Myths and Misconceptions About Essiac Tea...Busted

Much confusion surrounds the topic of essiac tea. Countless companies are selling counterfeit versions, so it’s hard to know who to trust. In this article, you’ll learn what to look for to determine if the essiac in front of you is legitimate or not.

For those who are unfamiliar, the most advanced essiac tea formula is made from boiling a combination of eight powdered herbs mixed in a specific ratio:

  • Burdock Root
  • Watercress
  • Blessed Thistle
  • Kelp
  • Turkish Rhubarb Root
  • Slippery Elm
  • Red Clover
  • Sheep Sorrel (including the roots)

This tea is popular among cancer patients and those with diabetes as well as arthritis. Essiac benefits the body in many ways, but only if it is the “real deal” By obtaining genuine essiac, you will enjoy an immune system boost and gentle full body detox with blood cleansing.

Essiac Tea Myths and Misconceptions

1. All Essiac is the Same

There are two types of essiac tea formulas. The first, “original” Essiac tea formula consists of four herbs. From 1922 to 1967 the original formula was the most sought-after option. However, since 1967, the second type “advanced” eight-herb essiac tea formula became more popular.

The advanced eight herb formula was developed through extensive research done in Cambridge Massachusetts from 1959-1967 by Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch. The book “The Essiac Report” by Richard Thomas chronicles the entire history of the two essiac tea formulas and features documents and photographs that clearly show that the advanced eight herb formula is the most effective.

2. The Original Canadian Trademarked Formula is The Best Formula

Since the Canadian trademark is associated with the less effective original four herb formula, the company with that trademark employs a deceptive marketing scheme to steer people away from purchasing the advanced eight herb formula instead. The scheme involves a warning that advises people to be careful not to buy any essiac tea that isn’t trademarked since the trademark is the only guarantee that you have the original four herb formula.

While it is true that the original four herb formula is trademarked in Canada, the only guarantee that the trademark offers is that you are purchasing an outdated formula. Their warning falsely implies that the original formula must be the best, otherwise, why would they be issuing a warning against not using it? This ploy misleads people into considering only the trademark when purchasing essiac tea and is designed to scare people away from the better choice, which is the eight herb formula.

If you read their warning carefully, you will notice they use clever wording to confuse people. Their warning states that all other essiac tea providers are counterfeit and making false claims. However, companies with the eight-herb formula try to distance themselves from the inferior four-herb formula and have no desire to sell it.

Unfortunately, in the absence of this knowledge, consumers are left with the impression that all other companies are desperately trying to link to the original formula so it must be the best, when in fact, the opposite is often true.

3. The Formula Was Disclosed to the Public

Many companies offer formulas that they claim are the result of an authentic formula being disclosed to the public. This false claim allows them to enter into the loosely regulated world of essiac tea distribution without credible links to the two genuine formulas. Even though the herbs used in this cancer-fighting tea are known by many, the actual ratios of the authentic formulas are known by only a handful of people.

4. You Don’t Need Powdered Herbs

Essiac tea must be powdered in order get every part of every herb into your body. It was initially a medicinal remedy used by the Ojibwa Indians who believed that herbs were gifts from God. As a way of honoring all of God’s gifts, everything from the Earth was wholly utilized and wasting any part of these gifts was thought to offend God.

In Ojibway culture, no part of any herb was wasted or thrown away. This is why they used grinding stones to pulverize the herbs into fine particles which remained in the tea, much like orange juice pulp, and by doing so, the herbs could be consumed in their entirety.

To this day, the Ojibwa powdering process has not been improved upon, and it is still the best way to prepare and naturally ingest essiac tea.

5. You Need to Stop Essiac if You Decide to Do Chemo

Nothing could be further from the truth. Essiac tea users consistently report feeling better going through chemo while on the tea.

6. Essiac is Only For Those Who Are Sick

Essiac tea is one of the best things you can take for your health, and many healthy people take it in order to maintain good health. Essiac tea is a gentle detox that can be used every day and improves intestinal health over time, for everyone. When the intestinal walls remain clean and pristine, you will better absorb the nutrients from your food. This is why most people report higher energy levels and better overall health while using Essiac.

7. You Need To Store It In Amber Bottles

Another unethical scheme employed by some companies is the suggestion to store essiac tea in amber bottles after brewing, in order to protect the tea against the harmful effects of light exposure. This is a scare tactic that is immensely effective in getting people to spend extra money on useless amber bottles that companies “just so happen” to sell along with essiac tea.

8. The Latest Must-Haves Make the Formula Better  

If a company tries to replace any of the eight herbs we have listed with a different herb that they claim is more effective, don’t fall for it. Again, this is another clever marketing ploy designed to separate you from your dollars.

9. You Should Strain the Herbs

As mentioned earlier, essiac tea is pulverized into a fine powder in order to get the most of these herbs. By consuming herbs in their entirety, you are getting the maximum potential out of them. Simply put, the herbs work a lot better in the stomach than strained out and thrown in the trash.

10. You Should Drink It Hot

Essiac tea is most effective when consumed cold. Many people mistakenly assume that you can drink a cup the same way you would drink a cup of hot tea. Unfortunately, heating it just before drinking it can significantly reduce its potential.

Keep in mind—there is a difference between what “sounds” credible and the actual truth. Armed with these nine myth-busters, you will be in an excellent position to choose wisely.


Post by Bryan Paulhus of Discount Essiac Tea

Bryan Paulhus is an experienced essiac professional who has been in the industry for 30 years. He worked directly with renowned essiac tea researcher Dr. Charles Brusch. He resides in Massachusetts with his wife.


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One Response Comment

  • Alex | BigBlueWaves Wellness  October 13, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing! Many people looking for essiac tea ingredients and supplies are often in desperate situations and don’t have time to do a proper research.

    Would you please include additional reference you used for the advanced recipe? Are there any mentions of this recipe by Mrs/ Cassie herself?

    Thank you!

    P.S. “Essiac” is “Cassie” spelled backward 🙂


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