Essiac actually is a blend of four herbs—burdock root, slippery elm inner bark, sheep sorrel and Indian rhubarb root. The formula was named for Rene Caisse (Essiac is Caisse spelled backwards), a Canadian nurse who worked with cancer patients in the early 1900s. The formula is believed to have originated in native Canadian Ojibway Indian medicine.

Essiac, of course, is not a cure for cancer. It does, however, support the normal detoxification pathways of the liver, kidneys and lymphatic system, which helps immune function. Essiac is nontoxic, so I don't oppose using it as a dietary supplement. Take the dosage recommended on the label—and as always, before starting a new supplement, check with your doctor.

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