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Many people write to us wanting to know about essiac capsules versus tea. "Why can’t I just take essiac capsules," people wonder. It seems that would be so much easier.
Unfortunately, essiac capsules are not the same as consuming
the brewed tea. Rene Caisse performed research with Dr. Charles Brusch in
Cambridge, MA and the conclusion they came to was that the brewed tea was the best
way for essiac to be taken. The brewed tea is the only method endorsed by Rene
It appears that the brewing process helps activate the necessary compounds in the tea in order to provide the best results. Furthermore, the volume of herbs needed to match how much you’d get with the brewed tea and the herbs left in the tea (which is the way we suggest using it just as Rene Caisse suggested) would mean the number of capsules you’d need would be staggering. It’s just not practical. If you condense the herbs in an effort to reduce how many capsules you’d need to 1 or 2, you’d miss out on some of the beneficial compounds in the traditional brewing process.
The good news is that you only have to brew the tea once every two weeks, and it only takes 10 minutes! It’s not a big deal to brew your own, but we understand that before you try doing it yourself it can feel a bit intimidating. Luckily, we have easy instructions to help you out.
If you are traveling it might be harder to brew the tea – we get it. Luckily for you, we have a solution for that too – brewing one cup at a time for times when you don’t have access to a refrigerator all the time.
Worst-case scenario, if you simply can’t brew the tea at all, then taking the capsules is better than nothing. But please know not to expect the same results.