Last Modified on May 28, 2014
The same Essiac Tea that has been long regarded as a promising herbal remedy for cancer in people has also been used to treat tumors and other cancers in cats, dogs, and other pets. Essiac Tea was named after the Canadian nurse who recognized and studied the herbal remedy, a woman named Rene Caisse (spelled backwards). She witnessed an Ojibway herbalist use four herbs to heal a difficult case of cancer in her hospital. She then went on to study the combination and promote its use among cancer patients.
Slippery Elm, Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel, and Turkey Rhubarb (Indian Rhubarb) are the four herbs that make up Essiac Tea.
NB: It should be noted that neither the American Cancer Society nor the National Cancer Institute support the use of Essiac Tea as a cancer therapy.
Natural Cures: Essiac Tea is primarily regarded as a cancer remedy, also possibly as a general antibiotic.
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 03/12/2009: Mary from Regina, Saskatchewan Canada: "I brewed Essiac Tea * cups of water to half cup of the mixed dry herbs. My little minature pincher had a boil on his groin. It was frightening looking with a bright red ring around it about an inch out. I made a compress of essiac tea dreges (the leftovers you strain out). I put it on him for the first night for about 20 minutes. The next night the same and it started to weep. We put 3% h202 on it and it sizzled, we did this twice with a q tip. then I gently squeezed it and lots of gross white stuff came out. previous to this this lump was hard. It seems the essiac tea liqufied it and allowed it to come out.
Just to see, I offered my dog a taste of the tea dreges right from the bag not mixed in his food and he took a bite and actually ate it. I am going to start giving him the tea to get rid of a lump on his lip that I am concerned about. Will let you know.
12/05/2011: Laura from Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom replies: "Lymphoma in my cat
My 15 and a half year old cat was diagnosed with Lymphoma last week. The Vet wanted to put him down there and then! The tumour is in his intestines and I have been giving him an all fresh meat and fish diet this past week plus ES Clear and the Nu Herbs which came with the kit. My cat also has one prednisolone a day and fortekor for his heart condition (which is under control).
He is much happier in himself and has started going out in the garden again. He had very runny stools but they are now normal again. I am also giving him some raw chicken livers (as seen on this site) which he laps up and probiotic yogurt.
I would like to purchase some Essiac tea but I just dont know which type to buy. It seems there are two types - the original having 4 herbs and another with 8 herbs. Also am worried about the alcohol content. Can any please advise me so I can help my beloved cat more.
01/24/2012: Maria from Dublin, Ireland replies: "Hi Laura, Like you my 13 year old female cat Sacha was diagnosed with cancer last week, a tumour in her abdomen the size of a half mango, the vet said, was inoperable and better to put her down. I have started feeding her, like you on fresh chicken and partially cooked fresh fish (which she always loved). I put powdered essiac tea into the fish dish and she laps it up. SO so pleased she likes essiac tea and usually she doesn't take easily to new foods.
For about a week now she has been getting progressively worse and is now losing the power of her left hind leg when she tries to walk, which she does by sort of swinging her body from side to side as she moves as tho to propel herself forward. She's so brave. She left droppings of her stools on the floor this morning, hard ones and looking too black. She's also dribbling urine sometimes.
However since I started her on the essiac tea, twice in her food yesterday - I just put less than a quarter tsp in just enough boiling water to make a sauce for her fish, I did think I noticed an imporvement today. 'I didn't even do a concoction then as was afraid it would be too strong. I have given her two more helpings of the tea in her food today and second time I had boiled it for 10 mins. Each time she ate it. My fingers are crossed. I also put a drop of Hydrogen peroxide in her water.
To buy essiac tea there is a charity in England that offers it against- a donation of Â£9. 00 They are called www.cloudstrust.org. I found their website on another site that tells you all about essiac tea, it's devoted to the subject. The site name is www.healthfreedom.com
Best of luck with your remedies and success with your cat. My impression is that cats know instinctively whats good for them. If you give them sth that cures cancer, and they think it works for them they'll eat it, so long as it's not chemical but natural. Let me know how you get on.
If you like we can stay in touch, share notes and offer each other moral support. If you need a holiday from your cat perhaps I can go and cat sit for you, if you can do the same for me. Of course I'd have to bring my cat with me. I'm living in Dublin, and you?
I'd gladly give you my e-mail address here but not sure if we're allowed to do this; I'll chance it anyway. its mardnl at hotmail.com
Best of luck n lookin forward to hearing from you
[YEA] 07/02/2010: Susan from Ontario, Canada: "Our cat, Jacob, was diagnosed with osteocarcoma (bone cancer) in 2000, and was given 3 months to live. We were told the cancer would metasticize and spread to his lungs very quickly, as this was the most aggressive kind of cancer. We started giving him Essiac tea, one teaspoonful in his wet food twice a day, and the cancer did not metasticize. Jacob in fact lived a happy life until November 2005, when he passed from cardiac arrest at age 15. I have always wanted to share this information, but until I found Earth Clinic, I was never sure how to get the message out there! This is an amazing resource tool - thank you for being there!"Replies
07/06/2010: Cl from Chicago, Il replies: "My 11 year old cat likely has squamous cell carcinoma in his jawbone. The specialist did not do a biospy, as he was convinced that the tumor is cancerous. I was given the surgery and chemo as options. I am very interested to try essaic tea for my cat, but have read in several places that rhubarb, one of the herbs in the tea, is toxic to dogs and cats. Please advise. Is this tea safe? My cat is 15 pounds and thus far seems quite well. His blood is normal and nothing has spread to other organs. I'd also like to try castor oil and other supplements if anyone has suggestions. Please help. Thanks. firstname.lastname@example.org"
[YEA] 07/20/2010: Susan From Ontario Canada from Owen Sound, Ontario Canada replies: "I had not heard that rhubarb was toxic for cats, and can only tell you that the tea certainly seemed to work for Jacob. I also gave it to our other senior cat, Rusty, who just passed away this January at age 20! I have read many other positive stories about the effects of Essiac tea on cats and dogs and can only assume that if rhubarb is toxic, the doses are small enough not to matter or any toxicity is lost when the rhubarb is used in combination with the other herbs/plants in the Essiac. Best of luck to you and your cat!"
