By Thomas Doyle
Essiac tea is said to have been an ancient recipe made by the Ojibwe tribes of Native Americans who populate areas of Canada and the northern United States. It was referred to as the “Ojibwa Tea of Life.” This tea was first made popular by Rene Caisse and Nurse in Canada.
Rene Caisse used essiac to treat thousands of people throughout her life. She first learned about the tea in 1922 during a conversation with a patient, an older English woman. Rene noticed a scar on her breast. The woman told Rene about her trip from England to northern Ontario, and how she had developed swelling and pain in her breast during that time. An old native medicine man had told her that she had cancer, and that he could heal her. She decided to seek medical attention and, after traveling to southern Ontario, the old English woman was diagnosed with advanced cancer. The doctors suggested that her breast be removed completely, but the cost of the procedure was more than she could afford. Instead she decided to try the medicine man’s remedy Upon reaching the mining camp, the English woman sought out the consultation of the medicine man and began taking the medicine as a treatment for her cancer. Rene, entranced by the story, wrote down the names of the plants and herbs used in the medicine, and kept them for herself to help if she ever developed cancer in future.
recovered completely and lived 18 more years. To date there are Thousands of patient testimonials testifying of the healing ability of Essiac Tea. This herbal remedy can now be found in health stores all over the US and Canada and is a popular product sold in online markets.
There are four primary herbs that make Essiac tea so effective. These herbs help to destroy overgrowth of bad bacteria, viruses and parasites, and detoxify the colon, liver and kidneys. These major herbs include:
The Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Reports that Essiac demonstrated antioxidant and cytotoxic properties in vitro, but stimulated growth of human breast cancer cells both via estrogen receptor (ER)-dependent and ER-independent pathways. Similarly, studies of its antiproliferative effects on prostate cancer cells yielded conflicting data. Remission of hormone-refractory prostate cancer was reported in a patient, but a retrospective study of breast cancer patients found that Essiac did not improve quality of life or mood . Despite unsubstantiated claims, Essiac remains a popular anticancer therapy today.
The anticancer effects of arctigenin a component of burdock root in Essiac tea have also been reported in various human cancer cell lines, in which arctigenin induced apoptosis mainly via the mitochondrial pathway and cell cycle arrest. Reports of G0/G1 arrest in lung and bladder cancer cells, but G2/M arrest in colon cancer cells, suggest that arctigenin exerts differential effects at the molecular level in different cell types (Thressi Maxwell, 2018).
A 2007 Canadian study conducted in a lab with no human test subjects revealed Essiac contains more antioxidant properties than red wine or green tea. No antibacterial effects were observed, but Essiac did stimulate several immune system cells and enzymes (Whitmer, 2015).
All human clinical trials were either stopped by government authorities or kept hidden from the public (Whitmer, 2015).
Dr. Ralph Moss was appointed to the Cancer Advisory Panel that evaluates alternative cancer therapies for the government. On his original web site and in his book CANCER THERAPY, Dr. Moss pointed out that each of the herbs in Essiac has been scientifically shown to contain anticancer substances.
“I was diagnosed with level 3 melanoma cancer in 1995. It metastasized to a gland in my forearm. It was confirmed at UCI Cancer clinic. Well, I was told that it was not a good thing, and that I need to prepare for a battle.” (Thomas Smith - Jan. 18th 2015)
“I started a Essiac tea regiment. In Four weeks the tumor in my arm disappeared and became a scar ball. My immune system identified the cancer and killed it. I know this because when the doctors went in to remove the tumor and opened up the spot on my arm – this is what they found. I have been cancer free for almost twenty years now. Go figure…. (opn4bzns - Nov. 17th 2013).
“March 2013 my wife was told she had cancer of the colon that had spread to her liver that showed 8 tumors. Her cancer markers, a cancer test of the blood, was over 2200…normal is under 5. She started chemo immediately and I started her on Essiac Tea…3 ounces 3 times a day. The Pet Scan taken in October 2013 showed the cancer in the colon was not even showing up on the scan any more…Doctor said it was asleep whatever that means. Only 1 tumor was found on the liver…7 are gone. Her cancer marker went from 2200 to 2.5 which is in the normal range. Doctor said in the beginning they can’t cure her cancer…just maybe prolong her life. Was it the Chemo or the Essiac that bought this wonderful change?…I don’t know, but her doctor is amazed at her progress, so we are going to continue the Essiac. Good luck to all of you out there.” (Wendy Johnson - via Facebook Mar. 31 2013).
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