The Essiac Formula
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®, an immune
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.

Authentic Formula
ESSIAC® first 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.
Nurse Caisse 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 Caisse's formula were sold, and now Essiac Canada International is the manufacturer of Caisse's original ESSIAC®.

Four Herbs for Better Immune System Support
The four herbs that go into making ESSIAC® are:
  • Slippery 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.)
  • Sheep Sorrel Leaves (Rumex Acetosella): Sheep sorrel has been used for centuries by herbalists. It has diuretic and astringent properties that promote detoxification.
  • Burdock 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.
  • Indian 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 potent.

ESSIAC® -- for your health!
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