There is a rich history behind the story of Essiac tea. It has been around for almost 100 years and there are several formulas (4 herb or 8 herb) out there. Nurse Caisse was given an herbal blend recipe that came from a woman who had gotten it 30 years prior from an Ojibway medicine man in 1892. The recipe supposedly cured the woman of her breast cancer. Nurse Caisse began to treat terminally ill cancer patients with the formula in the mid-1920s. She began with her aunt, who had been diagnosed with stomach and liver cancer and was given just six months to live. Her aunt lived much longer than six months--she lived for twenty-one more years, with absolutely no recurrence of cancer.
Caisse and Dr. R.O. Fisher began experimenting with essiac in a "lab" in her mother's basement. After a group of eight doctors witnessed the miraculous recovery of a man under her care (at the doctors' request), those doctors sent a petition to Ottawa requesting that the government provide Caisse with facilities where she could administer her treatment. Sounds like a great idea, but someone didn't think so: Not only was the petition denied, but Caisse actually was close to being arrested for practicing medicine without a license! The only reason she escaped arrest is that she had provided free treatment.
In the late 1920's. Dr. W.C. Arnold and Caisse performed experiments on mice. The mice were injected with Rous Sarcoma, and then treated with essiac. The results? They lived fifty-two days, which was longer than any of the mice lived with any other treatment in the experiment.
Caisse decided to quit nursing in 1929. She began devoting all her time to essiac research in her apartment in Bracebridge, Ontario. She was remarkably successful treating terminally ill cancer patients--people who had basically been given up for dead by the medical establishment.
Caisse drifted in and out of the public spotlight over the next several decades. Her priority was to perform her work with cancer patients while trying to avoid public persecution. The authorities tried to have her arrested many times, but were not successful.
Caisse went to great lengths to protect her formula. She believed that it had the potential to be exploited by money-hungry marketers, or pushed under the rug by the medical community in favor of their own self-interests. She continuously refused to reveal the formula because she feared the motives of others. In 1977, Rene Caisse signed over a four-herb formula to Resperin Corp. of Canada, under the stipulation that Resperin completed clinical tests on the formula. The agreement dictated that if they did not complete these tests, Dr. Charles Brusch would have control of the formula (Dr. Brusch and Caisse had performed clinical tests on essiac together in the 1960's). It turns out that Resperin never completed the tests, but for some reason the formula continued to remain with them. Many companies today sell the four herb essiac formula and reference that the formula can be traced back to this Resperin agreement. However, Rene Caisse always believed in her eight herb formula and only relinquished a four herb formula under much pressure from outsiders.
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.
Dr. Brusch, a medical doctor of noted background, had developed an interest in other natural forms of healing, his objective always the 'well-being' of the patient. He had set up the first acupuncture clinic to collect research data, and it was operating in his medical clinic when Rene Caisse arrived in 1959. He was the first doctor in the Western hemisphere to initiate a plan similar to Medicare within his clinic for those without money for medical help. He was extremely interested in herbs and their power to heal, which he learned from a long-time friend, a master herbalist from Lathrop, Missouri.
The objective at Dr. Brusch's clinic was to prove the merits of this simple, non-toxic, herbal formula called eight herb essiac. The formula had been used with great success on so many terminally ill patients but Dr. Brusch wanted to do even better. They began their research on the eight herb essiac using oral treatment only. No other medication was used and the herbs were given on an empty stomach. In the hope of identifying the active ingredient, they experimented with variations of injectable solutions, each vial containing a different herb. This failed to isolate one single herb, proving that effective results are obtained synergisticlly though the unique combination of the eight herbs in the correct proportions.
Consequently they returned to using the eight herb essiac formula administered in an oral fashion. One version of this formula is called "FlorEssence" in the marketplace. A double blind study was done in which other herbal formulas were used, all of which proved to be inferior.
This closely guarded formula came directly from Dr. Brusch.
There have been no changes or compromises to the essiac tea formula over the years--you're simply getting the best organic essiac tea that money can buy.
Most of the other essiac companies have made change to their formula to improve the taste and texture--at the expense of effectiveness!
We provide you with powdered herbs, which is more expensive. But, the powdered herbs mean that you can ingest them and you get all the beneficial properties of the herbs. Ingesting the herbs is better than just drinking the juice, just like eating an orange is better than drinking the juice.