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Fighting Cancer

Essiac or Essiac Tea is a blend of herbs used to make a tea that is believed by some and questioned by others to have cancer-treating properties. It was discovered by a Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse, who named it after her last name spelled backwards.

The original formula is believed to have its roots in native Canadian Ojibwa medicine and contains greater burdock root (Arctium Lappa), Slippery Elm inner bark (Ulmus Rubra, formerly known as Ulmus fulva), Sheep Sorrel (Rumex Acetosella), and Indian or Turkish Rhubarb root (Rheum Officinale)

6 ½ cups cut up Burdock Root
1 pound powdered Sheep Sorrel

¼ cup powdered Slippery Elm Bark
1 ounce powdered Turkish Rhubarb Root

More detailed information and better measurements that the ones on the original recipe click HERE

  • Mix the ingredients thoroughly and store in a glass jar in a dark dry cupboard.

  • Measure 1 ounce of the herb mixture and mix with 21 ounces of water.

  • Cover and boil hard for 10 minutes.

  • Turn off the heat but leave the covered pot sitting on a warm plate overnight.

  • In the morning, heat to steaming hot and let settle for a few minutes.

  • Filter through a fine strainer into hot, sterilized bottles.

  • Store in a dark, cool cupboard.

  • Refrigerate after opening.

Currently, there is not enough evidence to recommend for or against the use of this herbal mixture as a therapy for any type of cancer. Different brands may

contain variable ingredients, and the comparative effectiveness of these formulas is not known. None of the individual herbs used in Essiac has been tested in rigorous human cancer trials (rhubarb has shown some anti-tumour properties in animal experiments; slippery elm inner bark has not; sheep sorrel and burdock have been used traditionally in cancer remedies). Numerous individual patient testimonials and reports from manufacturers are available on the Internet, although these cannot be considered scientifically viable as evidence. Individuals with cancer are advised not to delay treatment with more proven therapies. However there is also no evidence to say that this therapy is not effective in the treatment of any or all cancers, but providing that your health care professional do not object, what can be the harm in trying it, is just a tea after all.

Some video (YouTube) links re: Rene Caisse:  Vid1; Vid2; Vid3; Vid4

Ex - Essiac Patient

Side Effects and Cautions -- Possible, Not Probable

Cynthia Olsen wrote in her book Essiac, A Native Herbal Cancer Remedy, 2nd Edition page 61,
(Lotus Press 1999, 129 pages, ISBN 189094100X)

Though side effects are rare when taking Essiac, there are three general ones:

    1. nausea and/or indigestion, generally caused by eating or drinking too soon before or after drinking the tea,
    2. severe intestinal or digestive discomfort, caused principally because as toxins dissolve, the body tries to eliminate them quickly,
    3. an increase in the size of an existing tumour, caused by the metastasised cells gathering at the original site, before the tumour softens and reduces in size.

Sheila Fraser Snow wrote in her book Essence of Essiac on page 48,
(self published 1996, 136pp ISBN 0-9698944-0-6)

Here are three possible causes of adverse reactions:

    1. A full stomach of undigested food or consuming beverage just before taking the remedy, especially tea or coffee.
    2. Waste materials build up in the body; it attempts to eliminate them all at once. This could create extreme discomfort in the digestive tract, occasionally to the point of vomiting.
    3. A tumour may increase in size (as metastasised cells are gathered to original site) and could cause a blockage in some vulnerable area of the body before it softens and reduces in size.

"When any discomfort occurred, Rene always cautioned her patients to stop taking the decoction for several days until they felt better. Then they were told to begin again with just half an ounce every other day and gradually to increase the dose to one ounce each day. This usually corrected the problem."  For more info click HERE

Another alternative receiving quite a lot of attention now is Graviola.

Graviola, the powerful herb from the Amazon Rainforest, is helping millions of people fight through their cancer treatment. Graviola extract has been shown to have an effect on the actual cancer cells, which can be of great benefit to someone who is fighting cancer. See research on Graviola at PubMed!

The Graviola is a small, upright evergreen tree growing 5 to 6 meters in height with large dark green and glossy leaves. Graviola is indigenous to most of the warmest tropical areas in South and North America including the Amazon. It produces a large heart-shaped edible fruit that is 6-9", yellow green in colour, with white flesh. The fruit is sold in local markets in the tropics where it is called Guanabana or Brazilian Cherimoya and is excellent for making drinks and sherbets and, though slightly sour-acid, can be eaten out-of-hand.

All parts of the Graviola tree are used in natural medicine in the tropics including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit-seeds. Different properties and uses are attributed to the different parts of the tree. Generally the fruit and fruit juice is taken for worms and parasites, to cool fevers, to increase mother's milk after childbirth (lactagogue), and as an astringent for diarrhoea and dysentery. The crushed seeds are used as a vermifuge and anthelmintic against internal and external parasites and worms. The bark, leaves and roots are considered sedative, antispasmodic, hypotensive and nervine and a tea is made for various disorders for those purposes.

