Eight herb esssiac is the most effective form of esssiac tea treatment.

Please don't believe someone who claims that his four herb formula is the best product to use. We can explain why the four herb formula hasn't been used by those in-the-know for awhile now. We carry only eight herb esssiac on this site. 

There is certainly much confusion surrounding this herbal supplement. Some people claim that four herb esssiac is superior, while others believe that eight herb essiac is the better choice. All of this has made it difficult for people to know what they are buying, and we must remember that the ultimate goal for those who sell esssiac should be to eradicate the confusion and to help people in their fight against cancer and other diseases.

According to many herbalists and in the marketplace today, "Essiac" is comprised of four herbs: Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella), Burdock Root (Arctium lappa), Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus flilva), and Turkish Rhubarb Root (Rheum palmatum). The recipe is in the public domain, and almost every herbalist carries it. However, this four herb formula is a smaller version of the eight herb formula originally received and gradually refined by Canadian nurse Rene Caisse (Pronounced 'Rin Case').

The story of "Essiac" began decades ago when Rene Caisse heard of an herbal recipe from an elderly female patient who was in an Ontario hospital where Rene was the head nurse. The recipe contained eight herbs, and was given to the woman years before by an Ojibway medicine man. He had offered his help because he knew the woman was suffering from breast cancer. The patient recovered from her cancer and saw no return during the span of the next 30 years. In 1922, she gave Rene the recipe after Rene expressed her interest in attempting helping others with cancer by administering this herbal formula. 


Rene Caisse used this original eight herb recipe two years later on her aunt, who was terminally ill with stomach and liver cancer. She eventually started calling it eight herb essiac (essiac coming from her last name spelled backwards). Her aunt recovered and lived another 21 years, meaning that she died only of old age. Rene and her aunt's doctor began experimenting with the herbal tea and research began on mice. The doctor, Dr. R.O. Fisher, began using it on his terminally ill patients, and some improved greatly.

Rene and the doctor began to vary the formula. They injected one herb (Sheep Sorrel) and administered the others orally in liquid form. The Ojibway medicine man and his people never injected it; they had simply prepared tea, but Rene had decided to conduct formal research on her formula in hopes that she could improve it's efficacy. It was discovered that only one herb could be injected--and only into the muscle. This was a painful procedure for very sick people, and many, due to their emaciated state, had hardly any muscles left for the injections. Nonetheless, this partial-injection method was used for some years and there were some successes that were documented in stories about this formula. However, there were failures too, as many sufferers were so far gone, they had little time left. In others, the disease had damaged vital organs beyond repair.

The eight herb essiac formula varied slightly over the years from the original essiac that the woman received from the medicine man in 1892. In fact, there are some variations of the eight herb formula today. These changes happened as part of a natural testing process whereby patients were monitored and their results noted. In 1959, Rene Caisse went to the Brusch Medical Clinic in Cambridge, Mass. to join Dr. Charles Armao Brusch, MD. She became partners with Dr. Charles Brusch with the intent of forming the "Rene Caisse Cancer Research Foundation," a charitable foundation which would have the purpose of utilizing this treatment for cancer in humans. Rene was provided with three rooms for her use at the clinic and all her expenses were taken care of. Rene and Charles Brusch remained partners, co-developers and co-owners until her death in 1978 at the age of 91.

Essiac is certainly not a "cure" for cancer. However, we have used this formula ourselves as one of the protocols for healing.  Additional results reported to us (both clinically and anecdotally) support the claim that eight herb essiac can be used to improve the immune system and therefore help the body fight illness, including but not limited to cancer, diabetes, AIDS, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and liver diseases. It can also be used as a daily preventive supplement or a periodic detoxifier.

Although there is no way we can predict how esssiac will work for you, we recommend it to our loved ones and believe it will help you become healthier. However, we also understand and believe that everyone needs to make his or her own health decisions. We offer you the invitation to read about our eight herb esssiac on our site and decide for yourself whether it is the right choice for you.