08/04/2010: Arlene from Welland, Ontario replies: "Hi Susan, I was wondering if you brew your own Essiac or you get it from health food stores with the green label. I used to live in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where I first came upon brewed Essiac. The lady, Ginny Darby who supplied the health food stores now resides in Tennessee, but doesn't ship across the border any longer due to the border not letting it through. I have tried a lady name Lynn from Ottawa who said they stock in Winnipeg. A lady named Ruth supposedly stocks it, but I get no answer and no machine. Any info would help. (I put my FIV kitty Smokie on it and tested her blood before and 6 months after, the results were very significant!! )
Thanks , Arlene"
02/08/2011: Susan from Owen Sound Ontario, Ontario Canada replies: "Hi Arlene. I am so sorry but it has been months since I checked in to this part of the site. I actually brewed my own tea, but only because it was less expensive to do so. I am sure the prepared herbal tonic would be just as effective."
07/09/2011: Rottiemom65 from Shelburne, Ontario, Canada replies: "I have started our 8 year old female rottie on Essiac tea after discovery a mass in the front of her throat. We are not sure if it is cancerous, but after researching all herbal rememdies the Essiacs seemed the best. The advise on the site however was NOT to give animals the premade liquid tonic as it contains alcohol. We bought the powder and made the tea our selves. I will let you know how she progresses on it. We did buy the liquid however for ourselves and are taking it as an immune system booster."
09/25/2011: Saraa from New York, Ny replies: "My sweet 11 yr old kitty was diagnosed with oral cancer ten days ago; she has a tumor on the roof of her mouth. I'm waiting for the lab results (they aren't sure if it's melanoma or fibrosarcoma) and have a CT scan scheduled this week to see if it's gone into her nasal/sinus cavities.
As soon as she was diagnosed, I started giving her what I thought was Essiac tea from my health food store, but now realizing per the posts above that what I gave her was the 8 herb formula. Is there any danger that I've done this? It was only for about a week-ten days. I've just ordered the 'real' 4 herb proper version from Canada.
However, I have trouble giving her the tea, as it requires holding her and putting it down her mouth/throat with a dropper, which terrifies her (I'm sure due to the tumor taking up half her mouth). I also mix it into her food, but her appetite has decreased significantly due to the tumor.
Any other suggestions? She's still bathing regularly so I thought about dipping her paws in it.....?"
03/03/2011: Missy T.o. from Toronto, On, Canada: "Hello fellow members. I have read the posts about the Essiac 8-herb tea as being the cure for pet cancer. Yet I have found that the Original Essiac company has a Beware disclaimer warning people that the 8-herb tea is NOT the original Rene Caisse's product or formula.
Brusch - Paulhus 8 herb formula is not Essiac by Nurse Rene Caisse. So why are the Paulhus' calling their product Essiac?
The true Canadian Rene Caisse formula called ESSIAC consists of only 4 herbs. Don't be confused by the 8 herb formula developed by Dr. Brusch years after Rene Caisse had passed away in 1978.
Do your homework, check it out here: www.nurse-caisse.org/brusch.htm
Our pets lives are at stake. If people are posting untruthful information as a way to promote their home business base, that is really sad.
I just discovered that my loving cat has cancer and I sure don't want to be messing around with a knock off of the original Rene Caisse's formula. I called my health food store and they only cary the original 4 herb formulas. That speaks volumes to me and it also should to you.
I hope the Earth Clinic staff looks into this info and sorts it out, as it could cost our lovely pets their lives.
Wish me luck, I want to save my kitty's life."Replies
08/22/2011: Rick from Albuquerque, New Mexico replies: "Should I apply the tea directly to the tumorous mass? My dog has an open cancer sore on her leg and I suspect it would be pretty easy to do this topically.
The vet has said her cancer is inoperable, but she is feeling pretty sprightly, eating like a little pig and walking just fine--so I thought I should at least try this treatment, but again, wondered the best way to do it.
05/05/2014: Karen from Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm replies: "Many thanks to such a great site, for humans and our four-legged companions! I have a dog, Lady, who developed a lump on her back just above her tail. Her hair did not grow in that area and the growth often looked swollen and lumpy. I did not want anyone to cut it as it might spread, and I did not want to traumatize my little girl, so, upon the advice of a naturopathic chiropractor I go to, who is also an animal lover, he suggested I give her Essiac. I started stirring a tablespoon of the concentrated tea into her food twice a day. I home brew the tea and therefore have a lot of the thickened herbs left over, so one day I decided to just put a glob of the herbal substance right on the growth. I held it there for a while to make sure it would not slip off. I kept putting some more on it each day for about a month, while continuing to give her the tea in her food. The growth has completely dried up, but I continue to give her a tablespoon of the liquid once a day to make sure it does not come back. I hope that is helpful."
05/28/2014: Spectrekitty from Dallas, Tx, Usa replies: "I have to say, I did use the 8-herb formula, and had great results, so I'd advise that it's NOT dangerous. My 16-yr-old Himalayan (cat), who was given 6 wks to 6 mos to live by our vet, lived to be 19 years old - largely, I'm convinced, due to the Essiac "knock-off" I was giving him!"
07/23/2013: Barbara from Tempe, Az: "Hello Everyone- My pet Minnie recently had a Soft Tissue Sarcoma re-appear after having it surgically removed 7 mos. ago.
Has anyone had success with Essiac Tea and if so, please help with the dosage. Also, anything else you can recommend would be appreciated.
Minnie is almost 10yrs and is a Border Collie and means the world to us.
