Essiac tea (Rene Caisse’s later 8 herb formula -- powdered 8 herb formula used late in Rene's life -- better), go to and search for "Flor Essence" (without quotes; iherb costs a lot more). Mfr's info:
Flora Flor Essence Gentle Detox For The Whole Body -- 17 fl oz, $19.29, 8 herb formula Dr. Brusch & Rene developed later, after refining it so that it could be used orally, rather than injected. Flora is the company Dr. Brusch sold the formula to. Vitacost sells it at a discount.

Warnings: This product contains Turkish rhubarb root. Read and follow directions carefully. Do not use if you have or develop diarrhea, loose stools, or abdominal pain because rhubarb may worsen these conditions and be harmful to your health. Consult your physician if you have frequent diarrhea or if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications, or have a medical condition. You could take some of the capsules and pills with your teas.

If you're pressed for time, like I am, you might prefer the liquid extract:
For Adults: Shake the bottle well before use. Measure 2 oz of tea and dilute with an equal or double amount of purified water. Take two servings daily: one before breakfast and one before bedtime. Sip slowly. After opening Keep Refrigerated and use within 3 weeks.

For Children (2-12): Measure 3/4 to 1 oz of tea once or twice daily. Dilute and take as above. Sip slowly.

For Infants (under age 2): Measure 1/4 to 1/2 oz of tea once or twice daily. Dilute and take as above. Sip slowly.

For Pets: base dosage upon body weight.

Another source (I haven't tried this one): $46.37/1lb, 7 month money-back lowest-price guarantee, organic non-irradiated,,,

Essiac Therapy, courtesy of "Alternate Cancer Remedies" by VANCE FERRELL

Note to researchers: Now, after more than 50 years of mystery, the Essiac formula is known. Research work on this formula should be carried out, so official approval can be obtained. Working Summary: Essiac consisted of a carefully worked out formulation of several herbs, which both attacked the cancer and helped expel it from the body. Fortunately, we have both the formula and how to prepare and take it.

There are three people who have made it possible for Essiac to be available today. Here is this incredible story.

The first of the three was Rene Caisse. She is one of the few people in this brief history of cancer remedies who was not a medical doctor. She was a Canadian registered nurse who was born in Bracebridge, Ontario, in 1888. Briefly married (her husband died shortly after their marriage), she retained her maiden name for the rest of her life. A kindly lady, she could be quite stubborn when necessary and had a strong distrust of medical and government intrusion.

In 1922, Caisse was 33 years old and head nurse at the Sisters of Providence Hospital in Haileybury, Ontario, Canada. One evening she noticed an elderly woman patient who had a strangely scarred breast. When she inquired as to the cause, the lady told her that, more than 20 years earlier, she had come from England to join her husband who was working as a prospector in northern Ontario. Shortly after arriving, a hardened mass appeared on her breast.

The area where they were camping was inhabited by Ojibwa Indians (also known as Chippewa). Learning of her problem, an old Indian native doctor (medicine man) said it was really no problem, for their tribe regularly healed these tumors with an herbal mixture. The kindly Indian offered to help her, but she and her husband said they would obtain help in Toronto.

Journeying down there with her husband, she was told that she had advanced cancer and would be dead in a short time unless she was operated on. But the woman recalled a friend who had recently had a radical mastectomy and died soon after. Besides, they did not have the money for expensive operations.

Returning to the Objibwa tribe, she sought out the old Indian. He gave her an herbal tea, along with instructions to drink it twice a day. She was also given the complete formula for gathering the herbs and making the tea. The herb tea totally eliminated the malignancy. Caisse was astounded, and asked if there was any way she could obtain the formula. The woman said she had it written down at home.

The formula listed only a few herbs, and nothing more. Rene kept it, thinking that some day she might have cancer and would then use it on herself. Yet, two years later when her aunt, Mireza, was medically diagnosed as dying of inoperable stomach cancer with liver involvement, Caisse wellknew that the latest medical advances included burning the patients horribly with radium.

Wishing to spare her favorite aunt such torture, she gave her the herbal tea. Both Caisse and the attending physician, Dr. R.O. Fisher, were amazed when, after two months of treatment, the relative rallied and recovered. (She lived 20 more years after that.)

Deciding to give the formula a name, Caisse called it Essiac, which is her name spelled backwards. With the help of Dr. Fisher, she now began treating dozens of patients suffering from cancer. The results were documented, frequently with remarkably success.

One was an old man, J. Smith, who had a hideous, hemorrhaging malignant growth on his face.

Within 24 hours the bleeding had stopped; and, after several treatments, the growth began reducing in size and the large holes in his chin began to heal.

Based on what was happening to these cancer patients, many of whom were terminal, eight physicians and medical professionals signed a petition in 1926 and sent it to the Department of National Health and Welfare in Ottawa, requesting that Caisse be given facilities to do research work on her herbal formula.

In response, they sent two investigating doctors with papers empowering them to have her arrested. But, when they arrived, they found she was working with nine of the most eminent physicians in Toronto, who told them of her work. Stunned, one investigator gave her cancerous mice (inoculated with deadly Rous Sarcoma) to experiment on—and she kept them alive for 52 days, longer than any other method known to medical science.

Caisse kept helping people who came to her. Most of the time, they had been diagnosed as having advanced, inoperable cancers.

A battle began which lasted 50 years until her death at the age of 90 in the fall of 1978, after falling and breaking her hip. She had outlived most of her opponents.

Rene was threatened with arrest a dozen times; yet doctors, who had been referring patients to her, always came to her rescue. She never took any money for administering the treatment, only donations; and she lived very modestly. Many gave her only a dollar or two for the help they received. News of what she was doing gradually spread. As you might expect, the public was very favorable to her work.

In 1932, the first major newspaper article appeared in the Toronto Star. Entitled, “Bracebridge Girl Makes Notable Discovery Against Cancer.” This brought her work to the attention of many more people.

That same year, Dr. A.F. Bastedo, of Bracebridge (her hometown, located 170 kilometers north of Toronto, with a population of only about 9,000), let Caisse treat one of his patients who had terminal bowel cancer. When the patient recovered, Bastedo was so impressed, he convinced the town council to make the British Lion Hotel, which had been repossessed for back taxes, available to Rene for a clinic.

Rene Caisse now had an entire hotel to use, free of charge. Soon patients were arriving from around the world. The King of England wrote her a letter of encouragement.

Then a personal tragedy confronted her: Rene’s own mother was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. But the tea brought a full recovery, and she lived another 18 years till the age of 90. Thousands of signatures were gathered by friends and sent to Dr. J.A. Faulkner, provincial Minister of Health, imploring the government to support her work. The petition was ignored. Then nine medical doctors submitted another one. Upon receiving it, Faulkner conferred with Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin. Banting was interested. He had first heard about Essiac ten years earlier in 1925, when a woman treated with it no longer needed insulin. Her diabetic condition had disappeared! Checking into it, Banting had concluded that Essiac had somehow “stimulated the pancreas to function normally, thereby healing the diabetes.”

But when the matter was again brought to his attention by Faulkner in 1935, she was invited to the Banting Institute in Toronto, to work under his supervision.

