Essiac Tea for Natural Breast Cancer Prevention? Needs more research:
Of notable mention, Dr. Charles A Brusch, the personal physician to President Kennedy, claimed to have cured his bowel cancer
with Essiac Tea and later worked with Ms Cassie, as mentioned in the book, "Essiac: A Native Herbal Cancer Remedy".
as I want to believe Essiac Tea may be the cure-all in the fight against breast cancer, I choose to keep an open mind and rely
on scientific evidence in order to make an informed decision when it comes to my health.
I believe the accounts of Nurse
Cassie may be based on factual events. If the claims are true, I'm sure God prepared a special seat in heaven for this amazing woman.
Nonetheless, the book “Essiac: A Native Herbal Cancer Remedy” made for a fascinating read (I couldn’t put the book down!).
is what I have found as far as research:
In a 2006 study, Essiac Tea in vitro (in test tube) had shown to increase breast cancer
growth through estrogen receptor positive and estrogen receptor negative cell lines .
In 2007, The Canadian College
of Naturopathic Medicine studied Essiac Tea. Their purpose was to conduct a series of tests to determine the activities of Essiac in
test tube models being that little research have been published on this widely used herbal remedy. The conclusion indicated
it had significant antioxidant and immune effecting properties. What’s more, it targeted ovarian cancer, (Quote: Essiac exhibited
significant cell-specific cytotoxicity towards ovarian epithelial carcinoma cells) .
Effects: American Cancer Society reports, "Serious side effects are uncommon. Essiac may cause headache, nausea, diarrhea or
constipation, vomiting, low blood sugar, liver damage, and kidney damage. Allergic rashes are possible. Rarely, serious allergic reactions
have been reported". "Always tell your doctor and pharmacist about any herbs you are taking. Relying on this type of treatment alone
and avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer may have serious health consequences" .
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Essiac Tea is a Native American herbal remedy by which Nurse Rene Cassie (Essiac is Cassie spelled backwards) learned of after taking
care of an elderly woman. The lady claimed, when she was in her thirties, an Indian medicine man gave her this recipe and it cured
her breast cancer. Ms Cassie then provided this remedy, at no charge, to help thousands of desperate people.