Essiac Tea for Dogs and Cats

Last Modified on Mar 05, 2015

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.

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Boils   0  0   

Posted by Mary (Regina, Saskatchewan Canada) on 03/12/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  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.


Replied by Laura
Woking, Surrey, United Kingdom

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.

Thank you.

Replied by Maria
Dublin, Ireland

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 £9. 00 They are called I found their website on another site that tells you all about essiac tea, it's devoted to the subject. The site name is

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

Best of luck n lookin forward to hearing from you


Replied by Alex
Brooklyn, Ny


How did this work out for you in and your cat in the end? My cat's name is also Sasha. She has mammary cancer. She is shutting down, not eating, or drinking. I've started her on Essiac today. Wondering if there was improvement with your cat. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada

You can also make castor oil compresses and use ESSIAC soaked and do as the castor pack.
Replied by Cveta
Burgas, Bulgaria

Hi Alex, my cat Lisa has also a mammary tumour .I can`t find Essiac for pets in Bulgaria and dont`t know if it`s save to give her Essiac for humans. Which form of the remedy are you giving and what is the dosage. Are you feeding Sasha low carb diet, or giving vit.D and shark cartilage? Thank you and good luck!

Bone Cancer   2  0   

Posted by Susan (Ontario, Canada) on 07/02/2010

[YEA]  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!

Replied by Cl
Chicago, Il

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.
Replied by Susan From Ontario Canada
Owen Sound, Ontario Canada

[YEA]   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!
Replied by Arlene
Welland, Ontario

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
Replied by Susan
Owen Sound Ontario, Ontario Canada

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.
Replied by Rottiemom65
Shelburne, Ontario, Canada

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.
Replied by Saraa
New York, Ny

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.....?

General Feedback   0  0   

Posted by Missy T.o. (Toronto, On, Canada) on 03/03/2011

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:

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.

Replied by Rick
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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.


Replied by Karen
Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm

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.
Replied by Spectrekitty
Dallas, Tx, Usa

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!
Replied by Angela Appleton
Bluff Dale, Tx

More info on the dosage please. Are ya'll brewing the tea in small batches and giving how much, how many times per day? Or sprinkling the whole tea on their food. And for that too, how much and how often did you use it. Thank you for any info. We are dealing with several small tumors in the lungs of our 13 yr old.
Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada

Angela --- for your thirteen year old ? with lung trouble.

I obtained my Essiac tea from ESSIAC WEST online. Theirs is the four herb tea with roots included.

It comes with a booklet where all your questions are answered.

Start with a lesser solution on page eight, para. four.I am doing one tsp. daily, hoping to do one tsp. morning and evening.

It is best to go slow and watch the thirteen year old. Is it a dog?

Namaste, Om

Soft Tissue Sarcoma   0  0   

Posted by Barbara (Tempe, Az) on 07/23/2013

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

Replied by Om
Hope Bc, Canada

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

Tumors   9  0   

Posted by Ping (Portland, Oregon, Usa) on 08/31/2014

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have a 11 years old Golden Retriver Tahoe. She was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on her right front leg two weeks ago. After the initial diagnosis, shoe couldn't walk anymore and limped badly. The only time she would stand up and walked a little bit is two meal time and potty time. She lost weight, had reduced appetite even though I started to feed her homemade meal after the diagnosis. Most time she just lie in her bed and seemed in pain and listless. Three days ago, I started to give her 60ml Essiac tea twice daily on empty stomach. I can see her condition improved just after one dose of the tea. After two doses of the tea, she walked outside with me for two blocks after dinner. This was the first time she ever walked since the initial diagnosis. Now, after three days of taking Essiac tea, her limp improved a lot. She walks twice a day, finishes her meal completely, go potty twice a day, and seemed gain back some weight. I am so grateful of the site caninecancer introducing Essiac tea to me and my lovely dog Tahoe. I am keeping my fingers acrossd and hoping Tahoe will make a full recovery and put the cancer into remission.

Replied by Deb
Northern Ca., US

How's your dog doing? I'm scared my cat has tumor, but I've heard of essiac years ago. My 85 yr old friend suppressed 5 tumors with it. Bad flu virus got him and wife, doctors discourage people. I'm looking for support for my cat. Let me know what happened. I'm proud to hear of you brave pioneers, as I am also.
Replied by Sue
St. Jospeh, Mi

How do you give the Essiac tea?

Posted by Vicky (State College, Pa. Usa) on 12/22/2011

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

Replied by Lindy
Mill Park, Victoria, Australia

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.
Replied by Maria
Dublin, Ireland, Co Dublin

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

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

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


Replied by Kenipela
Brantford, Ontario

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?
Replied by Fiona
London, England Uk

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

Posted by Todd (Lake Stevens, Washington) on 07/15/2011

[YEA]  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.


Replied by Maria
Dublin Ireland, Co Dublin

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


Posted by Kokila (Roslyn Heights, New York, Usa) on 09/12/2010

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Laura
Cheyenne, Wy

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.
Replied by Robinf
Kannapolis, Nc

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...

Replied by Minnie
Maastricht, Netherlands

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!
Replied by Le Anna
Brisbane, Qld

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.

Le Anna

Replied by Dog-lover
Akron, Ohio

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.

Replied by Kelly
Bend, Oregon, Usa

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.
Replied by Jody
North Freedom

How many capsules should I give my dog that weighs about 20 weakened pounds?
Replied by Natalie
Montana, US

For authentic Essiac tea, which you brew, please visit rene caisse tea dot com. Deb works with Mali Klein, and they are extremely ethical in providing a superior product which is the same formula which Rene Caisse used.

Posted by Tiffany (Slidell, LA) on 06/12/2009

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

Posted by Linda (Brooklyn, New York) on 04/26/2009

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Teresa
Jonesborough, Tennessee

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 .
Replied by Linda
Brooklyn, Ny

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.
Replied by Linda
Brooklyn, Ny

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.

Posted by Kathie (Mesa, AZ) on 03/07/2009

[YEA]  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. :)

Replied by Middlebunny
Jersey City, Nj, Nj


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

Replied by Carla
Grand Rapids, Mi

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.
Replied by Tracy
Los Angeles, California

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?

Replied by Luanne
New Port Richey, Fl

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.

Posted by Carla (Grand Rapids, Michigan) on 02/11/2009

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Maria (Los Angeles, California) on 11/28/2008

[YEA]  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 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!

Posted by Francine (Playa Del Rey, Ca) on 07/19/2008

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Ingrid
Geneva, Ohio

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.
Replied by Suzanne
North Bay, Canada

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

Replied by R Fisher

Take your dog off of dog food and treats. Dog foods and dog treats are killing our fur babies.. We have a beagle and when he was young he started having seizures. We took him off of dog food and dog treats and started boiling him chicken, deer meats, ground round, brown rice, and a veggie twice a day. I would prepare him enough for four or five days and that's what we would feed him. Give him some of the good fruits, carrots and celery for treats. Our beagle never had another seizure. Good luck...
Replied by Theresa
Mpls., Mn

Hey R. Fisher!

I don't have any advice to add, only posting to agree with your comment on dog food and seizures. There has been a direct correlation with a certain grocery store brand of dog food and seizures in dogs. The key ingredients in this awful kibble are corn, along with red food dyes. The package on the outside gives the impression of wholesome ingredients; if you feed kibble you really have to look beyond the packaging and on the ingredient label to ensure you are feeding a truly healthy kibble.

Posted by janet worcester (Inkster, Michigan) on 04/27/2008

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.

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