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!
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
Sorrel Leaves (Rumex Acetosella)
Rhubarb Root (Rheum Officinale)
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
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
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
Find out what ESSIAC® can do for you!