Thank you very much. Barb"Replies
07/24/2013: Om from Hope Bc, Canada replies: "Barbara from Tempe, Az. Yes, Essiac is perfect for Minnie. It must be taken at least for six months twice a day on empty stomach. Diet should include lots of turmeric and some powdered vit C. I used Essiac to rid a friend's dog of suspected cancer of the spleen. It was gone after six months. The dosage depends on the weight of the dog. In her case it could be one ounce in warm water. You can brew the tea yourself. The website for Essiac will give much assistance. The herbs have to have the roots attached! My shepherd voided a black jelly like mass after some weeks of usage as the tea detoxifies the entire body. No need to worry but pay attention to clean and wholesome diet.
My own feelings about raw food is that even the meat of grassfed animals is not free of GMO's as they are all fed with that kind of formula which is done everywhere. So my dogs eat lamb or chicken but the problem remains re GMO's. Lots of raw vegs. And VCO one tablesp. At least. You may want to include kelp powder and nutritional yeast. Good luck. Om"
12/22/2011: Vicky from State College, Pa. Usa: "I have just learned that my 11 yr. old cat has a malignant tumor on her small intestine. I am heartbroken. Can anyone tell me how much liquid and also the powdered version of Essiac I should give her? I have read this is quite helpful for tumors.
Hope someone can help me. Vicky "Replies
12/29/2011: Lindy from Mill Park, Victoria, Australia replies: "Hi Vicki, my Blue Burmese is 16 years old with a cancerous tumour in her mouth/jaw. I give her one essiac capsule (contents mixed into her food) in morning and one again at night feed. I am now also adding 2 teaspoons of colloidal silver water to her regular drinking water each time I fill the bowl. If you have trouble getting your cat to eat the food with the essiac in it, try mixing the essiac capsule contents into a little butter. My cat used to just lick this off the spoon. Now though she is having difficulty eating so I have to syringe feed her at the moment. Good luck with your kitty. Make sure you buy original Essiac - look at web site "all things healthy" they are a NZ distributor of the original essiac formula (which is copyrighted) and will despatch to all countries."
01/24/2012: Maria from Dublin, Ireland, Co Dublin replies: "Hi Vicky and Lindy, I have just learnt tons and tons of things about essiac tea on the excellent website devoted exclusively to essiac tea. The name is www.healthfreedom.com
it points out in particular that the original formula contains the roots as well as the leaves of the sheep's sorrel. This is paramount for the success of the treatment. Withour the root the medicine is less effective. The reason why some companies don't include the roots is because it's more expensive to produce.
If you want to share your experiences with me my e-mail addres is mardnl at hotmail.com
I too am treating my 13 yr old cat who recently was diagnosed with tumour in abdomen, with essiac and she loves it AND it seems to be doing her good
Best of luck with this
02/23/2012: Kenipela from Brantford, Ontario replies: "My cat didn't show cancer on his xrays or in his blood work but he has a big lump by his nose/mouth and his lip is swollen so much he gets food stuck up under it and his eye swells part closed some days, it comes and goes.... The vet said that she's pretty sure it's a tumor though it's not acting like a typical cancerous tumor... I can't afford to do the biopsy/test as it's close to about $600 or so for all that, & I can't afford cancer treatments. Did the tea help u at all?"
04/15/2012: Fiona from London, England Uk replies: "Hi Maria and All, My 18 year old cat has just recently been diagnosed with lymphoma. I had already ordered Essiac tea from _______ when I found the swelling by her throat.
It's early days yet but I'd like to tell you that I recently read in a book by Dr Cass Ingram (naturopathic style doctor) that sardines are a good (almost) complete food and great for the immune suppressed. It seems the only thing missing is Vitamin C. She loves sardines anyway and has taken Essiac on it's own and with the sardines which pleasantly surprised me.
I'm going to put vitamin C in the form of sodium ascorbate in her food (to bowel tolerance by starting with 100grams 3 times a day and when her stools become runny with any increase in dosage that'll be the sign to reduce it to where her stools remain firm). Another thing is to look at enzymes and probiotics to help their digestion so they get all the goodness from their food; flaxseed oil, a good vitamin supplement; barleygrass, spirulina, chlorella. I'm not saying all these are right for your cats but they are recommenede by various naturopathic vets. I give my cats a combined spirulina and astaxanthin supplement as well a combined digestive enzymes and probiotics powder mixed into their food. A drop of apple cider vinegar in their mineral water too. Please avoid tapwater at all costs.
I recommend a book by Martin Zucker called "The Veterinarian's Guide To Natural remedies For Cats" which is a collection of many veterinarians' approaches and advice on the whole gamut of feline health issues including the foundation of good health, nutrition.
Kelp (and other brown seaweeds as I understand) has anti-tumour properties. serrapeptase is worth investigating as it dissolves dead tissue; fulvic acid is something else worth researching due to it's enormous health properties.
Lots of love and care goes a long way to helping your pets feel better and a relaxed atmosphere so please do not stress yourselves, there is hope despite what the allopathic vets/doctors may say
I wish you and your beloved animals well and the best of health to you all,
kind regards, Fiona"
[YEA] 07/15/2011: Todd from Lake Stevens, Washington: "Two years ago, my yellow lab toots, was diagnosed with thyroid and had a lump the size of a golf ball on her throat. The vet said she would only live about three months. She had lost about 14 lbs. We were heart broken as she was only five years old. We began giving her essiac in capsule form. After three months, the tumor had shrunk to the size of a pea. Two more months later, all of her weight came back on and the tumor was completely gone. Took her to the vet and he was astonished. He couldn't find A SIGN OF CANCER IN HER ANYWHERE. We were giving her six capsules daily and have now cut it back to one a day. She is full of energy and I am looking forward to many more years with her at my side.
01/24/2012: Maria from Dublin Ireland, Co Dublin replies: "Hi Todd, I'm so pleased for you and THANK YOU for sharing this success story with us. This gives us all hope and boosts our confidence in nature. Thank you again
[YEA] 09/12/2010: Kokila from Roslyn Heights, New York, Usa: "I'm submitting a natural cure I find remarkable: Essiac. It cured my little dog of tumors, and cysts. I feel excited about it, and am trying it myself to boost immune function."Replies
12/25/2010: Laura from Cheyenne, Wy replies: "Where is the best place to purchase this? My cat age 17 just developed lymphoma cancer. I bought some EHS clear however it contains alcohol."
