The Story of Essiac: brilliant success and heartbreaking harrassment


Essiac, a herbal tea mixture, was used by Canadian nurse Rene Caisse to treat thousands of cancer patients from the 1920s until her death in 1978. She accepted only voluntary contributions. Her formula was successful with hundreds of documented cases, labelled terminal by doctors. She had remarkable results against many cancers, giving Essiac through injection or orally.

  • The formula was reportedly given to Caisse by a woman whose breast cancer had been healed by an Ontario Indian medicine man. Essiac came within three votes of being legalized by the Canada in 1938. Many prominent physicians voiced their support for Essiac. For example, Dr. Charles Brusch-a founder of the prestigious Brusch Medical Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, testified, “I endorse this therapy even today for I have in fact cured my own cancer, the original site of which was the lower bowels, through Essiac alone.”
  • But Rene Caisse suffered constant persecution and harassment from Canadian authorities. Today, Essiac remains unapproved for marketing in the USA and Canada. However, Resperin special agreement with the Canadian Health and Welfare department, can supply “emergency releases of Essiac on compassionate grounds.” Another company reportedly has the authentic formula for the herbal remedy in Caisse’s handwriting, plus eight of her formula variations for specific cancers, including cancer of the prostate. It recently made Essiac available through various distributors. 
  • In 1983, Dr. E. Bruce Hendrick,chief of neurosurgery at the University of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, urged health officials to launch a clinical trial of Essiac. He reported that eight of ten patients with surgically treated tumors of the central nervous system, after following an Essiac regimen, had been able to forgo radiation and chemotherapy.

In 1924, Caisse’s aunt, Mireza Potvin, was diagnosed with advanced cancer of the stomach and was told she had six months at the most to live. Remembering the Indian brew, Rene asked her aunt’s physician, Dr. R. O. Fisher of Toronto, for permission to try it on her dying relative. Dr. Fisher consented, and Rene gathered the herbs to brew the tea. After drinking the herbal concoction daily for two months, Mireza Potvin rallied, got well, and went on to live another twenty-one years.

Caisse and Dr. Fisher began to work together to treat terminal cancer. Many showed dramatic improvement. Rene Dr. Fisher experimented on mice inoculated with human cancer, and they modified the formula, which they named Essiac. 

One of Rene’s first cases was a woman who had cancer of the bowel complicated by diabetes. The patient decided to stop taking insulin in 1925. Under Essiac therapy, the woman’s tumor at first became larger and harder. As she continued her injections, the tumor softened and shrunk away. Strangely, the diabetes also resolved during the course of treatment.

In 1935, the Town Council of Bracebridge gave the old British Lion Hotel for use as a cancer clinic to Rene Caisse – for one dollar per month rent. Over the next seven years, Caisse treated thousands of patients in this building. This arrangement came about after Dr. A. F. Bastedo referred a terminally ill patient with bowel cancer to Caisse. Dr. Bastedo was so impressed by the patient’s recovery, he persuaded the town council to make the hotel building available to Rene.

Shortly after the clinic opened, Caisse’s seventy-two-year-old mother, Friselde, was diagnosed with cancer of the liver, inoperable because of her weak heart. One of Ontario’s top specialists, Dr. Roscoe Graham, said she had only days to live. Rene began giving daily injections of Essiac to her mother, who had not been told she had cancer. After ten days of treatment, Friselde Caisse began to recover. She regained her full health, with diminishing doses of Essiac, and lived another eighteen years before passing away quietly from heart disease.


So.. does this stuff work, do you think? The fact that they intimidated Rene into closing the clinic must tell us something.


The whole story here.