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Eight herb essiac is the most effective essiac both in our experience and in the studies that have been done. Those in-the-know will not accept four herb blends. Eight herb essiac contains herbs that target liver health as well as colon health. Because the health of the body is dependent on both the liver and the colon, the complete essiac formula, rather than the shortened four herb version, does the best job.
***We use the entire sheep sorrel plant, including the roots, in our formula! It's 20% root.***
There is certainly much confusion surrounding the herbal supplement essiac. We understand why you might not know who to believe. Some people claim that four herb essiac is superior, while others believe that eight herb essiac is the better choice. All of this has made it difficult for people to know what they are buying.
The ultimate goal for those who sell essiac should be to eradicate the confusion and to help people in their fight against cancer and other diseases. That is why we include a plethora of information on essiac and cancer on this website, why we strive to offer top-notch customer service, and why we offer essiac at the lowest price we can and still stay in business.
If you question whether you can trust us, please consider the fact that we offer essiac at a lower cost than everyone else--we're not out to make huge money. Moreover, we rely on repeat business BECAUSE our price is so low. If our essiac didn't work, we would go out of business! Many companies employ scare tactics and misleading marketing claims in an attempt to scare you into spending lots of money on their very expensive essiac. You will NEVER get that here. Please give us a chance to prove to your that our essiac is the real stuff, and the best stuff!
The Historical Background of Essiac
According to many herbalists and in the marketplace today, "Essiac" is comprised of four herbs: Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella), Burdock Root (Arctium lappa), Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus flilva), and Turkish Rhubarb Root (Rheum palmatum). The four herb essiac formula is in the public domain, and almost every herbalist, altnerative health clinican, and health food store carries it. However, this four herb formula is actually just a smaller version of the original eight herb essiac formula. The eight herb formula is the one received and gradually refined by Canadian nurse Rene Caisse (Pronounced 'Rin Case').
The story of "Essiac" began with Rene Caisse. Caisse was a head nurse in an Ontario hospital, and she heard of an herbal recipe from an elderly female patient. The formula contained eight herbs. It was given to the woman years before by an Ojibway medicine man. The Ojibway medicine man had offered his help because he knew the woman was suffering from breast cancer. The patient recovered from her cancer and it never returned. In 1922, she gave Rene the recipe after Rene expressed her interest in attempting helping others with cancer by administering this herbal formula.
Rene Caisse used this original eight herb recipe two years later on her aunt, who was terminally ill with stomach and liver cancer. She eventually started calling it 'essiac' ('essiac' is her last name spelled backwards). Her aunt recovered and her illness never returned. Caisse and her aunt's doctor, Dr. R.O. Fisher, began experimenting with the herbal tea and conducted some research on essiac with mice. Dr. R.O. Fisher began using essiac with some of his terminally ill patients, and many of his patients improved greatly.
Caisse Began Testing Different Versions of the Essiac Formula
Caisse and the doctor began to vary the formula. One version involved injecting one of the herbs (Sheep Sorrel) while administering the others orally in liquid form. The Ojibway medicine man and his people never injected it; they had simply prepared tea, but Rene had decided to conduct formal research on her formula in hopes that she could improve its efficacy. It was discovered that only one herb could be injected--and only into the muscle. This was a painful procedure for very sick people, and many, due to their emaciated state, had hardly any muscles left that were healthy enough to accept injections. Nonetheless, this partial-injection method of administering essiac was used for several years and there were some success stories that were documented from this procedure. However, there were failures too, and Caisse felt that additional studies were needed.
Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch Collaborate to Further the Research and Use of Essiac Tea
The eight herb essiac formula has been varied slightly over the years. These changes happened as part of a natural testing process whereby patients were monitored and their results noted. In 1959, Rene Caisse went to the Brusch Medical Clinic in Cambridge, Mass. to join Dr. Charles Armao Brusch, MD. She became partners with Dr. Charles Brusch with the intent of forming the "Rene Caisse Cancer Research Foundation," a charitable foundation which would have the purpose of utilizing this treatment for cancer in humans. Rene was provided with three rooms for her use at the clinic and all her expenses were taken care of. Rene and Charles Brusch remained partners, co-developers and co-owners until her death in 1978 at the age of 91.
Dr. Brusch, a medical doctor of noted background, had developed an interest in other natural forms of healing, his objective always the 'well-being' of the patient. He had set up the first acupuncture clinic to collect research data, and it was operating in his medical clinic when Rene Caisse arrived in 1959. He was the first doctor in the Western hemisphere to initiate a plan similar to Medicare within his clinic for those without money for medical help. He was extremely interested in herbs and their power to heal, which he learned from a long-time friend, a master herbalist from Lathrop, Missouri.
The objective at Dr. Brusch's clinic was to prove the merits of this simple, non-toxic, eight herb formula called essiac. The formula had been used with great success on many terminally ill patients but Dr. Brusch wanted to do even better. They began their research on the essiac using oral treatment only. No other medication was used and the blend of eight herbs brewed as a tea was given on an empty stomach. In the hope of identifying the active ingredient, they experimented with variations of injectable solutions, each vial containing a different herb. This failed to isolate one single herb, proving that effective results are obtained synergistically though the unique combination of the eight herbs in the correct proportions--the essiac formula.
Consequently they returned to using the essiac formula orally. One version of this formula is called "Flor-Essence" in the marketplace. A double blind study was done in which other herbal formulas were used, all of which proved to be inferior to eight herb essiac.
Disclaimer: Eight herb essiac is not FDA tested and has not been FDA approved as a treatment or cure for any health problem, including cancer. We do not represent it as such on this site. You must determine whether eight herb essiac is a treatment method you should pursue. We have provided accounts and descriptions that represent the opinions of a variety of experts in the alternative treatment world as well as actual users of eight herb essiac. We believe that our formula is the most effective essiac formula being sold in the world, and that our essiac tea ingredients are of the highest quality. However, we do not endorse anything on this site as medical fact.