12/22/2011: Robinf from Kannapolis, Nc replies: "Can someone please help me quick? My 10 year old Maltese has lymphoma and it's moving so quickly, that we've chosen not to do any medical treatments of chemo. Yesterday, I located some Essiac powder after reading on this site how it had miraclously helped other animals... The problem now is that I cannot find anything definitive about how to give the powder to her.... Or how much... She weighs about 15 pounds now and she's not eatting a lot... The prednesone is helping some in that area, but she still turns her nose up at most things. Can someone tell me how and how much I should be giving her?
Thanks in advance..."
12/26/2011: Minnie from Maastricht, Netherlands replies: "Hi Robin, Im having the same problem with my 7 year Boston. The problem is I'm overseas and I don't speak the language, it is really stressing me out. All the vets keep telling me to put her to sleep. She is still eating, playing and walking. She has shallow breathing and a huge tumor in her breast and her leg is swollen. When you find out please let me know and I will do the same for you. I found someone here that makes the tea, but I dont know if it's the right one. Wish me luck and the same for you!"
01/02/2012: Le Anna from Brisbane, Qld replies: "Hi Robin, I was in the same boat- still am. Just how much do you give to a dog and what if the dog (like mine) hates the taste of it and will not consume it? Well it's heartbreaking to say the least. I stopped forcing the tea into Melanie, she was getting so upset and I was too. I was just stressing her out even more by forcing the tea down her throat. So I stopped. I commenced with Tumeric and Cinamin as a tea and once again although she was a little better with this, she hates it. What to do? You feel so powerless, helpless.
Today after seeing that the tumour has grown, I thought and made the decision to go back to the tea. However I'm not making it up and waiting for it to brew. I don't have time, I can see that. So I have elected rightly or wrongly to give her the tea straight in a small amount of ice cream which she will accept. I guess I'm trying something out of the box, as this isn't recommended on any website. If I have any positive results I will let you know. Good luck to you and your treasured one.
01/05/2012: Dog-lover from Akron, Ohio replies: "If your dog refuses the Essiac Tea at all costs. Then I'd try something else.
Ever heard of the Budwig Diet? A lot of people have had similar success treating all kinds of cancer, much like with Essiac Tea. I'm sure your pets would consume that.
One warning about using the Budwig Diet (I had this problem with my dog). It's made up of flax seed oil, and cottage cheese. It's very heavy in fats, even though they're good fats, they can cause pancreas problems.
I would strongly suggest giving them digestive enzymes with the Budwig Diet, since it might cause pancreatitis in dogs. They might have trouble digestiving the fats. Or at least consult with your vet if your pet has a history pancreatitis first.
Best up luck to your loved ones, whatever you decide to do."
01/08/2012: Kelly from Bend, Oregon, Usa replies: "I took my 12-yr-old (13 in Feb) 28# McNab cattle dog in for x-rays of a possible back injury on Dec 27 and found a tumor on her spleen and fluid around her heart and lung. After a second x-ray this week for confirmation, decided against chemo and did some on-line research. I got some Essiac tea leaves and flax oil at the Health Store. I was able to get her to eat one meal of the cottage cheese-flax oil. I brewed some tea but couldn't find directions for how much to use or how much to give her and she won't take it. Last evening her breathing became very labored and she has stopped eating now. I used a syringe to give her some of the tea but have only gotten about 18cc into her during the night and another 20 today so far. She did drink some water this am. Do you think it is too late for this to help her now? She has always been such an active, puppy-like dog who went for hours with me on horse-back trips. No one could believe her age. I know I should wait longer before posting this, but fear every minute is needed. Can anyone help me please."
06/25/2013: Jody from North Freedom replies: "How many capsules should I give my dog that weighs about 20 weakened pounds?"
06/12/2009: Tiffany from Slidell, LA: "I have read everyones comments on Esiac Tea and I am very excited to hear of the results. My boxer Sadee just got diagnosed with a tumer that is attached on the side of her spine but luckily looks like it has not gone into the spinal cord because she has all of her motor functions. They are performing surgery on her this Monday. Most of the postings I have seen are with cats, is there anyone out there with dogs that has gotten good results? My other question is do you boil the tea and if so how many bags? Or is it better to do the concentrated capsules? If anybody with dogs or cats has any advice I SO APPRECIATE it!!!! She is my first dog and my heart. I now have 3 boxers but she is extra special and I will do anything to save her! My email is Arabellahome1@bellsouth.net"
[YEA] 04/26/2009: Linda from Brooklyn, New York: "Later for the doubters of natural cures, I know some do work. My beautiful, intelligent 9 year old Westhighland White Terrier had a lump on her upper right leg about a year ago-then aged 8. The Vet did EXPENSIVE surgery, blood tests and biopsy. The diagnosis was a canine cancer which is localized-cannot recall the name right now-hermangioma something or other. The diagnosis was that she would have a re-occurence of the lump so the VET encouraged me to take her for radiation/chemotherapy or an amputation-no way, Jose! I resolved to never allow surgery on her again. Immediately next day began my pup on daily ESSIAC and nightly castor oil packs; she now has ESSIAC about twice a week. The lump has not come back-thank goodness for Nurse Caisse."Replies
08/29/2010: Teresa from Jonesborough, Tennessee replies: "Hi I have a 11yr old multi-poo and four weeks ago he was also diagnosed with cancer I can't remember the very long name all I know is it is stage two. They wanted to do a second surgery to "make" sure they got it all! But I said no. Not because I don't love him but because I don't want him to suffer anymore than he already has. I have been buying him food form the Natural Pet Food store that opened here a year a go and have been giving him milk thistle and now reading all this about the Essiac Tea I want to know how do you know how much? Cooper is 17.5 lbs and what is this about a castor oil pack (they took the tumor) but I want to know they said they would be more. Please e-mail me if you have time I don't want to harm cooper just make him better, I have also had cancer 2 1/2yrs ago, and I am not ready to lose him, he keeps me going. I lost my other dog right before Christmas last year I did not know all this stuff then and I'm fighting. Any information will be appreciated sorry this is so long. Thank you teresa . Teresa@yahoo.com"
11/28/2010: Linda from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Happy to say my little Westie is still healthy and happy. Excellent Vet checks without problems or return of her tumor. She is now 11. I've started her on Essiac again weekly just because a box was sitting in the cabinet due to expire 3/2011 so may as well give her some again."
