Essiac was promoted and popularized by a Canadian nurse named Rene M. Caisse, who named the formula with her last name spelled backwards.
The historic Caisse blend contains just four herbs: organic burdock root, organic rhubarb root, organic slippery elm bark, and organic sheep sorrel.
Almost always used as a tea however encapsulations and even extracts are being distributed.
Essiac tea has a mild and pleasant taste, although some of its herbs can aggravate certain preexisting conditions, as noted below.
Use as directed. Never inject essiac. Rhubarb root and sheep sorrel contain high concentrations of oxalic acid, so essiac should be avoided by people who have kidney stones. Rhubarb root is a stimulant laxative which must be avoided by persons who have any kind of intestinal obstruction.
Essiac must be taken on an empty stomach, nausea and indigestion may occur if used on a full stomach. Diarrhea and gastrointestinal discomfort may occur because of the laxative effects of essiac. Frequent urination may also occur. Because of the detoxification process, sufficient water should be drunk while using essiac, as water assists the body with the removal of toxins.
Some individuals may be allergic to one or more of the herbs in the formula. Negative affects may also occur from taking too high a dosage of essiac, a low dosage is recommended.
There are no known interactions between essiac and other medications or herbs. However, it is recommended that you consult a licensed physician before using essiac for any reason.
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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.