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Turkey Rhubarb or Indian Rhubarb?

Rene Caisse switched from Indian rhubarb to Turkish rhubarb because of the complaints about the taste of Essiac tea.  They are quite different herbs. 

Turkish rhubarb is actually a chinese herb that grows in the mountains.  It is only called Turkey or Turkish rhubarb because the root came through Turkey on the trade route to Europe for centuries.

"The [turkey] rhubarb rhizome official in the British Pharmacopoeia, 1914, must be collected in China and Thibet.  English-grown rhubarb is inferior to the official rhubarb in medicinal qualities.  We still depend upon Northern China and Thibet for Rhubarb."  [A MODERN HERBAL, first published by Jonathan Cape, 1931, p. 676].

The variety of "Turkish" rhubarb that has the best taste is Rheum palmatum tanguticum, which we use exclusively in our products. 

Indian rhubarb (Rheum officinale) actually comes from Indonesia which is a much hotter climate.  It came to Europe through the India trade route so it became known as "Indian" rhubarb.


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

CLICK HERE to find what Rene Caisse said about SHEEP SORREL ROOTS


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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 derived from 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.  This is the formula we use. 

We include sheep sorrel roots in all our Essiac tea products at precise percentages.  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.

Essiac NorthWest, Humbleweed and many others have all contributed to the Essiac Circle of Friends, a natural society of  like-minded people continuing traditional native herbal healing in the spirit of the Seven Fires Prophecy.  The Essiac Circle of Friends is a cooperative effort to provide the highest quality Essiac tea herbs on the planet.  It is not in itself a corporation or business but some of the people involved have started their own retail outlets to provide these high-quality herbs to the public.   We are the people who plant, grow, harvest and supply these high-quality herbs to those in need.  The Circle has evolved over the past decade with various people contributing to it and then moving on in the ever-changing ebb and flow of life.


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