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For the past two decades, positive feedback on eight herb essiac has been spreading.
Please don't believe someone who claims that his four herb formula is the best product to use. We can explain why the four herb formula hasn't been used by those in-the-know for awhile now. We carry only the eight herb version on this site.
There is certainly much confusion surrounding this herbal supplement. Some people claim that four herb essiac is superior, while others believe that eight herb is the better choice. All of this has made it difficult for people to know what they are buying, and we must remember that the ultimate goal for those who sell essiac should be to eradicate the confusion and to help people in their fight against cancer and other diseases.
According to many herbalists and in the marketplace today, "Essiac" is comprised of four herbs: Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella), Burdock Root (Arctium lappa), Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus flilva), and Turkish Rhubarb Root (Rheum palmatum). The recipe is in the public domain, and almost every herbalist carries it. However, this four herb formula is a smaller version of the eight herb formula originally received and gradually refined by Canadian nurse Rene Caisse (Pronounced 'Rin Case').
The story of "Essiac" began decades ago when Rene Caisse heard of an herbal recipe from an elderly female patient who was in an Ontario hospital where Rene was the head nurse. The recipe contained eight herbs, and was given to the woman years before by an Ojibway medicine man. He had offered his help because he knew the woman was suffering from breast cancer. The patient recovered from her cancer and saw no return during the span of the next 30 years. In 1922, she gave Rene the recipe after Rene expressed her interest in attempting helping others with cancer by administering this herbal formula.
Rene Caisse used this original eight herb recipe two years later on her aunt, who was terminally ill with stomach and liver cancer. She eventually started calling it eight herb essiac (essiac coming from her last name spelled backwards). Her aunt recovered and lived another 21 years, meaning that she died only of old age. Rene and her aunt's doctor began experimenting with the herbal tea and research began on mice. The doctor, Dr. R.O. Fisher, began using it on his terminally ill patients, and some improved greatly.
Rene and the doctor began to vary the formula. They injected one herb (Sheep Sorrel) and administered the others orally in liquid form. The Ojibway medicine man and his people never injected it; they had simply prepared tea, but Rene had decided to conduct formal research on her formula in hopes that she could improve it's efficacy. It was discovered that only one herb could be injected--and only into the muscle. This was a painful procedure for very sick people, and many, due to their emaciated state, had hardly any muscles left for the injections. Nonetheless, this partial-injection method was used for some years and there were some successes that were documented in stories about this formula. However, there were failures too, as many sufferers were so far gone, they had little time left. In others, the disease had damaged vital organs beyond repair.
The eight herb essiac formula varied slightly over the years from the original essiac that the woman received from the medicine man in 1892. In fact, there are some variations of the eight herb formula today. These changes happened as part of a natural testing process whereby patients were monitored and their results noted. In 1959, Rene Caisse went to the Brusch Medical Clinic in Cambridge, Mass. to join Dr. Charles Armao Brusch, MD. She became partners with Dr. Charles Brusch with the intent of forming the "Rene Caisse Cancer Research Foundation," a charitable foundation which would have the purpose of utilizing this treatment for cancer in humans. Rene was provided with three rooms for her use at the clinic and all her expenses were taken care of. Rene and Charles Brusch remained partners, co-developers and co-owners until her death in 1978 at the age of 91.
Dr. Brusch, a medical doctor of noted background, had developed an interest in other natural forms of healing, his objective always the 'well-being' of the patient. He had set up the first acupuncture clinic to collect research data, and it was operating in his medical clinic when Rene Caisse arrived in 1959. He was the first doctor in the Western hemisphere to initiate a plan similar to Medicare within his clinic for those without money for medical help. He was extremely interested in herbs and their power to heal, which he learned from a long-time friend, a master herbalist from Lathrop, Missouri.
The objective at Dr. Brusch's clinic was to prove the merits of this simple, non-toxic, herbal formula called eight herb essiac. The formula had been used with great success on so many terminally ill patients but Dr. Brusch wanted to do even better. They began their research on the eight herb essiac using oral treatment only. No other medication was used and the herbs were given on an empty stomach. In the hope of identifying the active ingredient, they experimented with variations of injectable solutions, each vial containing a different herb. This failed to isolate one single herb, proving that effective results are obtained synergisticlly though the unique combination of the eight herbs in the correct proportions.
Consequently they returned to using the eight herb essiac formula administered in an oral fashion. One version of this formula is called "FlorEssence" in the marketplace. A double blind study was done in which other herbal formulas were used, all of which proved to be inferior.
Some of the positive results obtained from the eight herb essiac formulas were:
--cessation of pain
--increased appetite (emaciated patients gained weight)
--feeling of well-being
--a decrease in depression
--a decrease in anxiety and fear
--a prolongation of life
--a decrease of nodular masses.
Dr. Brusch stated that the herbal tea identified the toxins, gathered them, broke them down, and discharged them.
Through the years some testing was done on eight herb essiac at well-known facilities including Sloan Kettering, Northwestern University, and Christie Street Hospital in Toronto, as well as many others. However, as Rene Caisse refused to reveal the full formula, conclusive results remained incomplete. In 1975, she only passed the formula that can be injected over to Sloan Kettering for testing purposes. They choose to freeze it--the one thing you absolutely cannot do with these herbs--which rendered it useless to test. Rene withdrew the formula from them immediately.
