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Frequently Asked questions


What is essiac?

 Essiac is made from eight powdered herbs - wild turkey rhubarb root, sheep sorrel, watercress,  slippery elm bark, burdock root, kelp, red clover and blessed thistle.  The herbs are harvested, powdered and mixed per the authentic Rene Caisse formula.  the herbs are brewed into a tea and consumed (usually cold) 

How does essiac work?

 Essiac tea primarily removes heavy metals, detoxifies the body, restores energy levels, and rebuilds the immune system. This helps restore the body to a level to where it is able to better fight illness. In other words, essiac may help rebuild the immune system and improve the body's ability to eliminate disease. 

Does essiac have any side-effects?

 Essiac has no known side effects.  There is occasional nausea when first taking essiac, usually from the removal of toxins from the body or from taking it too close to a meal.  If nausea occurs, reduce the dosage until the nausea subsides, then gradually increase the dosage back to the recommended level.

Essiac should not be taken by children under 12 or by pregnant or nursing women.  If you experience an allergic reaction to the tea, discontinue use.

Should I combine essiac use with traditional treatments?

 The decision to use essiac with traditional medical treatments is up to you.  However, there is no evidence that essiac interferes with these treatments.  Some people have experienced a reduction in side-effects from chemo and radiation treatments. 

Is all essiac the same?

 All products labeled "essiac" contain the same four ingredients: turkey rhubarb root, sheep sorrel, .burdock root, and slippery elm bark.  Many companies sell what is called "original" essiac with only these four herbs.

The true original essiac tea contains eight herbs - the four listed above, plus red clover, kelp, watercress, and blessed thistle.  

Why the discrepancy?

When Rene Caisse was approached by a Canadian company that wanted to market her tea, she was suspicious of their motives.  The formula she gave them for testing and production was a lesser four-herb version.  Caisse never gave them the full eight-herb version she used on cancer patients in her clinic.

Caisse's suspicions were confirmed when the company never completed the promised clinical tests and went straight to market with an overpriced and less effective product, putting her likeness on each box to attempt to add credibility to the product.

Caisse eventually gave the correct formula to two people, and this is the product we sell.

What dosage should I take?

 For cancer and other serious illnesses, a dosage of 9oz of tea per day is recommended.  It is best to take it in 3 separate doses of 3oz each.

Essiac should be taken on an empty stomach, one hour before or two hours after a meal.

For daily use as a nutritional supplement, one 3oz dose is enough.  The same rule applies about taking essiac on an empty stomach to avoid nausea.

If nausea occurs, reduce the dosage and slowly increase until your body can tolerate a higher dosage.  Nausea is generally caused when the tea is removing toxins from the body, or if you have taken it too close to a meal.

For periodic detoxification of heavy metals, toxins and chemicals, take 9oz of tea per day for a period of two weeks.  Be sure to drink plenty of water during the detox.  It is also a good idea to include weekly massage to enhance removal of toxins.

How to make essiac


To make essiac tea, you need:

  • A large pot
  • Filtered water
  • Essiac formula
  • A stovetop

Step-by-step directions

  •  Add the appropriate amount of filtered water in a pot. The pot can be made from any material EXCEPT ALUMINUM, and must have a cover. 
  •  Bring the water to the point where it is just starting to boil. 
  •  Turn down the burner to simmer and add the essiac herbs. 
  •  Stir frequently, and SIMMER (do not boil) the water for 15 minutes. 
  •  Remove the pot from heat and cover.  Let the pot sit for 12 hours to allow the tea to brew enough to be effective. 
  •  After 12 hours, remove the cover, stir the brewed tea and pour into container(s). 
  •  Store the tea in the fridge when not being used.