Essiac - for life-threatening illness
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Information about The Caisse Formula (Essiac-ACT * is Caisse spelt in reverse) - Organic Alcohol-free Concentrated Tincture (ACT)
This alcohol-free concentrated tincture is made exactly as directed by Renée Caisse except I have concentated it exactly so that you can avoid all the hassle of making this tonic and take it in two doses of 10 ml for convenience. The advantage of this tonic over the dried method apart from the time it saves you, is that it is a cold extract - no constituents are lost by boiling the herbs. So even though the formula is the same as the original I have substantially altered the process of preparation, greatly improving it, as the herbs are not boiled but are left to cold extract in a concentrated formula for a minimum of one month. This means you can take just 10ml twice daily to get the exact equivalent of the large quantity of boiled herbs you would have had to drink (see below what it takes to make this remedy according to the exact instructions of Renée Caisse). I have done all the work for you, so you can get on with your treatment because time is of the essence.
What You Need to Know About this Formua
My Caisse Formula (Caisse-ACT) originated as a herbal cancer treatment developed by a Canadian nurse, Renée Caisse (1888-1978). (Essiac* is Caisse spelled backwards.) Ms. Caisse claimed that the formula had been given to her in 1922 by a patient whose breast cancer had been cured by a traditional native American healer in the Ojibway Indian tribe in Ontario.
Thousands of patients have since been treated with this herbal mixture, most of them at Caisse¹s own Bracebridge Clinic in Ontario. While this clinic was shut down in 1942, the controversy over Essiac simmered for years. Charles Brusch, MD - President John Kennedy's physician - is said to have declared in 1959 that "Essiac* has merit in the treatment of cancer."
The mixture remains worth investigating, not just because of persistent anecdotal reports, but because most of its identifiable components have individually shown anticancer properties in independent tests. No acute toxicity was seen with Essiac* in the MSKCC tests.
The four major herbs in Essiac* are:
Burdock (Arctium lappa): The root of the Burdock plant is harvested. There have been several studies showing antitumor activity of burdock in animal systems (1,2). An anti-mutation factor has also been isolated, which is resistant to both heat and protein-digesting enzymes. Scientists at Kawasaki Medical School, Okayama, Japan, called this "the burdock factor" (3). Burdock has also been found to be active in the test tube against the human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) (4). Benzaldehyde, also present in burdock, has been shown to have significant anticancer effects in humans. Burdock Root contains vitamins A, B complex, C, E, and P. It contains high amounts of chromium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, and zinc, and lesser amounts of calcium, copper, manganese, and selenium.
Indian Rhubarb (Rheum palmatum): a well known herb, as been used worldwide since 220 BC. This plant has been demonstrated to have antitumor activity in the sarcoma 37 test system (5). Certain chemicals in Indian rhubarb, such as aloe emodin, catechin and rhein, "have shown antitumor activity in some animal test systems," according to the Office of Technology Assessment report on unconventional cancer treatments. Rhubarb root contains vitamin A, many of the B complex, C, and P. Its high mineral content includes calcium, chlorine, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and zinc.(6).
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella): Sheep Sorrel belongs to the buckwheat family. Common names for Sheep Sorrel are field sorrel, red top sorrel, sour grass and dog eared sorrel. The National Cancer Institute is said to have tested one sample of Taiwanese sorrel and found that aloe emodin, isolated from sorrel, does show "significant anti-leukemic activity" (7, 8). Sheep Sorrel contains high amounts of vitamins A and B complex, C, D, E, K, P and vitamin U. It is also rich in minerals, including calcium, chlorine, iron, magnesium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and has trace amounts of copper, iodine, manganese and zinc. The combination of these vitamins and minerals nourishes all of the glands of the body. Sheep Sorrel also contains carotenoids and chlorophyll, citric, malic, oxalic, tannic and tartaric acids.
Slippery elm: The Slippery Elm is a favorite shade and ornamental tree. It is found throughout Canada and the United States. Only the inner bark of the Slippery Elm is used to make Essiac*. The inner bark of the Slippery Elm tree has a long history of use as a food supplement and herbal medicine. Pioneers used it as a survival food. The powdered bark has long been used, and is still being used today for healing ulcers internally and externally, in ulcerative colitis, crohns colitis, IBS and digestive dysfunction. It is a useful food to damaged tissues of the body as it is rich in vitamin and mineral content. Thus it also is a food as well as a herbal medicine. Slippery elm contains beta-sitosterol and a polysaccharide, both of which have shown anti-tumor activity (9). It contains, as its primary ingredient, a mucilage, as well as quantities of garlic acid, phenols, starches, sugars, the vitamins A, B complex, C, K, and P. It contains large amounts of calcium, magnesium, and sodium, as well as lesser amounts of chromium and selenium, and trace amounts of iron, phosphorous, silicon and zinc.