11/28/2010: Linda from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Teresa, I emailed you but your account no longer exists. I am so sorry it took me so long to get back to this page at EARTHCLINIC. I had forgotten about it! I am praying you did start your fur baby on Essiac already. I simply followed directions of the box insert, then cooled it. I started giving about a quarter cup to her daily. I sweetened it with a little clover honey which she drinks without a problem. The castor oil pack is a cotton pad very soaked with HOME HEALTH castor oil from the health foods store. I applied it nightly to her operative site for about an hour as we watched TV or just hung out in bed. I would tie it afterward to her arm with a gauze wrap; sometimes it stayed all night, sometimes not. I'm glad to say she is in perfect health, happy and like a puppy at age 11. Please let me know how you are doing. Thanks."
[YEA] 03/07/2009: Kathie from Mesa, AZ: "Cancer and Essiac Tea and FOCC (Flaxseed Oil and Cottage Cheese):
My boxer pit bull mix was diagnosed with osteosarcoma of his right shoulder last September. This is extremely metastastic and spreads to the lungs quickly, and in 95% of the cases, by the time of diagnosis it is already in the lungs. I initially did not amputate because he was 12-1/2 years and the vet said the prognosis was so poor. I immediately started him on 1 cup total a day of essiac tea (made by Resperin company, as research on internet said you should buy from the original company) and 1 cup total of cottage cheese a day mixed with 4 - 6 tbsp of fresh cold flaxseed oil a day, divided in 2 doses. He was still alive 5 months later which is almost impossible, but the bone tumor did not disappear and was causing him pain. I decided to amputate but docs wanted x-rays first to see if his lungs were full of cancer. There was NONE. He is a 3 legged, cancer free 13 year old happy dog today. The vets can't even explain it, and will not acknowledge it had anything to do with holistic treatments, only to say it is a fluke that it did not spread. They said he will at this point die of some other old age related dog disorder. :)"Replies
09/28/2009: Middlebunny from Jersey City, Nj, Nj replies: "Hi:
I just read Kathie's post and wanted to request more information regarding the Essiac and Flaxseed Oil/Cottage Cheese combination. I understand that Essiac has Rhubarb which may be toxic to Dogs which has caused me to reconsider using it for my dog's tumor. Did Kathie, Linda or Tiffany use the Essiac with the guidance of a holistic Vet? What did they say about the potential Liver harming prospects of Rhubarb? With regard to the Flaxseed Oil/Cottage Cheese combination, it sounds like the dose recommended for Kathie's dog was 1/2 cup cottage cheese to every 2-3 tablespoons of Flaxseed old. Is this correct? How much did Kathie's dog weigh? Getting back to Essiac, I actually purchased the original formula in liquid form from the original manufacturer. Although Kathie seemed to give her dog a cup a day of the brewed tea, I wonder if Kathie knows how much of the liquid Essiac is the equivalent to the amount of the brewed tea that she used. Please reply back with more information. Thank you"
10/29/2009: Carla from Grand Rapids, Mi replies: "I lost Sissy to cancer in March/09. Found out that the iron suppliment the vet gave me had corn syrup as the main ingredient. Sugar feeds cancer. I am done with western medicine for my cats. I was told by wholistic cat specialist Anitra Frazier that Sissy had probably been over vaccinated for years. I should have gotten her on Flax seed oil twice daily with the essiac minus the iron suppliment. The better nutrition she had at the end from Anitra's suggestion, gave us more time than we would have had. Anitra Frazier's book The Natural Cat is a must for cat and even dog people."
11/22/2009: Tracy from Los Angeles, California replies: "How much essiac tea do I give her?....
My dog gracie is a whippet-yellow lab mix-she's 11 years old and was just recently diagnosed with a tumor on her bladder. we feel it's been going on for 10 months or a year because at that time, we first took her to the vet for frequent urination and they gave her an ultrasound and said she had "crystals" in her bladder that weren't to be worried about - just a nuisance. well it seemed to get a bit better at one point then definitely got worse.
so recently the frequent urinations got worse and she squats to pee for 2-3 minutes. she also recently lost a lot of weight - from 43 down to 35 pounds and her hips are extra boney. (she's a whippet mix so always thin but definitely extra thin). the vet gave her another ultra sound and said it was nothing-her blood work was fine, very slightly elevated liver count - in the 300s or something like that-but everything else was fine. we insisted it was something and they gave her a higher resolution ultra sound and said she has a long tumor on the outside of her bladder extending down to the urethra.
She eats either innova evo (most of the time) or Organix (whole foods sells it).
for the tumor the vet gave us 5mg capsules of piroxicam to be given once daily with food.
We just heard this news so sorry if I've babbled but I'm just desperately looking for alternative solutions and it seems like the essiac tea and the cottage cheese with flax oil is a good start. is the flax oil to take the place of fish oil?"
12/29/2009: Luanne from New Port Richey, Fl replies: "I just found out my 11yr old husky/retriever mix has chondrosarcoma in her rt rear upper leg/pelvic area. I started her on the flaxseed oil/cottage cheese and am interested to know about the essiac tea. They want to amputate and we are still unsure what to do but have to decide soon. Any feedback or suggestions would be appreciated."