Caisse’s supporters urged her to accept this outstanding offer; but, because it included stopping her care of cancer patients and working on mice, she said she turned down the offer. She would have to leave Bracebridge for a time, and this she refused to do. Her patients needed her help, and would die if she left.

In 1936, a large number of physicians again put their signatures on a petition for the Ottawa Department of Health and Welfare to give her an opportunity to demonstrate her method, so it could be officially approved. Once again, it was turned down.

At this juncture, let us cite two examples of what Rene Caisse was doing at Bracebridge, which she considered too important to abandon for mouse studies:

Tony Baziuk was a CNR engine watchman with lip cancer. It was so swollen after radium treatments in London, Ontario, that he could see it over the end of his nose. The pain was excruciating. Fellow workers collected enough to pay Tony’s way to Bracebridge. One injection of Essiac and Tony felt immediate relief. In six months he was back on the job, and lived 40 more years.

May Henderson went to Bracebridge, in 1937, with tumors in both breasts. Doctors told her she must have a double mastectomy immediately. Then they found a tumor the size of a grapefruit in her uterus.

Too weak to move, she had a horror of surgery; so her physician, Dr. J.A. McInnis, told her she was hopeless and sent her to Caisse. Describing the experience later in 1977, May said: “My color was a muddy yellow, my hair thin, my eyes, ordinarily blue, were gray and stony. I hemorrhaged so badly I thought I would die, and couldn’t stand up for any length of time.”—quoted in Richard Thomas, The Essiac Report, 19. Within three months after beginning Essiac injections, May was back at work.

“At first, the lumps seemed to grow harder, but then the turning point came and I discharged great masses of fleshy material.”—Ibid. Still healthy 40 years later when she recounted the experience, she never had another recurrence of cancer.

In late 1937, a petition with 17,000 signatures were sent to the Canadian government. By this time, Rene was repeatedly offered millions of dollars if she would give her still-secret formula to some firm, so they could exclusively sell it to the public. All such offers were rejected. Caisse wanted the people helped, and feared letting either private firms or the government gain control of the formula.

A leading physician in Chicago heard about Essiac, and offered to let Caisse come there to do research work. Since she would be gone from Bracebridge only every other week, and the Essiac would be given to people, not just mice, she agreed to do so.

She commuted to Northwestern University Hospital in Chicago, assisting five physicians in treating 30 volunteer terminal cancer patients. After 18 months, they concluded that Essiac prolonged life, broke down nodular masses to a more normal tissue, and relieved pain. They as much as said that it eliminated cancer, but dared not openly admit it—lest they get in trouble.

Passavant Hospital in Chicago offered her a home and the use of their laboratories, if she would move to the United States. A group of American businessmen in Buffalo, New York, offered to put up a million dollars in cash, if she would turn over the formula to them so they could control it for world marketing.

But Caisse turned them all down. She said she wanted Essiac used immediately on suffering cancer patients. Authorities wanted her to stop using it while they spent years testing it on animals! Yet, by that time, it had successful healed thousands of human beings of the dreaded disease. And they wanted to go back to animals!

She wanted Essiac to be recognized as a cure for cancer. Others wanted the formula and marketing control of the product. She was thinking of people; they had money in mind.

Somehow, in a world gone mad with greed, Rene Caisse was a different kind of person. Not only patients came from distant places, so did highly trained physicians. Emma Carson, M.D., came from California. Originally planning to remain one day, amazed at what she found, she stayed at the Bracebridge Clinic nearly a month. “I firmly resolved that my investigation be based on unprejudiced judgment. The vast majority of Miss Caisse’s patients were brought to her after surgery; radium, emplastrums, etc. had failed to be helpful, and the patients were pronounced incurable or hopeless cases.

“The progress obtained, the actual results from Essiac treatments, and the rapidity of repair were absolutely marvelous and must be seen to be believed. My skepticism neither yielded nor became subdued by the hopes and faith so definitely expressed by the patients and their friends.

“As I reviewed, compared and summarized my data, records, case histories, etc., I realized that skepticism had deserted me. When I arrived I contemplated remaining 12 hours; I remained 24 days. I examined results obtained on 400 patients.”— Emma Carson, M.D., op. cit., 23.

Then, in 1938, the central government became involved when a bill was presented to Parliament, which would officially allow Rene Caisse to treat cancer patients with Essiac. It was introduced in March by Frank Kelly, and proposed that Rene Caisse be officially authorized to “practice medicine in Ontario in the treatment of cancer in all its forms and of human ailments and conditions resulting therefrom.” Caisse wanted to be able to treat cancer patients before they had entered the advanced, terminal stage. The patients were half dead before she had an opportunity to work on them.

The bill was supported by a petition with 55,000 names of patients, their families, and friends, and many physicians. But, in a close decision, the bill was defeated by just three votes. At this juncture, it is a wonder the voting public of Canada did not throw the bunch out of office. Faulkner, who had favored Caisse somewhat, had been replaced as Minister of Health by Harold Kirby, who declared, “I will not see the honor of modern medical science tainted!” He introduced a bill into Parliament three days after defeat of the Kelly bill. It easily passed, and called for fines and jailing of anyone giving Essiac. Caisse was warned that she would be arrested if she continued to give her “useless” Essiac treatments.

Rene immediately announced she was closing her clinic and moving to the United States. Her patients were heartbroken, and protests from all across Canada deluged the desks of the Premier and the Minister of Health. Under incredible public pressure, Premier Hepburn and Health Minister Kirby publicly announced that Caisse could continue her work, and would not be charged under the new Kirby law. She consented.

The war continued. On one side were the protests of the public; on the other side, a driving concern to shut down Caisse’s clinic. The next year (August 1938) the government set up a commission of six physicians, with “expertise” in the treatment of cancer, to investigate her claimed cancer cures.

All this was somewhat ironic, since the formula had been curing cancer in Canada longer than there had been a Canada. Drs. W.C. Wallace and T.H. Callahan were sent to Bracebridge to interview her patients, and received glowing reports.

Three members of Parliament (Duckworth, Armstrong, and Summerville) strongly urged enactment of a bill to permit Caisse to treat cancer. Caisse brought not 10, 20, or even 30 Essiactreated patients—but 380 of them! They all claimed to have been cured, and there was medical documentation to support it. The commission heard 49 of them

Here are just two of those 49 testimonies: “After treatment by Nurse Caisse, I’m working everyday. I milk five cows, night and morning. I’m right off the farm and have boarders and all in the house, and I have to do it all myself. I owe my life to Miss Caisse and I hope you will do something for her.”—Elizabeth Stewart, op. cit., 28.

“My cancer had spread after radium treatments until my arm had swelled to double its size, and turned black. I went down from 150 pounds to 90 pounds, and then entered St. Michael’s to have my arm amputated, but changed my mind on the eve of the operation and went to Bracebridge instead. After four months on the Essiac treatment my arm has returned to normal, and I have gained 60 pounds.”—Annie Bonar, ibid.

