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essiac serving size - why is it different from one brand to the next?

Essiac serving size can be more confusing than you would think. The reason is, there is such a fluctuation on suggested serving size and number of servings per day among popular brands. A lot of the brands of essiac tea out there call for a 2 oz. serving size, however you will see that we have a 3 oz. suggested serving size listed. I'll explain why that is.

essiac serving sizeIt's important that you select the essiac serving size that's most appropriate for your situation if you want to maximize your results.

the number of herbs in the formula is the main difference.

With many other brands you're seeing a 4 herb formulas, whereas ours is an 8 herb formula.

The 4 herb formula is the one that Rene Caisse used prior to completing her research at the Brusch Medical Research Center. This research took place from the years of 1959 through 1967. Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch, who also happened to be President Kennedy's physican, conducted research on essiac tea and determined that the 8 herb formula outperformed all others. You can read more about that research here.

essiac servings per day

The 8 herb formula is made up of the original 4 essiac herbs, plus 4 additional herbs. the original 4 herbs were:

  • burdock root
  • sheep sorrel
  • slippery elm bark
  • turkish rhubarb root

rene caisse and dr. charles brusch added these 4 additional herbs after completing their reseach:

  • blessed thistle
  • kelp
  • red clover
  • watercress

why does the number of herbs affect the serving size?

The suggested serving size of 4 herb essiac is 2 oz. because there are fewer herbs in that formula. In order to preserve the original ratios of the 4 herbs but also have room for the 4 additional herbs that research showed helped the results, there is another 1 oz. of tea added to the serving size for the 8 herb formula. This leaves you with a 3 oz. essiac serving size.

there's two more reasons the essiac serving size could be different brand to brand

essiac tea serving

You may have an eight herb essiac that still lists the serving size as 2 oz. Why might that be?

Reason #1

Some brands present you with a more potent product that you are required to add 1 oz. of water to in order to dilute it. Sometimes this is due to a cost savings in the event that the product is already premade in liquid form - why charge you for the extra water? However, when it's recommended that you add more water to a tea you have already brewed yourself, in our opinion this simply adds unnecessary complication and we think it's best to brew it at the correct potency at the start, just as Rene Caisse did.

reason #2

As is common with other supplements, some companies lower the serving size so that you think you're getting more for your dollar. It's important to know the research-backed serving size and not always simply follow what the bottle says. For example, if a supplement that is in capsule form says to take 1 capsule per day, yet the research for that product shows three capsules per day is what it takes to produce a noticiable result, you want to know the truth versus blindly following what's labeled on the bottle. The company may think you won't bother buying the product if you have to take too much of it since that costs more. However, it's truly a waste of money to take lower than the required minimum dose of something, so be sure to do your homework before buying and using supplements.

Number of servings per day are based on condition

Hopefully now you are clear on the essiac serving size that you need! Beyond that, be sure that you are taking 3 oz. three times per day if you are looking to improve your health. You can take 3 oz. twice per day if you are looking to maintain health (stay the same, or use preventively). Once again, you may have a company that says you only need to take essiac twice per day no matter what. That is simply false and not based on any research as you will see documented in the book The Essiac Report by Richard Thomas.

purchase your own supply of essiac today.

essiac tea serving size

You can order our most popular supply, the six month supply when the product is taken three times per day here.

You can also order a two month supply here.


This tea costs less than $1 per day to use. It takes ten minutes once every two weeks to prepare.


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