The Essiac Formula

The ESSIAC® Formula

ESSIAC® is an herbal formula that's based on a traditional First Nations recipe. First developed in the 1920s by a Bracebridge, Ontario registered nurse, ESSIAC® is one product that's stood the test of time. If you are seeking to support your immune system, you should learn more about the ESSIAC® formula!

Natural Supplement

In 1922, Nurse Rene Caisse heard the story of a woman who had been helped by a First Nations elder, who had given her an herbal tea. Nurse Caisse was fascinated by the potential of this tonic, and she sought out an Ojibway elder who could teach her how to prepare and mix the herbs. Soon, Rene Caisse was running a clinic and administering the tea to people from across Canada and around the world. She called the herbal formula "Essiac” – her last name spelled backward. Caisse refused to take money for ESSIAC®, making it her mission to help those who came to her.
In the 1970s, Nurse Caisse retired and sold the rights to the formula. Today, Essiac Canada International is the manufacturer of Caisse's original ESSIAC® formula.
The four herbs in the ESSIAC® formula are:
  • Burdock Root (Arctium Lappa)
  • Sheep Sorrel Leaves (Rumex Acetosella)
  • Indian Rhubarb Root (Rheum Officinale)
  • Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus Fulvia)
Each of these plants has been used by traditional herbalists for various purposes. Slippery elm bark, for example, is often recommended for irritations of the skin or the mucous membranes. Both sheep sorrel leaves and Indian rhubarb root have detoxifying properties. Rhubarb has traditionally been recommended as a digestive system and liver cleanser, and sheep sorrel has astringent properties. Burdock root is actually a popular food in Japan and other parts of Asia that contains natural fibre and has probiotic qualities.
Prepared and mixed for maximum potency, these herbs give ESSIAC® its effectiveness. (Essiac Canada International grows herbs especially for ESSIAC®, using neither herbicides nor pesticides.)

ESSIAC® Comes in Three Forms:

There are advantages to each form, and the one you choose depends on personal preference and situation. Capsules are more concentrated than the extract or powder, and they stay fresher longer. If you travel or need to transport ESSIAC®, the capsules will be very convenient. For maximum benefit, users should take four capsules twice daily.
The extract is perfect for those who need an easy to swallow and simple supplement. Four teaspoons twice daily are recommended.
The powder is prepared by boiling, then refrigerating it. The resulting infusion tastes much like herbal tea, and honey can be added to enhance the taste.
During the time that Nurse Caisse was running her clinic, some authorities and institutionalized medical practitioners disparaged products such as ESSIAC®. But more and more health professionals are recognizing the value of traditional and natural supplements and are seeing value in taking a more holistic approach.
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