FLORA Flor Essence® Herbal Tea Blend 2.2 oz. Essiac Cancer Tea

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Flor • Essence® Herbal Tea Blend

If I had cancer, Flor Essence Tea and Better Than Greens are the two products that would be part of my program, EVERY DAY!  I've been selling both products for nearly 20 years and I've seen very good results with Cancer and many other illnesses.  Of course, it goes without saying that if a person changes their diet & lifestyle, it will drastically increase their chances of survival.  And if a person is already too far gone, (unfortunately, many people do not start on the NATURAL treatments until they have destroyed their bodies with chemotherapy and radiation), the Flor Essence Tea is still very beneficial in that it helps them to have less pain in their last remaining days. 

FLORA Flor • Essence® Herbal Tea Blend
               

Description

  • #1 Selling Detox in the U.S. - SPINscan 52 Weeks
  • Premium Herbal Formulas
  • Gentle Detox for the Whole Body
  • Dietary Supplement
  • Kosher
  • Certified Organic by QAI

Elaine Alexander, the late Canadian health researcher and radio producer/broadcaster, collaborated exclusively with Flora to produce Flor·Essence. This purification tea was entrusted to Elaine by Dr. Charles Brusch, M.D., personal physician to the late President John F. Kennedy. Dr. Brusch was a partner in research and co-owner with the famous Canadian nurse Rene Caisse in perfecting this formula at his Cambridge, Massachusetts clinic. Flor·Essence supports the whole body in its natural elimination process. Flor·Essence is the only product on the market authorized to carry Elaine's signature on the packaging to vouch for its historical authenticity.

ASSISTS WITH:

  • Whole-body detoxification*
  • Digestion*
  • Immune support*

This traditional Ojibwa formula was rediscovered by humanitarian nurse Rene Caisse and perfected through years of clinical studies with her longtime research partner, Dr, Charles Brusch, personal physician to President John F. Kennedy. This formula enables the body to effectively remove toxins and wastes, allowing for cellular renewal and revitalized health.*

True health begins and ends within the digestive system. Taking Flor•Essence® supports healthy bowel function.* It helps the body achieve a new, vibrant equilibrium – improved digestion, more energy, a brighter complexion and deeper sleep.*

This time-honored formula has unique synergistic properties which help to gently detoxify and rejuvenate the entire body.*

Flor•Essence® is a formula that is safe and effective for everyday use, short term and long term.

 

The Herbs in Flor•Essence®:

The Flor•Essence® 8-herb formula synergistically supports all elimination pathways to accelerate the removal of toxins and waste from the body, stimulate digestion and support immune function.*

 

1. Burdock Root Burdock Root (Arctium lappa) is a cleansing antioxidant that promotes a strong immune system, stimulates good digestion, and supports all the elimination pathways of the body.* Active ingredients include inulin, calcium, iron, potassium, tannin, mucilage, flavonoids, and essential oils. The bitter properties of this herb are important for liver detox and function.*

 

2. Slippery Elm Bark (Ulmus rubra) supports the skin, kidneys, and urinary and respiratory systems in their natural elimination processes.* It also soothes the digestive tract because of its mucilage content, and it alkalizes the body by balancing pH in the gastrointestinal tract.*

 

3. Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) is an antioxidant with specialized flavonoids that promote healthy cell proliferation and supports the immune system.* It supports the kidneys as well as the urinary system. It is also used for expelling phlegm and mucus from the respiratory tract.*

 

4. Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) This herb contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals that support health and well-being, and it functions in the body as an antioxidant.*

 

5. Turkish Rhubarb Root (Rheum palmatum) provides detoxification support to the digestive system, colon, and liver.* Mineral content includes calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, and selenium as well as vitamins B, C, and E.

 

6. Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus) It has long been used as a digestive tonic and a diaphoretic to support skin detoxification.* This thorny plant contains B-complex vitamins as well as calcium, iron, and manganese.

 

7. Kelp (Laminaria digitata) is a mineral-rich seaweed that promotes healthy bowels and healthy immune function.* It contains alginates for cleansing and soothing the intestines.* High in vitamin content, kelp also contains more than two dozen important minerals as well as proteins, carbohydrates, and essential fatty acids.

 

8. Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is a rich source of chlorophyll, vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and many minerals. Traditionally used for its detoxifying and restorative properties*, it contains indoles. Watercress also contains vitamins A, B6, and C, and is rich in iron, copper, calcium, manganese, and carotenes.

