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Essiac Therapy

pot and strainer.

(8) Do the second straining: Strain the filtered liquid back into the first pot, using the strainer and a clean cotten cloth across the mouth of the strainer.

(9) Use the funnel to immediately pour the hot liquid into sterilized bottles, being careful to tighten the caps securely. Allow the bottles to cool. Then tighten the caps again.

(10) If possible, store in a cool place until opened. Upon opening a jar, keep refrigerated, but not frozen.

(11) Essiac contains no preservatives so, if mold forms in a bottle, immediately discard the contents.

(12) Sediment on the bottom of the jars is from the herbs and is normal.

Directions for use: Essiac is easy to take and does not taste bad. Brew the tea and store it in bottles in the refrig- erator. Drink it at least one hour before mealtime.

(1) If you have cancer, drink two fluid ounces three times a day. Do this for at least 12 consecu- tive weeks, without interruption.

(2) If you have diabetes, drink two ounces twice a day.

(3) For general health maintenance, drink two two-ounce cups twice a day for two weeks, then one a day thereafter.

Directions for normal use:

  • (1)

    Shake the bottle of Essiac.

  • (2)

    Take 4 tablespoons (2 oz.) twice a day. It

can be taken cold or heated slightly (do not mi- crowave).

(3) Take it in the morning upon arising. One hour before eating is best.

(4) Take it again at bedtime on an empty stom- ach, at least 2 hours after eating.

(5) In severe cases, also take 2 oz. before the noon meal.

If you have severe stomach problems, dilute Essiac with an equal amount of distilled water.

Directions for use as a preventive:

  • (1)

    Shake the bottle of Essiac.

  • (2)

    Take 4 tablespoons (2 oz.). It can be taken

cold or heated slightly (do not microwave). (3) Take it at bedtime on an empty stomach, at least 2 hours after eating.

2 - THE IMPROVED ESSIAC FORMULA

As agreed upon by Dr. Charles Brusch, Elaine Alexander, and Thomas Greither, the complete herbal compound, as formulated by Caisse and improved on by Brusch, is today marketed by Flora

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under the brand name, Flor•Essence; they are both in ready-to-take liquid form and formulated dry herbs for home steeping. It is sold simply as an herbal cleansing tea. No other physiological claims are made for it. The herbs are said to have been grown under entirely organic conditions.

The proportions of the formula remain a closely guarded secret, but the full list of herbs in the improved Flor•Essence product is known. Any physician or researcher who administered the herbs over a period of time could ascertain the ideal proportion of the eight herbs.

These herbs are as follows: The original four herbs—The original four herbs, as given by the Objibwa Indian doctor, have been listed above. They are sheep sorrel, burdock root, slippery elm bark, rhubarb root (also called Turkey rhubarb root). These four herbs have been discussed at length in the preceeding two pages, and will be discussed in even more detail later in this book (Part Five: Herbal Preparations).

The additional four herbs—Working closely with a Kansas herbalist, Dr. Brusch found that the addition of certain other herbs “potentiated” (im- proved) the successful outcome of administering Essiac to cancer patients. We do not know what the proportions of these four additional herbs were, but the context of all the discussion about Brusch’s findings would indicate the basic four herbs were probably in the largest proportion.

Here are these additional four herbs: water- cress, blessed thistle, red clover, and kelp. Here is a brief overview of each of them:

Watercress is called a “light herbal tonic,” which not only tones up the system but also pro- vides some nourishment. It aids in rebuilding and retoning the body. It is said to be an excellent blood tonic and purifier, and richer in iodine than most plants found within the continent. For this rea- son, it improves the action of the thyroid.

Blessed Thistle improves digestion and cir- culation and strengthens the heart. It is useful for all liver, lung, and kidney problems, and strength- ens the brain and memory. Blessed thistle should not be taken alone or in large amounts during preg- nancy.

Red clover is an excellent blood purifier when used alone or in combination with other blood pu- rifiers (such as yellow dock, dandelion root, sas- safras, etc.). For many years it has been known as a powerful cancer remedy. Only the tops (blos- soms) are used.

Kelp is the fourth of Dr. Brusch’s “potentia- tors.” Kelp is a general term for seaweed. Nutri- tionists recognize that California kelp may be good

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