After hearing the 49 testimonies, the committee admitted that Essiac may have helped some of them. But most of the time, the commission concluded her patients either did not know what they were talking about, never had cancer (had earlier been misdiagnosed), or that some standard method had really remitted the cancer.

In spite of all this evidence, the commission rejected the request for permission to give Essiac to cancer patients. In its official December 1939 report, the commission declared that, of all the testimonies and piles of records submitted, where diagnosis had been by biopsy, there had been only one recovery by Essiac.

For example, Mrs. Annie Bonar (quoted above) was said to have been cured by the earlier radium treatments, not by a tea made from plants! “It is my opinion that the hearing of my case before the Cancer Commission was one of the greatest farces ever perpetrated in the history of man. Over 380 patients came to be heard and the Commission limited the hearing to 49 patients. Then in their report they stated that I had only taken 49 patients to be heard, that X-ray reports were not acceptable as a diagnosis, and that the 49 doctors had made wrong or mistaken diagnoses. It is a sad state of affairs if doctors can diagnose an affliction as ‘cancer’ and send patients home with a few months at most to live, if they are not sure.”—Rene Caisse, op. cit., 31.

For several years she continued giving the treatments, always without charge, and never knowing when she would be arrested. In 1942, close to a nervous breakdown, she closed down the clinic. In 1948, when her husband died, she returned to Bracebridge, but little is known of her activities until 1959. It was widely believed that she was still treating patients, and the government dared not arrest her.

Throughout the years when she was treating people, when asked about her income she would laugh, “I never had $100 I could call my own!” She would accept fruits, vegetables, eggs, or whatever the people would bring her in payment for her help. She never turned away anyone who had no money.

When asked why she kept the formula secret, she replied that as long as the government and the medical groups did not have it, they could not forbid others to use it. She refused to reveal the formula to the Canadian Government, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, or the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland— just to name a few.

She said she would not tell them the formula until they publicly admitted that it could cure cancer. This they refused to do. So the stalemate continued on down to the time of her death.

“I want to know that suffering humanity will benefit by it. When I can be given that assurance, I am willing to disclose my [herbal] formula, but I have got to know that it is going to get to suffering humanity.”— Rene Caisse, op. cit., 30.

There are three individuals who made it possible for people today to have Essiac. The first was Rene Caisse; the second was Charles A. Brusch, M.D.

In February 1959, Roland Davidson (a Canadian healed of a severe case of ulcerated hemorrhoids by Essiac) journeyed to New York City to convince Ralph Daigh, editorial director of Fawcett Publications, to print a story on Caisse and Essiac in True, at that time the largest men’s magazine in North America. He had with him copies of 10 pounds of documents, testimonials, physicians’ statements, and newspaper articles.

Daigh was skeptical at first; but, after examining the material for several hours, he became very interested. Daigh decided to check further into the matter. With a friend (Paul Murphy of the Science Research Institute of New York), he went to Bracebridge to interview Caisse and several physicians who had worked with her.

Daigh then made arrangements for Caisse to be invited to go to Cambridge, Massachusetts and work with Dr. Charles Brusch, one of the most prestigious physicians in America. Expenses would be paid and she would retain the right to her formula. By this time, Rene was 70.

From 1959 to 1962, Dr. Brusch worked with Essiac at his Brusch Clinic in Massachusetts. He was a personal physician to John F. Kennedy; and, using Essiac, he healed Ted Kennedy’s son who had a sarcoma on his leg.

It was quickly obvious to Brusch that Essiac was a winner, and he wanted to try to improve on the formula. Working closely with Caisse, they gave Essiac orally and by injection to the patients. They also gave it to mice. Brusch knew a skilled herbalist, in Kansas, who suggested several other herbs. Gradually, over a period of time, Brusch honed the formula into one which worked better, and no longer needed to be injected. In this way, common folk could more easily obtain and use it.

“What they discovered through extensive experimentation on human patients was that by adding more herbs (called potentiators) to Essiac’s original core formula, Essiac became even more effective. So much so that it was possible to administer the entire formulation orally. This was quite a breakthrough because it meant that people could treat themselves in the privacy of their own homes. Long treks to the clinic were no longer necessary . . Essiac in its newly evolved formulation was never again administered by injection to human patients.”— Richard Thomas, The Essiac Report, 39.

The improved formula had the four basic herbs, plus four others.

Eventually, Brusch was told that mice would no longer be available to him “for obvious reasons” and “technical difficulties.” Pressure became so great that he was much more cautious about treating patients with cancer, lest he be arrested. But Brusch remained solidly with Rene Caisse as her friend and fellow researcher. She recognized this, gave him the full formula, and signed a contract making him co-owner of the Essiac formula. That was one of the wisest decisions she ever made.

“The results we obtained with thousands of patients of various races, sexes, and ages, with all types of cancer, definitely prove Essiac to be a cure for cancer. All studies done in four laboratories in the United States and one or more in Canada fortify this claim.”—Charles A. Brusch, M.D.

Rene found that Essiac tended to normalize the thyroid gland. She noted that it would heal stomach ulcers within 3-4 weeks. Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin, said the tea seemed to regenerate the pancreas so it would again produce insulin. It is also good for the common cold. Essiac elevates the immune system.

Gary Glum, author of a book on Caisse, says he has taken one ounce of Essiac, each day for a decade, and he has not had a cold, flu, or a virus. —Yet neither Essiac nor any other special food should be taken as a cure-all, without changing one’s way of life. Adequate rest, exercise, and healthful living are crucial to success; it would be foolish for a person to just take Essiac, and imagine that he was insulated from infection and crippling disease.

By the 1970s, no one (other than Brusch) yet knew what the formula was. Midway through that decade, Caisse finally admitted to the general public that the core formula contained only four herbs.

At the time, one natural healing writer asked her directly if red clover tops was one of them. She said no. He was amazed, since red clover blossoms have been widely used as a cancer remedy. What Caisse did not mention was that it was one of the four auxiliary herbs. Later in this chapter, we will tell you the names of all eight herbs.

From 1962 to 1978, Rene continued quietly treating cancer sufferers at the Bracebridge Clinic. Official papers have come to light, that the government knew about this, but looked the other way. They feared the people, who considered this lady, who without charge healed cancer, to be an angel from heaven.

For his part, Brusch continued experimentation with the herbs, giving them to some patients, and continually refining the proportions to be given for optimum results. As he progressed, he shared his discoveries with Caisse. He also told her of other conditions which he found to be helped by Essiac. The formula was a phenomenal detoxifier, cleaning the body so a variety of advanced degeneracies and debilities could be alleviated.

In the summer of 1978, Homemakers, one of Canada’s largest magazines, published a story on Rene Caisse and her work. Rene was swamped with requests for help. Newspapers across Canada picked up the story. Letters poured in.

One of those who read the Homemakers’ story was David Fingard, the vice-president of Resperin, a Canadian corporation said to have pharmaceutical interests. Fingard determined that he would do the impossible: convince Caisse to turn over the formula to him. Repeatedly, he made offers, which she turned down. But he kept offering new, revised offers. Finally, he offered to treat poor cancer patients free, if she would turn over the formula.

