Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Actinic Keratosis
- Application Tips
- Black Salve Sources
- Bloodroot and Children
- Bloodroot for Dogs
- Bloodroot for Skin Tags
- Discoid Lupus: Warning, Pigment Removed
- Gum Disease, Gingivitis
- How to Make Bloodroot
- Hoxsey Documentary
- Human Papillomavirus
- Indian Mud
- Lump on Thigh, Skin Tags
- Multiple Cures Reported
- Papaloma Wart
- Planters Wart
- Scarring With Bloodroot
- Side Effects
- Skin Cancer
- Skin Tags
- Ted's Feedback
- The Fda and Bloodroot
- Throat Tumor
The infamous herb called Bloodroot is a perennial flowering plant native to eastern North America. Bloodroot also goes by the names: sanguinaria canadensis, bloodwort, red puccoon root, pauson and tetterwort.
Medical Uses: (http://2bnthewild.com/plants/H261.htm)
Native Americans, early settlers and herbal practitioners have prescribed Bloodroot for myriad medical conditions from skin cancers to sore throats. Its most persistent and possibly valid use takes advantage of the flesh destroying properties of the root juice or powered root for treating conditions of the skin such as ringworm, warts, polyps, fungal growths and the like. Researchers are investigating the root's value in cancer treatment. An extract has long been used in toothpaste and mouthwash to fight plaque and gingivitis and this use is now sanctioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The root has been used internally, in very small doses, to stimulate the digestive system and as an emetic. Self medication should be avoided, as the plant can be toxic. Even small doses can produce unwanted effects such as visual distortions.
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
|Skin Cancer||22 YEAS|
|The Fda and Bloodroot||6 YEAS|
05/16/2013: Kgd from Saint Louis, Missouri/usa: "I mixed bloodroot powder with aloe vera skin lotion and applied it topically on AK lesions for a week but it did not seem to trigger any healing reaction. I would try it again however if needed, because I didn't really give it a fair chance: I did not keep moist lotion against the skin under a bandage at night which might have possibly increased effectiveness. Since there was no immediate result I switched to treatment with apple cider vinegar which I described in a different post.
I was surprised to find that bloodroot lotion temporarily stained the rough non-pigmented AK patches on the surface of the skin to create a sharp contrast with the surrounding skin so that it became clear exactly where the lesions were located and where the boundaries were. For the first time I was able to see that I had at least 10 distinct AK's on the surface of my scalp ranging from the size of a pinhead to the largest with 5/16" diameter. However bloodroot may not be necessary for this because the staining effect for AK location purposes might also be achieved with a more common herb like turmeric mixed with lotion."
01/18/2013: Donna from Weaverville, Ca, Usa: "Has anyone tried black salve on actinic keratosis? Thanks"
[YEA] 03/02/2009: Ric from Tempe, Arizona: "I live in Arizona and have exposed my skin to the sun for many years before I got smart and started using sun screen. I get actinic keritosis on my arms and have used blood root paste or sauve for years with great results. You just have to use it sparingly.One lesion at a time! Sure it can be sore and itchy for a few days but I sure like not paying the determatologist!
06/26/2012: Jinxed from Granada Hills, California, Usa replies: "Good to know! I'm going tomorrow to a VA dermatologist. I have some weird things that one Dr said is AK. Oddly, they are on my torso, and I rarely go out in the sun. If I'm out for more than the time it takes to walk to the car, I use 80 SPF and a parasol!
After that appt, I'm going to try some bloodroot salve w/o zinc that I got from Kerstin's website on some weird moles on my face, and will try it on the weird AK thingies. Also on the one on hubby's face, from driving in SoCal - if he'll let me..."
