Cancer is second to only heart disease as the leading cause of death in the USA. Every year, billions of dollars are spent on research focused on cancer treatment with no clear results. Natural remedies however, are a promising treatment which may cure cancer without the side effects of chemotherapy and are far cheaper. These treatments have been used more in recent times. Sadly, they are opposed by public health agencies and the medical mainstream.

A good natural approach to treat cancer is Essiac Tea.

History of Essiac tea

The Ojibwe Native American tribe has used this tea for centuries – it is often referred as “Ojibwa Tea of Life”. It was first used by the Canadian nurse Rene Caisse, who used it on her cancer patients. Caisse saw the tremendous results in her patients and wanted to make the tea available widely. In the 1920s, she began working along Dr. Charles Brusch to formulate a herbal mixture similar to the original so that they can study the effects in a lab. They both began to promote Essaic tea as an efficient alternative cancer treatment. The medical industry caught wind of this and started spreading lies about the health risk of this miraculous tea. As a result of that, the FDA has not approved the use of Essaic tea as a cancer treatment. Right now, the FDA lists the Essaic tea as a new drug, which is not viewed as safe.

Despite the negative public attention, Rene Caisse and Dr. Brusch saw positive experiences in their patients. In 1938, Caisse had over 55000 people sign her petition to allow her to continue treating cancer patients after she was accused of practice without a license. Thousand have confirmed the effectiveness of Essiac tea before Caisse passed away in 1978 at the age of 90. Now, this tea is a popular cancer remedy found in stores across the USA and Canada, as well as online stores around the world.

Essiac recipe

Four herbs are responsible for the amazing effect of the tea. They destroy overgrowth of bad bacteria, viruses and parasites, and detoxify the colon, liver and kidneys as well. The four herbs are: Burdock root, the inner bark of slippery elm, Sheep sorrel and Indian rhubarb root. There’s a new recipe named Flor Essence which adds four more herbs to the original ones: watercress, blessed thistle, red clover and kelp.

Essiac tea boosts the immune function

Conventional cancer treatments overload the body with toxins and destroy the immune system. The Essiac tea does the opposite – it strengthens the immune system and its ability to respond to the infection. It also eliminates toxins from the body and provides pain relief from diseases.

Some of the Essiac tea manufacturers insist it should not be used along with conventional cancer treatments, as they destroy the immune system so much even the tea cannot repair it. Others believe that patients using Essiac tea during cancer treatment will actually benefit from it. However, due to lack of research-based funding, there is limited clinical data.

A concentrated source of antioxidants

Free radical damage within the body causes a condition known as oxidative stress. It causes cellular instability and chronic inflammation, and eventually leads to formation of cancer cells or other chronic diseases. The antioxidant compounds in Essaic tea fight the free radicals and reduce the oxidative stress therefore preventing cancer.

Essaic tea is rich in phytonutrient antioxidants flavones, anthraquinones and tannins. It also contains beta-sitosterol, a polysaccharide that feeds and fortifies immune cells. Many studies have shown that various concentrations of Essaic tea reduce the free radical damage by up to 84%! The cancer drugs are made of the same antioxidant sources. The most common cancer drug, Adriamycin contains the same anthraquinones.

The antioxidant cocktail in Essaic tea also fights superoxide free radicals. These radicals activate other radicals and create a powerful oxidative stress storm within the body. The beta-sitosterol helps in the neutralization of these superoxide free radicals.

Essaic tea may reduce cell mutations

Burdock root, the main ingredient of Essaic tea, contains anthraquinone, which has been proven to reduce cell mutations and prevent tumor growth. Numerous studies stated that Essaic tea reduces tumor growth and symptoms. The patients studied suffered from uterus, prostate and bowel cancer along with skin surface growths. According to other studies, Essaic tea also impairs the ability of tumor cells to multiply. The researchers noted a decrease in the growth of normal cells in these cases, but the herbal mix prevented proliferation of cancerous cells at a higher rate.

Using Essaic tea safely

The ingredient in the Essaic tea make it safe and well tolerated for many people. It can be a great tool for supporting the immune system during cancer treatment. The usual dosage recommended is 1 fluid ounce (30 ml.) daily, diluted with 2 fluid ounces of hot water. It should be sipper like a hot tea, before going to bed. Avoid food at least one hour after the tea.

Of course, you should always consult with a doctor or holistic practitioner before trying any alternative medicine treatment. Brain patients should avoid Essaic tea, as it may induce swelling, which could prove to be fatal.