On the morning of October 26, 1977, Caisse, Brusch, and Fingard signed a contract giving his firm the formula. Although Brusch was somewhat doubtful, yet Caisse, knowing she was nearing the end of her life decided to go ahead with it. She had signed over the rights to her secret formula, for the sum of one dollar, to a Canadian manufacturing firm. Resperin was organized by a physician, Matthew Dymond, who wanted to save Essiac from extinction. He told her that he would use it to help humanity, and she trusted him. With the passing of time, Brusch’s fears were found to be true.

Resperin kept the secret formula in Toronto; but, in order to carry on their work, they said it was necessary to share the formula with the Canadian Ministry of Health and Welfare. This angered Caisse, who felt that the men had betrayed her.

But Brusch began checking into the matter and learned still more. On one hand, the medical establishment was up to its old tricks. Only two hospitals were permitted to dispense Essiac. Physicians at those hospitals refused to give Essiac in the larger amounts needed to accomplish anything worthwhile. The clinical testing was limited to private physicians, and they were required to fill out extremely lengthy forms for each person they wanted to give Essiac to. So few physicians would bother to use it very much. The physicians said they must give it in combination with various drugs. On and on went the merry-go-round.

Rene Caisse was heartbroken. She blamed Resperin for the problems. Bitterly disappointed, she died on December 26, 1978, a week after being operated on for a broken hip.

But Charles Brusch still had the formula. He continued investigating, and he learned still more. In early 1980, he learned why he had been kept totally in the dark about Resperin’s work with Essiac, even though the contract called for him to be regularly consulted. Since Brusch was in New York State, not Canada, he hired a private investigator to check things out. This is what was discovered: Resperin was not even a viable corporation at the time of the Homemakers’ article. It had sold some respiratory products, but little was known about them. The impressive board of consultants were merely friends of David Fingard.

Fingard was a trained chemist, but his specialty was unknown. Essiac was being formulated in the kitchen of Dr. Matthew Dymond, the only other Resperin employee. Both men were now in their 70s, and too frail to accomplish much.

The general inaction of Resperin and in the hospitals provided the Department of Health and Welfare with the excuse it was looking for. On April 9, 1981, the Health Protection Branch (an interesting name) issued an official statement condemning Essiac as essentially worthless. The hospital testing, it declared, had not helped anyone.

On August 30, 1982, Resperin’s permit for testing of Essiac was rescinded. Knowing the public was to be outraged, the government was ready. They issued a statement that, under the Emergency Drug Release Act, any physician could obtain Essiac for his cancer patients.

But such extensive paperwork was required for each case, that the local physicians could not use it. Among other things, the complete past medical history of the patient must be written out and submitted, with copies of all tests, X-rays, etc. Resperin had been effectively stopped, and Fingard and Dymond retired into silence. Essiac could not be gotten to the people.

Now enters the third person who, with Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch, would bring Essiac to the people.

Before her death, Caisse, brokenhearted over the state of affairs, shared the four-herb basic formula with some friends. Gradually others learned about it. But Dr. Brusch continued to have the complete formula. Only the four basic herbs in the original formula had been divulged to Resperin. Why the complete formula had not been shared is a question we do not have an answer for. It is likely that the advanced research work by Brusch was held back because of his initial doubts about Fingard and his organization. (A letter dated December 31, 1985, from the Health and Welfare Department, in Ontario, confirms that only the four-herb formula was in use.)

Essiac was dead. Dr. Brusch did not know what to do, and could only wait. Then, in the late summer of 1984, a woman in Vancouver phoned him.

Elaine Alexander was a woman with a remarkable amount of energy. She was a radio talk show host and producer in Vancouver, British Columbia; and she had heard about Essiac.

Intrigued at first, she investigated, read everything she could on the subject, and become convinced that Essiac really could heal cancer!

Alexander asked Brusch if he would be willing to appear on her Vancover radio talk show. It was obvious that she already knew a vast amount about Essiac, and regularly discussed controversial health issues over the air. In 1984, she had been one of the first to reveal the AIDS crisis to Canadians, and she spent six weeks of broadcasts doing it.

Brusch found that Elaine had already meticulously gone through court records, privately interviewed people healed by Essiac, and spoken with physicians. Now she wanted to take the whole matter to the public in a radio series.

For the first two-hour interview, the phone lines were jammed as she spoke with Brusch.

“Alexander: Does Essiac have any side effects?

“Brusch: None.

“A: Dr. Brusch, let’s get right to the point. Are you saying Essiac can help people with cancer, or are you saying that Essiac is a cure for cancer?

“B: I’m saying it’s a cure!

“A: Would you repeat that once more, Dr. Brusch?

“B: Yes, I would be glad to. Essiac is a cure for cancer. I’ve seen it reverse and eliminate cancers at such a progressed state that nothing medical science currently has could have accomplished similar results. I wouldn’t have believed it myself had I not seen it with my own eyes. I feel very strongly that Essiac is the single most beneficial treatment for cancer today.”—First E. Alexander radio interview with C.A. Brusch, M.D., November 1984.

In Dr. Brusch, Rene Caisse had at last found a friend who would not betray her. In Elaine Alexander, Brusch had at last found the friend he needed to bring Essiac to the people.

Intense pressure was immediately applied to Alexander, from both medical interests and the general public. Learning where she lived, people would mob her home. She became an expert at sorting out the legal red tape, so patients could obtain Essiac from their physicians via the Emergency Drug Release Act. Yet the complications were so serious that only a few could be helped.

The pressure continued from 1984 onward. Then, in early 1988, Elaine got an idea. Simple enough, it would cut through all the red tape and bring Essiac to the people at last!

The answer was to be found, for example, in a letter from Dr. A. Klein, at the Health Protection Branch of the federal government.  “Relevant Factors: “Essiac has always been classified as a drug because the Resperin Corporation has made drug claims for this infusion.

“According to the Food and Drug Act, a substance is a drug when it is a substance or a mixture of substances sold or represented for use in the diagnosis, treatment, investigation or prevention of a disease, disorder, abnormal physical state, or the symptoms thereof, etc.

“Essiac has always been represented to be a ‘cure’ for cancer; therefore, it is a drug due to the claim.

“Suggested Response: “Essiac appears to be entirely nontoxic.

“From the evidence to date Essiac has only a placebo or a phychological effect on cancer patients.

“If Essiac were to be sold in health food stores, the implied claims for this substance could be considered fraudulent, and would also constitute a health hazard with regard to self-diagnosis and selftreatment of cancer.”—“Briefing Information on Essiac,” A. Klein, M.D., Health Protection Branch, Department of Health and Welfare, Ontario, March 17, 1988.

The solution was simple: Change the name of the formula from Essiac to something else, and sell it at low cost through the health-food stores, making no claims of any kind for it!

Why fight a war that cannot be won? Instead, just give it to the people as an herbal “tonic”— which is what the Objibwa Indians said it was. Charles Brusch was astounded. Resperin was essentially defunct; and, by this time, he knew that Elaine Alexander was a true friend of Essiac. Immediately, he signed a contract making her coowner of the formula, and he pled with her to take charge of getting the herbal formula to the people.