07/05/2010: Gail from Sacramento, California: "Sorry to hear some are having bad experiences with bloodroot salve. The best black salve I've used for years contains bloodroot, galangal, sheep sorrel and red clover. It works on surface skin moles and warts as well as tumors beneath the skin because it kills the growth and it's roots underneath the skin. ESSENTIAL to know however, is that the user should leave the paste ONLY 12 hours. Then the paste should be thoroughly washed off removing every particle of the salve, preferably with peroxide. Vitamin E should then be applied to the wound itself, and vaseline to the bandage to prevent sticking. The wound should be redressed the same way, vitamin E on the wound and vaseline on a clean bandage 2-4 times per day. It is ESSENTIAL the user understand that to remove moles with roots or tumors beneath the skin, that the area must be kept very moist and completely covered. The growth will return ONLY if you have not killed the roots. Be prepared to witness the mini "volcano" reaction as your body pushes bits of the growth right through the skin, bit by bit. Resist the temptation to pull or prod anything off. Allow your body to push out the debris on it's own time. Just keep the area clean, moist and covered and your body will do the rest. If you've had the misfortune of harming or burning facial skin, vitamin E will help repair skin damage at the cellular level. Be sure to use natural vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) liberally on those areas at night. If facial growths or moles are small and appear to be without roots, a good alternative to black salve that isn't as strong is ACV or Logol's iodine. But again, apply vitamin E to surrounding skin as they can also burn skin. Many health experts also recommend taking vitamin A internally to protect the skin from further unwanted skin growths. I hope this helps!"
EC: Gail's feedback was originally posted in response to several WARNING posts on the moles page here: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/moles5.html#BLOODROOTPASTE_12967
09/19/2010: Jen from Sydney, Australia replies: "Hello Gail, Would you be able to tell me where I might purchase the bloodroot paste. I really do need it asap for my sister in law. I appreciate very much your time and help with this. Kind Regards, Jen"
07/23/2011: Dave from Astoria, New York replies: "Hello Gail,
I've been doing much research on black bloodroot salves in order to get rid of a facial mole. I've bought a good version of it from internatural.com, which contains all the ingredients you've mentioned, but I'm still not totally clear on the application schedule. For instance, as stated, it should only be applied for 12 hours, then kept well mositurized. Is that the only time/application needed? Or should I keep it covered and moist for a couple days, then apply Black salve another 12 hours, say on the 3rd night?
I've just seen many websites, probably FDA and Dermatologist association sponsored scary sites showing people with half of their face missing. From what I understand, the salve should not be spread around the lesion, but rather used sparingly directly on top of the lesion. Please share any tips/answers you'd have, they are greatly appreciated.
06/26/2012: Jinxed from Granada Hills, California, Usa replies: "I'm allergic to petroleum, could I use another cream or lotion? Whatever will keep the bandaid moist, right?"
Black Salve Sources
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Bloodroot and Children
01/24/2010: Pam from Ca, Us: "Ted, what is the bloodroot dosege for a seven yr old child. i've read on this site that 5-10 drops, but is this the same for a child with a tumor. Also is it best for it to be applied on the tumor instead of internally?"Replies
02/01/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "In an adult dose, the dose I listed is a very low dose for an adult. The dose can be higher even for an adult. The limiting factor behind bloodroot tincture use is too much induces vomiting or emetic, which is what is traditionally used. Therefore if a person can take it just below that level and as frequent, this is usually the best dose. Therefore a beginning child dose is often starting at 2 drops and the frequency of dose can be 5 or more times a day. The bloodroot tincture can be applied on and also taken internally for the tumor."
12/24/2011: Veggiegirl from Chesapeake, Va, Usa replies: "How many drops of bloodroot would you recommend if pregnant?"
