Did you use
Essiac tea? There seems to be so much confusing and conflicting information
available about this. Can you steer me to some reliable information?
Essiac Tea Information:
Special Note: I would NOT recommend using this supplement as your only cancer therapy. In addition, I do urge you to tell your oncologist the names and types of all complementary therapies you are using as part of your personal *healing recipe*.
Update January 2005:
Recent research has shown that the commonly consumed commercially available form of Essiac tea called Flor-Essence® did not inhibit, stop, or reverse the growth of estrogen-receptive breast cancer in mice. In fact, the data actually show that the consumption of this product caused more and larger tumors to form in the mice given the Flor-essence® to drink before they were injected with the substance that induces breast cancer. This study was not designed to show the effect of Flor-essence® in mice who had already developed breast cancer, which would have more comparable to *real life*. However, the results are worrisome and should give one pause before choosing to recommend or use this product as part of a treatment plan for a breast cancer diagnosis.
Flor-Essence® herbal tonic does not inhibit mammary tumor development, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 88 (1):87-93, 2004, LM Bennett, JL Montgomery, SM, Steinberg , KS Kulp.
Essiac® and Flor-Essence® herbal tonics stimulate the in vitro growth of human breast cancer cells, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, March 16, 2006, Kulp, KS, et al.
Posted 8/02, Updated 1/05, 3/06
These questions and answers are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical condition.
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