On November 10, 1988, legal documents were drawn up and signed (and an additional confirmatory contract was drawn up between them on April 23, 1993).

Elaine had to make a major decision. In order to bring Essiac to the people, she would have to give up her radio broadcasting. Somehow the distribution would have be done on a massive scale by a large, well-established firm committed to natural remedies.

It required four years of investigation by Alexander and Brusch before they selected Flora Manufacturing and Distributing, Ltd.

In 1913, Dr. Otto Greither lay gravely ill in a Bavarian hospital. A leading European orthodox physician, Dr. Greither’s condition was impossible to diagnose, but left him paralyzed from the waist down. Both legs were hard, dark, and one was beginning to gangrene.

The night before he was to have both of them amputated, a nurse made a comment to him. If I may say so, one of those foolish comments that only a person acquainted with natural remedies would make. She told the great doctor that if he would take some enemas, it would clean out the colon and eliminate the toxic buildup.

Greither was understandably outraged at such a stupid statement. But, recognizing that he had nothing to lose, he did it. The effects were immediate, and a full recovery followed soon after.

Returning to his practice, rich foods, meat, wine, and late hours, within six months he was back in the hospital with both legs paralyzed again.

Once again, Greither took an enema. This time, recovery awakened him fully to the reality of natural remedies and uselessness of orthodox medications. He made a total changeover in practice, and thoroughly researched the healthfood field. In 1916, Dr. Otto Greither founded a company, called Salus Haus (Health House). Within 10 years there were more than 50 of them in Germany. Specializing in herbal formulas to detoxify the body, the firm spread to other countries. Employing over 250 people, Salus Haus now owns organic fields throughout Bavaria, an organic herbal farm in Chile, and an organic acerola farm in Florida.

Its manufacturing plant outside Munich covers 60 acres, and the products are exported to 60 countries. The headquarters of the Canadian company, called Flora, is located on the edge of Vancouver, B.C.

The first meeting of Elaine Alexander with the head of the company, Thomas Greither (Otto’s grandson), was in May 1992. Ultimately, an agreement was signed.

Brusch and Alexander required that she maintain continual oversight of the growth, harvesting, processing, widespread, and lower-cost sales dis-tribution of Essiac. If Alexander was not satisfied, either changes would be made or the contract would be canceled.

At last, common people could obtain Essiac.



Here are the four primary herbs in the Essiac herbal formula:

Burdock root (Arctium lappa) is slightly bitter. You can add an additional 2-6 oz. to the 24 oz., if you do not mind the added bitterness. This would be beneficial, but not necessary. Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) is a wild perennial miniature of garden sorrel. It must be green in color and have an aroma of sweet grass. “Sorrel” comes from a French word for “sour.” Sorrel tastes a little like lemon juice.

Turkey (or Turkish) rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum) is yellowish-brown in color. Slippery elm inner bark (Ulmus fulva) is best purchased. If you strip it from a tree, you will likely kill it if you do not know the proper way to do it.

For your information, it is sometimes said that Essiac originally had six herbs in it, not four. Checking this out carefully, we find that there were only four.

We have learned that sheep sorrel is a crucial ingredient, but that many herb companies substitute yellow dock and curly dock for the sheep sorrel. Yet it is the sheep sorrel that is said to be responsible for the destruction of cancer cells, in the body, or their amalgamation where metastasized cancer cells actually return to the original cancer site. It is very important that the sheep sorrel be included in the mixture, not dock!

We have also learned that Rene would harvest the sheep sorrel (a common weed which grows over much of Canada and the United States) when it was 4-6 inches high. She cut it back and it would grow again, and she would cut it back again. After doing this about three times, she would let it go to seed. While seeding the ground, it would grow to 14-18 inches.

Caisse would then take the herb cuttings home and lay them out at room temperature to dry. After 3-4 days, she would begin turning the herbs. Thereafter, she would turn them every two days until they were properly dry, which took about 10- 14 days. About a bushel of harvested sheep sorrel is required to produce one pound of the dried powdered herb, as used in the formula.

Rene had said that, when she originally obtained the formula in the early 1920s, she altered the formula somewhat. It is now known that the modification was the addition of Turkish rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum). This herb is not native to North America, nor available here. It does not grow in the fields, therefore could not be part of the original Ojibwa Indian formula. But it has been used for thousands of years, and originally came from India into China, where the British acquired it and took it to Britain and Canada. Because herbs imported from foreign countries are generally fumigated and irradiated, some prefer to use a native variant. It is said that ordinary rhubarb root can be used as a substitute. (Special note: The above information was obtained from research studies on Turkish rhubarb, and it is there called Rheum palmatum; yet that is the scientific name for ordinary, North American rhubarb. The present writer has been unable to obtain any further information on “Turkish rhubarb.”)

The burdock root (Arctium lappa) and the inner (not outer) bark of the slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) are easy to obtain. It is the sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) that is said to especially destroy the cancer cells. The burdock and rhubarb are said to be blood cleansers. (However, from other sources, we learn that Hungarian research, in 1966, and Japanese research, at Nagoya University in 1984, disclosed that burdock has antitumor activity; and studies done, in the 1980s showed antibiotic and anti-tumor properties in rhubarb.) As for slippery elm, its primary function is to catch toxic substances, brought to the colon by the bloodstream, and carry them on out of the body.

Here is additional information about Essiac: This information comes from several sources, and all of it agrees. (One of the sources is a book by Gary L. Glum, a Los Angeles chiropractor, entitled Calling of an Angel, about Caisse and Essiac.)

Even its worst enemies could never claim that Essiac had any side effects. It can be safely taken, up to 6 oz. a day (2 in the morning, 2 around noon, and 2 in the evening).

Some may wish to order the four herbs and mix their own, in order to insure highest quality of product. Here is the recipe:

Dry ingredients:

(1) 24 oz. of burdock root. This is equivalent to 6½ (six and a half) kitchen measuring cups, full of the cut root piece or 24 oz. of the dry powdered herb.
(2) 16 oz. of powdered sheep sorrel.
(3) 1 oz. of powdered Turkey rhubarb root.
(4) 4 oz. of powdered slippery elm bark.

Supplies needed:
• Two 3-gallon (or larger) pots with lids. They should either be stainless steel or enameled blued canner pots. Never use aluminum as a container for anything you may later put into your body!
• Fine-mesh strainer (stainless steel).
• Funnel (stainless steel or plastic).
• Spatula (stainless steel).
• Twelve or more 16-oz. sterilized amber glass bottles with airtight caps (not the childproof type; these are not airtight). Clear-glass mason jars can be used, if they are stored on a dark shelf.
• Measuring cup (pyrex).
• Kitchen scale (it must have ounce measurements).

Advance preparation:

(1) Sterilize the bottles and caps, which the herbal liquid will later be stored in. Bottle caps must be washed and rinsed thoroughly, and may be cleaned with a 3% solution of food grade hydrogen peroxide in water.

(2) To make the 3% solution: Mix 1 oz. of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide with 11 oz. of distilled water. Place in a pot and let the jars and lids soak in it for 5 minutes; then rinse and dry. If the food grade hydrogen perioxide is not available, use ½ teaspoon of Chlorox to 1 gallon of distilled water.