[YEA] 02/11/2009: Carla from Grand Rapids, Michigan: "11 year old female cat diagnosed with hemangioscarcoma on 12/3/08. Tumor was on her spleen and was the size of a clemantine. Because of tumor size,the vet gave her 1 to 3 months to live. He removed both tumor and spleen, ultrasound showed no mass anywhere else and lungs were clear but gave no hope. Couldn't find much info on feline cancer/natural cures other than this site. They only do studies on dogs and cats respond differently. I made my own plan of treatment and she is thriving as of 2/11/09. She plays with her toys and runs around after my other cats daily, hasn't done this for years! Coat is the most beautiful I have seen it.
Immediately got her on Essiac Tea (Esiack Caps 450mg by Now Foods) 1-450mg cap in morning 1 hour before her breakfast and 1-450 cap 1 hour before her dinner. It is important to take on an empty stomach, 1 hour before meals or 2-3 hours after eating. I mix 1 cap in 1 ml of water in a small glass that I allow to sit for hours (while at work and again over night). To administer, I suck the Esiak Tea back in the plastic syringe. I kneel and sit on my feet, trapping her between my knees with my ankles crossed so she can't back out. I pull her chin up slightly and squeeze it into the side of her mouth between teeth and cheek. I also have her on 1/5 cap (at both feedings) of maitake mushroom (NewChapter Organics veg cap- 1000mg?) to build immunity. She takes Transfer Factor Tri-Factor Formula (4Life) which is only natural transfer factor from cow colostrum and egg yolk (think mother's first milk) also a powerful immune booster. This is not lactose free but 4Life makes one that is for cats with inflammatory bowel. A 300mg cap Tri-Factor administered 1 cap per day first week, 2 caps per day 2nd week and 3 caps per day week 3. Stop at 3 caps daily. This will pass the blood/brain barrier important for brain cancers. All above are human grade elements that will do no harm. All (except Esiak) are mixed in with her food. Vet prescribed a pet vitamin in liquid form-Pet-Tabs Iron-plus due to her severe anemia, 1 ml daily for 21 days after surgery which I also mixed in her food and stll give her half dose of till the bottle will be done. Very important* took her off all grains and cheap grocery store brand foods. I feed Pet Guard brand (health food store). She can't tolerate chicken so she eats only the Premium Choice beef at the moment. I credit Essiac Tea, Transfer Factor and my begging prayers to God daily as to why she is still with me."
[YEA] 11/28/2008: Maria from Los Angeles, California: "About four months ago, my 14-year-old cat was diagnosed with mammary cancer. Although her prognosis was poor, I declined any conventional treatment, and instead chose to try the natural remedies from this wonderful web site. First, I started giving her Essiac 4-herb supplements: capsules mixed in with food (1/2 cap. 3x day) and the Essiac concentrate diluted with a bit of boiling water (3:1) to evaporate the alcohol level. Both were purchased at herbal-healer.com and I am infinitely grateful to Gayle from Tulsa for sharing this remedy with all of us. I administered the Essiac concentrate, approx. 1/2 to 1 eye dropper full, once per day. Within a week, I observed a significant improvement in my cat's overall health. She has gained weight, became more energetic and playful. The most exciting change I have noticed happened within the past 2 weeks: my cat's tumor began to shrink in size! It was the size of a walnut and now I can barely feel it. However, I should point out that Essiac is not the only supplement I gave to my kitty (although I feel it was the most influential). Some of the other things I started giving her daily are: fish oil, astragalus capsules, beta glucans, milk thistle capsules... all approx. 1 capsule/day in several feedings. I also give her about 1/2 of a grinded apricot kernel per day- it should be initiated with an even smaller amount to avoid toxicity, and then gradually increased...(please research this remedy for yourself and administer very carefully to avoid possible side effects!) I want to also mention the importance of changing your cat's diet to a low-carb, high protein type. Two of my cat's favorites are EVO and Wellness. Lastly, to help my kitty heal, I've switched her from tap water to spring water (to which I regularly add a few drops of liquid stabilized oxygen) and her cat litter is now also the less toxic kind, called Swheat Scoop. The amount of all these vitamins, supplements, and herbs may seem overwhelming to you at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's actually quite doable... especially when it's your beloved pet's life that we are talking about!"
[YEA] 07/19/2008: Francine from Playa Del Rey, Ca: "I wanted to share my experience with castor oil. One week ago I discovered a large lump on the throat of my dog, the size of a golf ball. Remembering I had found info about castor on your site, I quickly started aggressively applying it to the tumor. I personally have been brewing and drinking essiac tea for years. I keep the left over sludge and started putting that in my dogs food. Remarkably, the tumor is now gone. A little of a week has passed and after applying the castor oil almost 5 times a day. Thank you so much. On a side note, I have been using the oil on my face for beautiful skin, on my strained veins on my legs, which have been disppearing, and my mother in law's dog with tumors also as well as an enlarged liver, has been applying it to her dogs tumors and liver area, after a visit to the vet, the second tests showed the liver had shrunk to normal."Replies
05/26/2009: Ingrid from Geneva, Ohio replies: "Where did you buy your eissac tea? I'm assuming it was for human use? And what do you mean by "sludge" from the tea? I also don't understand how to use the castor oil. I tried it on my dog. I heated it and then just rubbed it on with my finger. He has a nasal tumor and the lump is above his eye so I can't bandage it. I also read you are supposed to use flannel to apply it. Why is this? I stopped using it as it didn't seem to help but I'm not sure I was using it right. He also had a severe nosebleed after a few days of use. It may not have been from that as he does get them although that one lasted for 4 days. Also is there a certain amount of "sludge" I should put on his food? He is 15 pounds."
09/23/2009: Suzanne from North Bay, Canada replies: "My dog is 12 years old. He is only 4.8lbs. He recently started having seizures and my vet thinks that it is a tumor in his brain. It is so sad to see him like this.
My question is: did you find out how essiac to give your dog before giving him/her some? does it go by weight?
Thank you in advance. Suz"
04/27/2008: janet worcester from Inkster, Michigan: "I cooked 2 Tablespoons of isaac tea with tablespoon Brer Rabbit Molasses put in a empty yogurt cup for my dog. I am hoping to cure two lumps in my dog."
