Black Root Medicine the Original Native American Essiac Formula by Mali Klein 2014.
Black Root Medicine takes a uniquely inclusive look at the early known history of the Native American formula that was the basis for Canadian nurse Rene Caisse’s herbal remedy Essiac, first made famous in the 1920s when it was refined down to four herbs from eight herbs. Black Root Medicine is captivating with its evocative illustrations as well as the beautiful prose of Mali Klein’s writing, inspired by the writing of Howard Hansen (Twilight on the Thunderbird, A Memoir of Quileute Indian Life, 2013). While the earlier Snow/Klein books have been substantially informative, this book goes beyond that into a world alive with the power of the animals and plants and the ways of nature and a respect for all of life. Mali also shares the latest research results on the properties of the original eight herbs – and offers up compelling evidence in support of a new look at this old remedy which really should be researched properly in an independent lab once and for all. Learn what the original eight herbs really were, how the formula changed when it came to the U.S. and more.


Essiac Essentials by Sheila Snow & Mali Klein. Meticulously researched information about Rene Caisse’s original recipe as verified by Mary McPherson, Rene’s close friend and assistant. How to make your own Essiac, how to locate, grow and harvest the herbs.


History of Rene Caisse’s work with cancer patients, the recipe and instructions for making essiac, recommended dosage, accounts from people who use it. Olsen’s book is recommended for home brewers who want recipe and directions to follow.


THE ESSIAC REPORT: Canada’s Remarkable Unknown Cancer Remedy by Richard Thomas. Written to promote Flor-Essence, the book tells how Dr. Brusch and Elaine Alexander created Flor-Essence, an 8 herb formula widely available in health food stores (which probably carry the book, too) in dry herb or bottled form. About 200 pages, half of which are “documentation”.


The Essiac Handbook by James Percival.
From Amazon:
The Essiac Handbook tells the story of the Canadian nurse Rene Caisse who cured thousands of people of cancer with a herbal remedy which she obtained from an Ojibway medicine man in 1922. Essiac was studied by the Canadian Parliament and The Royal Cancer Commission and in 1938 was declared to be a valid remedy for cancer. In the 1950s Rene worked with Dr. Charles Brusch in Cambridge, Mass. Dr. Brusch, who was John Kennedy’s personal physican, also declared Essiac to be a cure for cancer. Also included are the formula for making Essiac, a description of the herbs used, an explanation of how Essiac works, and information about Essiac’s therapeutic value for other immune system related illnesses such as lupus, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, and Hiv/Aids. Packed with useful information, The Essiac Handbook will appeal to many.


Clinic of Hope: The Story of Rene Caisse and Essiac by Donna M. Ivey. Describes Rene Caisse’s “extraordinary perseverance to obtain official recognition of her herbal cancer remedy she called Essiac, her name spelled backwards. Rene Caisse was thrust into a life-long medical-legal-political controversy that still persists since her death in 1978.”


I Want to Live Using ESSIAC: For Anyone Who is Fighting Cancer, Helping Others Who Have Cancer, Or Trying to Prevent Cancer. The Truth About ESSIAC

This is a rather new book, have no idea how accurate and worthwhile it is, if it gives recipe
and directions and is not brand-biased. If you buy it, please let us know your opinions.

Unfortunately, Some of these Essiac books are out of print and are expensive and/or no longer easily available.


CALLING OF AN ANGEL: Nature’s Cure for Cancer by Dr. Gary L. Glum. First popular and well-written US book about Rene Caisse and her Essiac (the recipe was revealed on $79.95 video offered at end of book, which “let the cat out of the bag”). The book is out of print but Amazon lists some resellers charging from $45.00 to $100.00 for used or like-new copies. Some Public Libraries may still have it.


THE ESSENCE OF ESSIAC by Sheila Fraser Snow. According to Snow, “certain groups and individuals have been flooding the market with products reputed to be made from the original recipe.” She writes in detail about the “Gary Glum” recipe (later verified by Mary McPherson as authentic) and recommends you make essiac tea yourself with quality herbs. Old ordering address of “$15.00 postpaid, Sheila Snow, Box 396, Port Carling, Ontario, P0B 1J0, Canada” is no longer valid as she withdrew from essiac scene into retirement long ago and can no longer be contacted.


ESSIAC -The Secrets of Rene Caisse’s Herbal Pharmacy, by Sheila Snow and Mali Klein. Complete recipes for Rene Caisse’s other remedies she used alongside her four herb Essiac, new information about roles of other people involved with Rene and her Essiac, and thorough research of who had the recipe and who did not