Cat's Claw Facts!
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Something new and promising is the prospect of using Cat's Claw
with other medicinal herbs and plants. One such product has recently
been introduced that combines Cat's Claw with watercress, burdock
root, sheep sorrel, turkey rhubarb root and slippery elm bark.
The last four herbs are what makeup the original formula from
Canada known as Essiac.
In case you haven't heard of Essiac, here's the scoop: Rene Caisse,
a registered nurse living in Canada learned of the original four
herb formula from a patient in a hospital she had been working
in. The patient reportedly had been cured of breast cancer by
using this herbal preparation which had been given to her by an
Ojibway Indian. In 1922 at the age of 33, Rene left the hospital
and moved to Bracebridge, Ontario, where she began administering
this formula to all who came to her. Later she named the formula
Essiac, which is her last name spelled backwards.
The majority of her patients were referred by physicians who
certified them as being terminal or incurable by the accepted
methods of treatment. Nurse Caisse prepared the herbal remedy
in her own kitchen and administered it both orally and by injection.
In cases where there was severe damage to life support organs,
her patients died. However, many of them lived far longer than
the medical professionals had predicted and more significantly,
they lived free of pain. Others who were listed as hopeless and
terminal, but without severe damage to life support systems became
cured and lived 35 to 45 more years.
Unfortunately, Caisse sold the rights to the name Essiac to a
company in Canada which no longer prepares the individual herbs
as she did and there are many knock off products under different
names, that do not prepare the herbs as she did either. In order
for the herbs to be most effective, sheep sorrel must never be
boiled or its medicinal properties will be destroyed. It must
be simmered for 20 minutes at no higher than 140 degrees. Burdock
root and turkey rhubarb root must be boiled for 20 minutes and
slippery elm bark needs to be boiled for 20 minutes, allowed to
cool and then boiled again for another 20 minutes. This is a tedious
procedure that must be followed religiously if one expects to
see the kind of results experienced by nurse Caisse's patients.
A few years before her death, Caisse came to the United States
and worked with Dr. Charles Brusch, the former personal physician
to John F. Kennedy. Together they modified the original formula
by adding a specific amount of watercress. This was done because
the original formula contains a high level of oxalic acids which
can contribute to forming kidney stones. Brusch and Caisse determined
that the correct amount of watercress would help the kidneys flush
the acids out of the system. Later this new five herb formula
was given to Dr. Bill Maclean who began preparing all the herbs
individually in order to maximize their effectiveness.
Recently, Dr. Maclean began adding Cat's Claw to the formula
and it is now being offered commercially under a number of different
names. Though it is to soon to know how effective this new product
will be, preliminary reports suggest that it may be helpful with
cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and even AIDS. It is certainly
a product worthy of further investigation by the wholistic health
I suspect that over the next five years the potential of this
product will become realized as more doctors and individuals begin
using it. For now I am content in knowing that this product exists
and is readily available to anyone who needs it.
Why Commercial Essiac and Most Essiac Knock-Off Products Are
Only Partially Effective
The original Essiac Formula given to Rene Caisse can be traced
back to the native Ojibway Indians of Canada. It is a formula
that consists of four herbs: Burdock root, Slippery Elm bark,
Turkey Rhubarb root and Sheep Sorrel. Of these four, the first
three are referred to as hard tissue herbs (roots and/or barks)
while the fourth is a soft tissue herb (leaves and/or flowers).
Hard tissue herbs must be boiled in order to release all of their
medicinal properties, while soft tissue herbs must be simmered
at a temperature not exceeding 140 degrees.
The majority of these products available in health food stores
today have all the herbs mixed together with instructions to either
boil or simmer them and they cannot be prepared separately. If
all herbs are boiled, the enzymes and other medicinal properties
in the Sheep Sorrel will be destroyed. If all herbs are simmered
together, much of the medicinal properties in the Burdock root,
Slippery Elm bark and Turkey Rhubarb root will not be released.
This is the reason why many people do not experience the same
results that Rene Caisse did, with her 50 plus years of using
the formula in Canada.
I only know of one commercial product available in the United
States that has proportioned the herbs according to the directions
of Dr. Charles Brusch, the personal physician to John F. Kennedy,
who modified the original formula with Rene Caisse, to include
a specific amount of watercress. This product is called Ezzeac
Under the direction of Dr. Brusch, Dr. Bill Maclean has created
Ezzeac Plus, a ready to use preparation where the hard tissue
herbs are boiled separately and the soft tissue herbs, of which
Watercress is included, are properly simmered. This is a labor
intensive, more tedious procedure, resulting in a more expensive
commercial product, at a higher cost to the consumer; however,
when faced with a problem that this product might address, which
product would you choose?
There is no doubt in my mind. I would choose the product where
all the herbs have been prepared in the proper manner. That product
is NEW - EZZEAC PLUS Concentrate - Smaller, more convenient size. Same Tea as the 32 oz. with Cat's Claw. Same Amount of Herbs, Just Half the
Liquid, so you use half the amount your normally would. $47.95
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