Over the many years that I have been
involved with healing, especially of people with cancer, I
have tried not only to figure out what is needed and what will
benefit the most people but how the body can best utilize the
gifts herbs have to offer: teas, tinctures, tablets, capsules,
Many patients have low output of gastric
secretions and hence poor digestion and assimilation of nutrients,
especially at times of stress. Taking 180 tablets a day of
various supplements is tedious and sometimes gagging. Moreover,
some people eliminate whole capsules or tabletsabsolutely
undigestedshowing that their digestive processes are
not strong enough to break down the gel caps or moist enough
to separate the needed ingredients from the binders.
Because digestion begins with anticipation
and this is enhanced by aroma and taste, I have tried to develop
products that are interesting enough to titillate the senses.
Moreover, providing patients remedies in a variety of formsliquids,
foods, and pillsrelieves at least some of the monotony
as well as failire of pill popping.
Most patients who are fighting cancer
are using protocols that result in die off. This is true
whether one is on chemotherapy or some holistic modality,
anything from hyperbaric oxygen to Essiac tea. If the method
is capable of destroying malignancy, there is a need for
the body to carry off the debris. This debris is toxic. The
side effects are basically a necessary evil attending a successful
cancer treatment program, but the die off poses a burden
on the patient's lymphatic system and eliminatory organs,
sometimes causing something as extreme as what is known as
the Herxheimer effect. Because of the toxicity and the irritability
caused by the toxicity, it is difficult for persons undergoing
these phenomena to remain poised throughout the course of
The strongest argument for the use of external
treatments, whether surgery or salves, is that these reduce
the pressure on the internal organs. Assuming however that
th treatment includes measures that act systemically, I want,
for the moment, to focus on the lymphatic system. Lymph fluids
tend to become thick when there is die off. If the lymphatic
channels become congested, there can be swelling and soreness
as well as an increased risk of damage to the channels themselves.
Many regard the lumps as metastases. There are differing opinions
on this, but with the right therapies and protocols, many of
the masses tend to disappear.
Nearly all herbalists produce lymphatic tinctures,
usually containing echinacea, stillingia, red root, and so
on. Though I, too, make such a formula, Indigo
Drops, many patients dislike the alcohol-based formulas,
saying that they burn. Moreover, they often do not like the
taste of the bitter herbs used in these lymph decongesting
Some manual lymphatic drainage (Vodder) specialists
use cleavers tea in conjunction with their massage work. Cleavers
taste like something left over after mowing the lawn. A plain
tea made only with cleavers does not inspire very high compliance.
I took on the challenge of developing a palatable tea that
could be used in conjunction with other cancer protocols, including
the lymph tinctures and ointments. My goal was to promote greater
lymphatic movement as well as better digestion and elimination.
The lymphatic system benefits from alkalization
of the diet and improved digestion. My tea is pH balanced.
Repeated tests show that regardless of the water used, the
pH is a perfect 7.0. Obviously, I recommend using really pure
water, but the herbs produce a pH balanced tea.
Gastric secretions are stimulated by spices,
particularly the volatile oils that produce the aroma characteristic
of good quality spices. My teas have black peppercorns and
Carminative herbs relieve the gases in the
gastrointestinal tract that cause bloating and distention.
These herbs are aromatic because of their essential oils. My
tea has orange peels, ginger, galangal, green cardamom, and
star anise. These herbs also tend to reduce tension because
gas plays havoc on the nervous system. To prevent allergic
reactions and improve the flavor, the tea has Chinese licorice,
and to perform the task of lymphatic decongestion, there are
cleavers as well as either sarsaparilla or violets. The tea
tastes good, is stimulating to the lymph and digestion, and
is gradually cleansing. The tea is not quite up there with
Tazo, but some like it as much; I just haven't called myself
a tea shaman yet. I also don't claim the tea is made to the
mutterings of mantras, more likely opera, some bel canto diva
pining for her unfaithful lover or whatever. Actually, since
writing this some years ago, production has moved to a laboratory
where I seriously doubt they play opera for the herbs.
At this time, there are just the two variations
of the formula, the one published in my book as well as another
with violets. The original one is made with cleavers and sarsaparilla;
the variation, intended as much for variety as for those who
want to use violets because of interest in Hildegard of Bingen's
work is made with cleavers and blue violets (instead of sarsaparilla).
All have the same aromatic herbs to help with fermentation,
gases, and nerves: star anise, cardamom, ginger, galangal,
orange peels, and cloves.
Occasionally, we make a batch without black
pepper because some people are allergic to black pepper. In
Ayurveda, black pepper has a very fine reputation for balancing
all the doshas, but it rarely gets such good press in the
West where spices are usually irradiated and sometimes too
dry to have the same properties. Once in a while, cinnamon
is substituted for black pepper or star anise (when there was
a problem with one of the sources of star anise.) The tea has
licorice to prevent allergic responses, aid sleep, and ground
people who are anxious.
The tea is not the begin all and end all.
If there is infection,
the lymphatic system may need more than my tea, not to mention
that metastases to the lymph need more yet, but the tea is
an aid to the lymphatic system, and it's painless.
Finally, in response to Wendy's question about
sleep, I might add that it is the air element that causes insomnia.
The air element is aggravated by worry and pacified by trust.
However, until mastering faith, the air element can be brought
under control through the use of carminative herbs and spices.
It is worth noting that, for most people, especially air types,
stress is relieved better by nervines than the warm milk and
honey our mothers gave us as children.
ginger, sarsaparilla or violets, Chinese licorice, galangal,
star anise, cardamom, galangal, orange peel, peppercorns, and
Use a stainless steel or glass pot and
pure water. When the water boils, turn off the heat and add
the bulk tea to taste. To prevent the important volatile oils
from escaping, cover the pot immediately with a lid and allow
to sit for 10-20 minutes. The tea should be pleasant tasting,
neither too bland nor too pungent. The tea should be consumed
while warm, not refrigerated. If making a large amount, use
a stainless steel or glass thermos to hold what is going to
be consumed later.
Do not reheat the tea once
it has been made as this affects the volatile oils that are
so valuable for proper internal hygiene and peristalsis.
The recipe is in my book!
For best results, drink a quart or more
per day for several months to relieve the body of accumulations
that obstruct proper movement of the lymph. During this time,
avoid tight fitting apparel and under garments as well as
strain to the areas that are most congested. For example,
women with breast cancer should not carry grocery bags with
the arm on the side of the body that has the malignancy.
Expect the urine to have a strong odor until the die off
has been removed and the pH of the body has been normalized.
One person was about to call the Animal Control to search
for a dead animal in her house when she realized it was her
own water. You have been warned.