References : 1. Foldeak S and Dombradi G. Tumor-growth inhibiting substances of plant origin. I. Isolation of the active principle of Arctium lappa. Acta Phys Chem.1964;10:91-93. 2. Dombradi C and Foldeak S. Screening report on the antitumor activity of puriÞed Arctium lappa extracts. Tumori.1966;52:173. 3. Morita K, et al. A desmutagenic factor isolated from burdock (Arctium lappa Linne). Mutat Res.1984;129:25-31. 4. WHO. In vitro screening of traditional medicines for anti-HIV activity: memorandum from a WHO meeting. Bul. WHO (Switzerland), 1989;67:613-618. 5. Belkin M and Fitzgerald D. Tumor damaging capacity of plant materials. 1. Plants used as cathartics. J Natl Cancer Inst.1952;13:139-155. 6. US Congress, OfÞce of Technology Assessment (OTA). Unconventional cancer treatments. Washington, DC: US Government Printing OfÞce, 1990. 7. Kupchan SM and Karim A. Tumor inhibitors. Aloe emodin: antileukemic principle isolated from Rhamnus frangula L. Lloydia.1976;39: 223-4. 8. Morita H, et al. Cytotoxic and mutagenic effects of emodin on cultured mouse carcinoma FM3A cells. Mutat Res.1988;204:329-32. 9. Pettit GR, et al. Antineoplastic agents. The yellow jacket Vespula pensylvanica. Lloydia.1977;40:247-52. 10. Rhoads P, et al. Anticholinergic poisonings associated with commercial burdock root tea. J Toxicol.1984-85;22:581-584.
The Caisse Formula is available from Herbactive Herbalist as a dry organic mixture and an organic Alcohol-free Concentrated Tincture (ACT).
A Brief Background History of The Caisse Formula
Renée Caisse was a nurse in Canada. In 1923 she learned from one of her doctor's patients, of a herbal tonic used by the Ojibway indians. Renée found that the woman had obtained this herbal tea health enhancer from a tribal herbalist priest (shaman). Renée visited the medicine man, and he gladly and freely presented her with his tribe's formula. He explained that the Ojibway used their herbal tonic for both spiritual balance and body rejuvenation. The formula consisted of four common herbs. They were blended and cooked in a fashion which caused the concoction to have greater potency than any of the four herbs themselves. The four herbs were Sheep Sorrel, Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Bark, and Rhubarb Root.
The original formula, as given by Renée Caisse, is listed below. We are reprinting here her exact instructions for a two gallon batch, although you would probably not need such a large amount at one time.
52 parts: Burdock Root (parts by weight)
16 parts: Sheep Sorrel
4 parts: Slippery Elm
1 part: Turkey Rhubarb
This is the basic four herb formula which was presented to the Canadian medical authorities in 1937 for their evaluation. Later in her life, while working with Dr. Charles Brusch in Massachusetts, Renée added small amounts of four other herbs to her basic four herb formula. As provided to us by a woman who worked with Rene, and was given the formula by Renée, these extra four herbs were added as follows: Kelp (2 parts), Red Clover (1 part), Blessed Thistle (1 part), Watercress (0.4 parts). We consider the addition of these four extra herbs optional.
How to make The Caisse Formula Decoction
4 gallon stainless steel pot with lid 3 gallon stainless steel pot with lid Stainless steel fine mesh double strainer, funnel & spatula 12 or more 16 oz. sterilized amber glass bottles with airtight caps, or suitable substitutes.
l. Mix dry ingredients thoroughly. Place herbs in a plastic bag and shake vigorously. Herbs are light sensitive; keep stored in a cool dark place.
2. Bring 2 gallons of sodium free distilled water to a rolling boil in the 4 gallon pot (with lid on). Should take approximately 30 minutes at sea level.
3. Stir in 1 cup of dry ingredients. Replace lid and continue to boil for 10 minutes.
4. Turn off stove. Scrape down the sides of the pot with the spatula and stir mixture thoroughly. Replace the lid.
5. Allow the pot to remain closed for 12 hours. Then turn the stove to the highest setting and heat to almost a boil (approximately 20 minutes). Do not let boil.
6. Turn off the stove. Strain the liquid into the 3 gallon pot. Clean the 4 gallon pot and strainer. Then strain the filtered liquid back into the 4 gallon pot.
