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Essiac Tea Herbs with Sheep Sorrel Root

The History of Essiac

     Rene Caisse worked as a hospital nurse in Ontario.  During her nursing practice, she took care of an English woman with scars from breast cancer.  The English woman told Rene that a Canadian Native American Medicine Man had given her an eight herb remedy to use as a decoction to treat her breast cancer.  Rene wrote down the names of the eight herbs. 

     When Rene's aunt developed stomach cancer in 1924 and was told that she had six months to live, Rene prepared the formula and treated her aunt, under physician supervision.  Rene's aunt lived another twenty one years.

     Rene continued to treat other people with diagnoses of terminal cancer.  She ran the Bracebridge Clinic in Bracebridge, Ontario from 1935-1941.  Physicians referred patients with end-stage cancer to the Bracebridge Clinic for treatment.  Rene did extensive research on the herbs, and narrowed them down to the four herb Essiac (Caisse spelled backwards) tea formula.

**What are the four herbs in Essiac Tea?

We use the four herbs and ratios that Rene Caisse was using at the end of her research with Essiac tea, as listed below.   The four herbs in Rene Caisse's Essiac formula have all been used as foods in various cultures historically.  
  • BURDOCK ROOT (CUT), arctium lappa, 6.5 cups (24 ounces)
  • SHEEP SORREL LEAF & ROOT, rumex acetosella, 16 ounces
  • SLIPPERY ELM BARK, ulmus rubra, 4 ounces
  • TURKISH RHUBARB, rheum palmatum, 1 ounce

(1)  Sheep sorrel  (Rumex acetosella) - leaves, stems, roots and seeds
        "Sheep sorrel has been recorded as having been used to treat ulcers and cancer. It's action is cooling, inducing perspiration and increasing the secretion and flow of urine...THE ROOT CONTAINS IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL ELEMENTS IN COMPARISON TO THE AERIAL PARTS OF THE SHEEP SORREL HERB AND MUST BE INCLUDED...Of all the Essiac herbs, the quality of the Sheep sorrel is the deciding factor as to the overall effectiveness of the formulae."  (Snow and Klein, p. 24).

"The WHOLE HERB when young and in its freshest state acts as a diuretic and blood cleanser. The herb improves liver, intestinal and bowel functions, prevents destruction of red blood cells and is used to break down tumors.  The chlorophyll in sheep sorrel leaves carries oxygen through the bloodstream which strengthens cell walls, helps remove deposits in blood vessels and allows the body to store and use more oxygen.  Chlorophyll may also reduce radiation damage and restrict chromosome damage...Sheep sorrel is taken for inflammatory diseases, tumors, incipient cancers and urine and kidney diseases."  (Olsen, p. 49).  
The "WHOLE HERB" includes the aerial parts (leaves) and the roots.

(2)  Burdock  (Arctium lappa) - roots, seeds.

        "Purifies the blood, restores liver and gallbladder function, and stimulates the immune system."  (Balch and Balch,  p. 66) .

         "Burdock is regarded as an immune system strengthener, a tonic for the liver, kidneys and lungs as well as a blood purifier with the ability to neutralize poisons and cleanse the lymphatic system.  Burdock contains proven anti-bacterial and anti-fungal as well as tumor-protective compounds."  (Olsen, p. 46).


(3)  Slippery Elm  (Ulmus rubra) - inner bark.

        "Soothes inflamed mucous membranes of the bowels, stomach, and urinary tract."  (Balch and Balch, p. 77).

         "Slippery elm is good for nervous problems, stomach and intestines, sore throats and coughs.  It contains inulin which helps liver, spleen and pancreas.  The herb promotes urination, disperses swelling and acts as a laxative...Some believe it may help diabetic conditions."  (Olsen, p. 53).


(4)  Turkey Rhubarb  (Rheum palmatum) - root.

         "Enhances gallbladder function, and has antibiotic properties...CAUTION: Should not be used during pregnancy." (Balch and Balch, p. 76).

          "Turkey rhubarb has been used for centuries for its dual action as a laxative and astringent as well as a purging treatment.  In smaller doses it is used to treat diarrhea or to stimulate the appetite.  Larger amounts yeild a laxative effect...It has been used as a stomach tonic to soothe digestion; to cleanse the liver; as an anti-tumor; and an aid for thermal burns, jaundice, sores and cancers."  (Olsen, pp. 50-51).

     *Balch, James F. M.D. and Balch, Phyllis A. C.N.C.  Prescription for Nutritional Healing; A Practical A-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, second edition.  Avery Publishing Group, 1997.
     *Klein, Mali.  Black Root Medicine; The Original Native American Essiac Formula.  FisherMiller Publishing, 2014.
     *Olsen, Cynthia.  Essiac; A Native Herbal Cancer Remedy, second edition.  Lotus Press, 1998.
     *Snow, Sheila and Klein, Mali.  The Complete Essiac Essentials.  FisherMiller Publishing, 2010.
     * The "Truth About Essiac" at
     *Thomas, Richard.  The Essiac Report; Canada's Remarkable Unknown Cancer Remedy.  The Alternative Treatment Information Network, 1993.

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**Enjoy tea made from essiac herbs. **

These statements are intended as educational only and products have not been evaluated by the FDA. 

No claims are made about the diagnosis, prevention, treatment or cure of diseases or conditions. 

Consult a qualified health care practitioner for evaluation and advice about

your specific health care needs before starting any new herbal products.

Essiac tea is contraindicated during pregnancy.