Naturopathic medicine has a long and interesting history and includes the discovery and use of herbal supplements such as ESSIAC, which a Canadian Nurse, Rene Caisse made famous in the 1920’s. The name ESSIAC is Rene Caisse’s last name spelled in reverse and she is well-known throughout Canada for her humanitarianism, challenge of the medical establishment and pioneering work in the area of natural therapies.
Caisse used the originally Native American (Ojibwa) blend known as ESSIAC to treat patients in a free clinic which she operated in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada mid-20th Century from 1938 to 1942. She spearheaded clinical research on the compound, and 1 year prior to her passing in 1978 at the age of 90, Caisse signed legal rights for the formulation over to Resperin. After her death, Caisse’s formula continued to be marketed and used in powder, liquid and capsule form. Today, the manufacturer even sells the formula for pets and their immune system health.
ESSIAC is Health Canada approved but only as a supplement, meaning that it is not proven to prevent, treat or cure disease. However, since Rene Caisse, natural health care practitioners and users of herbal supplements have testified to how it has improved people’s health, ESSIAC remains a popular supplement to this day. Many claim it supports the body’s immune system and detoxifies the liver, therefore aiding in maintaining good health and allowing the body to fight its own battle against disease. Its action is synergistic, which means that the combination of the active ingredients in ESSIAC works better than each ingredient by itself.
There are usually 4 common botanicals in preparations of ESSIAC and most commercial offerings of the supplement are grown organically without pesticides.
It is most often brewed as tea and drank 1 to 2 times per day as a regular tonic. Users recommended consuming it before meals on an empty stomach. Powder should contain the entire plant of each herb. This form is considered the most potent and therapeutic.
The only known side effect of regular use of ESSIAC is diarrhea.