" essiac or an "improved version".

        The recipe was confirmed as the "real thing" by Mary McPherson, who helped Rene write out her formula for Resperin, and generic essiac marketers on Prices page claim they use this recipe. Many essiac users follow this path. They may try a commercial bottled essiac tea first, then they will try a dry blend that makes just one gallon and learn how to brew with their own stainless steel equipment and bottles. To be sure of getting high quality herbs, some start making their own tea from scratch using herbs from established suppliers like Blessed Herbs or Mountain Rose Herbs. Once you have the equipment, cost of making your own essiac tea can be $5.00 per gallon or less.

        </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=10 width=600 bgColor=#ffffff border=0><TBODY><TR><TD vAlign=top align=left width="100%" bgColor=#ffffff><HR SIZE=1>

        About the difference between "Essiac" and "essiac", no difference is justified?

        Essiac is perceived as a treatment by FTC, FDA, Canadian Breast Cancer Research Initiative, medical and herb journals, and books about Essiac. Alternative medicine research center CIMER
        at the University of Texas views Essiac as a treatment, refers more to Flor-Essence than Essiac®. Anecdotal claims that Essiac cures cancer or AIDS are not supported by US or Canadian scientific clinical studies so Essiac has never been approved by the FDA. As a treatment Essiac is unproven, unsubstantiated claims are illegal, but as a dietary food supplement it is not a medical treatment. Official perception of Essiac as a treatment is seen on
        which the FTC wrote and ordered an errant essiac marketer to send to his customers in April 2000:

        <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=1><TBODY><TR><TD>If you are interested in the scientific research that has been done on alternative cancer treatments including Essiac, you may want to read a report published by the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment. The report is called, "Unconventional Cancer Treatments," and was published in 1990. Chapter 4 deals with herbal treatments including Essiac. The report collected the available published studies on Essiac tea and other alternative cancer remedies. </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>FDA Import Alert IA6664 detention/surveillance definition "Essiac and Products Containing Essiac" means the definition includes any product containing Essiac and is not just the trademarked brand.

        "The Cleveland Indians are going to change their name. They don't want to be known as a team that perpetuates racial stereotypes. From now on they're just going to be called the Indians." - Native Comedian Vaughn Eaglebear, Colville/Lakota


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          I am taking Essaic tea, for my Lupus. I take two shots a day. so far I have no complaints. But I have not been on it long enough to tell you if it works or not. Then again with my lupus I have such bad memory problems I can't even remember to do the shots! But I am hoping that it will work. And the best part about it is that the taste ain't to bad, unlike that black root tea my gmom makes.
          Stomp dancing all night long


          • #6
            Lovlie 1

            Thank You for your input. I'll keep you in my prayers.


            • #7
              On your tea, thought. I thought you rang a bell to me so I looked up the Newsletter of Herbal Healer academy, in Ar. I didn't find what I was looking for. I have a proper catalog somewhere. What I have being only a newsletter now. Try I can't vouch for them. as yet. I've not bought anything from the company. They market alot of healing herbs or potions. as described in their catalog, and Newsletters. Some real strange stuff, for sure, but not to you maybe, or other Native Americans. I have also an address, and phone number for this org. Not sure if it is permitted on this forum.GES


              • #8
                Thank you for the information. I found it to be helpful. Again, Thank You.


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