The Essiac™ Formula?
Flor-Essence™, Ojibwa Tea of Life™, and Essiac™ contain the four principal formula herbs: Burdock root, Turkish rhubarb root, sheep sorrel and slippery elm bark.
The Brusch/Caisse Flor-Essence™ formula is proprietary, but the ingredients in order of descending magnitude are: burdock root, sheep sorrel herb, slippery elm bark, watercress herb, kelp, blessed thistle herb, red clover herb, and Turkish rhubarb root.
Burdock: This root contains a number of powerful antioxidants, several of which are more powerful than vitamin C. Burdock root extract from boiled water decreases mutations in cells that are exposed to toxic chemicals. Also, isoflavone derivatives in burdock root have been shown to induce apoptosis of tumor cells. It contains inulin, which stimulates growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria that in turn enhances immune activity and suppresses tumor cells.
Sheep sorrel: Many folk cancer remedies have contained sheep sorrel. It has antioxidant and anticancer elements (anthraquinones) and it contains key trace minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, silicon, sulfur, copper, iodine, manganese and zinc.
Slippery elm bark: The inner bark is rich in mucilage, which forms a soothing gelatinous fiber when brewed. The bark also contains high concentrations of antioxidants. Many folk remedies for treating cancer (and urinary inflammations) use slippery elm bark, as it acts as a demulcent and emollient to the digestive system, soothing the passage of materials, including, as anecdotal evidence, tumorous matter.
Watercress herb: Watercress is a rich source of vitamins A and C and the trace minerals sulfur, iodine, calcium and manganese. One of its by-products, isothiocyanates, has been found to inhibit tumor growth. It has been used for the prevention and treatment of lung and other cancers.
Kelp: Kelp is full of minerals, especially iodine, but also calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and silicon. It has anti-inflammatory and demulcent action. It is well recognized for its ability to protect the body against radiation, and can reduce strontium-90 absorption from the intestinal tract by as much as 83%.
Blessed thistle herb: This herb has anticancer and cytotoxic activity. It contains two of the same lignans found in burdock root (arctiin, arctigenin) that are shown to have antitumor activity. It also has antibacterial properties.
Red clover herb: Red clover contains large amounts of the phytoestrogen genistein, which is a recognized agent for cancer prevention and treatment. Red clover herb is the main ingredient in the effective Hoxsey cancer treatment.
Turkish rhubarb root: This root has been used for centuries to improve digestion and loss of appetite. It is a safe and effective laxative as well. Its anti-cancer activity stems from emodin, or aloe-emodin, which has anti-tumor qualities. ?
The following brewing recipe (from Calling of an Angel, by Gary Glum, DC) uses the 4 basic herbs of the Essiac™ formula (Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel, Slippery Elm and Turkish Rhubarb); the directions that accompany the Brusch/Caisse Flor-Essence™ and Ojibwa Tea of Life™ proprietary blends are essentially the same.
6 1/2 cups Burdock Root, cut
16 oz. Sheep Sorrel, powdered (includes stem, leaves and seeds)
1 oz. Turkish Rhubarb Root, powdered
4 oz. Slippery Elm Bark, powdered
Mix all ingredients, measure 8 oz. Bring two gallons fresh spring water to a boil. Drop in 8 oz. Essiac blend, cover and boil hard for ten minutes. Turn off heat. Let sit for 6 hours. Remove cover and stir. Return cover and let sit another 6 hours. Turn on heat and bring mixture to a light boil.
Strain mixture through metal strainer into another pot. Wash first pot thoroughly. Strain mixture once more into original pot. Immediately pour final formula into amber bottles (16 oz. bottles, preferably sterilized.) Cap. Store in a cool dark place. Refrigerate after opening.
Dosage: Shake well in order to include natural sediment at the bottom, and measure 4 tsp. Essiac blend to 4 tsp. warm spring water once each night before retiring. Best taken on an empty stomach. Dosage may be increased or decreased according to body weight. Best: 2-4 oz per day (100-150 lbs.)
Cautions: Avoid using plastic and aluminum while preparing formula. Never store in plastic bottles. If a green mold appears, discard contents. Sunlight destroys beneficial aspects of formula. Do not freeze.