From the Mailbag: Cancer-fighting Tea and Help for COPD

Dear Living Well Daily Reader,

You’ve got questions…

We’ve got answers!

Today, we will discuss Essiac tea and its effects on cancer, along with how one powerful supplement can help fight COPD symptoms.

Let’s dive in…

--Cancer-fighting Tea

Hi Natalie,

I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. A friend of mine told me that drinking Essiac tea might help me win the battle against it. Do you know if Essiac tea is good for fighting cancer?

Thanks in advance,

Cynthia K.

Thanks for the great question, Cynthia. Lots of readers have questions about this natural cancer remedy.

Essiac tea is an ancient recipe from the Ojibwe tribes of Canada that contains burdock root, slippery elm bark, sheep sorrel and Indian rhubarb root.

In the early 1900s, a cancer nurse named Renee Caisse  used the tea to treat patients suffering from all types of cancer. She saw such tremendous results, and she wanted make the tea available to the masses. Since then, Essiac tea has been used around the world to help treat cancer. (And it still carries her name. Essiac is Caisse spelled backwards.)

While it’s not recognized as cancer treatment by the FDA, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that says Essiac tea can help folks beat cancer. In addition, there are animal studies that show Essiac tea can halt the ability of tumor cells to multiply.

One reason Essiac may help prevent cancer is due to its ability to fight free radicals. The formula is chock-full of phytonutrients and antioxidants that can reduce free-radical development and boost your immune system.

Essiac typically causes few side effects for patients. However, it can be troublesome for folks who are have brain cancer or are already taking conventional cancer treatments. So check with your practitioner before starting Essiac.

The typical dosage is one fluid ounce of Essiac concentrate mixed with two ounces of hot water. This should be sipped before bedtime at least two hours after eating. You can find Essiac tea through online retailers like amazon.com.

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--Help for COPD

Dear Natalie,

I suffer from chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder and often have a hard time breathing because of lung infections and inflammation. Do you know of any natural remedies that will help me?

Thanks,

Jean S.

Thanks for your question, Jean.

In case you’re not familiar, chronic pulmonary obstructive disorder, or COPD, is a lung condition that’s marked by chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Symptoms of COPD include wheezing, shortness of breath and chronic cough. Lung damage from COPD is not reversible, and there is no cure.

Fortunately, there is one supplement that can help alleviate some of these uncomfortable symptoms.

Many studies show that omega-3s can lower inflammation in the body including the lungs.

One study in particular shows that patients who have an omega-3-rich diet may experience a significant decrease in lung inflammation. Because of these results, experts believe that omega-3s are an affordable, practical and safe way to reduce the symptoms of COPD.

Another recent study shows that omega-3 fatty acids fight both lung infections and lung inflammation in folks suffering from COPD. However, this study focused mainly on an omega-3 inhalant, which is currently still being researched. However, in the future, this could be a breakthrough medication for folks with COPD.

This means for now, getting omega-3s through your diet or supplementation are your only options.

Unless you’re eating wild-caught seafood regularly, though, there’s a great chance you’re not getting enough omega-3 in your diet. This means supplementation is the best way to ensure you’ll have an anti-inflammatory advantage over your COPD.

Be sure you’re going for an omega-3 fish oil supplement that’s been molecularly distilled. This way, you get all of the health benefits without harsh toxins.

Do you have any health questions you want answered? Drop me a line nmoore@lfb.org.

Live well,

Natalie Moore
Managing editor, Living Well Daily

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Sources

[1] Why Essiac Tea Should be Part of Your Cancer Fighting Program

[2] Inhibition of prostate cancer-cell proliferation by Essiac.

[3] Omega 3 Fatty Acids May Reduce Bacterial Lung Infections Associated with COPD

[4] Lung Disease & Respiratory Health Center

Natalie Moore

Written By Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is a dedicated health researcher with a passion for finding healthy, natural, and science-based solutions. After a decade of direct healthcare experience in western and natural medicine, she was involved in public health research before joining Living Well Daily.

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