Essiac is an herbal tea recipe used by Rene Caisse, a Canadian nurse who devoted over fifty years of her life to successfully treating cancer patients before she died in 1978 at the age of ninety. Essiac is Caisse spelled backward. The tea ingredients were written down by Caisse as told by an English woman who was healed of breast cancer using the tea. The ingredients were originally developed by an Indian medicine man who told the woman he could cure her cancer. The original four herbs in the tea were burdock root, turkey rhubarb root, slippery elm bark, and sheep sorrel.
Canandian medical authorities appear reluctant to admit that there is any merit in using Essiac. però, one study found that Essiac inhibited tumor growth in the prostate cells of mice by approximately 91 percent. The study concluded that “Essiac preparations may be able to inhibit tumor cell growth while enhancing response to antigenic stimulation. This may be especially valuable in immune-suppressed individuals.” In addition, supporters of Essiac state that it “…strengthens the immune systme, improves appetite, relieves pain, and improves overall quality of life.” Essiac tea continues to offer new hope for cancer patients; although to date, it does not appear that any clinical studies have been performed on human beings. These results certainly warrant further study of Essac, not in vitro, but in humans.
Riferimenti: 1) Ottenweller, J., Putt, K., Blumenthal, E.J., Dhawale, S., & Dhawale, S.W. (2004). “Inhibition of Prostate Cancer Cell Proliferation by Essiac.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 10(4), 687-691. 2) Kaegi, E. (1998). “Unconventional Therapies for Cancer.” Canadian Medical Association, 158(7), 897-902.