Essiac herbs are comprised of four main herbs that are found in the wilderness of Ontario, Canada. These four herbs that make up Essiac include Slippery Elm Inner Bark, Indian Rhubarb Root, Sheep Sorrel and Burdock Root.
The name Essiac was given by Rene Caisse who proposed the Immune System Theory – essiac is caisse spelt backwards.
Caisse’s Immune System Theory states that we have several antigens in our body and the only reason we are able to survive assaults on our health from these antigens is because of our innately powerful immune system.
Of late however, our bodies are being overloaded with potentially dangerous pollutants and chemicals which are difficult to get rid of naturally. Essiac herbs offer a safe and gentle way to get rid of harmful antigens and maintain a healthy balance in the body without any harmful side effects.
Slippery Elm Inner Bark
Slippery elm inner bark contains massive amounts of mucilages and tannins, which help in dissolving the mucus deposits in glands, tissues and nerve channels. The bark also contains magnesium, calcium and vitamins A,B,C and K, which help neutralize acids due to indigestion and also help nourish and soothe tissues, organs and mucus membranes.
Indian Rhubarb Root
Small amounts of Indian rhubarb root have traditionally been used as a gentle laxative. It helps in neutralizing acids from indigestion and in eliminating toxic waste build up from the liver. The mallic acid present in the herb transports oxygen to the different body parts, providing a healthy and positive effect on overall healing and digestion.
Burdock root has been used since ancient times to stimulate a healthy immune response, maintain a vigorous gastrointestinal tract, boost weak digestion, reduce mucus and as a diuretic for water retention. Its chromium content helps maintain regular blood sugar levels and its selenium content helps reduce free radicals present in the body.
Sheep sorrel is believed to nourish the glandular system. It has been traditionally used to cool the body down and boost sweating and detoxification through the skin. It is a potent diuretic and helps maintain healthy kidneys and urinary functions. Sheep sorrel is also rich in vitamins and several trace minerals including mineral oxides, potassium, calcium, silicon, phosphorous, rutin and magnesium
Back to Herbal Tea Remedies
Return to Herbal Remedies from Essiac Herbs