Burdock, or Arctium lappa, goes by many names throughout the world, and is a common weed throughout Europe, Asia and north America that grows in soil that is high in nitrogen. The burdock roots cleaning abilities play a very important role in the essiac tea formula. With its high content of FOS, a complex carbohydrate, it is used to help eliminate harmful pathogens within the body. It has been used and studied throughout Europe and Asia, and has been eaten as a vegetable in these areas for hundreds of years. It has many different medicinal purposes which span from assisting the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, to helping treat and prevent baldness and it contains antioxidants which help rid the body of free radical cells reducing the risks of cancer. It is also considered one of the best natural blood and liver cleansers , and is found to contain many important nutrients and vitamins such as calcium, amino acids, potassium, calcium, vitamin B complex, vitamin A, vitamin P, and vitamin E.
Burdock root’s liver and blood cleansing effects are absolutely essential to the effectiveness of essiac tea. The liver and blood must be cleansed in order for the immune system to be able to work at it’s full potential to help the body fight disease on its own. This is where burdock root finds itself in the synergy between the four ingredients.
Sheep Sorrel, or Rumex acetosells, is a part of the buckwheat family and can be found in many diverse environments, which include marshes, open fields, rocky areas, floodplains, and many other soils that are either moist or acidic. Its main cancer fighting ability comes from the chlorophyll that is found in the plant. Chlorophyll is well known for helping the body carry oxygen through the blood stream helping the body stay healthier and energetic. Cancer can only grow in a low oxygen environments, so providing the blood with higher oxygen levels can inhibit the growth of cancerous cells.
On top of its cancer fighting properties it also help to keep the body healthy through other cancer treatments. The chlorophyll found within the plant also helps with healing radiation burns and can be very beneficial when undergoing radiation treatments. It can also help to generally improve cardiovascular health, as well as providing many other benefits such as detoxifying the body, helping blood coagulation, providing the body with antioxidants, high vitamin C content and many others. Sheep sorrel has also been a well known cancer fighter for thousands of years.
Slippery Elm, or Ulmus rubra, grows natively to north America, but has been introduced Asia as well as Australia. It has been used for many medicinal purposes by native Americans throughout history. Is main uses by the Native Americans were for healing boils, skin inflammation, burns, and impurities throughout the body. These same soothing elements can be achieved within the body as well when ingested. When prepared correctly the bark can help sooth digestive inflammation such as gastritis, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease as well as many others.
The barks inner lining becomes a gel that coats the inner lining of your body’s digestive tract when consumed, and in turn, helps to soothe any inflammation that may occur. This not only applies to helping pre-existing conditions however. The main reason why the ingredient is included in the tea is assist with the bodies coping abilities with some of the other ingredients. One specifically to mention is the Turkey Rhubarb. Because of the Turkey Rhubarb’s properties, it can cause inflammation of the digestive system, and cause discomfort. The Slippery Elm Bark‘s soothing abilities in the digest tract help to counteract this negative side effect.
Turkey Rhubarb, or Rheum palmatum, is a rapidly growing plant that has been know to reach heights of up to 10 feet. It is native to China, but has also been know to reside in parts of Northern Tibet as well. However, it has been introduced throughout the world and now grows throughout Europe and North America in the wild. This plant pops up throughout Chinese history as a remedy for many different ailments, and has even been accounted as gifts and medicine for different Chinese emperors. Its well know uses are to cure fever, and relive constipation, and is still in use today, both for natural remedies, and by the medical community.
Among the older uses for the plant, some new evidence has shown up within the scientific community regarding other uses it may have for different sicknesses. It has been found to help reduce diabetic swelling in animal tests done with the turkey rhubarb extract, making it beneficial for anyone suffering from diabetes. It has also been found that it helped reduce negative markers found in the blood of patients suffering from terminal kidney failure. Although the traditional uses have been found to be beneficial, there are still many other uses being found for this thousand year old remedy.
The main reason for its inclusion within essiac tea, is help cleanse the colon. Many diseases start within the colon, which helps govern the general health of the rest of the body. Turkey Rhubarb is used to ensure that the colon remains cleansed, as well as healthy, to help the body cope with fighting the sickness. In spite of its potential to be poisonous in large amounts, small dosages of it can be quite helpful, and in the case of essiac tea, helps the body stay healthy to fight disease on its own.