Preparing the herbs:

(1) Mix the dry ingredients thoroughly. You can best do this by placing the herbs in a plastic bag and vigorously shaking it. Any clean household bag will suffice.

(2) Put the 2 gallons of distilled water into the large pot, cover it with the lid, and bring it to a rolling boil. Continue the boil for a couple minutes.

(3) Stir in 1 cup of the dry ingredients. Replace the lid and continue boiling for 10 minutes.

(4) During the waiting period, store the remainder of the herbs in a cool, dark place. The herbs are light sensitive.

(5) Turn off the fire, but do not remove the herbs. The steeping process has begun (during which the herbs remain in the hot water). Scrape down the sides of the pot with a spatula, stir the mixture thoroughly, replace the lid.

(6) The pot should remain closed for 12 hours. Then turn the stove to the highest setting and heat almost to a boil—but do not let it begin boiling! This will take about 20 minutes. The steeping out of the active ingredients (from the herb into the water) is now completed.

(7) Turn off the stove. Strain the liquid into the second 3-gallon (or larger) pot. Clean the first  pot and strainer.

(8) Do the second straining: Strain the filtered liquid back into the first pot, using the strainer and a clean cotten cloth across the mouth of the strainer.

(9) Use the funnel to immediately pour the hot liquid into sterilized bottles, being careful to tighten the caps securely. Allow the bottles to cool. Then tighten the caps again.

(10) If possible, store in a cool place until opened. Upon opening a jar, keep refrigerated, but not frozen.

(11) Essiac contains no preservatives so, if mold forms in a bottle, immediately discard the contents.

(12) Sediment on the bottom of the jars is from the herbs and is normal.

Directions for use:

Essiac is easy to take and does not taste bad. Brew the tea and store it in bottles in the refrigerator. Drink it at least one hour before mealtime.

(1) If you have cancer, drink two fluid ounces three times a day. Do this for at least 12 consecutive weeks, without interruption.

(2) If you have diabetes, drink two ounces twice a day.

(3) For general health maintenance, drink two two-ounce cups twice a day for two weeks, then one a day thereafter.

Directions for normal use:

(1) Shake the bottle of Essiac.

(2) Take 4 tablespoons (2 oz.) twice a day. It can be taken cold or heated slightly (do not microwave).

(3) Take it in the morning upon arising. One hour before eating is best.

(4) Take it again at bedtime on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours after eating.

(5) In severe cases, also take 2 oz. before the noon meal.

If you have severe stomach problems, dilute Essiac with an equal amount of distilled water.

Directions for use as a preventive:

(1) Shake the bottle of Essiac.

(2) Take 4 tablespoons (2 oz.). It can be taken cold or heated slightly (do not microwave).

(3) Take it at bedtime on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours after eating.


As agreed upon by Dr. Charles Brusch, Elaine Alexander, and Thomas Greither, the complete herbal compound, as formulated by Caisse and improved on by Brusch, is today marketed by Flora under the brand name, Flor•Essence; they are both in ready-to-take liquid form and formulated dry herbs for home steeping. It is sold simply as an herbal cleansing tea. No other physiological claims are made for it. The herbs are said to have been grown under entirely organic conditions. The proportions of the formula remain a closely guarded secret, but the full list of herbs in the improved Flor•Essence product is known. Any physician or researcher who administered the herbs over a period of time could ascertain the ideal proportion of the eight herbs.

These herbs are as follows:

The original four herbs—The original four herbs, as given by the Objibwa Indian doctor, have been listed above. They are sheep sorrel, burdock root, slippery elm bark, rhubarb root (also called Turkey rhubarb root). These four herbs have been discussed at length in the preceeding two pages, and will be discussed in even more detail later in this book (Part Five: Herbal Preparations).

The additional four herbs—Working closely with a Kansas herbalist, Dr. Brusch found that the addition of certain other herbs “potentiated” (improved) the successful outcome of administering Essiac to cancer patients. We do not know what the proportions of these four additional herbs were, but the context of all the discussion about Brusch’s findings would indicate the basic four herbs were probably in the largest proportion.

Here are these additional four herbs: watercress, blessed thistle, red clover, and kelp. Here is a brief overview of each of them:

Watercress is called a “light herbal tonic,” which not only tones up the system but also provides some nourishment. It aids in rebuilding and retoning the body. It is said to be an excellent blood tonic and purifier, and richer in iodine than most plants found within the continent. For this reason, it improves the action of the thyroid.

Blessed Thistle improves digestion and circulation and strengthens the heart. It is useful for all liver, lung, and kidney problems, and strengthens the brain and memory. Blessed thistle should not be taken alone or in large amounts during pregnancy. Red clover is an excellent blood purifier when used alone or in combination with other blood purifiers (such as yellow dock, dandelion root, sassafras, etc.) For many years it has been known as a powerful cancer remedy. Only the tops (blossoms) are used.

Kelp is the fourth of Dr. Brusch’s “potentiators.” Kelp is a general term for seaweed. Nutritionists recognize that California kelp may be good  as fertilizer, to help plants grow, but it is not a good nutritional supplement. The ideal is Nova Scotia Dulse or Norwegian Kelp. Both are rich in trace minerals, especially iodine. It would be well to include either of these in the diet everyday. The present writer has done so for years.

If you wish to have Dr. Brusch’s exact proportions of these eight Essiac herbs, you will need to obtain Flor•Essence, in either the liquid or dry herb form.


Researchers will appreciate the fact that, regardless of where they may live, if Flor•Essence is not available at local health-food stores, here are some addresses which might be helpful in locating Flor•Essence:

Flora Manufacturing Company is headquartered in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Salus Haus is the international headquarters, and is located in Munich, Germany.

Here are four addresses in the United States:

VitaCost (

P.A.H. Products, P.O. Box 2665, Mission, KS 66201 / 800-318-2666.

Sawnson Products, P.O. Box 2803, Fargo, ND 58102 / 701-277-1662.

L&H Vitamins, 37-10 Crescent St., Long Island City, NY 11101 / 718-937-7400.

The above addresses are for the improved eight-herb formula. Here is an address for the earlier four-herb formula:

Caisse’s Herbal Tea, obtainable from Camas Prairie Products, Trout Lake, WA 98650. It contains organic burdock root, sheep sorrel, slippery elm bark, and turkey rhubarb.


The following statement by this dedicated nurse summarizes her observations after giving Essiac to cancer sufferers for many years. We especially include it because it describes the manner in which spreading cancer will frequently return to the original tumor, which will then harden and grow smaller.

“My treatment is nontoxic herbs. It goes to the seat of the trouble no matter where it is whether internal or on the surface, and gives healthy cells the strength to resist the demands of the malignant cells for the substance upon which the malignancy thrives, thus causing a recession of the malignant cells from the healthy cells, which have become stronger.

“I can truthfully say that I have in many cases been able to stay the disease (cancer) and in some really bad cases prolong life. In practically all cases, pain and suffering were alleviated so that the patient was not compelled to resort to opiates or narcotics in increasing doses, as usually is the case.

