Essaic Tea for Cancer Treatment?

Did you know that a natural tea called Essiac has been shown to fight cancer and AIDS?

Essiac’s powerful 4-herb formula traces back to an Ojibwe healer in Northern Canada who developed the recipe for use in his healing practice. When he met a woman who was suffering from breast cancer and trying to avoid surgery, the healer entrusted his recipe to her. Within several months, the woman was cured with no surgery.

She had no cancer recurrence until 30 years later, in 1922. That’s when she met a nurse named Rene Caisse. When Caisse heard the amazing story, she was overwhelmed by the medicinal power of herbs and went on to dedicate 50 years of her life to curing cancer with a tea she called “Essiac” — Essiac is Caisse spelled backwards.

Caisse helped hundreds of cancer patients free of charge and her story spiked awareness of herbal medicine around the globe. Since then, thousands of patients have found relief in Essiac tea for cancer treatment — while a substantial body of evidence has grown to support its efficacy, much of it from the Brusch Medical Center in Massachusetts.

In 1959 the Brusch Medical Center invited Caisse to treat terminal patients and laboratory mice with Essiac tea for cancer while 18 doctors supervised. Three months later, Essiac had caused an obvious recession of tumor mass in mice.
“Clinically, on patients suffering from pathologically proven cancer, it reduces pain and causes a recession in the growth; patients have gained weight and shown an improvement in their general health ….. Remarkably beneficial results were obtained even on those cases at the ‘end of the road’ where it proved to prolong life and the quality of that life.” — Dr. Brusch, director of Brusch Medical Center and physician to John F. Kennedy

In 1983, Dr. Bruce Hendrick — Chief of Neurosurgery at the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children — implored Canada’s most powerful health officials to launch a large-scale scientific trial of Essiac based on the remarkable results of a small experiment in which 10 patients with surgically treated tumors of the central nervous system were treated with Essiac.

Dr. Hendrick reported that 8 of 10 of these patients “escaped from the conventional methods of therapy including both radiation and chemotherapy.”

And recently, the U.S. National Cancer Institute reported that Essiac herbs reduced proliferation of a prostate cancer cell line.

Essiac may also hold promise against AIDS. In 2003, Dr. Gary Glum — a major proponent of Caisse’s work — reported his experience with 5 of 179 terminal patients through AIDS Project LA.

Dr. Glum took his 5 patients off AIDS drugs AZT and DDI and gave them Essiac 3 times daily. Of the original 179 patients, only Dr. Glum’s 5 were alive 4 years later. Essiac tea is also shown to…

  • Promote cellular repair
  • Detoxify the body
  • Raise oxygen level in tissue cells
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Nourish and stimulate the brain and nervous system
  • Ease nausea and pain
  • Destroy parasites in the digestive tract
  • Prevent a buildup of fatty deposits in the heart, kidney, and liver

What’s in the cup? The Fierce Four “Ingredients of Essiac Tea”

Burdock Root — According to the Journal of Chemotherapy, “Burdock Root contains a proven anti-cancer compound arctigenin, which has been shown in scientific studies to have marked anti-tumor activity.” In other experiments, Burdock slowed or stopped tumor growth and killed fungi and bacteria.

Hungarian researchers at the University of Sveged found “considerable anti-tumor activity” in a purified sample of Burdock. And Japanese researchers at Nagoya University isolated a substance in Burdock with unique capabilities to reduce malignant cell mutation. Japanese scientists considered this property so significant they called it the B-factor for Burdock.

Sheep Sorrel Herb — Caisse isolated this herb as the main agent for stopping metastasized cancer and reducing tumors. The aloe embodin in Sheep Sorrel also shows significant anti-leukemic activity.

Slippery Elm Bark — This herb helps with the painful side effects of cancer and its treatment. Beta-sitosterol and a polysaccharide in Slippery Elm also have anti-cancer activity.

Turkey Rhubarb Root — This herb has anti-cancer activity, along with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

The complete recipe for making Essiac tea is below.

How to Make Essiac Tea– The Recipe

52 parts: Burdock Root (cut or dried) (parts by weight)
16 parts: Sheep Sorrel (powdered)
1 part: Turkey Rhubarb (powdered) or 2 parts domestic Rhubarb
4 parts: Slippery Elm (powdered)

Rene Caisse revised the basic 4-herb formula (shown above) slightly, but she never released her exact revision. A woman who worked with Caisse reports the additions were as follows: Kelp (2 parts), Red Clover (1 part), Blessed Thistle (1 part), Watercress (0.4 parts). Note: These additional herbs are considered optional by most Essiac Tea experts.


3-gallon stainless steel pot with lid
2-gallon stainless steel pot with lid
Stainless steel fine mesh double strainer, funnel, and spatula
6 or more 32 oz. sterilized amber glass bottle with airtight caps


2 gallons distilled water for 6-7 quarts of tea
1 cup Burdock Root
2 cups Sheep Sorrel
½ cup Slippery Elm Bark, cut and sifted not powdered
2 teaspoons Turkey Rhubarb Root


Pour 2 gallons distilled water in the 3-gallon pot, cover, bring to boil. Place loose herbs in boiling water and stir. Cover and reduce heat; boil for 10 minutes. Remove pot from stove; let steep for 12 hours. After 12 hours, place pot on stove and return to boil.

Remove boiling tea from stove and strain into the other stainless steel pot. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain carefully into the bottles. Let stand until safe to touch. Refrigerate.

How to Use:
For prevention, take 2 ounces each morning or evening on an empty stomach. Cancer and AIDS patients or other ill people have chosen to take it daily — 2 ounces in the morning, 5 minutes before eating, and again in the evening, at least 2 hours after eating.

Tips from Dr. Glum for Essiac Tea:

  • Keep refrigerated
  • Shake well before using
  • Use cold or warmed (never microwave)
  • Stomach cancer patients must dilute the herbal drink with an equal amount of sodium-free distilled water
    Essiac is marketed as pills, teabags, and homeopathic drops, none of which have been studied and proven like the original tea
  • Some doctors advise against taking Essiac while pregnant

The more you make Essiac tea, the easier it will be to prepare it. Enjoy, be well, and pass the recipe on to others!