Message Number: YG3389 | New FHL Archives Search
Date: 2001-05-09 05:36:00 UTC
Subject: RE: [Ferret-Health-list] Essiac ingredients

There is info on Essiac on
I have tried it and it has seemed to perk some ferrets up, though I know
people who have had better results.

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> Subject: [Ferret-Health-list] Essiac ingredients
> > I am not sure what is in Essiac or how it is supposed to work.
> > however if your ferret is terminal then it will not hurt to try it
> There is a Website which lists the Essiac ingredients and some
> information on each of them at:
> I've never actually used Essiac, so I can't offer any personal info.
> on how it works .. but I know a lot of cancer patients do try it, and
> the individual herbs that are in it are taken by many others for
> various health complaints. Anyway, here are the main ingredients,
> and a bit of info. on each one:
> The 4 main essiac ingredients (classified by the FDA as food items)
> are: burdock root (arctium lappa), sheep sorrel (rumex acetosella),
> slippery elm (ulmus fulva) and turkey rhubarb (rheum palmatum). Some
> manufacturers add extra herbs.
> Burdock root (arctium lappa) - key constituents are bitter blycosides
> (arctiopicrin), flavonoids (arctiin), tannins, polyacetylenes,
> volatile oil, inulin (up to 45%) and sesquiterpenes.
> The inulin is the principal active ingredient of the burdock root,
> and is thought to attach itself to the surface of white blood cells
> and make them more efficient. Also, studies in Germany (1967) and
> Japan (1986) showed that the polyacetylenes in burdock root have
> antibiotic effect. Native American Indians used to rely on burdock
> root as a food source during cold winters.
> Sheep sorrel (rumex acetosella) - key constituents are
> anthraquinones, chrysophanol, emodin, physcion, and oxales. Limited
> research has been done on this herb. It is known to be high in
> vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, as well as the B vitamins. (Vitamin A
> strengthens the immune system by increasing the production of white
> blood cells and T cells, both of which combat cancer). It is also
> very rich in minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, silicon,
> sulfur, chlorine, and some iodine and zinc. Other important elements
> in sheep sorrel are the carotenoids and chlorophyll.
> Slippery elm (ulmus fulva) - key constituents are mucilage, starch
> and tannins. There is also limited research on this herb. The
> mucilage that it contains simulates the natural mucilage present in
> the body, providing a lubricating action that protects and softens
> the membrane linings in the body. This can be particularly important
> if these membranes are damaged by chemotherapy and other cancer
> treatments. The mucilage also helps to "gather" toxic wastes in the
> body and discharge them.
> Turkey rhubarb (rheum palmatum) - key constituents are anthraquinones
> (about 3-5%), rhein, aloe-emodin, emodin, flavinoids (catechin),
> phenolic acids, tannins (5-10%), and calcium oxalate. The medicinal
> value of this herb is due to the properties of the anthraquinones,
> which have a laxative and purgative effect. In large doses, the
> rhizome is strongly laxative, helping to cleanse the digestive tract
> and eliminate toxic wastes. This herb is different from domestic
> rhubarb, which is the variety used to make rhubarb pies.
> - Ela
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