Bloodroot for Dogs
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/03/2006: Deirdre from LA: "Last month I ordered bloodroot paste on Ebay. I wanted to use it on my dog who has a few benign growths, but after reading about the pain it can cause, decided to test it on a mole on my wrist first. I applied a tiny bit the first night and covered it up with a bandaid. Didn't do much. The next night I applied the paste more liberally. That night I was awakened with shooting pains in the area of the mole. The pain continued for the next few days on and off. However, within 2 days, all the tissue surrounding the mole had died off and turned gray (if this had been on my face, I would have freaked out!). On one website I researched, this dying off effect is supposed to be normal and only happen if the tissue is unhealthy. At any rate, after 1 week the mole had not fallen off and I had a quarter size of new pink tissue growing around it. Very interesting. I have since been trying it on my dog very very slowly. 1 small application every 10 days or so. It seems to be working but is taking ages. He licks the growth for a day or two after I apply the paste, so I think there is some pain for him. I may just end up having them removed at the vet even though he is quite old. I also read about iodine to treat skin growths, so that may be another option in the future."Replies
01/09/2011: Jordan's Mom from Lansing, Mi replies: "I never could get any answer for my beautiful cat, Jordan, and the horrible tumor in his mouth, but am now dealing with a kitty with a large nodular mass on his neck & have been giving him bloodroot pills tho unclear about dosage & don't think I have seen any change. In ordering another product for one of my cats on the site Plant Cures, I notice there is what I believe is more common sense use & application of bloodroot.
This is a quote from the web doc, who I personally have had wonderful help for cats with bladder issues re bloodroot-"Everyone now thinks that Bloodroot is caustic and can "burn off healthy skin" just because of the association of bloodroot with the highly caustic chloride of zinc that is in these salves! Chloride of zinc is, in fact, what is in dry cell batteries and it is simply hydrochloric acid soaked zinc powder. Please wake up people!"
I believe the man has something there! I am thinking of trying his drops on my baby's tumor and still giving him bloodroot capsules."
Bloodroot for Skin Tags
[YEA] 02/04/2008: Debbie from NA, CA: "You can still buy it at: !! But it comes in 2 parts and you have to mix it yourself. Very helpful also. I don't think I read this source here, but I didn't read every single post either. Just in case: http://www.altcancercream.com/default2.asp
My husband did try it on a rather large skin tag. It was difficult to cover w/bandaid. It got really gross also but one day it turned BLACK!! and eventually fell off. I guess the tag was too large (about 1/2 inch long???) so he had to do it again. Both time it definitely was painful. But it now is just a little bump but always pink. I don't think he wants to try it anymore. He cut off another one that was smaller and that was the easier way to go."
07/08/2010: Jeanne from Westlock, Alberta Canada: "I am a wholistic practitioner and work with cancer patients all the time. Someone told me about blood root to cure cancer in the patient I am working with who has cancer in the pelvic bone and metastasized to the lungs and is progressing very fast. We are alkalizing the body and using various supplements. What I want to know is how safe is bloodroot and how does a person take it internally? Also will bloodroot dissolve nodes in the thyroid?"Replies
[YEA] 07/13/2010: Drsteph from Edgewater, Md replies: "Go to tumorx website (I think it's tumorx.com). It's a product sold internally and externally with a manual for proper dosing of bloodroot along with mega doses of enzymes to help with 'clean' up internally. I'm also a natural practitioner and have personally used externally and internally on myself with no ill effects. . . Pulled a bad fungal infection around my ankle right out within a few days."
07/13/2010: Drsteph from Edgewater, Md replies: "Another source is from Alpha Omega Labs which relocated to Guatemala after FDA ran them out of the country. I think if your search altcanc or altcancer you can find it."
06/29/2012: Bw from Cincinnati, Ohio replies: "Alpha Omega labs relocated to Guayaquil, Ecuador."
07/07/2012: E- from Any Town, Usa replies: "I have had a lipoma on my arm on the inner side of th elbow where the arm bends. The lipoma is about 1 1/2" by 1" and I have had it for a few years and was afraid to remove surgically avoiding the major sugery factor. It is a sign that the body is not getting rid of "waste" and since my Dr only prescribes Levoxyl. 25 and does nothing else I am using oils like Cypress to help cleanse the liver. I eat a diet that includes vegetables and healthy foods like olive oil. My question is: Is Blood root safe to try on the lipoma. I understand I need to leave on for 12 hrs and How many times do I need to apply it. I have read reports online that the pain is unbearable and incapacitating. Is it true that the pain is incapacitating?
Please advise. Thank you."
