Although bloodroot and black salve are commonly promoted as a "natural" alternative treatment for skin cancer, there is little evidence they are effective treatments. Even more concerning, numerous severe injuries associated with the use of bloodroot and black salve have documented, including cases in which the cancer spread over time. Sign in to read the full answer >>

Bloodroot has also been promoted for treatment of warts and gingivitis; see the Encyclopedia article on Bloodroot for details.

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April 14, 2019

I have been using black salve (the real deal from Ecuador) for 10 years all over my body (including several spots on my face). It works great and leaves less scarring than the surgery I used to get (including Mohs done by a plastic surgeon).

What never ceases to amaze me is how black salve somehow "knows" what tissue is diseased and what isn't. In other words, I always overlap the spot in question but the salve leaves the overlapped area alone and only zeros in on the spot that needs removal.

So to me, CL's article reads like medical establishment propaganda at worst, misinformation at best.
April 14, 2019

We appreciate that you have shared your experience. However, we are presenting facts that should be taken into consideration, as black salve can be dangerous, and to using to treat what might be a malignancy is risky.

April 14, 2019

I have a friend who has had both surgery and used black salve on over 4 dozen skin cancers furing the last two years. One was a Melanoma. Any depressions left after the black salve killed a cancer filled in. Many woman would be envious of her beautiful skin. The proof would be in a photograph of her through the various stages. More scaring was left by the surgeons then by the black salve. There is a 4 or 5 day period of pain as the black salve is killing the cancer but after that the process has been very satisfactory.

April 14, 2019

Hey Cindy, talk about "filling in," I had a spot on the back of my leg and the hole left after the black salve did its work was about the size of half a ping-pong ball! I thought, this is going to be interesting. But the hole completely filled in with new tissue.

July 26, 2017

Black Salve is absolutely not safe. Dr. Oz just did a big segment on his show about it. Don't even think of trying this until you watch that. I'm sure it is available on his website.

July 26, 2017

I have used a black salve product for many years with success. I am very careful on where I use it and never on my face. It does a great job removing suspicious skin moles, tags and other types of skin issues. My mother and her father had a terrible amount of ugly moles and she went all the time to have them removed - as many as 50!! My skin is not as bad but I pre-empt them from getting crazy on the amount of them. Saying that, any mole that looks highly suspicious for melanoma I go to my doctor - I had pre-melanoma once. Black salve will not work on it and may promote it's growth. So bottom-line it does work on some skin issues not just all of them.
Be smart about how and when you use it!

July 26, 2017

I have used back salve 4 times with absolutely no problem - so has my husband and it removed a BCC on his chests quickly and without problem. He was booked in to have surgery. I have 5 other friends who use it as well.. One had a squamous cell carcinoma on her face and was due to have surgery. The black salve removed it without any scars. People who have used it know that the propoganda put out by the pharmaceutical companies is not true.

April 15, 2019

Thank you for sharing. Please provide the place or website of purchase.

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