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Can bloodroot or "black salve" treat skin cancer? Is it safe?

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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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Darla15324   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.

Richard15323   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!

judith15328   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.

This CL Answer initially posted on 7/25/2017.

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