Herbal Remedies: Essiac, four-herb formula healing tea

To Your Health

By Richard S. Gubbe

Burdock root, sheep sorrel, slippery elm and turkey rhubarb.
Turkey what?

By themselves, each of these herbs has been found to contribute to overall good health. Together, they’ve been called a natural cure for cancer and other devastating illnesses. The formula is known by two names, Essiac tea, after its founder, and four-herb tea, a generic name for the most underpublicized “remedy” on the planet.

Detoxifier? Cancer killer? Ask the countless people who have been served by this home-brewed savior to some.
A Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse first “perfected” this powerful herbal tea formula in 1922, when one of the patients in her hospital was cured of cancer after consuming the mixture. The tea was originally prepared by an Ojibwa tribal herbalist, as one account is told.

Others have her testing herbs she gathered from Canada, Europe and China.
What we know for sure is Caisse devoted 50 years of her life to testing, developing and perfecting the remedy she called ESSIAC (her name, spelled backward).

She tried many variations before perfecting her formula enough to be considered by the Canadian government as an approved treatment for cancer. She was later shut down by the Canadian government, but the formula lives on.

The key is not just the four herbs, but their proportion. In the correct medicinal proportions, and brewed and stored correctly, four-herb tea is potent. The tea should be taken three times a day for two weeks and see what results it can bring in cancer treatment.

It is not recommended that the tea be used by everyone; it purges heavily.
Many people have claimed that Caisse’s tea has the natural ability to boost their immune systems and to detoxify their bodies.

When you make your own four-herb tea formula, use organic blends. She used this tea to treat literally thousands of cancer patients, and the tea has reportedly produced phenomenal results for cancer and numerous incurable illnesses.

From 1922 to 1978, nurse Caisse helped thousands of people at her hometown clinic in Bracebridge, Ontario. Although she refused payment for her services, she accepted donations to help support her clinic.

In 1977, she signed over her rights to the original formula to Resperin Corporation Limited. Resperin exports ESSIAC tea products worldwide through Essiac Canada International, although there are many similar products in stores and on the net.

Bronze sculptures of Nurse Caisse can be found in Bracebridge and at the Canadian College of naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Additional information about Nurse Rene Caisse can be found in the book Bridge of Hope.

Essiac tea can be found, along with instructions, at Nutrition Works; however, you may buy just the ingredients at Choices Natural Market and at some other retail outlets. Ask the employees about testimonials—there are many. There have been numerous firsthand accounts given locally, as well as internationally, after use of this formula.

When the instructions tell you to stick to the formula, do just that. There have been alterations, additional herbal ingredients, tinctures and other wacky stuff. Stay the course, and stick to the four herbs—as odd as the four of them may sound.

Richard Gubbe is an award-winning journalist, public relations specialist and Reiki Master Teacher. He is a longtime Rockford resident who has taught at Rock Valley College since 2003.

From the April 6-12, 2011 issue

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