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History of Essiac Tea

This ancient herbal formula has been traced back, well over 250 years, to an area in Eastern Ontario Canada. The Shaman or Medicine Man, for the Ojibwa Native Indians, used this combination of four herbs to treat the illnesses of his Tribe. It was used as a topical treatment for wounds as well as being brewed to be ingested for intestinal ailments.

This unique formula consisting of four herbs, Burdock Root, Slippery Elm, Sheep Sorrel and Rhubarb Root, had remained a secret, as it was passed down from Shaman to Shaman, until the early 1900’s.

A very ill Canadian woman, without the means to afford treatment, was introduced to an Ojibwa Medicine Man, who prepared his secret formula for her to begin taking. He showed her where to find the herbs in the fields and what parts of the herbs to use so she could care for herself. She later made a remarkable recovery and proceeded to share this information with her friend, Nurse Rene Caisse (pronounced Reen Case) The Cancer Nurse, Rene CaisseIn the early 1920’s Nurse Caisse began using this formula to treat her many patients, with the permission of her doctors and hospital administrators. Patients had great success with this herbal formula and word of mouth spread in Canada to the point the local media got hold of the story of this helpful tonic.

When she was interviewed by the local newspaper, she was asked what the name of this popular tonic was called. So, thinking on her feet, she spelled her name backwards and said it was called “Essiac” and the name stuck forever.

Later in life, she partnered with Dr,. Charles Brusch (personal physician to President John F. Kennedy) and they worked for 8 years, from 1957 to around 1965, Dr Charles Brusch helped Rene Caisse develop the 8 Herbessiac Tea Formula to improve the potency and effectiveness of this herbal formula.

They and their team of doctors settled on a revised improved formula using the original four core herbs but added Blessed Thistle, Red Clover, Kelp and Watercress, to modify and enhance the performance of the original four herb formula.

This proprietary eight herb formula is what we, at Herbal Balance For Life, are producing today.

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