The History of Rene Caisse and Essiac Tea
How Essiac Began.
Essiac was used by Native Americans back long before Rene Caisse new about it. It is an old Ojibway Medicine Man formula. Rene Caisse hails from Ontario, a region that was inhabited by the Ojibway.
While Rene Caisse was working as a nurse in a local hospital, one of her patients gave her some of this essiac and told Caisse that she was using it. This formula contained four herbs and seemed to be a help to some folks, but not everyone.
Modifications to the Essiac Formula Were Made.
After many years of research, doctors developed a version of the essiac formula that was to be administered via injection. Rene Caisse attempted to get permission from the Canadian Ministry of Health to give physicians throughout Canada the go-ahead to inject the authentic essiac formula - but her efforts were not successful.
Dr. Charles Brusch Partners with Rene Caisse.
Dr. Charles Brusch invited Rene Caisse to the Brusch Medical Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in an attempt to develop an oral formula that carried the same efficacy level as the injection. The reason behind this change of approach was that it is easier to use a tea that is made to drink as opposed to one that requires an injection to administer.
Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch researched essiac tea from 1959 through 1967. Dr. Charles Brusch was most famously known as President Kennedy's personal physician. Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch's research resulted in an eight herb essiac formula. This formula included the original four essiac herbs plus an additional four herbs. Exclusive rights to the formula were left to Dr. Charles Brusch in 1977 (the year prior to Rene Caisse's death).
Versions of the Four Herb Formula Remain
In 1977, Rene Caisse signed over the four herb formula to Resperin Corp. of Canada under the stipulation that Resperin would complete additional research on the formula. The agreement granted permission for the use of essiac for research purposes only. The agreement dictated that if they did not complete these tests, Dr. Charles Brusch would have exclusive rights to the formula. It turns out that Resperin breached the contract by never completing the tests, but the formula still remained with them.
The Eight Herb Essiac Formula was Now Known as the New and Improved Essiac.
The eight herb formula Rene Caisse and Dr. Charles Brusch created contained: Burdock Root, Blessed Thistle, Kelp, Red Clover, Sheep Sorrel, Slippery Elm Back, Turkey Rhubarb Root, and Watercress. Not only did Dr. Charles Brusch help Rene Caisse develop this formula, but he used it himself!
Essiac Tea Lives On.
Rene Caisse passed away in 1978, and Dr. Brusch passed away in 1993. The Paulhus family was fortunate enough to work alongside Dr. Charles Brusch and he entrusted the formula to us moving forward. To this day, we recommend consuming it just as it was in those studies: in brewed tea form.