We get many questions from folks wondering about red clover and essiac. Usually these folks are ones who have been diagnosed with an estrogen based cancer. Quite often they read on a blog that red clover is not good for those with estrogen based cancers. Sometimes their practitioner passed that information along.
We are not doctors. All we can do is share with you the results we have seen and continue to see from those taking essiac. In spite of the fears, year after year breast cancer survivors reach out to us telling us that they are in remission, that their numbers are improving, or that they are feeling so much better.
We reach out to all of our customers regularly to see how they are doing, so we hear back when things didn’t go so well (that happens sometimes—it’s rare, but it does). Usually upon communicating with the customer we come to learn that the person wasn’t taking the tea three times per day, or thatthe person wasn’t taking their essiac on an empty stomach as instructed. But sometimes, even when the instructions left by Rene Caisse are followed to a “T” the outcome wasn’t what was hoped for. However, this does not happen more with estrogen based cancers than it does with other types of cancers. Again, we are just sharing the feedback we receive with you. Here is our explaination of why we think red clover is fine for these folks with estrogen based cancers to take.
1. The herbs in essiac tea work in a synergistic manner. This means that, when taken together in a specific ratio, they have a different effect than they would have if they were taken one herb at a time. It’s similar to how the ingredients in a cake don’t necessarily taste good on their own, but when you mix them together in a specific ratio and bake it, well -- then you have something special! Most people also don't realize that the red clover has different effects when it's part of the formula rather than on its own.
2. Furthermore, the amount of red clover included in the formula is exceedingly small. It’s just a tiny portion of the formula. Quite often, a practitioner is either not trained in herbs or they are not aware of how tiny the amount is.
We sometimes get a question from someone wanting us to make them essiac with the red clover left out. We would never sell essiac without red clover because it simply wouldn’t work as well. When Rene Caisse tested this product, she found that the eight herb essiac outperformed all other. We refuse to take your money if we know the results won’t be there.