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Herbal Preparations

diet and herbal formula is correct), the liver can become overloaded—and stop functioning. This is called hepatic coma, and death results.

CHOLAGOGUES—These herbs help open the bile ducts and promote the flow of bile, thus aid- ing the liver in cleaning itself out.

Barberry Cayenne Dandelion

Goldenseal Yellow dock

Note: The Gerson Institute has found that cof- fee enemas are far and away the most powerful, yet safe, means of emptying the bile ducts and thus cleaning out the liver. But it must only be done when high levels of nutrients and vitamin and mineral replacement is being made!

It would be helpful if, at the same time, the liver could be strengthened. But this may not be crucial.

HEPATICS—These are herbs which streng- then, tone, and stimulate the secretive functions of the liver. Aloe vera Barberry

5 - It would also be helpful to strengthen the organs of elimination.

LIVER TONICS—These herbs increase the

Barberry

Cleavers

Buckthorn bark

Mistletoe

energy of the liver.

GALLBLADDER TONICS—The following

herbs strengthen the gallbladder.

Goldenseal

Oregon grape root

KIDNEY TOPICS—These herbs strengthen the

kidneys so they can work better.

Burdock root Cleavers

Mistletoe

INTESTINAL TONICS—These herbs energize the gastro-intestinal tract.

Barberry

Goldenseal

Cascara sagrada

Rhubarb

6 - Additional flushing of toxins is also needed during the cleansing process.

LYMPHATICS—These herbs stimulate and cleanse the lymphatic system.

Chaparral

Oregon grape root

Dandelion

Poke root

Echinacea Garlic

Yellow dock

Bayberry

Garlic

Cayenne

Ginger

ANTI-CATARRHALS—These herbs help rid the body of catarrh.

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Comfrey

7 - During the cleansing process, it would be well to help soothe the gastro-intestinal tract.

MUCILAGES—These are herbs which tend to soothe inflamed parts. Slippery elm is the best of

them. Chickweed Comfrey

Slippery elm

8 - It might be helpful if an herb could be included which relieved pain during the recov- ery process. Yet it is now known that cancer never causes pain! It is not the tumor but the toxic over- load in the later stages which produces the pain! As soon as the toxins are being reduced, by elimi- nation through the bowels and kidneys, the pain which cancer patients are experiencing lessens and stops. The Gerson Institute has found that, when pain occurs, coffee enemas flush out the liver and the pain subsides. They also use chamomile to lessen gastro-intestinal pains.

NERVINES—These herbs help relieve pain (yet are unlikely to stop cancer pain since it is caused by a toxic overload).

Chamomile

Mistletoe

Gravel root

Wood betony

ANODYNES—The following herbs relieve pain. They do this by decreasing the excitability of the nerves and nerve centers. Anti-spasmodic (anti- paralysis) herbs are quite similar in function.

Echinacea

White willow SUMMARY

It is of interest that, in the above listings, cer- tain herbs, known to have anti-cancer properties, are continually repeated. They are: Burdock root Echinacea Barberry Also repeated frequently are chaparral, gold- enseal, mistletoe, dandelion, etc. In addition, the four Essiac herbs are all there: Burdock root Sorrel Rhubarb root Slippery elm bark

Working from the above analysis, it would seem that Essiac, possibly with the addition of Echinacea and Barberry (please note: Large doses of barberry are harmful!), could provide the ba- sic herbal formula. Yet it must be kept in mind that, if too many herbs were added to Essiac, the balance it already has might be lost. (For another analysis of Essiac, please turn to pages 57 to 61.)

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