Essiac: Nature's Cure for Cancer Part II

Little Running Deer writes

The Ojibwa Indian “midewiwan” befriended an English couple who settled in Northern Ontario, Canada, at the turn of the century. The couple and other prospectors had come to the region hoping to get rich in the forested wilderness where the Ojibwa still lived according to traditional Native American ways.

The prospector’s wife developed a hard mass in her breast. When the Ojibwa healer heard of the woman’s condition, he offered a remedy that had been passed down by “the grandfathers.”
He told the woman and her husband that the remedy was “a holy drink that would purify her body and place it back in balance with the great spirit.”

Skeptical, the couple traveled to Toronto where the mass was diagnosed as breast cancer. The doctors urged immediate removal of the breast. The two were afraid and had no money for the operation, so they returned to the frontier, where the Ojibwa midewiwan prepared a brew. It is the Ojibwa expression for healer or medicine man.

The Englishwoman was to drink the brew two times a day until, as the story is told, the cancer victim’s body was “back in harmony with the great spirit.”

Twenty years later, a 33-year-old nurse in a small provincial Ontario hospital met this Englishwoman. The woman’s breast was scarred where the cancerous mass had been. When the country nurse inquired, the old Englishwoman told her how her breast cancer had been cured by the Ojibwa medicine man.

The nurse was Rene Caisse. She kept notes of the herbs that the Englishwoman told her were used in the brew. Her notes were put away and forgotten until Rene Caisse’s aunt developed cancer of the stomach and liver. The aunt’ s condition was terminal. Nurse Caisse consulted the attending physician, who said that trying the herbs could do no harm since the aunt was condemned to die from the cancer.

Her aunt recovered after two months of treatment with the herbal cure and lived 20 more years. This began rural nurse Rene Caisse’s lifelong devotion to treating and curing patients with terminal cancer at no charge—only the satisfaction of bringing condemned cancer victims back to life. The Ojibwa medicine man’s cure was never accepted by the medical establishment. Nurse Rene Caisse began what became a 60-year struggle to have the herbal mixture clinically tested and administered as a treatment for cancer.

The herbal brew that has been passed down contains ingredients well known for their curative properties. Sheep Sorrel has been used in healing poultices from earliest times. It was recorded in use in 1475 in Iceland for boils and tumors.

The extracts of sheep sorrel are rich in vitamins A, B, C, O, E, K., P, carotenoids, chlorophyll, and minerals. Japanese researchers at Nagoya University found burdock root to reduce cell mutation, and Hungarian scientists found it to adversely affect tumor growth. Chinese medicine has used burdock root for thousands of years as a blood purifier rich in vitamins B, E, P and many minerals.

Slippery elm bark contains mucilage and has been used to prevent and cure inflammation of membranes and to contribute to healing when used externally on wounds by having antimicrobial and antibiotic effects.

Rhubarb root was reported in Chinese medicine in 220 B.C. as a healing medication to remove toxins from the blood and small intestines. Rhein, contained in rhubarb root, has been shown by Japanese scientists at the Oriental Medicine Research center in Tokyo to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestines.

To understand how a cancer cure works, it is important to understand how cancer begins and acts in the human body.

“The basic premise of all this is the change which occurs in the body caused by things that do not belong to the body,” Dr. Brij Sood, M.D., a veteran cancer surgeon and former clinical director of Radiation Oncology at the Einstein hospitals said.

Cancer cures witnessed by the late nurse Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles A. Brusch as well as others who have used the Ojibwa Indian’s brew, prove its healing properties have conquered cancer. The Ojibwa Indian herbal tea is a natural cure that does no harm. “The first insult to the cell is by an initiator. Then there are promoters that change the cell into cancer. That’s how science sees it,” Dr. Sood explained. “When change is initiated by environmental or dietary factors, then the next step is promotion. Tobacco, alcohol, ultra violet rays can alter the cell, and the cell responds by doing just what it wants to do as the body’s immune system is altered and the body’s response is altered,” Dr. Sood added. Describing the genetic factor in cancer, Dr. Sood explained: “There are expressive genes and suppressive genes. Suppressive genes may be absent in some people. Consider them the police. When the police are absent, genes which otherwise would have kept quiet grow. How it happens is a mystery. “In a person’s lifetime, certain things are done to the body so that the normal healthy way of living is not there anymore; the suppressor gene is gone and cancer cells grow. In Indian language, as Don Cardinal expressed it, they want to put the whole body in harmony, put the body where it belongs, acting in perfect physiological balance,” Dr. Sood said.