[YEA] 12/31/2006: Gayle from Tulsa, OK: "Over 3 years ago, our cat, Flora, developed a mass (tumour) in her abdomen and lost a significant amount of weight. She was about 12 years old at the time. I started giving her a dropper of concentrated essiac tea once a day and mixing about 1/2 teaspoon of the powdered herbs in her food. The tumor went away and she put weight back on. She is now 15 years old and doesn't look or act like a 15 year old cat. I've continued to give her the dropper of concentrate at least once a week up to every other day. I've also given the powdered essiac herbs to our dog for allergy eye drainage that would easily get infected. Since we started the dog on this, her allergy eye problem has been gone for over a year now. Again, about 1/2 tsp once a day."Replies
09/07/2007: Ginger from Columbus, Ohio replies: "Friday, 9/7/2007. I Have a "Question" and an "EMERGENCY NEED" to contact "Gayle"... (ESSIAC TEA 12/31/2006: Gayle from Tulsa, OK)! Can you "PLEASE" contact her for me and give her my email add.? I have a 14 year old CAT (Patches) in critical condition. Her Vet can not operate, and expects me back "SOON"... to "put her to sleep". They don't call it, what it really is! (Taking Her Life!) I "Must Know" QUICKLY: Which version of ESSIAC TEA, she used for her CAT. "4 Herb" or "8 Herb" and specifically, "WHICH HERBS" are in it! One Version has "RED CLOVER" in it, which can be "FATAL" to "CATS"! Patches is just to precious... to just give up on, and not even try to save her. And I fully believe: She can be saved by the ESSIAC TEA and other natural means - if I can just get it in her "A.S.A.P."!!! PLEASE HELP ME - SAVE MY PATCHES! I, NEED HER!!!"
09/14/2007: Jay from Cumberland, New Jersey replies: "Gayle i have a question about the essiac tea you used on your pet for abdominal tumors. i also wanted find out more about the condition your pet was in before you started the treatment and for how long she was in this state before you started treatment. my dog has been having the exact problem your pet seemed to have and its been for 9 months. i am hoping it wont be too late to help him. i have only been giving him blackstrap molasses to try to help. please contact me as soon as you can! i appreciate it! gecik/at/hotmail.com"
12/28/2007: Catherine from Brackettville, Texas replies: "I have both a cat and a dog with tumors. I was reading the posts to try and find help for them. I came across the posts on Essiac and the request for info on where to find Essiac without red clover. Here's what I found http://www.essiac-canada.com/index.htm. I will be ordering some and let you know the results."
08/28/2008: Gayle from Tulsa, OK replies: "In answer to Ginger and Jay, I use the 4-Herb capsules and 4-Herb Liquid Concentrate from Herbal Healer - www.herbalhealer.com
I'm so sorry that I did not see your posts until this late date and did not provide an e-mail address for you to contact me. I hope that you found help elsewhere before this."
10/20/2008: Kate from Hightstown, Nj replies: "Hi Gayle, My kitty has colon cancer and I was wondering where you purchased the essiac tea? I am a bit confused on where to get it. It seems like the ingredients have to prepared a specific way and there may be counterfeits out there... thanks."
10/21/2008: Angie from Sparta, MO replies: "Hello, you can buy essiac from www.mountainroseherbs.com. this is a very reputable herb place, I buy almost all my herbs from them."
01/20/2009: Beatrice from Raleigh, North Carolina replies: "Hello there. My name is Beatrice and I have a 14 year old cat named Papa. He is everything to me and just yesterday I was informed by by vet that he has a tumor the size of a small ball in his intestine area. I am devistated to say the least a have cried a river. My vet feels that hospice maybe my best direction because of Papa's age and the cost of surgery is high with no promises. I do feel hopeful however now that I have read these articles. Thank you Gayle from Tulsa and thank you Maria from Los Angeles! I am going to get Papa started on the essiac tea as well incorporating the other supplements mentioned. I hope to get back to you all with good news in a few weeks!! Thanks again for your all your help! -Papa's mommy...."
09/15/2009: Amelia from White Plains , Ny replies: "I have a kitty with a large fibrosarcoma and wanted to try Gail's (from Tulsa) Essiac concentrated tea, but don't know where she purchsed it. Can you please inquire for me? or tell me a substitute I can use for this type of cancer."
01/23/2010: Jason from Auxvasse, Mo replies: "My 8y/o minature Schnauzer was diagnosed with a bone cancer tumor this week. His leg was amputated and the lungs, lymph nodes and labs were clear so far.
What do you guys (readers) suggest as a supplement. I read all these ideas and my head swirls. What should I be giving him daily at a minimum.
Please email me with a list. email@example.com Thanks! Jason
02/15/2011: Heidz from Manila, Philippines replies: "Hi gayle, I'd like to ask what is the right amount of dosage of essiac tea you can give to a cat who has tumour. I already ordered an essiac capsule which I've been giving her 1/2 teaspoon twice a day. I'm planning to buy a bulk herb essiac tea from herbal healer.. But right now I'm confused. If I bought the essiac tea what dosage will I give to my cat? I'm afraid she might get overdose or something. Can you suggest how many amount of essiac tea I can give? I have both the capsule and the liquid tea. Thanks!!"
02/26/2011: Heather from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada replies: "Hello, Your help is truly appreciated.... My adorable, sweet & joyous adopted 9. 5lb Pom-Peek is 14years old. She has 3 legs and has had many teeth removed.... She has been through so much. Recently a benign spindle cell tumor the size of a grape was removed from her front leg. Please advise on your protocol (dosage, administering & duration) recommendations regarding brewed Essiac tea. I want to ensure she remains healthy as long as possible any tumors stay away! In appreciation and thanks."