7. Use the funnel to pour the hot liquid into sterilized bottles immediately, and tighten the caps. After the bottles have cooled, retighten the caps.
8. Refrigerate. Renée's herbal drink contains no preservative agents. If mold should develop, discard the bottle immediately.
Caution: All bottles and caps must be sterilized after use if you plan to reuse them for Essiac. Bottle caps must be washed and rinsed thoroughly, and may be cleaned with a 3% solution of food grade hydrogen peroxide (may be purchased in health food stores). To make a 3% solution, mix 1 ounce of 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide with 11 ounces of sodium free distilled water. Let soak for 5 minutes, rinse and dry. If food grade hydrogen peroxide is not available, use one half teaspoon of Clorox to one gallon of distilled water.
Instructions for Use
1. Keep refrigerated.
2. Shake bottle well before using.
3. May be taken either cold from the bottle, or warmed (never microwave).
4. Once or twice daily take 4 tablespoons (2 ounces) on an empty stomach at least 2 hours after eating.
Note: Some people may prefer to dilute the herbal drink with an equal amount of sodium free distilled water.
Precaution: Some doctors advise against taking the herbal formula while pregnant.
We are not permitted, nor do we, make any claims that Renée Caisse's herbal formula will cure any disease. We have only gathered together in this easy-to-read webpage all of the already published information that is available to the general public about Rene's herbal tea. Consult your physician before using Renée Caisse's herbal tea.
The Caisse Formula is available from Herbactive Herbalist as the dry mixture and the Alcohol-free Concentrated Tincture. Both are organic.
* N.B. "Essiac" is a UK registered trade mark (No. 1546369) of Essiac Products Inc., Canada. Herbactive does not make or supply Essiac Products Inc products. Herbactive's Caisse Formula ACT is unique to Herbactive Herbalist. For Essiac trade mark products please contact Essiac Products Inc., Canada.
SkinClear Herbal Soap - Pure Herbal Soap for Skin and Hair
Avoid all the chemicals, petrochemicals and animal products (tallow) found in commercial soaps and shampoos, even found in so-called 'natural' products.
Soapwort's native range extends throughout Europe to western Siberia. It grows in cool places at low or moderate elevations under hedgerows and along the shoulders of roadways. Soapwort was originally grown near woollen mills so it was handy for washing wool. Plants have also been found near the sites of old Roman baths. Flowers smell somewhat like Cloves.
The root is rich in saponins and produces a natural soapy lather in water. Not just used for making soap, the plant can also be used to make a shampoo for dry, itchy scalp - although try to avoid getting shampoo in the eyes as it can irritate them. It is the preferred washing method of those with cancer. Soapwort contains a fungicide.
Our SkinClear Soap is simply a mixed powder of soapwort root, comfrey, slippery elm powder, marshamallow root, oats and lavender flowers - all perfect for your skin's health and cleanliness. It is gentle on the skin, healing for skin problems and a highly effective natural cleanser - for eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections (ringworm/tinia), and general health. Place some of the powder in your hand, add a little water and wash your whole body; or you can put some of the powder in a flannel or loofah, perfect!
Then you can wash your hair with our SkinClear soapwort shampoo. Made from soapwort root, yucca and rosemary - nothing else - pure and simple. Yucca is known for its help in hair loss, hair thinning and baldness (including tinea or ringworm in the scalp which causes bald patches). Rosemary gives it a fresh natural fragrance, as well as improving growth and strength of the hair follicles. Our shampoo powder wshes and softens your hair and cleanses your scalp; conditions and cleans - couldn't be more natural.
Supportive Herbal Information for Serious Illness :
Caisse Organic Alcohol-free Concentrated Tincture
ABC Daily Herbal NutriPowder Plus
Total Detox Tonic
WormLess Anti-parasitic Tonic
Adaptogenic Tonic (herbal blood cleanser)
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Only whole herbs are used in our herbal medicines. Nothing else is added. If you have symptoms which you consider might be helped with herbal medicine please contact herbal practitioner Alan Hopking for a friendly confidential professional consultation. See terms and fees.
