How to Eat While Using Essiac

eating and essiac


If you are wondering about whether or not you need to follow a special diet while on essiac tea, the answer is no.

Of course, eating healthy is always a good idea! Keeping a low sugar diet as well as a diet abundant in organic fruits and vegetables and healthy fats is great. 

At the same time, we have heard countless success stories from folks who didn't change their diet at all and still had an amazing outcome. There is no special diet required when you follow essiac tea, other than that you need to take essiac tea on an empty stomach.

In terms of essiac, this means no food 2 hours before essiac and no food until 1 hour after you've taken essiac.

Worried you won't get enough to eat? Don't be! This sample schedule will show how you can get three meals and three snacks if you want to and still pull it off.

Sample Eating Schedule

6:30am Wake up, Take Essiac

7:30am Have Breakfast, finish by 8am

10:00am Snack

12:00pm Take Essiac

1:00pm Have Lunch, finish by 1:30pm

3:00pm Snack

5:00pm Have Dinner, finish by 5:30pm

7:30pm Take Essiac

8:30pm Snack


There are a lot of other ways you can break it down, but this is a sample to give you an idea.


What You Can Have During the "Empty Stomach" Time

You are permitted to have black coffee, plain tea, herbal tea, supplements, and medications during the "empty stomach" time, as well as as much water as you like. You can even add natural fruit and/or vegetable juice to your essiac if you prefer!


I hope this clarification is helpful!


  • Hi Joy,

    We have had good reports for COPD and essiac, yes.

    Gina Paulhus

  • Can essisc Tea help with mild COPD?

  • Hi Susan,

    Yes you can take essiac when you take your pancreatic enzymes.


  • Hi, I hope you’re well. I have 6 small meals per day, 3 are food and 3 are smoothies (combo of spinach/kale/chard/fruit) and I take pancreatic enzymes about an hour before 3 of those meals. I have these meals at 2-2.5 hour intervals. Can I take the essiac tea when I take the pancreatic enzymes? Please advise and thank you kindly.

  • You may take amino acids half an hour before essiac or one hour after if it’s liquid or capsule. If it’s in a bar form then wait 1 hour before and after.


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