Johhny Electriglide wrote:
We take 3 ozs. of Essiac tea every morning. I mix 1/4 cup of cinnamon with it and an extra cup over one gallon to a rounded 3/4 cup of either Optimally Organic.com 8 herb "Essiac" or the original 4 herb blend called Guardian Spirit from iHerb.com(least expensive). After it cools I mix in a cup of honey. This sweetens the tea and has the cinnamon/honey benefit, too.
I also use my small food processor to grate a frozen whole lemon (first washed, ends cut off, and delabeled). This is added to our all fruit juice for its preventative effects. Our coffee in the morning has a tablespoon of ganoderma lucidum broken spores added to the basket of our "28 cup" peculator. More immune support and diabetes prevention.
The original formula for "Essiac" was trial and error formulated over several thousand years by Indian medicine men, just like Ganoderma was used 4000 years ago in SE Asia. I don't know when the cinnamon/honey mixture was found to be an effective cold fighter and immune booster, or the extreme anti-cancer effects of whole grated lemons was found out. More recently, I believe.
Of course drug companies are out to find the chemical and extracts from old remote medicine men, and berate the less expensive herbal concoctions they do not control. Doctors are taught to be skeptical because many herbal remedies don't work very well.
Rene Caisse had to fight them in court and won her right to use "Essiac" with her patients. Since she gave the formula away, there have been many who have profiteered off it, which she did not want.
Yes, I know you're a fan of Essiac. Despite all the persecution and bigotry it still retains a great following. 90 years now since it was borrowed from the Native Americans and entered the Western herbalist tradition.
25% of all pharmaceutical drugs have a plant compound as their chief ingredient. So they're perfectly happy to use the natural world when it suits them, whilst ridiculing natural treatments at the same time!