WHEN TO USE CAUTION IN TAKING ESSIAC TEA
Why has no one addressed this issue? It is of paramount importance. I kept searching for anything that may have been written. So far, nothing. Many talk about how this tea should be taken by all those with cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, etc. Since researching this tea in-depth, I’m not so sure just everyone should. Marketers talk about how good the essiac tea is for most all, but what about those who may find themselves with problems in taking it? And all of you marketers out there, ought to read this and pass it on to your customers.
If you are pregnant, nursing or trying to conceive: This tea contains constituents (chemicals) which may increase blood flow to the pelvic region and stimulate menses. Safety of the herbs have not been determined for small children. Properties of this tea may pass through the mother's milk to the infant.
If you have kidney disease, are prone to kidney stones, or kidney infections: The varying amounts of oxalic acids in this tea are irritating to the kidneys. In my handbook, I go over some ideas on how to reduce this. Drinking copious amounts of water (unless contraindicated by your doctor or condition) may help reduce the effects of this.
If you have ulcers or colitis: The Turkey Rhubarb has a laxative or cathartic action (depending on how much you take). Some properties in this root can be highly irritating to ulcers and colitis, exacerbating (or worsening) these conditions.
Children: No studies have been done to determine the safety of the herbs in the young.
Diabetics who are insulin dependant may need to adjust their dosage. The same may be true for those on anti-diabetes medications. All diabetics should monitor their blood sugar closely while on the tea. Some of the constituents in this tea can affect the way glucose and insulin are taken up in the cells and utilized. Many people find they need less medication while taking it. This is not always the case, but is worthy of mention.
This information is provided for educational purposes and to promote discussion only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or claim cure for any disease or imbalance in the body.