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Essiac Tea, or Tea of Life, is a popular beverage used in alternative cancer treatment. During the last few decades, it has gained popularity among cancer patients as well as the healthy population trying to ward off cancer. Essiac Tea is also called Herbal Essence and Vitalitea, whereas Flor Essence is a more advanced form of Essiac. Even so, no clinical trial has ever succeeded in confirming the effectiveness of cancer treatment through Essiac Tea, at least in case of animal trials.

The history of Essiac Tea runs back to 1922, although its recipe or formula is much older. The herbal formula was revealed to a Canadian nurse named Rene Caisse in Ontario, by a patient who claimed to have recovered from breast cancer by an Indian herbal tea. He had obtained it from an Ojibwa medicine man. Caisse used the recipe to treat her aunt who was suffering from stomach cancer. Later on, she started offering this secret formula through her own clinic, as a tea and as an injection. In fact, Essiac is Cassie spelled backwards. In 1977 the recipe was handed over to a manufacturer in Toronto.

Essiac Tea includes Indian rhubarb root, slippery elm inner bark, burdock root and sheep sorrel. In addition to these, Flor Essence contains watercress, red clover, blessed thistle and kelp. Although some of these constituents are said to possess anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties, the overall mixture hasnt shown any positive response against cancer cells. Worse still, some recent researches have revealed that Essiac Tea may accelerate the growth of existing breast cancer. However, proponents claim that Essiac can strengthen immunity, increase appetite and enhance well-being, in addition to combating pain, reducing tumor size and improving the chances of survival. They believe that Essiac can convert tumors into normal tissue, and that enlarging tumors will subsequently soften, shrink and be discharged.

Studies conducted by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, National Cancer Institute and many other researchers have confirmed that Essiac Tea has no anti-cancer effects. However, it is known to bring about certain side effects. Nausea, headache, constipation and diarrhea are common side effects. In addition to allergic rashes, rare cases of serious allergic reactions are also on record. Some serious consequences include low blood sugar and liver and kidney damage. Although Essiac Tea is mostly natural, it is known to interact with certain other drugs and herbs so that medical advice is recommended before use. Despite its lack of efficacy, Essiac Tea is still a popular remedy for cancer, at least psychologically. However, relying on Essiac Tea alone for cancer elimination will certainly not be a wise decision. In case youre interested, Essiac and Flor Essence in dry and liquid forms can be bought online, by mail order and via health food stores in the UK. Its also available as a health tonic in Canada. The typical dose for Essiac Tea is 1 ounce to be taken 1 to 3 times daily. For best results, it should be taken on an empty stomach, preferably 2 hours before or after meals.

Reumofan Plus includes many different ingredients like dexamethasone (a corticosteroid), diclofenac sodium (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), and methocrabamol (a muscle relaxant). The ingredients that Reumofan Plus includes have many different side effects associated with them.

Dexamethasone acts as an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant. Dexamethasone has many side effects that come with it some that you may need to get medical attention for and some that are less serious. Some of the more serious side effects are problems with vision, rapid weight gain, shortness of breath, and severe depression. Other side effects are seizures, coughing up blood, severe pain in the upper stomach and back, a fast heart rate, and dangerously high blood pressure. If you are seeing signs of these side effects, you should call your doctor right away.

Some less serious problems that may occur are problems with sleeping, acne or dry skin, increased sweating, headache, and muscle weakness. Even though these are some of the less serious side effect you should still make sure to let your doctor know what you are experience.

Diclofenac sodium is a non steroidal anti-inflammatory which is taken to also reduce inflammation and also to reduce pain in certain conditions. Some side effects are chest pains, body weakness, problems with vision or balance, and coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds. Some side effects of diclofenac are the same as dexamethasone because they are meant to help the same things.

Methocarbamol also known as robaxin is a muscle relaxant used to treat skeletal muscle spasms. Just like many other medicines there are some serious side effect that you should call a doctor right away if you are experiencing them. Some of those are slow heart rate, feeling like you might pass out, seizures, and jaundice. Some of the not so serious side effects are headache, sleep problems, and stuffy nose. Flu like symptoms, vomiting, warmth, redness, or tingly feeling are just a few more symptoms to look out for. These side effects are for the individual ingredients that are a part of Reumofan. All these ingredients combined into one pill just makes the side effects even more likely so it is important to know what to expect. The side effects of the different ingredients are all similar so when you are taking the pill it could be three times more likely that you would experience the side effect. If you are taking this pill and notice anything different no matter how small you think it may be it would still be in your best interest to call your doctor and inform them about what it going on. If you are thinking about taking this pill you should first consult with your doctor before to make sure that this is something the will help not hurt you.

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