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Essiac is an Ojibwa Indian preparation of synergistic, high quality, potent herbs. Taken as a tea, Essiac has been used in Canada for the last 100 years. The herbal mixture is simple - mostly Sheep's sorrel leaf, Burdock root, Turkish Rhubarb Slippery Elm.

Essiac was originally a Canadian Ojibwa Indian preparation of common herbs growing wild in Canada, used by a French Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse, to treat hundreds of people with cancer, diabetes and other metabolic illnesses, earlier in the century. It has now re-emerged in better shape that ever, despite efforts to suppress its use.
The herbal mixture is simple - Mostly Sheep's sorrel leaves and stems (Rumex acetosella) and Burdock root (Arctium lappa) with the addition of some Turkish Rhubarb Root (Rheum palmatum) and Slippery Elm bark (Ulmus fulva).
This initial formula has been made up as a tea and mixed with apple juice (in order to keep it) and used in the Auckland area since August 1992. A company in Canada is making an alternative form of Essiac, which has other herbs added and has been recommended in the treatment of AID's, M.E and arthritis. The company as yet is not prepared to disclose this improved formula.
The early benefit from this preparation is the feeling of well being and positive ness. Users become easier to live with and have more energy.
Why Essiac is Effective - Essiac is a synergistic preparation. The ingredients, as well as the quantities of ingredients, work together. They enhance each other. No one knows exactly why. Analysing the compound does not clarify the matter. It seems to be important to make the original herbal mixture as directed, by drying the herbs naturally - not freeze drying - and then using purified water in their preparation. Maybe this preparation preserves the life force.
The prepared tea can be kept for 2-3 years in preserving jars, away from heat and light, but this takes a lot of space and is costly to transport. It is better to make it up as needed from the prepared herbs.
Rene Caisse felt Essiac worked on the glands, improving digestion, reducing the tumours and detoxifying the liver. This explains why people feel good in such a short time after using it. People who use it daily are reputed not to get colds. Some people have started taking it when they have not been expected to live more than a few weeks. These people are not only alive, but feeling positive about living and are now gaining strength. Those whose condition is much less grave are getting on with their lives, free of fear.
One of the pronounced effects on the body after using Essiac for only a short time is that it regulates the bowel. Lazy or stagnant as well as over active bowels seem to regulate. Piles disappeared in a few days in a 50 year old arthritic. Once digestion and absorption are taking place in the body, metabolic toxins are not being produced, which takes a great load off the liver.
The main milestone when a person starts taking Essiac appears to be 6 weeks, 3 months and then 6-12 months. No one locally has been on it this long, but overseas reports indicate these periods a being significant. All those taking Essiac are positive about their condition and feel better and despite the relatively brief period Essiac has been known about in NZ, its users all report benefits and improvements. (This information has been extracted from the February, 1993 edition of "Soil Health" magazine)


Rene Caisse felt that Essiac worked on the glands, improving digestion and detoxifying the liver.


At the time of manufacture, each 45 grams of powder contained not less than: Burdock root 26.1gm, Sheep Sorrel leaf 14.4gm, Slippery Elm 3.6gm and Turkish Rhubarb 0.9gm. Store in a cool dry place. Yeast, starch and gluten free.


Preparation: Use a stainless steel or enamel pot (not aluminium) holding at least 2 litres. Measure 2 litres of pure or distilled water (not chlorinated or fluoridated - clean rainwater will do). Cover pot and bring to a rolling boil. Weigh out 45 gm of the Essiac mixture and add to the boiling water. Stir with a wooden or stainless steel spoon. Replace lid and boil for 10-12 minutes at a rolling boil. Remove pot from heat, scrape down the sides of the pot with a spatula and stir into the mixture thoroughly. Replace lid and let stand at room temperature for 10-12 hours. Stir thoroughly, cover and heat essiac solution to scalding (85 C). Do not boil.
Remove from the heat. Scoop out the liquid immediately, leaving the sediment behind and strain through a fine stainless steel strainer into closable sterile, glass jars, using a funnel. Take care to tighten Capsules, allow bottles to cool, then tighten Capsules again. Store in the refrigerator.
This is a sensitive preparation and it contains no preservatives agents. If mould should develop in the bottle, discard immediately.
Prepared as above and filtered into heated jars and stoppered, it should keep for at least 12 months.
CAUTION: All bottles and Capsules must be sterilised after use, if you plan to re-use them for essiac preparation. Bottle Capsules must be washed and rinsed thoroughly and may be cleaned with a 3% solution of food grade hydrogen peroxide in water.

Daily maintenance: 2-4 tablespoons (28-56ml) prepared Essiac per day, mixed with purified, boiled hot water equal to the amount of essiac liquid used. For example, if 2 tablespoons of Essiac is used, mix with 2 tablespoons of purified, boiled, hot water. Take half in the morning and half in the evening, on an empty stomach at least 2 hours after eating.
- For cancer, diabetes, AIDs etc: 4 tablespoons (56ml) up to three times daily, on an empty stomach, mixed with water, as above.
CHILDREN: Take half the above recommended dosages.


Keep out of reach of children. Not to be taken by pregnant or lactating women. Use only as directed. Please note: Nutritional information contained here is based on research literature and published knowledge on nutrition. Any nutritional suggestions should not be taken as medical advice.
We would suggest consultating your medical doctor should you have any health condtition, that you are concerned about.