 

RESEARCH FINDINGS:

 

Extensive toxicity studies have had favorable results.*(1)

Detailed phytochemical analyses have shown that a wide variety of phytonutrients, including many different types of polyphenols, contribute to Flor•Essence’s overall effects.*(2)

1. Itigina, et al., Russian Ministry of Health, Flora Manufacturing and Distributing files, 1997.

2. Saleem A, Walshe-Roussel B, Harris C, Asim M, Tamayo C, Sit S, Arnason JT. Characterisation of phenolics in Flor-Essence--a compound herbal product and its contributing herbs. Phytochem Anal. 2009 Sep-Oct;20(5):395-401.

Not Intended As Medical Advice.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

SUGGESTED USE:

The Flor•Essence® dry herb format is very economical as it can be brewed at home and stored in the refrigerator. Instructions are inside the box. Use this concentrate the same way as the liquid blend.

Great value: One package of Dry Blend makes up to six 17 oz. bottles of herbal tea.

 

CAUTIONS/CONTRAINDICATIONS:

Do not use: If pregnant or nursing; if you are allergic to plants of the asteraceae, compositae, daisy, polygonaceae, or brassicacease families; if you are allergic to iodine; if you have had an organ transplant (stemcell transplants are okay). Not recommended for children.

 

Not Intended As Medical Advice.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Available as:

  • 2.2 oz package

 

BACKGROUND:

Flor-Essence™ and Essiac™ are two of the most widely used herbal tonics by cancer patients.  An estimated 35% of cancer patients in Canada1 use these tonics, whose long and controversial history spans three decades.2,3  In a recent survey at a large comprehensive cancer center in the United States, 38% of patients reported using herbs and overall, 4.9% used the Flor-Essence™ or Essiac™ tonic4.  Both formulas contain four principal herbs:  Burdock root (Arctium lappa L.), Turkish rhubarb root (Rheum palmatum L.), Sheep sorrel (Rumex acetosella L.), and Slippery elm bark (Ulmus rubra Muhl.).  However, Flor-Essence™ contains four additional herbs that are believed to potentiate the formula: Watercress (Nasturtium officinale R. Br.), Blessed Thistle (Cnicus benedictus L.), Red Clover (Trifolium pratense L.) and Kelp (Laminaria digitata Lmx.).  Flor-Essence™ tonic is manufactured in Canada where approximately forty thousand units of tonic and dried herbs are distributed to Canada and the United States each month. 

A review of the literature on these tonics and the four principal herbs resulted in 107 references.  Of those, 68% (n=73) were related to cancer.5  Although 24 pre-clinical evaluations of individual herbs were reported, no pre-clinical or clinical trials of the tonic were identified.5  One clinical study with Essiac™ was discontinued by The Health Protection Branch of Health Canada in 1978 because of limited physician participation.  Data from 87 participants was considered inadequate to determine any impact on survival.6  However, no toxicity was reported, but quality of life or pain control were not evaluated.3,7  Subsequently, claims for clinical benefit were discontinued the manufacturers who then began marketing the product as a nutritional supplement with general health claims (i.e., prevent disease, relieve pain, and improve quality of life).

Claims as a cancer cure persist, however, with anecdotal reports of reduced tumor growth, improved quality of life, and prolonged survival.8  Although these tonics remain untested for anticancer activity, anti-oxidant activity has been confirmed for the Flor-Essence™ product.9  Moreover, qualitative thin layer chromatography (TLC) has confirmed seven herbs that contain trace elements, minerals, and phytoestrogens.10  Levels of flavonoids, phenylcarboxylic acids, and emodin are monitored regularly in each batch. ***

Pre-clinical and clinical evaluations of Flor-Essence™, in collaboration with the Russian Ministry of Health have assessed acute and chronic toxicity.  Acute toxicity studies were unable to determine a lethal dose in albino mice and rats.  Furthermore, chronic toxicity tests found no renal or hepatic toxicity doses that were 10 fold the therapeutic dose (15 ml/kg) in albino mice and rats and 5-fold (7.5 ml/kg) in dogs.11  Sponsor initiated in-vivo studies report reduced number and size of chemical mediated gastric ulcerations, protection of capillaries against xylene-mediated leakage, and prevention of chemically induced anti-inflammation.10

Given the historical and widespread use of these tonic, limited preclinical data by manufacturers only, and the anecdotal reports of efficacy from cancer patients, a pattern of use survey of Flor-Essence™ consumers and cancer patients was conducted to 1) profile the general consumers, 2) characterize cancer patients, and 3) determine their reasons for use, perceived benefits, and adverse events.  Ultimately, this information will inform the medical community and cancer patients, stimulate manufacturers to prepare the tonics for clinical investigation with an Investigational Drug Application (IND), and guide the development of clinical trials with information on which cancer patients are more likely to use the product.