My decoction is increasing doses, as usually is the case. My decoction is a nontoxic drink made from herbs which are of definite benefit for cancer. “I have felt that once the cancer becomes active, traveling as it does along the line of least resistance, insidiously, on its relentless course, any destructive agency applied to the human body can only do more harm (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery).

“I have found that no matter where the malignancy may be in the human body, surgery would be much more successful after the treatment of my herbal remedy, followed by continued treatment over a period of time; then there would be no recurrence of the tumor. In the case of breast cancer, the primary growth will usually invade the mammary gland of the opposite breast or the axilla (armpit), or both. My treatment, I found, reduces the secondary growth into the primary mass, enlarging it for a time. When it became localized, it was encapsulated and could then be removed without danger of recurrence. In one instance, a patient with breast cancer was instructed by her doctor to take my treatment before undergoing surgery; however after a brief treatment the cancer had completely disappeared, with no recurrence.

“Most importantly, and this was verified in animal tests conducted at the Brusch Medical Center and other laboratories, it was discovered that one of the most dramatic effects of taking this remedy was its affinity for drawing all the cancer cells, which had spread, back to the original sight, at which point the tumor would first harden, then later it would soften until it vanished altogether or, more realistically, the tumor would decrease in size to where it could then be surgically removed with minimum complications.

“In certain cases and at certain stages of the disease, the cancer would act as if it were ‘coming to a head,’ similar to an abscess. It would then break down and slough away. These people all reported that when the mass breaks, it isn’t like puss but like a cottage cheese substance that comes away. Still other types will enlarge until the mass is localized, then loosen and reduce in size until there is nothing left, having been absorbed into and carried off by the blood stream and body waste.

“Other observations I’ve made over my years of practice: The treatment allowed patients to sleep in greater comfort than they had in the past, and the increased appetite and weight, diminished pain, decreased tumor size, and longer life span were all attested to by doctors in attendance. Dr. Banting, who examined case after case, was especially impressed with the effect of the treatment on the pancreas and possibly other sluggish glands which it seemed to restore to activity. Other doctors who examined my patients discovered the treatment had a special effect on the liver. After taking blood counts they found hemoglobin and white cell platelets had returned to normal.

“My treatment, given to people in health, is helpful in that it is a blood purifier and will do its work before there is any chance of the malignant cells invading the body.”—Undated statement by Rene Caisse.

An increasing number of alternative cancer therapists are leaning toward the conclusion that, when the level of toxins in the body becomes too high, cancer begins to grow in order to protect the body from death. The cancerous tumor actually filters the toxins out of the blood; but, as soon as the tumor is removed, the toxins come back because the cause of the poisoning has not changed.

The solution is to increase the general nutrition, stop putting those toxins into the body, and set to work, systematically, to rid the body of the toxins it has. The Gerson therapy is ideally suited to this task.


Here are the four herbs in the Essiac herbal formula:

Burdock root (Arctium lappa) is slightly bitter. You can add an additional 2-6 oz. to the 24 oz., if you do not mind the added bitterness. This would be beneficial, but not necessary.

Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella) is a wild perennial miniature of garden sorrel. It must be green in color and have an aroma of sweet grass. “Sorrel” comes from a French word for “sour.” Sorrel tastes a little like lemon juice.

Turkey rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum) is yellowish-brown in color.

Slippery elm inner bark (Ulmus fulva) is best purchased. If you strip it from a tree, you will likely kill it if you do not know the proper way to do it.

For your information, it is sometimes said that Essiac originally had six herbs in it, not four. Checking this out carefully, we find that there were only four. But, if you wanted to add something to the collection, you could toss in red clover tops (blossoms). Red clover generally appears in most every herbal cancer remedy, so it probably would not be a problem if it were added to Essiac. Yet Caisse did not use red clover in the original formula. (Beware of white clover; it contains the toxin hydrocyanic acid. Cyanogenetic glycosides can break down to prussic acid in the digestive system and prove extremely poisonous.)

We have also learned that sheep sorrel is a crucial ingredient, but that many herb companies substitute yellow dock and curly dock for the sheep sorrel. But the sheep sorrel is said to be responsible for the destruction of cancer cells in the body or their amalgamation, where metastasized cancer cells actually return to the original cancer site. It is very important that the sheep sorrel be included in the mixture, not dock!

Rene had said that, when she originally obtained the formula in the early 1920s, she altered the formula somewhat. It is now known that the modification was the addition of Turkish rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum).


BURDOCK ROOT—Arctium lappa. Burdock is excellent. It cleans the blood of impurities and help flush the kidneys. “Root: alterative, diaphoretic, diuretic, demulcent. Body parts affected: blood, kidneys, and liver.

“Burdock root is one of the best blood purifiers for chronic infection, arthritis, rheumatism, skin diseases . It provides an abundance of iron and insulin which makes it of special value to the blood. It has volatile oils which makes it a good diaphretic [induce sweating], and clears the kidneys of excess wastes and uric acid by increasing the flow of urine.”—Humbart Santillo, Natural Healing with Herbs, 96.

“Root: diuretic, depilatory, alterative. Leaves: maturating. Seed: alternative, diuretic. “The root is one of the best blood purifiers for syphilitic and other diseases of the blood. It cleanses and eliminates impurities from the blood very rapidly. Burdock tea taken freely will clear all kinds of skin diseases, boils, and carbuncles. Increases flow of urine. Excellent for gout, rheumatism, scrofula, canker sores, syphilis, sciatica, gonorrhea, leprosy.”—Jethro Kloss, Back to Eden, 211. [Keep in mind that herbs which treat syphilis, gonorrhea, and/or leprosy are generally good for cancer also, since all are garbage diseases.]

“The decoction or infusion of burdock root is aperient, but not for all individuals; for some it may even be constipative . . Burdock is also said to neutralize and eliminate poisons in the system. The leaves are not generally used but do contain a substance that stimulates the secretion of bile. If they are to be used for liver problems, use fresh leaves only . . The seeds contain an oil that is used medicinally, but only with medical supervision.”—John Lust, The Herb Book, 140. [Therefore avoid use of leaves, unless fresh, and seeds.]

“Root tea (2 ounces died root in 1 quart water) used as a ‘blood purifier’; diuretic, stimulates bile secretion, sweating . . Also used for gonorrhea.”—Steven Foster and J.A. Duke, Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, 166.

SORREL—Rumex acetosella L.  Same as sheep sorrel, sourgrass. Sorrel helps flush out toxins through the bowels and kidneys. But it also has anti-tumor properties.

“Astringent, diuretic, laxative. Sorrel root has astringent properties, and a decoction made from it has been used for hemorrhage . . A tea made from the leaves and stem is diuretic and may be helpful for gravel and stones. For mouth and throat ulcers, a tea made from leaves and flowers and taken with honey has been recommended. Sorrel leaves are sometimes used like spinach, particularly for ‘spring cure.’ Externally, a tea made from the herb can be used as a wash or fomentation to treat skin diseases and problems. Caution: Consuming large quantities of sorrel can irritate the kidneys and produce mild to severe poisoning.”—Lust, 359-360.