Don Cardinal, a Cree medicine man from Canada, believes the herbal blend of sheep sorrel, burdock root, slippery elm bark, and rhubarb root are keys to the treatment of cancer. Don Cardinal is known as Kiweeten, or Healer of the North. “There are two more herbs that have been secretly guarded and held back when the original ingredients were passed down,” Don Cardinal said. {Those herbs are thought to be bloodroot and cleavers.} When asked by Dr. Brij Sood, M.D., then clinical director of the Department of Radiation Oncology of the Montifiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, whether he knew the precise ingredients of the original Ojibwa brew, the Cree medicine man replied that he did. The additional ingredients help the main herbs interact and provide healing for the body,” Cardinal said. “It is important that the herbs are mixed in the correct proportions,” he said, describing the spiritual importance he placed on using  nature’s  bounty in the right way. “When I pick  the herbs myself, I always say a prayer and make my offering of tobacco to say thank you to the Creator for giving us these herbs,” he said.“Even when I do not gather the herbs myself, when I buy them, in case those who gathered them did not offer thanks, I always say a prayer and make an offering before I use them,” the Cree healer said. He shows respect in a spiritual way that is the essence of Native American healing and medicine.

“Chemotherapy kills good and bad cells. Herbs may strengthen the strong elements of the body so that the body’s defenses can take over the cancer,” Dr. Sood said. “How herbs affect it is beyond the scientific community to explain. They may strengthen the body’s immune system.”
This doctor with 30-years experience in treating cancer patients spoke openly and inquisitively. He listened carefully to the Cree medicine man describe, in almost the same language originally used by the Ojibwa healer, the Indian herbal drink that acted as a detoxifier: “a holy drink that purified the body.”

Chemotherapy can cause cancer cells to grow!

These herbs may cause an increase in cells at first in the tumor area but then the cancer cells break down and are reduced. The tumor will harden at first and then soften and then dissolve. I know of someone who watched chunks of the cancer tumor come out in his urine using this. Don Cardinal would not have suggested it if he thought it would only increase cancer cells. Naturopath Doctors would not be using it if they thought it would only increase cancer cells. There are a large number of testimonials.

Dr. Mike Thrasher head of native studies at Trent University in Ontario. He taught the PhD Native Studies program at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario and worked in his Native community for more than 25 years on health issues. He said on Essiac

The original rhubarb available to the INDIANS was the correct one to use. Availability of herbs is NOT the prime criteria for choice of herbs in Indian medicine, the right and correct plant is. This is not to say the formula cannot be improved, simply that the original First Nation master of this herbal remedy knew and understood it completely.

Peg Ghost Dancer Wene writes

As to your questions about the rhubarb there is basically no difference between the two of them as far as potency goes.

Dr. M. Martin ND writes

Essiac and Type 2 Diabetes

The four-herb tea was really good.  As a matter of fact we had to put a warning in there.  People who were on insulin that were taking the tea needed to monitor their blood sugar because sometimes the pancreas would kick back in, but not all the time it would.  Let’s say, for instance, the person had been on insulin for fifteen years.  The chances of the pancreas kicking back in are going to be a lot slimmer than if a person has just come down with diabetes.  Any time we give it to a diabetic patient we have to make sure that they watch their sugar because if their sugar drops down they don’t need to be taking their massive doses of their drugs.  The tea did in fact make very radical improvements in some people that were type two diabetics.  We’ve had people come off the insulin with the Essiac, but those are people who are very strict about not eating sugar.  The problem with diabetics is that they go to their doctor and  the doctor tells them that they’re diabetic and they give them insulin shots and they go home and eat their Twinkies.  They continue to eat sugar, that’s where the problem is.  They’ve got to stop eating sugar.  And the people that will quit eating sugar, change their diet and then work with the tea and some other supplements like vanadium (they found that vanadium is deficient in diabetics), they can reverse it.  But they can’t reverse it if they won’t change their diet.  Dr. Banting, a co-discover of insulin, also found a correlation between Essiac, insulin, and the pancreas.

