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Essiac/Flor-Essence

This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the use of Essiac and Flor•Essence, which are proprietary herbal tea mixtures, as treatments for patients with cancer. The summary includes a brief history of the development of Essiac and Flor•Essence; a review of laboratory, animal, and human studies; and possible side effects associated with Essiac and Flor•Essence use.

This summary contains the following key information:

Essiac and Flor•Essence are herbal tea mixtures originally developed in Canada.
These products are marketed worldwide as dietary supplements.
Proponents have claimed that Essiac and Flor•Essence can help detoxify the body and strengthen the immune system.
Proponents of Essiac have claimed further that it can help relieve pain, improve quality of life, and reduce tumor size.
Molecules with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, or immunostimulatory activity have been identified in the individual herbs in the Essiac and Flor•Essence formulas.
No data are available from animal or human studies to suggest that Essiac or Flor•Essence can be effective in the treatment of patients with cancer.

 

 
     
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