“Diuretic, antiscorbutic, refrigerant, vermifuge . . It kills putrefaction in the blood, expels worms, and is warming to the heart . . A tea from the flowers is good in internal ulcers and black jaundice; also scurvy, scrofula, and all skin diseases. A poultice is excellent for cancer, boils, and tumors.”—Kloss, 315.

“Leaf tea of this common European alien traditionally used for fevers, inflammation, scurvy. Fresh leaves considered cooling, diuretic; leaves poulticed (after roasting) for tumors, wens (sebaceous cysts); folk cancer remedy . . Warning: May cause poisoning in large doses, due to high oxalic acid and tannin content.”—Foster, 214.

RHUBARB—Rheum palmatum.  Rhubarb stimulates the bile ducts, so the liver can flush. It is excellent as a mild laxative for children or very sick people. It also relieves stomach troubles, and cleans the bowels. Also a good blood cleanser.

“Common names: Turkey rhubarb, China rhubarb. Medicinal properties: Vulnerary, tonic, stomachic, purgative, was atringent, aperient. “Rhubarb is an old-time remedy, very useful  for diarrhea and dysentery in adults and children. An excellent laxative for infants, as it is very mild and tonic. Excellent to increase the muscular action of the bowels. Excellent for use in stomach troubles. Will relieve headache. It stimulates the gall-ducts, thereby causing the ejection of bilious materials. Excellent for scrofulous children with distended abdomens. Good for the liver. Cleans and tones the bowels.”— Kloss, 304. “Astringent, laxative, stomachic; alterative, silagogue. Body parts affected: stomach and intestines . . “Rhubarb is both a laxative and astringent. Its dual properties make it a good herb for both diarrhea and constipation. It stimulates the walls of the colon and the secretory glands of the stomach and intestines. In small amounts, rhubarb is an excellent digestive tonic. Judge the amount on your own. 30 grains given every 2 or 3 hours has stopped diarrhea and hemorrhages in adults. Larger amounts will produce a laxative effect. If you do not desire a laxative effect, cut back on the dosage and it will act as a good tonic and blood cleanser.

“Finley Ellingwood, M.D., states in the American Materia Medica, ‘It is the laxative for debilitated patients, or for patients recovering from prostrating disease. Given to a nursing mother, like aloe, it relaxes the infant’s bowels, and in some cases it is desirable to administer it to the mother for this purpose.’

“Rhubarb is used to treat chronic blood diseases. The dosage for a general digestive tonic and blood cleanser is one teaspoon of the tincture three times daily or one to three capsules three times daily. Note: Do not use over prolonged periods as it tends to aggravate any tendency toward chronic constipation. Do not use during pregnancy.”—Santillo, 167-168.

—Special note: In the thinking of the present writer, there are three oddities about rhubarb: (1) It is remarkably high in oxalic acid, which is not good for a person. It may be that this acid is the factor which helps medicinally. The Gerson Institute permits small leaves of beet greens to be used in cooking, but not the larger ones, because of their oxalic acid content. (2) The herb books indicate that “rhubarb” and “Turkey rhubarb” are essentially the same; yet it has been said in Essiac articles, that Turkey rhubarb is imported from Europe. (3) One would think that the small amount of rhubarb in Essiac would be constipative rather than laxative.

SLIPPERY ELM BARK—Ulmus fulva Slippery elm is an extremely gentle soother of the gastro-intestinal system as it grabs toxins and pushes them out of the bowels. “Demulcent, emollient, nutritive; astringent. Body parts affected: general effects on the whole body.

“Slippery elm used as a gruel is nourishing for children and the elderly with weak stomach, ulcers and those recovering from diseases. It will relieve constipation and diarrhea . . “Slippery elm is also used to bind the materials of suppositories, boluses, lozenges and unleavened breads together.

“Externally, use it as a poultice applied to sores, wounds, burns, open sores and infected skin problem areas. It is a good addition to douches and enemas when there is inflammation and burning. If used as a douche or enema, it will need to be diluted with water so it will not plug the apparatus as it is a mucilaginous herb.”—Santillo, 177-178.

“Slippery elm, American elm [different than Ulmus campestris, which is the English elm, common elm, European elm] . . Medicinal part: the inner bark.

“Demulcent, diuretic, emollient. The inner bark of slippery elm is noted primarily for its soothing properties. Internally, it is helpful where inflammatory irritation exists, as in sore throat, diarrhea, dysentery, and many urinary problems. Externally it is applied as a poultice to irritated and inflamed skin and to wounds. Due to its depletion from Dutch Elm Disease, the American elm should be protected against widespread use of its bark. The bark cannot be used without disfiguring or killing a noble tree.”—Lust, 182-183.

“Three tablespoons of inner bark in a cup of hot water makes a thick mucilaginous tea, traditionally used for sore throats, upset stomach, indigestion, digestive irritation, stomach ulcers, choughs, pleurisy; said to help in diarrhea and dysentery. Inner bark considered edible. Once used as a nutritive broth for children, the elderly, and convalescing patients who had difficulty consuming or digesting food. Externally, the thick tea, made from powdered inner bark, was applied to fresh wounds, ulcers, burns, scalds. Science confirms tea is soothing to mucous membranes and softens hardened tissue. Bark once used as an anti-oxidant to prevent rancidity of fat.”—Foster, 294.

Echinacea, especially, would make an excellent addition to the four herbs in Essiac. Yet, even though it is a powerful anti-tumor agent, the Essiac herbal formula, just as it is, keeps a nice balance between some cancer fighting and much cleansing of the toxins from its breakdown. That is extremely important, since it is generally the toxic overload which kills the cancer patient, not the tumor.

Notice the nice balance that Essiac already has:

Burdock root - cleans the blood and helps flush the kidneys.

Sorrel - helps fight the tumor, but especially flushes the bowels and the kidneys.

Rhubarb - is a blood cleanser, and also relieves the stomach, cleans the bowels, and is a mild laxative.

Slippery elm bark - soothes the entire gastrointestinal tract in the process of absorbing toxins and taking them out.

It is clear that the above herbs do more cleaning than fighting—which is very important. If we added echinacea (or goldenseal, red clover tops, etc.) to the four-herb formula, we might produce too much destruction of the tumor, with no resources to carry off, and out of the system, the waste products.

Before concluding this, let us note the remarkable properties of echinacea. The narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia) is the best source, and better than the pale purple coneflower (Echinacea pallida) or the purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea). Echinacea is truly remarkable!

“Plains Indians are said to have used Echinacea for more medicinal purposes than any other plant group. Root (chewed or in tea) used for snakebites, spider bites, cancers, toothaches, burns, hard-to-heal sores and wounds, flu, and colds. Science confirms many traditional uses, plus cortisone-like activity; also insecticidal, bactericidal, and immunostimulant activities. Considered a nonspecfiic immune system stimulant. More than 200 pharmaceutical preparations are made from Echinacea plants in W. Germany, including extracts, salves, and tinctures, used in wounds, herpes sores, canker sores, throat infections, preventive for influenza, colds. A folk remedy for brown recluse spider bites.”—Foster, 200.

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