If they do have to take the tea with an arthritic condition, we recommend that they just add in a calcium supplement, that’s all.  Because an arthritic condition is an acidic condition and the oxalic acid makes it a little bit acidic.  Essiac can aggravate it a little bit, but it’s not harmful. People report that they’re a little stiffer, so we supplement calcium and we don’t have a problem with the stiffness. The calcium counterbalances that.  That’s what an arthritic condition is, the body is not getting enough calcium and is pulling calcium from the bones.  So you have to supplement calcium and then you don’t have a problem, unless it’s an arthritic condition caused by infection.  There’s a couple different causes, but most common is lack of calcium.”

Essiac and Cancer

"The research showed Sheep Sorrel, the most acidic ingredient at pH 4.5, to be the one herb that had a directly destructive effect on cancerous cells.

It was discovered that one of the most dramatic effects of taking this remedy was its affinity for drawing all the cancer cells which had spread back to the original site at which point the tumor would first harden, then later it would soften, until it vanished altogether or more realistically, the tumor would decrease in size to where it could then be surgically removed with minimal complications.

In certain cases and at certain stages of the disease, the cancer would act as if it were 'coming to a head', similar to an abscess. It would then break down and slough away.  When the mass breaks, it isn't like pus but like a cottage cheese substance that comes away.  Still other types will enlarge until the mass is localized, then loosen and reduce in size until there is nothing left, having been absorbed into and carried off by the blood stream and body waste.

No matter where the malignancy may be in the human body, surgery would be much more successful after six to eight treatments of Essiac, followed by further treatments once a week after the operation for a period of three months; then there would be no recurrence of the tumor.  In the case of breast cancers, the primary growth will usually invade the mammary gland of the opposite breast or the auxilla (armpit), or both. Essiac reduced the secondary growth into the primary mass, enlarging it for a time.  When it became localized, it was encapsulated and could then be removed without danger of recurrence.  In one instance, a patient with breast cancer was instructed by her doctor to have six Essiac treatments before undergoing surgery.  After the fifth treatment, however, the cancer disappeared, with no recurrence.

It is very important to use the dosage as recommended. The herbs are very potent, and in particular Sheep Sorrel can have the effect of enlarging the tumor too quickly, so that it may burst, or a vital organ may be blocked because of its increase in size.  Sometimes the tumors will soften, dissolve into small pieces and be eliminated through the bowel or the urinary tract.  Cancer growths in the breast have been known to become encapsulated within six weeks to three months, and can then be removed surgically with little danger of metastasising in the future.  Cancers of the esophagus have also become encapsulated and removed cleanly and safely by surgery.

The following reactions may occur when treating cancer with Essiac:

a)  swelling--occurs when metastasized cells gather into the primary tumor  {increase of cells in the tumor area}

b) cottage cheese effect--resembling curds and clear liquid, occurs as the cancer breaks up and discharges from either the body orifices or from localized cysts or swellings.  A jelly-like substance can also be discharged or coughed up from the lungs.

c) More frequent passing of urine/defecation and other inexplicable discharges--occurring as the body detoxifies.  If the symptoms are severe, with related nausea and pain, stop taking the formula for a few days until all the symptoms have subsided.  When you start drinking it again, take half an ounce every other day, gradually resuming the original dosage.  Remember that all diseases have a life cycle and a rhythm of their own, so follow your own judgement according to what your body is telling you about the dosage it needs.

d) Aching 'on site' and headaches, linked to the detoxification process, have been noted as sometimes occurring when taking Essiac after surgery.  Treat as for (c) and drink more water to flush out toxins from the body.

e) Fever or chills--sometimes occurring when the Essiac starts working directly on the cancerous cells." (Essiac Facts)

A Naturopath or healer will work with you through the process and also help with diet changes and other health concerns you may have. I would prefer to go this non-toxic route along with IV Vitamin C therapy, Mistletoe therapy and/or cannabis which is legal for cancer treatment and a sound cancer diet. There is a reason why Don Cardinal was not a fan of toxic chemotherapy and neither am I. Cancer treatment should always be a personal choice. Cate Crow

Note: While this article states that Essiac has been in use since 1922 - in actuality it has been in use for many hundreds of years by the Native community of this country. - Two Feathers An Interview with Dr Gary Glum by Eli...


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