ESSIAC® Tea Formula
In the 21st
century, more and more health practitioners are realizing that the practice of
medicine should include traditional herbal medicines and practices as well as
modern drugs and technology. A holistic approach has helped many people improve
their general health. One herbal tonic that has stood the test of time is ESSIAC®
support derived from a traditional First Nations formulation. ESSIAC®
which has been sold worldwide for decades, is based on aboriginal wisdom
stretching back into ancient times.
came to the attention of the general public in 1922. A Bracebridge, Ontario
registered nurse was talking to an elderly patient who told her a remarkable story.
The patient, a prospector's wife, had been very ill in her youth. Because she
was far from any hospital, she went to a First Nations healer who gave her a
drink made of herbs. Interested to know more about this tea, Nurse Rene Caisse
talked to an Ojibway elder. He told her about a traditional First
Nations formula made from four herbs. The elder helped Nurse Caisse learn how
to identify the herbs and mix the formula correctly.
began offering the herbal tea – which she named "Essiac” her last name spelled
backward – to people who wanted it. With the financial support of a group of
medical doctors, she went to Toronto where she set up a research facility, but
soon afterward, the Bracebridge Town Council asked her to return to her
hometown to establish a clinic in the old British Lion Hotel. In the years that
followed, Nurse Caisse gave ESSIAC® to thousands of people, including some of
her own family members.
In the 1970s,
the rights to Nurse
sold, and now Essiac Canada International is the manufacturer of Caisse's
Four Herbs for Better Immune System Support
The four herbs
that go into making ESSIAC® are:
Elm Bark (Ulmus Fulvia): Slippery elm is often used by
herbalists to treat irritations of the skin and mucous membranes. The inner
bark contains many minerals and vitamins (A,B,C, and K.)
Sorrel Leaves (Rumex Acetosella): Sheep sorrel has been
used for centuries by herbalists. It has diuretic and astringent properties
that promote detoxification.
Root (Arctium Lappa): The traditional herbalists used
burdock root for many purposes, including as a laxative, a diuretic, a blood
purifier, and an antimicrobial agent. Burdock root is commonly eaten as food in
Japan and other Asian countries, and it contains inulin, a naturally-occurring
fibre with probiotic qualities.
Rhubarb Root (Rheum Officanale): Herbalists use this herb
because of its detoxifying properties. It can promote healthy liver and
digestive tract function.
The herbs used
by Essiac Canada International are grown without the use of pesticides and
herbicides, and they are never irradiated. ESSIAC® is available in three forms
– capsules, extract, and powder. Some users choose the powder because it tastes
like herbal tea, and honey can be added to make it taste sweet and delicious.
Others prefer capsules or extract for convenience and because they are more
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