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General advice to consumers on the use of herbal remedies from the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
• Remember that herbal remedies are medicines. As with any other medicine they are likely to have an effect on the body and should be used with care. • Herbal remedies may sometimes interact with other medicines. This makes it particularly important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking a herbal remedy with other medicines such as prescribed medicines (those provided through your doctor or dentist). • Treat with caution any suggestion that a herbal remedy is '100% safe' or is 'safe because it is natural'. Many plants, trees, fungi and algae can be poisonous to humans. It is worth remembering that many pharmaceuticals have been developed or derived from these sources because of the powerful compounds they contain. Any medicine, including herbal remedies, which have an effect on the body should be used with care. • Treat with caution any herbalist or other person who supplies herbal remedies if they are unwilling or unable to provide written information, in English, listing the ingredients of the herbal remedy they are providing. • If you are due to have a surgical operation you should always remember to tell your doctor about any herbal remedy that you are taking. • Anyone who has previously experienced any liver complaint, or any other serious health complaint is advised not to take any herbal remedy without speaking to their doctor first.
Few conventional medicines have been established as safe to take during pregnancy and it is generally recognised that no medicine should be taken unless the benefit to the mother outweighs any possible risk to the foetus. This rule should also be applied to herbal medicinal products. However, herbal products are often promoted to the public as being “natural” and completely “safe” alternatives to conventional medicines. Some herbal ingredients that specifically should be avoided or used with caution during pregnancy. As with conventional medicines, no herbal products should be taken during pregnancy unless the benefit outweighs the potential risk.
Many herbs are traditionally reputed to be abortifacient and for some this reputation can be attributed to their volatile oil component.(6) A number of volatile oils are irritant to the genito-urinary tract if ingested and may induce uterine contractions. Herbs that contain irritant volatile oils include ground ivy, juniper, parsley, pennyroyal, sage, tansy and yarrow. Some of these oils contain the terpenoid constituent, thujone, which is known to be abortifacient. Pennyroyal oil also contains the hepatotoxic terpenoid constituent, pulegone. A case of liver failure in a woman who ingested pennyroyal oil as an abortifacient has been documented.
A stimulant or spasmolytic action on uterine muscle has been documented for some herbal ingredients including blue cohosh, burdock, fenugreek, golden seal, hawthorn, jamaica dogwood, motherwort, nettle, raspberry, and vervain. Herbal Teas Increased awareness of the harmful effects associated with excessive tea and coffee consumption has prompted many individuals to switch to herbal teas. Whilst some herbal teas may offer pleasant alternatives to tea and coffee, some contain pharmacologically active herbal ingredients, which may have unpredictable effects depending on the quantity of tea consumed and strength of the brew. Some herbal teas contain laxative herbal ingredients such as senna, frangula, and cascara. In general stimulant laxative preparations are not recommended during pregnancy and the use of unstandardised laxative preparations is particularly unsuitable. A case of hepatotoxicity in a newborn baby has been documented in which the mother consumed a herbal tea during pregnancy as an expectorant. Following analysis the herbal tea was reported to contain pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are known to be hepatotoxic.
A drug substance taken by a breast-feeding mother presents a hazard if it is transferred to the breast milk in pharmacologically or toxicologically significant amounts. Limited information is available regarding the safety of conventional medicines taken during breast-feeding. Much less information exists for herbal ingredients, and generally the use of herbal remedies is not recommended during lactation.
Herbal remedies have traditionally been used to treat both adults and children. Herbal remedies may offer a milder alternative to some conventional medicines, although the suitability of a herbal remedy needs to be considered with respect to quality, safety and efficacy. Herbal remedies should be used with caution in children and medical advice should be sought if in doubt. Chamomile is a popular remedy used to treat teething pains in babies. However, chamomile is known to contain allergenic sesquiterpene lactones and should therefore be used with caution. The administration of herbal teas to children needs to be considered carefully and professional advice may be needed.
The need for patients to discontinue herbal medicinal products prior to surgery has recently been proposed. The authors considered eight commonly used herbal medicinal products (echinacea, ephedra, garlic, ginkgo, ginseng, kava, St John’s Wort, valerian). On the evidence available they concluded that the potential existed for direct pharmacological effects, pharmacodynamic interactions and pharmacokinetic interactions. The need for physicians to have a clear understanding of the herbal medicinal products being used by patients and to take a detailed history was highlighted. The American Society of Anaesthesiologists (ASA) has advised patients to tell their doctor if they are taking herbal products before surgery and has reported that a number of anaesthesiologists have reported significant changes in heart rate or blood pressure in some patients who have been taking herbal medicinal products including St John’s Wort, ginkgo and ginseng. MCA is currently investigating a serious adverse reaction associated with the use of ginkgo prior to surgery. In this case, the patient who was undergoing hip replacement experienced uncontrolled bleeding thought to be related to the use of ginkgo.
From the website of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (www.mhra.gov.uk) Department of Health, UK
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