Alternative Cancer Therapies

Cancer Cure by gregveenA few years back I (Nikki) lost both my mother, and my oldest childhood friend to Cancer.

When Conventional Western Medicine could no longer offer any options, it was then my education and foray into Alternative Medicine and Therapies such as Essiac Tea, began. It is my great hope that if you’ve landed on this page you may find something surprising and of use.

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Essiac Tea: Potential Cancer Cure

Book Cover of 'I Was Canada's Cancer Nurse' by Rene CaisseThe book, “I Was Canada’s Cancer Nurse” by Rene M. Caisse
was my first introduction into ‘alternative’ forms of therapy.

At the time my mother was dealing with a form of cancer that western medicine could offer no treatment for and so we turned our attention towards other options. Unfortunately, although my mom succumbed to her ailments I learned during that time that a person who exerts their will consciously plays a large part in the outcome of their fate. My mother was afraid to die but hadn’t made the decision to live. Sadly that seems to be the No. 1 factor I have found to be relevant among those I spoke to as to who made it and who didn’t. This same mental position I have read is also true of holocaust survivors who pitted their will to live no matter what vs those who gave up in their horrible conditions. Making the decision to live, to declare it rather than asking the odds of survival is a monumental difference in attitude.

True Story…While visiting an herbal store up in West Vancouver back in 1999 I was privileged to meet a lovely woman in her 60’s who had received a death sentence handed down to her from her oncologist as there was ‘nothing more’ they could do for her. She decided since she had gone to university for nutrition some decades earlier that she would reintroduce herself to the subject and start there. She believed if she used ‘common sense’ and eliminated the stress in her life, ate whole, raw, organic foods, drank plenty of clean water, exercised, sweated, and ‘cleansed’ then that would be a good start. She told me that she read or watched Comedy every day to make herself laugh out loud and practiced the Laughing Buddha Meditation every morning. After 6 months of this change in lifestyle…she tested cancer free. Her oncologist called it a miracle.

Nurse Rene Caisse, creator of Essiac TeaI have always preferred the simple elegance of nature’s pharmacy to the thundering hammer of the pharmaceutical industry. Perhaps that is why Nurse Caisse’s story touched me so. Nurse Caisse was a nurse who worked in Toronto, Ontario during the 1920’s for an Oncologist. When her own aunt was sent home to die as there was nothing more conventional medicine could do for her, she gave her the tea and it worked. The recipe was given to her decades earlier from a local medicine man of the Ojibwa nation around Bracebridge, Ontario. He pointed to four plants and instructed her to make a tea of them and to drink them on an empty stomach twice a day in the morning and at night before bed. The four ingredients involved are burdock root, slippery elm, sheep sorrel, and Indian rhubarb root, and just to be clear in case you are wondering …it tastes horrible and there’s no getting around that. Open wide and hold your breath!

Cars outside Rene Caisse Cancer Clinic on Dominion Street in BracebridgeA hand painted sign from the Rene Caisse Cancer Clinic

After hundreds of healings at her not for profit clinic in Bracebridge, Ontario between 1933-1942 the tea was tested and found to have strong blood cleansing properties. Nurse Caisse decided to give the concoction a name, her name in fact, spelled backwards.

Rene Caisse in 1938 with the petition of 55000 namesAmpoules filled with Essaic from the Rene M. Caisse Clinic

To date there is no official evidence that supports it as a cancer cure although there are thousands of testimonials of people who claim it saved their lives. Do your own reading and make up your own mind. I’ve included the actual recipe below along with the healing properties of each plant. Remember to always check with a naturopath or herbologist before diving into anything you read on the net as not every cure is suitable for every individual.

Basic Essiac Tea recipe:

Burdock Root (cut) 52 ounces, Sheep Sorrel (powder) 16 ounces, Slippery Elm Bark (powder) 4 ounces, Turkey Rhubarb Root (powder) 1 ounce

Brew tea using water in proportion of two gallons of water for every eight ounces of dry ingredients. (The combo above) Boil for ten minutes, then leave covered on stove for six to twelve hours. (Do not microwave) Reheat a second time, without boiling. Strain and refrigerate. Do not eat two hours before or after drinking tea for full effectiveness.

Burdock Root for Essiac Tea,  image by wikipediaBurdock Root (Arctium lappa):

Used traditionally to help reduce mucus, maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract, stimulate a healthy immune response, for weak digestion, as a diuretic for waste retention and to sweat out toxins through the skin. It has vitamin A and selenium to help reduce free radicals and its chromium content helps maintain normal blood sugar levels.

Slippery Elm for Rene Caisse's Essiac Tea, image by wikipediaSlippery Elm inner bark (Ulmus Fulva):

Contains large amounts of tannins and mucilages which are believed to help dissolve mucus deposits in tissue, glands and nerve channels. The inner bark, rich in calcium, magnesium and vitamins(A,B,C,K), helps to nourish and soothe organs, tissues and mucus membranes and is helpful to the lungs. It also helps neutralize acids from occasional indigestion.*

Sheep Sorrel for Rene Caisse's Essiac Tea, image by WikipediaSheep Sorrel (Rumex Acetosella):

Used in traditional folk medicine to cool the body by inducing sweat and detoxification through the skin. As a diuretic it’s useful in maintaining healthy kidney and urinary functions and is rich in vitamins and trace minerals (ascorbic acid, mineral oxides, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon and rutin. It is thought to nourish the glandular system.

Indian Rhubarb for Rene Caisse's Essiac Tea, image by wikimedia

Indian Rhubarb Root (Rheum Officinale):

Used traditionally in small amounts, this herb acts as a gentle laxative helping to purge the liver of toxic build up and waste. It helps neutralize acids due to indigestion. It’s malic acid also carries oxygen to all parts of the body aiding in healing and promoting a positive and balancing effect upon the whole digestive system.

If you don’t feel comfortable brewing up your own tea don’t despair there are over 40 variations (starting with the core four ingredients) kicking around out there on the net. However if you are looking for the original brew keep in mind that Essiac® is a registered trademark in Canada so if it doesn’t say Essiac® made in Canada on the label than it isn’t the original.

More to Read on the Subject:

“I Was Canada’s Cancer Nurse” by Rene M. Caisse, R.N. Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada, 1990 (Published posthumously)

“Calling of an Angel” by Gary L. Glum, 1988

“Essiac: A Native Herbal Cancer Remedy” by Cynthia Olsen, 1998

“Essiac: The Secrets of Rene Caisse’s Herbal Pharmacy” by Sheila Snow and Mali Klein, 2001

“Can Native Herbs Cure Cancer?” by Ann Buzenberg Spectrum Holistic News Magazine, Sep/Oct 1993

“The Cancer Answer” by Albert E Carter; ALM Pulishing 1988

“Options: The Alternative Cancer Therapy Book by Richard Walters, Avery 1994

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