Promoters claim Essiac strengthens the immune system,
improves well being, relieves pain, increases appetite, reduces tumor
size, and extends survival. Some also claim that it cleanses the blood,
promotes cell repair, restores energy levels, and detoxifies the body.
The different herbs are claimed to relieve inflammation, lubricate
bones and joints, stimulate the stomach, and eliminate excess mucous in
organs, tissues, lymph glands, and nerve channels.
It was originally claimed Essiac worked by changing tumors into
normal tissue. Proponents claimed a tumor would become larger and
harder after a few doses of Essiac, then it would soften, shrink, and
be discharged by the body. Available scientific evidence does not
support these claims.
Essiac and Flor Essence are also used to treat acquired
immunodificiency syndrome (AIDS) and a variety of digestive system
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