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Essiac and meds: The bottom line. Luckily, essiac tea does not interfere with any meds--prescriptions or over-the-counter. Therefore, you can feel free to continue taking your medications as needed and prescribed while using essiac, Furthermore, essiac tea does not interfere with vitamins, minerals and other supplements you may be taking. That's all great news!
Because essiac and meds can be taken together, some people assume they can take anything along with essiac. That is not true. Many people are confused on what it means to take essiac 'on an empty stomach. For our purposes, the empty stomach refers to food--in particular, food containing protein. So, you can have fruit or vegetable juice with the essiac--but not with protein powder included. You can have coffee or tea with the essiac--but not with milk included. You can add honey or stevia. You can have water right along with essiac. All of that can happen anytime. You can also take prescriptions, vitamins, minerals, and other supplements alongside essiac.
Here is what you need to NOT have for 2 hours before taking essiac, or for 1 hour after: Everything else! That includes whole fruits and vegetables, grains, meats, beans, etc.
The reason for these rules has to do with the way your body processes essiac. The stomach releases different substances when there is protein to be digested. Those substances interfere with how the essiac is absorbed where it needs to be absorbed in the body. However, the items we list as permitted to be taken with essiac do not cause this reaction.
Also, some people are mistakenly fearful that their vitamins and pills won't be absorbed if taken with essiac because essiac is a detox. However, in reality, essiac is a long-term detox, not a short-term one. Therefore, it won't 'wash away' these pills just because you take them along with the essiac.
In many cases, people who take essiac find that their need to take medications lessens over the months and years. Therefore, it is important to periodically check in with your practitioner to review how you are doing. Generally, it works best to reduce medication gradually rather than going off altogether, and always consult with your practitioner to help you make such decisions.