Much of the recent research on Graviola has been on a novel set of phytochemicals that are found in the leaves, seeds and stem of Graviola which are cytotoxic against various cancer cells. In an 1976 plant screening program by the National Cancer Institute, the leaves and stem of Graviola showed active cytotoxicity against cancer cells and researchers have been following up on this research ever since. Two separate research groups have isolated novel compounds in the seeds and leaves of the plant which have demonstrated significant anti-tumorous, anti cancerous and selective toxicity against various types of cancer cells, publishing 8 clinical studies on their findings. One study demonstrated that an isolated compound in Graviola was selectively cytotoxic to colon adenocarcinoma cells in which it was 10,000 times the potency of adriamycin (a chemotherapy drug).

Cancer research is ongoing on Graviola, and a lot of new studies have been conducted which further narrow down the specific phytochemicals which are demonstrating the strongest anti cancerous and antiviral properties even more so than certain chemotherapy chemicals. More info on this  HERE

Graviola is very aggressive at breaking up tumours. It appears that, as with many health problems, the body (in its wisdom) is trying to protect itself by creating a tumour to encase the toxins that can harm the body. Breaking up the tumour releases toxins back into the body, making the person feel very sick. When tumours are surgically removed, this also takes out the toxins which why this is the most effective medical treatment for cancer. So it is important when taking Graviola to also take immune booster natural remedy to aid your body get rid of toxins faster so that you don't feel so ill when taking Graviola.

Graviola has also been known to kill intestinal parasites, calm nerves, reduce blood pressure and help with arthritis, heart and liver. Gravizon a remedy containing Graviola, claims to have already included other supplements that aids getting rid of toxins and aid the immune system (click here for more info)

Many Herbal shops sell Graviola vegie caps or teas, one that I have stumbled upon is Rio Health Direct.

Want more interesting info click HERE

Another interesting alternative

 Miracle Chinese Cancer Cure Chinese pearl barley the latest cancer cure (Coix lachryma-jobi, or Jobs’s tears, a relative of maize). (report bellow is an extract from ISIS)

It has long been suspected that the low cancer rates in south-east China could be due to a dietary staple in the region, Chinese barley (yi yi jen, or Jobs’s tears).

The species appears to be  distributed and widely available throughout the world. The seeds, shaped like tear drops and coloured greyish white to dark brown. When shelled, the kernel is white and looks like barley. Indeed, is referred to as such. Its Chinese name, yi-yi-jen, or yi-mi (in southeast China) is the same as that used for barley, or yang-yi-mi, ‘yang’ meaning ‘foreign’, or ‘across the ocean’.

Yi-mi is used in soups and porridges and is a common ingredient in many herbal medicines for treating a variety of ailments including cancer. It has also been widely used as a diuretic, analgesic and antispasmodic.

Pharmacologist Li Dapeng began extracting the anticancer compounds out of the seeds of Job’s tears (Coix lachryma-jobi) and experimenting with the compounds since 1975. Twenty years later, he won his government’s approval to market an extract that he calls Kanglaite, to help fight cancer and to reduce the side effects of conventional treatments. Li Dapeng has set up his own company in Hanzhou, the Zhejian Kanglaite Pharmaceutical Company Ltd, in order to market this drug.

Kanglaite has gone through a four-month clinical trial on 15 to 18 volunteers in a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, making it the first drug derived from a traditional Chinese herbal remedy to go into clinical trials in the United States. The drug is patented in China, United States, Canada, Japan and the European Union.

No one knows exactly how Kanglaite works, but the drug has been taken by more than 270 000 patients in some 2000 hospitals in China, and has proven effective against malignant tumours such as carcinomas in the lung, liver, stomach and breast.

It appears to fight cancer on many fronts, inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and killing them directly, it also stimulates immune functions that get rid of cancer cells, and improves the quality of life for cancer sufferers, by decreasing cancer pain and preventing the loss of body weight. It has no harmful side effects on vital functions of the heart, liver, kidney and blood. It also reduces toxic side effects of radio- and chemotherapy, and increases the effectiveness of these conventional treatments. When used in combination with surgical intervention, it helps kill tumour cells. It is, to all intent and purposes, the perfect cancer cure, or so is claimed.

Having said all the above, I believe that the ingestion of this barley as part of a persons diet could be an effective way of preventing cancer as well as killing pre-cancerous cells, it may even be good at healing cancers depending on length of time that it is allowed to be part of the cancer sufferer's diet.

 Another place of interest, with lot's of information on different treatments for cancer is: