Sundance Elixir

Red Clover
Trifolium pratense


Sacred Medicine Sanctuary has reproduced a version of the famous Hoxsey Elixirex. The formula is a variation of the many similar ones I discovered while researching my book. It is hence "my own" but I am quick to point out that it is purely derivative, i.e., based entirely on historic sources. Even the adjustments I made were more or less historic, for instance, we are using Oregon grape root in our formula instead of barberry root. These plants are used for their berberine content and are quite comparable.In vitro studies indicate that berberine fights cancer by increasing macrophage activity. In plain language, this means that it stimulates the immune system to defend the host from the rampage of malignant cells. Berberine is so skilled in this action that when scientifically compared to chemotherapy, the kill rate was 91% for berberine as compared to 43% for chemotherapeutic drugs. . . in vitro. In China, berberine is given after chemotherapy to aid restoration of white blood cell counts.Berberine is a superb natural antibiotic that can cross the blood-brain barrier. It is effective against a wide range of pathogens such as E. coli, staphylococcus, streptococcus, cholera, and even amoebic infections.

I personally think it is a more critical constituent of the formula than red clover, but we named our product following Eclectic usage.

My own version of the traditional red clover combination tonic used by Hoxsey and others in conjunction with cancer treatments. This is available through licensed health care practitioners.

We make a number of variations of this tonic. We make the above shown Trifolium Compound using the steam displacement stipulated by Eli G. Jones, M.D., as the only correct way to make his Compound Syrup Scrophularia. As such, the process is clearly superior to that used by Hoxsey even though the formula is comparable. This Trifolium Compound is made both as a syrup and as an extract (without honey). We also make a glycerite product developed for veterinary use but suitable for people who do not want to take anything with alcohol.When we first launched these products, we frankly did not know what to expect. Everyone has to keep in mind that we are just re-creating products based on claims for their efficacy made by historic persons who can no longer speak for themselves. Now, however, some years have passed, and we have had some feedback. Most people express almost immediate relief for conditions attributed to toxicity: grogginess, malaise, irritability. They feel better and more optimistic when acuity is restored. Many also report that they found they were more efficient in eliminating morbid substances in their bodies. This feedback is consistent with blood detoxifying and eliminatory herbal actions.The herbs in this product are some of the most extensively researched herbs in history. The Office of Technology Assessment report commissioned by the U.S. Congress and written by medical historian Patricia Spain Ward (University of Illinois) states the following:

More recent literature leaves no doubt that Hoxsey's formula, however strangely concocted by modern scientific standards, does indeed contain many plant substances of marked therapeutic activity. In fact, orthodox scientific research has by now identified antitumor activity of one sort or another in all but three of Hoxsey's plants and two of these three are purgatives, one of them (Rhamnus purshiana) containing the anthraquinone glycoside structure now recognized as predictive of antitumor properties (Kupchan, 1976). Between 1964 and 1968 four articles appeared in Lancet, Pediatrics, and Nature, describing the mitogenic activity of pokeweed, which triggers the immune system by increasing the number of lymphocytes, causing the formation of plasma cells, and elevating levels of immunoglobulin G (Farnes, 1964; Barker, 1965; Barker, 1966; Downing, 1968).

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The Ingredients

As noted, our formula gets its name from the red clover blossoms that were regarded by Eclectic physicians as blood purifying and lymph stimulating. Besides red clover, the tonic contains Oregon grape root, poke root, sarsaparilla, stillingia, buckthorn, burdock, cascara sagrada, prickly ash berry, licorice, and Irish moss. It is prepared with distilled spring water using a steam displacement process. The glycerite version has astragalus added and is alcohol-free.




In Hoxsey's day, patients paid a one-time fee for a lifetime supply of the tonic. They were shipped one bottle a month and many enjoyed decades of support for their health as a result of their contract with Harry Hoxsey.

Today, many patients are given the tonic for half a year before any use of the salves or pastes. They continue on the tonic, at lesser dosages for at least five years. Many take the tonic throughout their entire lives. Hoxsey advised patients that initially, they are likely to eliminate black, tarry substances. No patient has reported such an experience to me, but the Hoxsey formula contains an extraordinary amount of potassium iodide, something not found in our formula though we added Irish moss for this purpose.

Hoxsey prescribed one teaspoon 3-4 times a day. Given that it is impossible to compare an essentially chemical product with an herbal one, we suggest starting with lower dosages and adjusting to individual comfort zones. It is probable that a tablespoon 3-4 times a day would give better results.




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