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Why We Don't Use the 8-Herb Formulas

Most of the eight-herb formulas on the internet contain two herbs which Rene Caisse did not use--blessed thistle and kelp.  Therefore, it is not Essiac tea.  There are also numerous other incorrect variations on the internet that are not Essiac tea.

To learn more about the herbs that Rene Caisse did use we recommend reading ESSIAC:  The Secrets of Rene Caisse's Herbal Pharmacy

Click here to view the only verifiable and legal documentation of the true Essiac formula that Rene Caisse was using after more than fifty years of hands on research. 

Also, Rene Caisse stated that sheep sorrel roots are "very essential" for Essiac tea.  Click here for the sheep sorrel root documention.

"If it works, don't change it." -- Rene M. Caisse, R.N.

Here is the correct formula and herbs:

6 cups of cut burdock root [arctium lappa]* 

1 pound of powdered sheep sorrel herb w/roots [rumex acetosella]

1/4 pound of powdered slippery elm bark [ulmus rubrus/fulva]

1 ounce of powdered Turkish rhubarb root [rheum palmatum tanguticum]

*6 cups of burdock root (cut) is equalivalent to 24 oz.

We only use the standard, legally documented Essiac tea formula.


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* IMPORTANT NOTICE:  We do not sell nor are we associated with the trademarked (TM) or registered (R) "ESSIAC" products that are sold by other companies in Canada and the US.  We only sell the herbs so that people can make Rene Caisse's tea in their own homes.  Rene Caisse never registered, patented or trademarked "Essiac" which was simply her last name spelled backwards and was originally a native american herbal remedy for cancer.  The word "Essiac" was in common usage in the 1930s, decades before anyone tried to corner the market by "registering" or "trademarking" the word "Essiac".  Furthermore, we only use the "Essiac" formula which Rene Caisse's best friend, Mary McPherson, officially entered into the public domain in a sworn affidavit in 1994 in Bracebridge, Ontario.  This formula uses Turkey rhubarb root which is much more pleasant tasting than the Indian rhubarb products on the market (which is why Rene Caisse switched to Turkey rhubarb in her final Essiac tea formula).  The website has posted Mary McPherson's "Essiac" formula affidavit here.  That is the formula we use. 

We offer 10% (regular strength) and 20% (extra-strength) sheep sorrel roots.  The percentages refer to the ratio of sheep sorrel root to the total sheep sorrel content in the formula.

The information on this page and on this website is for historical and general information purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.


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