Alternate Cancer Remedies
Since Essiac has the best track record of any herbal formula, it is well-worth focusing our attention on it.
The ideal anti-cancer herbal formula will at- tack and destroy the tumor (whether or not bac- teria or viruses are involved). It will help cleanse the blood, liver, kidneys, lymphatics, and gastro- intestinal tract. An important part of that pro- cess is to open the bile ducts, to help free the liver from the toxic overload. Some cathartic action on the bowels, along with soothing the stomach and bowels, would also important.
The above paragraph was written before
preparing the following analysis of the four Essiac herbs in detail. Yet, having done so, it has been discovered that Essiac essentially ful- fills the above conditions! Of course, the Gerson therapy does it more systematically, rapidly, and with more permanent results. Yet Essiac should not be ignored.
ANALYSIS OF THE FOUR HERBS IN ESSIAC
BURDOCK ROOT—Arctium lappa. Burdock is excellent. It cleans the blood of impurities and help flush the kidneys. “Root: alterative, diaphoretic, diuretic, de- mulcent. Body parts affected: blood, kidneys, and liver . .
“Burdock root is one of the best blood puri- fiers for chronic infection, arthritis, rheuma- tism, skin diseases . . It provides an abundance of iron and insulin which makes it of special value to the blood. It has volatile oils which makes it a good diaphretic [induce sweating], and clears the kidneys of excess wastes and uric acid by increasing the flow of urine.”—Humbart Santillo, Natural Healing with Herbs, 96.
“Root: diuretic, depilatory, alterative. Leaves: maturating. Seed: alternative, diuretic.
“The root is one of the best blood purifiers for syphilitic and other diseases of the blood. It cleanses and eliminates impurities from the blood very rapidly. Burdock tea taken freely will clear all kinds of skin diseases, boils, and car- buncles. Increases flow of urine. Excellent for gout, rheumatism, scrofula, canker sores, syphilis, sciatica, gonorrhea, leprosy.”—Jethro Kloss, Back to Eden, 211. [Keep in mind that herbs which treat syphilis, gonorrhea, and/or leprosy are generally good for cancer also, since all are garbage diseases.]
“The decoction or infusion of burdock root is aperient, but not for all individuals; for some
it may even be constipative . . Burdock is also said to neutralize and eliminate poisons in the system. The leaves are not generally used but do contain a substance that stimulates the se- cretion of bile. If they are to be used for liver problems, use fresh leaves only . . The seeds contain an oil that is used medicinally, but only with medical supervision.”—John Lust, The Herb Book, 140. [Therefore avoid use of leaves, unless fresh, and seeds.]
“Root tea (2 ounces died root in 1 quart wa- ter) used as a ‘blood purifier’; diuretic, stimu- lates bile secretion, sweating . . Also used for gonorrhea.”—Steven Foster and J.A. Duke, Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants, 166.
SORREL—Rumex acetosella L. Same as sheep sorrel, sourgrass. Sorrel helps flush out toxins through the bowels and kid- neys. But it also has anti-tumor properties. “Astringent, diuretic, laxative. Sorrel root has astringent properties, and a decoction made from it has been used for hemorrhage . . A tea made from the leaves and stem is diuretic and may be helpful for gravel and stones. For mouth and throat ulcers, a tea made from leaves and flowers and taken with honey has been recom- mended. Sorrel leaves are sometimes used like spinach, particularly for ‘spring cure.’ Exter- nally, a tea made from the herb can be used as a wash or fomentation to treat skin diseases and problems. Caution: Consuming large quan- tities of sorrel can irritate the kidneys and pro- duce mild to severe poisoning.”—Lust, 359-360. “Diuretic, antiscorbutic, refrigerant, vermi- fuge . . It kills putrefaction in the blood, expels worms, and is warming to the heart . . A tea from the flowers is good in internal ulcers and black jaundice; also scurvy, scrofula, and all skin diseases. A poultice is excellent for can- cer, boils, and tumors.”—Kloss, 315. “Leaf tea of this common European alien tra- ditionally used for fevers, inflammation, scurvy. Fresh leaves considered cooling, diuretic; leaves poulticed (after roasting) for tumors, wens (se- baceous cysts); folk cancer remedy . . Warning: May cause poisoning in large doses, due to high oxalic acid and tannin content.”—Foste , 214.
RHUBARB—Rheum palmatum. Rhubarb stimulates the bile ducts, so the liver can flush. It is excellent as a mild laxative for children or very sick people. It also relieves stomach troubles, and cleans the bowels. Also a good blood cleanser. “Common names: Turkey rhubarb, China rhubarb. Medicinal properties: Vulnerary, tonic, stomachic, purgative, was atringent, aperient. “Rhubarb is an old-time remedy, very useful