In 1977, following a lengthy and in-depth article in a national Canadian magazine, "Homemaker's", a retired chemist named David Fingard was shown the article, and was fascinated to read that Rene Caisse had never given the formula to anyone (other than her partner, with whom she worked). He determined that he would go and see her and talk her into releasing the formula to him. He had never heard of the woman before, even though she lived and worked in the same province, and many stories had been written about her. He admitted this on the "Stayin' Alive" talk radio show, when he was being interviewed by broadcaster Elaine Alexander.
Finegard continued to present his proposal to Rene, although she kept turning him down. She had already had several offers over the years to disclose the formula, but had always declined, because she believed it would be exploited. Finally, he told both Rene Caisse and Dr. Brusch that he was going to be financially funded by a large Canadian mining corporation, and that he would open five clinics across the country to treat terminally ill cancer patients free of charge, if they would only release the formula to him. Rene and Dr. Brusch felt that perhaps this was the last chance to get the herbal tea "out" to the people who needed it the most: the "terminal" cancer patients. At the same time, they were wary to reveal the full eight herb essiac formula because they were remained guarded against exploitation.
A contract was drawn up on Oct. 26th, 1977 between Resperin Corporation Limited, David Fingard, and Rene Caisse. The contract provided that Resperin and Caisse would co-operate in the promotion of the Essiac treatment for use throughout the world in alleviation and cure of cancer. There was very little compensation in the contract for Rene who had given 56 years of her life to this herbal tea. Dr. Brusch, who was to share any royalty with Rene, withdrew in this capacity and became only a witness to the signing of the contract. Rene cautiously passed over a smaller four herb formula that day in 1977, as she already had great doubts about what she had been told. Her doubts proved to be true when nothing seemed to be happening and no clinics were ever opened. To this day, no royalty has ever been paid from this contract to the "Rene Caisse Estate". She gave it away free for 56 years, and has been cheated ever since. Her contract had been breached by Resperin, and technically Caisse reserved the rights to retract her formula, which was a condition stated in the agreement.
In 1978, Rene Caisse died. Her "hey-day" was from 1924 to 1942, when she closed her cancer clinic, which she had operated for eight years in Bracebridge, Ontario. At that time, the medical powers-that-be formed a "Cancer Commission" which had the power to decree what could be used to treat cancer. Rene feared being charged, even though all around her, including many medical doctors, were completely aware of her outstanding successes. Dr. Brusch continued to work with an eight herb essiac formula they had developed together and many of his patients reaped the benefits.
In 1984, Dr. Brusch was interviewed by a long-time radio producer and broadcaster, Elaine Alexander, who broadcast out of Vancouver, Canada. This woman, as the producer of a popular radio talk show, produced a few programs on this herbal tea in the 1970s and had researched it in-depth for many years. In 1984, as a broadcaster, she introduced a new program called "Stayin' Alive." This show was a health-oriented show concerned with informing the listeners of the best in alternate and more natural ways of restoring health. On this show she again reported on this famous, though underrated, story.
The listener response was massive and seven 2-hour programs were produced covering the herbal tea in every aspect. Dr. Brusch was interviewed a number of times, as were others of importance to the story. Elaine and Dr. Brusch became friends. He was impressed by her long research of the subject, and her genuine interest. In 1988 they became partners legally and he passed to her a number of the herbal formulas on which he and Rene had worked during the time they were partners and co-owners.
A larger and further developed formula of this herbal tea, now known as "FlorEssence," emerged in the marketplace in July 1992. This pre-brewed liquid tea contains eight herbs that its makers claim are in perfect proportion for synergistic activity. Because you have to buy this tea pre-made, it is very expensive to take on a continual basis.
Luckily, it is possible to purchase eight herb essiac and brew it yourself. You may purchase eight herb essiac from bulk-essiac-tea.com by clickinghere.
Those who claim they have the "original Rene Caisse Essiac Tea" are trying to mislead you because, in fact, the "original" formula (also an eight herb formula, not the four herb formula that was signed over to Resperin with Rene's reservations) has not been used for years. At one point Rene experimented with modifications to the formula including a four herb formula, but she never found one as effective as the eight herb formula. Those claiming to have the "original" formula are either ignorant to the facts, or deliberately trying to mislead you to buy an inferior four herb product. To be fair, many of them aren't aware that eight herb essiac is the "original" in the sense that it was Rene's preferred formula and thought to be superior by many. Herb companies that sell many herbal blends are not always well-informed about all of them. At bulk-essiac-tea.com, we specialize in essiac and only essiac.
Essiac is certainly not a "cure" for cancer. However, the results reported to us (both clinically and anecdotally) support the claim that eight herb essiac can be used to improve the immune system and therefore help the body fight illness-including but not limited to cancer, diabetes, AIDS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and liver diseases. It can also be used as a daily preventive supplement or a periodic detoxifier.
Disclaimer: Eight herb essiac is not FDA tested and approved as a treatment or cure for any disease or condition, including cancer. We do not represent it as such on this site. You must determine whether eight herb essiac can be of any help to you. We have provided accounts and descriptions that represent the opinions of experts in alternative treatments as well as essiac users. We do not endorse any of these opinions as medical fact.