01/06/2013: Kenneth from Bergen, Norway replies: "Replying to you on the basis of my personal experience and my own personal synthesis from my own healing journey from a deep muscle/sinew cancer on the inside of my left elbow during the last two years: Always start a suspected skin cancer treatment with multi-layered iodine as per the Simoncini protocol. Paint a layer of iodine, let dry, then repeat the process 9 times. Try to do this at least once per day for the first 10 days. If it is cancer, it will react visibly and you just continue the treatment until completion. Always paint 1cm beyond the visible boundary and if the area reacts try to paint 2 or 3 times per day. If possible use Lugols or mix 50/50 Lugol 5% with regular tincture. Set up a fan so that it dries faster. The alcohol helps it dry faster and aids in penetration. There are two reasons it is so important to always use iodine as first treatment with suspected skin cancer: 1. You need to discover the true depth and bredth of the cancer which is often considerably larger than the presenting lesion. The biggest problem with biopsy and surgery is that an MD doesn't know the actual dimensions of the cancer and sinking a knife into it is going to make it spread. By using iodine, you will get a good idea of what you are dealing with. 2: If it's just a small or even large but superficial lesion then the iodine will easily heal it without any scarring. But if it forms a running sore, then iodine is inappropriate and you can be very glad that you did not make the potentially fatal error of using an MD. In this case you need to move to Black Salve and it may be necessary to do successive treatments. Each time the salve will penetrate deeper and cause more pain. The first couple of times, it is usually sufficient with ibuprofen or acetominophen but after that you'll probably want to go to an MD to get som codein tablets. You need to treat systemically also and volumes are written about this but essentially: detox, diet change, high potency supplements and deparasitizing. A Hoxey tonic with very high dosed Lugols might be a good idea. The original Hoxey tonic was mixed in a base of potassium iodide and it was likely very strong. I take a gram per day of Lugols. Start small and work up but don't let someone convince you that iodine is not important."
[YEA] 10/29/2009: Nycole from White City, Oregon: "My Grandmother discovered this remedy shortly before her son (my uncle) passed away from pancreatic cancer. She had tried all kinds of different things mainstream health care and herbal care but nothing seemed to stop the progression. As you may know pancreatic cancer is one of the most progressive types of cancer which made it even more difficult. She discovered "black Salve" (blood root and zinc paste) only a month or two before he passed away by that time the cancer had spread all over his body. She began applying it to a large area with the most cancer and wrapping him with gauze. It began working immediately the cancer was beginning to come through the skin in clumps. Though she continued the process for a long time it did not work quick enough at the stage that he was in and he passed away shortly. Since then my grandmother has made it a mission to let people know about this alternative cancer remedy. This has been used by Indians for hundreds of years. It remove warts, virus's, moles and cancers. When Chemo fails and makes you sick and weak and you hair falls out there is a better method. I will warn you this is neither a painless or pretty process, but it is effective. My grandma has taken on many "patients" and supplied them with this black salve and healing salve and showed them how to do it. She has had over 20 successful cases where any cancer from lung to breast to skin have literally disappeared and saved death row people from death. She has them keep going to the doctors for regular check-ups and x-rays by the time they are done with the regimen the are healthy and the doctors are baffled. This is something that needs to be known about and something doctors need to stop denying. I will warn you again it is painful and it is not pretty and it might leave a little scaring buy between life and death could you deal with that right? What you do is go to the doctor get you x-ray apply it over the area that is most infected with cancer you begin to see it come out day by day. You want to rotate every other day with heal salve to heal a little too. but if you can take the pain for a month or so you should be able to get rid of he cancer and live many more happy years. Beats years of chemo huh :)"Replies
10/29/2009: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, USA replies: "To Nycole, Can you give us more information about the salve,, the mix ratio of the two ingredients, the proces of taking care of the patient, It is very interesting and I would like to try it on some moles and skin spots. Thank you for this information, you can email at merryanne1947 at yahoo dot com
10/30/2009: Janice from Coloma, Mi replies: "I think we would all like that information."
10/23/2010: Lis from Ny, Ny, Usa replies: "This website I feel has the best recipe for black (bloodroot) salve. Many of the other recipes included fillers like tar and clay.
