Essiac is the reverse spelled name of nurse Rene CAISSE (Caisse spelled backwards results in the name Essiac). In 1922 a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse first discovered this amazing herbal formula when one of the patients in the hospital where she worked was cured of cancer. The patient had received the herbal preparation from a Canadian Ojibway Indian herbalist. She began to experiment with the 4-Herb formula and found it to be very effective in helping many ailments including cancer. Her results were so positive that the government of Canada became involved and by 1938 Essiac tea came within three votes of being legally recognized by the Ontario government as a treatment for terminal cancer.
The four main herbs that make up Essiac are Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Inner Bark, Sheep Sorrel and Indian Rhubarb Root.
Essiac tea can be purchased commercially to enjoy.
Nurse Rene Caisse spent most of her career defending herself against the medical and government establishment. It took many years for her work with Essiac to surface again.
No extensive clinical studies have been performed to date which would provide conclusive evidence that Rene Caisse’s herbal formula will alleviate, cure or prevent any disease or condition.The purpose of this page is to provide historical information about Rene M. Caisse and the history of Essiac.