Essiac Tea, or E-Tea, is a blend of four herbs used to bolster the immune system for those suffering from cancer. It benefits other conditions as well.
In 1922, a nurse named Rene Caisse was working in an Ontario, Canada hospital when she met an elderly patient with a badly scarred breast. The woman explained that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer 30 years earlier. Breast surgery had been recommended to her, but she had declined it. Instead, she accepted treatment from a Native American friend, and Ojibwa medicine man, who gave her the herbal tea recipe and showed her how to make it. According to the woman, she drank the tea every day as her tumors shrank and then disappeared. She told Nurse Caisse that she had been cancer free ever since.
Caisse obtained the herbal recipe for herself in case she ever got cancer. Shortly thereafter, her aunt was stricken with stomach cancer and given only six months to live. Caisse’s aunt’s doctor gave Caisse permission to give her aunt the tea. Her aunt drank it for two months, recovered and lived another 20 years.
Caisse named the tea Essiac tea, using her name spelled backwards. She and her aunt’s doctor, R.O. Fisher, began treating terminal cancer patients with the tea, and had dramatic results. Through the years she treated thousands of cases. Her tea was a last resort for most. She claimed to observe that cancerous masses were broken down into more normal tissues as the pain was eased. The healing process would reportedly include an enlargement and hardening of the tumor. Then, it would soften. People reported large discharges of pus and fleshy material. Then the tumor would be gone.
The Herbal Ingredients
Essiac tea is a blend of four herbs that work together to purify the blood, aid cell repair and ease pain.
Burdock Root (Arctium Lappa):
Reportedly decreases cell mutation and inhibits tumors. It is used to reduce and prevent gall and kidney stones. It has vitamin A and selenium, which help eliminate free radicals. Its chromium helps regulate blood sugar.
Slippery Elm (Ulmus Fulva):
Its inner bark is rich in calcium, magnesium and vitamins A, B, C and K. This is reported to soothe organs, tissues and mucus membranes. It is considered especially helpful to the lungs. It is also reported to aid digestion and to relieve asthma.
Sheep Sorrel (Rumes A Ceteosella):
Known as a traditional folk remedy for cancer, it is also reported to relieve internal ulcers, and if applied externally, to clear skin problems such as eczema, ringworm and herpes. It’s reported to nourish the glandular system because it is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements. It also contains silicon to aid the nervous system.
Indian Rhubarb (Rheum Palmatum):
It is reported to act as a gentle laxative and purges the body, especially the liver, of waste and toxins. It is also considered to aid digestion and to carry oxygen throughout the body to aid healing. It contains a substance called rhein that inhibits disease-causing bacteria in the intestines and also reduces fever and inflammation. It is also reported to have antibiotic and anti-tumor properties.