RECIPE 25% Galangal root powder (3 tablespoons) 25% Bloodroot powder (3 tablespoons) 50% Zinc Chloride (6 tablespoons)
*If making your own, it may be hard buying small amounts of each ingredient and zinc chloride may be very difficult to obtain(its also very corrosive).
If you scroll through this website, you'll find some posters talking about commercial black salves and which are legit and which are not. There are some recipes here but the link above I feel is more superior.
10/23/2010: Lis from Ny, Ny, Usa replies: "Black Salve recipe & warnings:
Personally, I would rather investigate EC posts and the net and find a good commercial one, unless you're experienced in handling corrosive chemicals and can afford to buy the bulk items. But if worst came to worst, I would try internal/external bloodroot alone or attempt this recipe if I could and a good commercial option became unavailable."
[YEA] 10/20/2008: Kat from Drummond, Montana: "I just learned of black salve from a friend of mine who used it on a growth on her breast that looked like it had spider veins coming from it when xrayed. In 6 months time, when they re-xrayed that growth it was completely gone! I have psoriosis and am wondering if anyone has any info on me maybe trying this black salve on it"Replies
07/13/2010: Drstephchaney from Edgewater, Md replies: "I've used the salve successfully on a psoriatic (fungal) infection and it worked very well. I used a product that also had dmso in it which helps get it delivered deep into the tissues. It will hurt for a few days, so do small areas at a time if you don't tolerate pain very well."
[YEA] 06/14/2007: Susan from South Texas, USA: "I have been using bloodroot products for approximately 5 years now. I have spent my most of my life in the sun at beaches and am paying dearly for it now in the way of skin cancer and I know that is my fault not the medical communities. I had been going to dermatoligists faithfully since the early 90's when I noticed what I believed to be precancerous plaques on various spots on my face. Doc's consistently said "no" when I requested biopsies. Mind you every year I went for a check up, I also have many moles. In 2002 I began to really worry and 6 months before the actualy diagnosis of BCC he was still telling me not to worry. So turns out tha ALL of the spots I was pointing out to them were BCC and I had Moh's surgery on my nose and lip, the other 4 spots were removed totally in the office. The result is a horrible scar that looks like I was attacked with a knife, I guess I actually was in a manor of speaking. It has taken time to get used to it, but everytime someone stares I know they are wondering "what the hell happened to her". I believe the plastic surgeon could have done a better job, but that is another story. On a recheck the dermatologist said that there were 2 additional ones and both biopsied positive for BCC. More Moh's surgery was suggested. This time I decided that I would search for alternatives. I probably got the last container of Cansema from altcancer before they arrested that poor guy. I used the product as directed and sure enough, both sites reacted as described. When using it I also have a "control" area with no blemishes, moles, etc., that I also put the salve and these areas have never reacted. I have used various formulas, all have worked. I have treated myself 10 times on spots that gave me concern due to a change in a mole, scaley spots, etc. I know the first 2 were cancerous and suspect the additional ones that I treated without biopsy were cancerous but will never truely know. Each and every time I was treating a spot, my body reacted with extreme pain, fever, edema and swelling at the site. I had to treat one spot on my face 2x but all the spots on my face healed with very minimal scarring. I treated various spots on my arms and hands. I also had some reffered pain when treating certain spots. But my reason for wanting to caution everyone about the potency and seriousness of treating unknown spots is this. Last year I was treating a mole on my back that was itching and had some changes in appearance. Years before this I had noticed a growing lump in the general vicinity of this mole. This "lump" had grown in the years since discovery, but I had asked doctors about it and they said, do nothing, it is a lipoma. It grew to approx. 