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Essiac Cancer Treatment
Essiac tea is a blend of herbs that has been used to strengthen the immune system and fight conditions such as cancer. It is used generally for well being and pain relief. Some use it for cleansing the system and reducing inflammation.
There are some ready-blended preparations on the market, but buyers should be careful, as a true essiac is a tea and not a tincture or other preparation.
History of Essiac
In the 1920′s, a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse heard of a special herbal tea from one of her patients. The patient had learned of the tea in India, and she claimed it had cured her cancer.
Caisse used the recipe to treat her aunt’s cancer and then opened a clinic to supply it to cancer sufferers. The name is the nurse’s surname spelled backwards.
There have been no clinical studies to support the benefits of essiac herbal tea for cancer cure, but drinking the tea is believed to have definite benefits for good health.
What is Essiac Tea?
Essiac is a blend of herbs which are brewed to make a tea. Some formulas contain herbs such as slippery elm, watercress, Indian rhubarb root, red clover, burdock, sheep sorrel, kelp, and blessed thistle, although there are several different recipes in use.
When making the tea, it is probably better to make large amounts, as it does take a long time to prepare and once made can be stored until needed. The tea should be taken on an empty stomach for the best results.
Essiac Tea Recipe
The herbs should be cooked carefully to ensure the nutrients are not lost. This is considered to be the original recipe that was first used.
Burdock root – 6 ½ cups
1 ounce of powdered Turkish rhubarb root
¼ pound of powdered slippery elm bark
1 pound of powdered sheep sorrel
How to Brew Essiac
The ingredients should be mixed together and stored in a jar in a dark dry place. To make the tea, only one ounce of the mixture is required for 32 ounces of water. The brew should be boiled for ten minutes, then the heat is turned off. The mix should be left standing overnight.
The next day the mixture can be reheated without bringing to a boil and then strained and left to cool.
If making plenty, it can be stored in dark glass bottles, which need to be refrigerated when opened, though some prefer to keep the mixture refrigerated as soon as it cools.
Essiac Side Effects
There have been few reported side effects of essiac. Some have reported digestive problems, nausea, and headache. There have been rare cases of organ damage, which may have been aggravated by using the tea.
It is advisable to seek the advice of a healthcare provider before using essiac tea for a serious condition, especially if taking prescription medications, as it could possibly interfere with those medications.
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