#5 – Essiac

This is a “traditional herbal medicine” that has been around since 1922.  Although I was not familiar with it, as soon as we had the diagnosis of cancer at least four different individuals told me to check this out.  One couple that we know routinely drinks the tea as a preventive measure.  The tea, which is quite a process to make, tastes a bit like fenugreek (if you are familiar with that taste).  It is also available in a tincture and in capsule form.  The main ingredients are Burdock RootSlippery Elm Inner BarkSheep Sorrel and Indian Rhubarb Root.

This herbal medicine has quite a storied past and is worth reading about. The medicine itself is based on an Ojibway herbal concoction.   When I went on line to see what was available I discovered that there are many different suppliers of Essiac, and apparently some are better than others.  Since I am Canadian I went with the original manufacturer – the price was comparable to any of the others, but the Canadian manufacturer claims to have the original tried and true preparation.

The purpose of these blog posts is not to promote a particular product, but rather to let people know about the options and products that others are using to battle their cancer.  I have no intention of endorsing a particular product, however, in this case, the brand name is the only way to locate this product on line.

With respect to my husband, yes, he is taking the tincture daily.  I’ve informed both the hospital (oncology) as well as the visiting nurse.  The only thing that the hospital asked me to monitor for was was diarrhea – which has not occurred since he started taking this three weeks ago.   So far, so good.


#3 – Chaga

This was something I had no knowledge of whatsoever.  My sister was speaking with her neighbor one day and mentioned my husband’s cancer.  The neighbor happens to have a daughter that just recently attended and graduated as a doctor of homeopathy.  As a result I was given a vial with a chaga tincture in it.  My sister told me that chaga had been proven to have some results with respect to breast cancer, but encouraged me to research it’s efficacy relating to lung cancer.  Up until my sister handed me the vial i had no knowledge of this product.  So I started my research.

This natural product (known in some instances as a tree mushroom)  has been widely used for years by Europeans and Native Americans (Scientific Name: Inonotus Obliquus). It grows on the birch tree. It is believed to be an immune system booster, assist in reducing inflammation in the body, support a healthy liver function as well as fight viruses.  There doesn’t appear to be many clinical trials that support these claims, however, the use of chaga for medicinal purposes dates back hundreds if not thousands of years.

When I looked at some of the medical community generated sites they caution about administering chaga to a patient that could be on chemotherapy or using blood thinning products.  Needless to say, we are in the midst of chemotherapy right now.  I will continue to research this product to get more answers. 

Just sharing what I have found so far to those who are interested and want to research this further.