5 x 1 " and was like a sausage under the skin. I was concerned about it but figured that it was a lipoma because I have other lumps in other places and had some of them removed. Not really thinking about this "lump" I put the salve on the mole above it and YOWZA, the "lump" reacted violently, and came to the surface, I was incapacitated for 2 months, was in regular contact with the makers of the salve I was using. I was ill to say the least. The pain was intolerable. I had to use pain meds that I had on hand. My family wanted me to go to the doctor, but what could they do? If it was cancer there was no way I was going to let them interrupt the process and I had to assume that it was. I was in mental and physical torment for 60 days. To top it off our daughter was getting married and I had to put it together. I was taking enzymes, AHCC, many other suppliments. So this huge sausage shaped tumor came out, just as the small ones did. Gross is too small of a word to describe it. It left a significant scar on my back and is still healing to this day. To add to this, several months later my brother was diagnosed with a rare benign growth that was IN his spinal cord. It was a 7" long and sausage shaped and he had it was successfully removed. When I was researching it, there is also a form of this growth that when it is outside the spinal cord it is normally a very agressive cancer, but I will never know. Several months ago I treated a spot on my forehead and ankle. The spot on the forhead was small and came out within a week. The one on the leg developed into a quarter size reaction area and it would not heal. After alot of trepidation I went to a dermatologist who cauterized the wound. At first glance he said that it looked like a brown reculse spider bite but when I told him how it got there he didn't have much to say and said that I shouldn't use the product. What else could he say? I don't know what happened with the one on my ankle, but it made me very ill also. I have done alot of reading on black salves and other cancer salves and they have a pretty deep history. Like many I just wish there could be some scientific studies done to see exactly what type of tissue it reacts with. I have read small mention of these type products reacting with tissue infected with fungi, virus and bacteria. I am not really concerned about convincing the established medical community. After the 2 very serious reactions I had, I am more cautious in using it. There is a book called "Cancer Salves" that had led me to a better understanding about cancers in general, but what she says is true...approach these salves with alot of respect and research. NEVER smear an area with the salves just to see if something is there. There seems to be a network that I could never connect to that probably has more help and info on the use of these, but could never find a practitioner in Texas. They all seem to be on the west coast. If there are any homeopaths, ND, etc., in my area I could never find one. Well that is my story on cancer salves. I believe they work, but I also believe that there is more to them and it would be nice if I could get some answers on the reactions that occured on my leg and back. Be totally informed before you use the salves, come to your decision to use it by your research, not on someone elses. And have potent pain meds available. You don't want to get half way into treating one of these and decide you can't take the pain. Good Luck."
[YEA] 05/04/2006: Mary from Girard, PA: "Black Salve and "Tonic" from yahoo group "blacksalveandpetswithcancer" for a lump. I had a cancerous tonsil removed, but still had an almond-sized lump under my jaw. The lump seems gone. You can see photos at: http://tinyurl.com/zmwos. The tonic has chapparal, graviola, neem and andrographis. I recommend looking at the yahoo group posts and files for more information. Most in the group felt Essiac tea was not as effective as the Tonic. In fact, Essiac tea sometimes enlarged the tumors. I was to have 40 rounds of chemo/radiation; but the salve worked in 20 days and I believe the entire tumor was removed. I will continue drinking the Tonic."
Discoid Lupus: Warning, Pigment Removed
[YEA] 04/26/2007: Eve from Atlanta, Ga: "I have been studying about Discoid Lupus for some time now. I have had pre-cancer spots removed but was subsequentially diagnosed with Discoid. I used Blood Root oil on several places on my chest not knowing if it was pre-cancer or discoid and to my surprise the lesions went away after about three weeks. The only problem with this treatment is that it removed the pigment from those areas and are now white and it is impossible to cover them. I am presently using the same treatment for the lesions on my face hoping for the same result knowing that I will lose pigment but that is better than the red, raised, scaly lesion."Replies
05/21/2012: Polly from Nashville, Tn replies: "Hi Eve, I read you message one Earth Clinic about using Blood root for Discoid Lupus. I know you wrote this back in 2007. I too have discoid lupus and was considering to use blood root. You mentioned that the blood root worked but it also removed the pigment of your skin. Since then has the pigment returned & are you truly satisfied with the results of using blood root? I would really appreciate hearing more on how it helped you.
Thanks for the article.
Gum Disease, Gingivitis
[YEA] 01/28/2008: Heather from Pagosa Springs, CO: "I put Bloodroot in my herbal mouthwash. It feels wonderful on your gums. I have heard it is also good for gingivitis."