METHODS:

Individuals who purchased Flor-Essence™ in the United States or Canada between June 1998 and August 1999 were invited to participate, regardless of age, gender, or disease status.  The Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects at the University of Texas-Houston approved the study at two levels; participation was voluntary. 

The manufacturers shipped 20,000 units of product in Canada and 65,245 in the United States over a three month period, beginning in June, 1998.  Each product contained an invitation from the owner of Flora Manufacturing and Distributing Ltd to participate so that the company could learn more about who is using the product and why.  Each product contained a self-addressed, stamped postcard with the brief pattern of use survey.  To ensure confidentiality, each postcard contained a unique identification number. 

For Phase I, the pattern of use survey of general consumers collected information on demographics (i.e., age, gender, ethnicity, country of residence, marital status, education level, and household income), medical condition (i.e., arthritis, cancer, multiple sclerosis, or other), reasons for use (i.e., prevention, control symptoms, treat a medical condition, or other), duration of use, and perceived benefits using a 5 point rating scale from excellent to poor. 

Current or former cancer patients were invited to call UT-CAM about the details of a second survey specifically about their experience with the tonic.  For Phase II, interested individuals who telephoned UT-CAM and were current or former cancer patients were invited to participate.  After obtaining verbal consent, research assistants collected contact information to mail the coded survey.  Callers who declined to participate or who were ineligible were encouraged to complete and return the postcard.  Flora Manufacturing and Distributing Ltd provided one complimentary product to individuals who completed the cancer specific survey.  

The cancer specific survey was adapted from an instrument that assessed complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in a comprehensive cancer center.12  Cancer patients who were using the tonic provided information on their cancer status (i.e., date of diagnosis, stage and site of disease, current status), conventional treatment (i.e., chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, hormonal), and use of other CAM therapies.  We also asked about their reasons and expectations for using Flor-Essence™ as well as information on dose, frequency, adverse events, positive effects, changes in symptoms (i.e., nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, fatigue, pain).  For patients who discussed use with their physicians, we also asked how the physicians responded; otherwise, patients explained their reasons for nondisclosure about the herbal use.

RESULTS:

Eligibility and consent rate
Of the 85,245 units distributed, 5,435 (response rate = 6.4%) postcards were received for Phase I.  A total of 384 general consumers were excluded because they were treating pets (n=38) or responded after the study closed (n=346) in September, 1999.  Of the 5,051 eligible general consumers, 3,749 (74.2%) were eligible for Phase II.  Of these, 54.9% (n=2,060) cancer patients consented to participate, but 1,588 (42.4%) actually completed the survey; however, 11 individuals were excluded because they responded after the study closed.

 

 

Phase I: Profile of General Consumers

            The majority of Flor- Essence™ consumers were educated above the high school level (63.6%), Caucasian (92.0%), married (68.8%), living in the United States (80.0%), 61.6 years of age (SD = 13.9), and approximately equally distributed by gender.  Table 1.  The average duration of use was 15.79 months (SD = 17.35, range 0-130 months), and primarily (62.4%) to treat a medical condition rather than prevent disease (35.3%) or control symptoms (21.3%).  Cancer was the most commonly reported medical condition (75.1%), but health concerns included arthritis (14.5%), multiple sclerosis (1.0%), and other (14.7%) conditions (i.e., allergies/asthma, chronic fatigue, cysts, diabetes, high blood pressure/heart disease, hepatitis/liver disease, osteoporosis, or bladder, prostate, skin, or stomach problems).  Most consumers rated the benefits of the tonic as very good/excellent (72.2%), but 24.4% rated the tonic as okay, and 3.4% as not very good/poor.

*** Flora Health does not market this product with any claims of a cancer cure, or reduction in symptoms. It does however believe that the product improves the quality of life of all users.

 

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