Whole Herb Essiac: Why is it so important to include sheep sorrel roots in Essiac tea?
The secret ingredient of Essiac tea was discovered by Sheila Snow who obtained letters from Dr. Chester Stock of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The following quotes came from these letters written by Rene Caisse to Dr. Stock regarding sheep sorrel solution for testing on mice. Here is what Rene Caisse stated regarding the importance of using the whole sheep sorrel plant, including the roots:
"The herb that will destroy a cancer is the dog-eared sheep sorrel, sometimes called sourgrass. The entire plant must be used." [April 4, 1974 letter to Dr. Stock; Ref. ESSIAC, THE SECRETS OF RENE CAISSE'S HERBAL PHARMACY, p. 28]
"The reason I offered to send you more material was because I know you cannot get the entire plant. You can buy the crushed leaves but they are no good alone. I found this out when I needed so much, when treating three to six hundred people afflicted with cancer every week for eight and a half years. I do know that the whole plant is needed." [January 1975 letter to Dr. Stock; Ref. ESSIAC, THE SECRETS OF RENE CAISSE'S HERBAL PHARMACY, p. 30]
"I am very shocked at the way your people are using the materials I sent you. The way they are preparing it for injections is an absolute waste. They might as well inject sterile water....They are just using leaves and stems, leaving out the roots. They are a part of Essiac." [August 4, 1975 letter to Dr. Stock; Ref. ESSIAC, THE SECRETS OF RENE CAISSE'S HERBAL PHARMACY, p. 31]
"Dear Dr. Stock; I am worried about not receiving any reports on the tests. I thought about the way the lab had been preparing the material for the tests, and why they were not getting better results, so I read over their preparation and found that they were only using the leaves and stems, leaving out the roots, which are very essential in the 'Essiac' for treatments." [June 14, 1976 letter to Dr. Stock; Ref. THE ESSIAC BOOK, p. 123, photocopy of Rene's handwritten letter (see below, left.]
A living witness to the Essiac story, Barbara Kokotsis, also confirmed that sheep sorrel root was indeed part of the Essiac formula. CLICK HERE for the story.
"Sheep sorrel root is a powerful astringent. By drying out excess moisture from in between cells, this protects healthy cells from wastes in solution lingering around them. It also prevents cancer cells from building up concentrations of chemicals which allow them to prosper. The tissue can be referred to as “toned”, which is to say it is primed for absorbing the beneficial chemicals present in the blood due to consuming Essiac tea." [Source: The Essiac Mechanism]
Essiac tea should contain a significant amount of sheep sorrel roots. The bare minimum should be about 10% sheep sorrel root in relation to total sheep sorrel content (at least 1.6 oz root to make a total of one pound (16 oz) of whole sheep sorrel herb including roots). However, a higher percentage of sheep sorrel root increases the potency of the tea.
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[Many thanks to Sheila Snow, author of ESSIAC ESSENTIALS and ESSIAC, THE SECRETS OF RENE CAISSE'S HERBAL PHARMACY for obtaining this information from Dr. Stock. Mali Klein is the co-author of these books and she also authored THE ESSIAC BOOK book based upon Essiac archives.
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