[MOL] Essiac Tea Herbal Remedy [02179] Medicine On Line


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[MOL] Essiac Tea Herbal Remedy



Essiac is an herbal remedy that was prescribed and promoted for about 50 years
by Rene M. Caisse, a Canadian nurse who died in 1978. Shortly before her
death, she turned over the formula and manufacturing rights to the Resperin
Corporation, a Canadian company that has provided it to patients under a
special agreement with Canadian health officials. Several reports state that
the formula contains burdock, Indian rhubarb, sorrel, and slippery elm, but
there may be additional ingredients. Essiac tea claimed to be Caisse's
original formulation is also marketed in the United States. Several animal
tests using samples of Essiac have shown no antitumor activity. Nor did a
review of data on 86 patients performed by the Canadian federal health
department during the early 1980s.