03/07/2011: Suzanne from North Plainfield, New Jersey, Usa replies: "I started using essiac tea for my cat early Jan. 2011. She was given 1 month left in Oct 2009, diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. I put her on Innova EVO and started giving her daily Reiki about 20 minutes a day. She had been getting picky with food, so in November I let her eat crap food(friskies/purina). In Dec. 2010 1 of her tumors opened and ulcerated. I put her back on EVO along with mouse a day (from pet store selling feed mice for reptiles). In Jan started the essiac tea 6ml's twice daily, 250mg Vit. C twice daily, and tiny bit of crushed raw garlic once daily. Smell has gone. She's acting completely normal/active, good appetite. Now giving mouse every other day. Ulceration seems at times to look as if it's healing. So getting better, will keep it up.
04/15/2011: Curt from Puyallup, Wa replies: "Here is the link to the original ESSIAC and their for pets web page. Here is their recommended how based on weight of pet:
[YEA] 05/31/2011: Tammy from Rock Falls, Il replies: "My 7 year old male boxer was diagnosed with a benign tumor on the roof of his mouth about 6 weeks ago. The vet said he would have to eventually be put down as the tumor grew because it was inoperable in that location.
I did some research online and saw this website. I went to my local herb store and the owner gave me tea for him. The brand name of the tea is 'Now', the tea itself is called 'Ojibwa'. It has all the same ingredients as the Essiac tea. He would not drink it, so we soaked his dry food in it twice a day and then he ate it fine.
Yesterday the tumor started bleeding rather heavily on and off all day. I was sure I was going to have to have him put down. I am happy to report that today the tumor turned white, and then a few hours later it fell off. I am shocked that his mouth looks completely normal."
07/17/2011: Van from London, Uk replies: "Hi I'm interested to know from the owners who have used essiac tea to treat tumours in cats whether the cats were also on more traditional medications administered by the vet ( steroids etc) and what the vet's attitude to the use of the herbs was. My sister had just started on giving essiac tea to her cat after she was diagnosed with tumours a couple of weeks ago but her vet thought it would interfere with the other medications he's giving her and has advised her to stop. Thanks for any info that may help. Van"
09/23/2011: Granea from Memphis, Tn replies: "Hi, all--
I have a 12 year ol American Cocker Spaniel (42 lbs) with a malignant sebaceous tumor. We had one removed from his left hind leg last November, and a new one appeared on his inner left hind leg this June. The vet looked at the cells under a 'scope and said it was the same cancer.
He's in great spirits and health otherwise, and the tumor doesn't seem to bother him in the slightest. However, I wanted to try as many immune-boosting things as I could!
We started him on Grizzly Fish oil and essiac powder last week. I was surprised that I had no problem getting him to eat the powder on his food (so long as I put the fish oil on top)!
We just tried 1/4 teaspoon last week to make sure he wasn't going to have a bad (or messy) reaction to it. This weekend, we're going to start upping the dose to a full teaspoon this weekend and the 3 teaspoons (=1 ounce) by the next, according to the recommended dosage on the Essiac tea site.
He is also taking the Power Mushrooms. I'll post back with updates as to his progress!"
12/28/2011: Sorceror from Adelaide, South Australia replies: "Essiac Tea is a great choice, but should not be the only remedy used. Always seek professional Vetrinary assistance.
True Essiac tea is a combination of 4 herbs, Sheep Sorrel, Burdock Root, Slippery Elm Bark, and Turkish Rhubarb root.
It is Easy to make but Time Consuming. You can purchase these herbs from most online herb resellers. Here in Australia, Essiac is illegal to sell but one can obtain the herbs individually for brewing the tea. just not as pre-mixed herb packs specifically for Essiac.
To brew bring 5 litres of purified water to boil in a large Stainless Steel Pot, boil for around 5 to 10 mins to ensure any germs that may have been in the water or on the pot are killed off. Then Add 1/2 cup Organic Burdock Root, 1 teaspoon of ground organic turkish Rhubarb root powder, 4 heaped teaspoons of Powdered Organic slippery Elm bark. Stir mixture thouroughly with sanitized stainless steel spoon or ladel. And allow to boil for a further 10 - 15 mins. Then turn of heat. This next step is important and as any true tea totler will attest, allow the mixture to cool below the boiling point to around the 80-90 degree centigrade range, then add the final ingredient, 1/2 cup of Organic Sheep Sorrel. Sheep Sorrel must NEVER be Boiled as it changes it structure. Stir thouroughly and allow to steep for 24 hours.
Re-heat tea to around 85 Degrees Centigrade (DO NOT BOIL).
Strain mixture into large 2 litre sterilised glass bottles using a fine stainless steel tea strainer and a stainless steel funnel (all sanitised with an ethel-alcohol spray).
Garden variety Rhubarb is poisonous to Cats, however Turkish rhubarb, albeit closely related, does not seem to affect cats. either it is non toxic or the concentration in Essiac is too small for them to be harmed.
Human dosage is around 1/2 cup of tea twice daily (morning and night) for my cat, I mixed 2 tablespoons of tea into his drinking water so he drinks it throughout the day. Since my cat is convalescing inside it is the only access to water he has so has little choice but to drink it.. He does not seem to mind it either. Essiac has a very earthy taste.
I brew Essiac for my farther who has Cancer of the Bladder and Lungs (from years of smoking) He no longer has cancer in his lungs according to the doc, and the mass on his bladder has shrunk to a size where they think Chemo will be beneficial.
My cat may have Cancer in the lungs (although I doubt it as he is only 13 months old) but the Vet thinks it is a high possibility looking at the chest x-rays. So I have started the cat on Essiac. After about 4 days on the tea his breathing seemed better. (possibly due to the Diuretic effects of Essiac) I took him off the tea and continued his anti-fungal and anti-biotic medication from the vet and tha cat slowly got worse. He is now back on the Essiac."
11/09/2012: Karl from Summit, Arkansas replies: "Essiac has helped many our of dogs and cats for years. We just use the 4 herb formula but it has saved lives and done wonders for our furry friends. Our elderly dogs and cats have it daily as a regular part of their diet. We make ours a little stronger so less is needed to get a good amount in them each day and up to three times and day for the very sick or injured. Don't hesitate. Essiac is a staple in our home."