Natural Remedies for Melanoma: Complementary Treatment Options

| Modified on Dec 28, 2023
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Melanoma, a severe form of skin cancer, has seen an expanding range of treatment options, including the integration of natural remedies. These complementary or adjunctive treatments involve substances like eggplant, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and specific dietary supplements. Each of these natural remedies brings unique properties that may aid in managing skin cancer when used alongside conventional therapies.

Although personal accounts suggest effectiveness, these natural remedies do not substitute professional medical attention, particularly in severe cases such as melanoma. Embracing a holistic approach combining traditional medical treatments and natural remedies may help improve overall patient well-being and potentially enhance treatment outcomes.

Understanding Melanoma

Melanoma is the most aggressive form of skin cancer, originating in melanin-producing cells, or melanocytes. As melanocytes are responsible for skin pigmentation, melanoma often manifests on sun-exposed skin, although rare instances may occur in the eyes or internal organs like the intestines.

The exact cause of melanoma remains uncertain, but ultraviolet radiation exposure is a recognized risk factor. Common initial melanoma symptoms include alterations in an existing mole or the emergence of a new pigmented or unusual growth on the skin.

Adjunctive Natural Remedies for Melanoma

While the optimal melanoma treatment hinges on the cancer stage and the patient's overall health, alternative approaches frequently complement standard medical care. Natural remedies such as eggplant, bloodroot, essiac tea, and food-grade hydrogen peroxide offer unique components that may help treat and eliminate affected skin cells.


Eggplant is loaded with potent phytonutrients that target melanoma cells. Its glycosides and glycoalkaloids can penetrate and eradicate cancer cells, sparing healthy cells. Topical eggplant application or a macerated mixture with vinegar can enhance its effectiveness.


Bloodroot, a derivative of a perennial flowering plant indigenous to North America, boasts a unique chemical called sanguinarine. This compound triggers apoptosis, selectively killing cancer cells while preserving normal cells.

Essiac Tea

Essiac tea is an herbal blend containing burdock root, slippery elm bark, sheep sorrel, and Indian rhubarb root. Regularly consuming this tea may fortify the immune system, mitigate pain, shrink tumors, aid in cell repair, and alleviate inflammation.


Food-Grade Hydrogen Peroxide

Food-grade hydrogen peroxide is another natural remedy that some individuals explore for adjunctive melanoma treatment. It's crucial to note that it's called 'food grade' because it lacks the stabilizers in the hydrogen peroxide commonly used for household cleaning. This variant contains a higher concentration of hydrogen peroxide (35%) and requires cautious handling and dilution before use.

The theory behind using hydrogen peroxide for melanoma lies in its oxidizing properties. Cancer cells thrive in an environment with low oxygen levels, and introducing an oxidizing agent such as hydrogen peroxide is believed to increase oxygen levels within cells, thereby inhibiting cancer growth.

Applying food-grade hydrogen peroxide topically on melanoma lesions is one method of use. However, due to its high concentration, it's vital to dilute it properly before applying to avoid skin burns. Typically, a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution is safe for topical application.

Ingesting diluted food-grade hydrogen peroxide is another method some alternative medicine proponents suggest. The idea is that ingesting it can increase the body's overall oxygen levels and potentially curb cancer growth. However, this practice is highly controversial due to potential risks, including gastrointestinal irritation or damage, and should only be considered under professional guidance.

Coconut Oil and Baking Soda: A Personal Account of Healing

In a compelling anecdote, an Earth Clinic reader from Alexandria, VA, shared her 80-year-old father's success story in managing a cancerous growth with a homemade remedy. Facing multiple health issues, her father had a growth that was left untreated for six weeks due to various medical concerns. The pain and anxiety from this growth prompted them to seek a simple, accessible solution.

After researching, they decided to try a topical blend of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and coconut oil, applying it to the affected area under a bandaid twice daily. The logic behind this remedy was that baking soda could create a highly alkaline environment hostile to cancer cells, while coconut oil would soothe and protect the skin.

After 6 to 9 days of diligent application, her father reported that the pain completely subsided, and the growth began to shrink. By the end of two weeks, the growth had reduced significantly, approximately 85% smaller. During this time, her father felt the baking soda had a slight burning sensation, indicating its active role in the healing process. To prevent any discomfort to the surrounding healthy skin, they proposed applying Vaseline around the treatment area in the future.

Following this home treatment, her father returned to his oncologist for a follow-up visit. His doctor declared him 100% cured, expressing astonishment at the transformation. Images captured before and after the treatment provided visual evidence of the significant reduction in the cancerous growth's size. You can read her post and see his photos under our Coconut Oil and Baking Soda here.

Prevention and Early Detection of Melanoma

While discussing melanoma treatment, it's equally important to highlight prevention strategies and early detection. Limiting sun exposure, especially during peak hours, and regularly applying high-SPF sunscreen can significantly decrease the risk of melanoma. Additionally, wearing protective clothing and hats, along with using UV-blocking sunglasses, can also protect your skin.

Regular self-examinations for changes in the appearance of moles or the emergence of new growths can aid in early detection. If you observe any suspicious skin changes, it's essential to seek immediate medical attention. Remember, early detection of melanoma significantly improves the chances of successful treatment.

Role of Diet and Lifestyle

In addition to the discussed natural remedies, a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can enhance your overall health and potentially support your body in preventing and fighting diseases, including melanoma. Regular physical activity, adequate sleep, and stress management are also integral to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which can contribute to better cancer outcomes.

As a closing note, consult your healthcare provider before starting any new treatment regimen, especially when considering natural remedies for serious conditions like melanoma.

Further down, you'll find feedback from Earth Clinic readers who have trialed these remedies. They provide valuable insights and warnings about their experiences. Please share what has worked for you!

Related Links:

Baking Soda Health Benefits: Natural Remedies & Cleaning Tips
Bloodroot: A Medicinal Plant
Curaderm for Basal Cell Carcinoma
Natural Remedies for Basal Cell Carcinoma: Safe & Effective Options


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Posted by Cancer Assist (Kampala, Uganda) on 11/10/2013

Looking for help with skin cancer lesions on foot.

My father has cancer on one of his feet, and gout that recurrs on his other foot. He has been on chemo for over a year. When the doctor suggested that the next step is radiation, he has chosen to continue the rest of his life without radiation. He is trying out something called Budwig protocol which is a natural remedy but so far no change after 1 week. We are concerned about the high dosage of omega 3. So I have scouted the site and have read about the use of DMSO to apply. In what form is it supposed to be? I have searched and found one type that is sold as a gel with 15gm of DMSO, 2.5gm D-Panthenol, and 0.33gm heparin sodium. Can this work? How much should we apply? By the way he is totally off sugar foods. He eats fruits as long as they do not have too much citric acid, since he says this triggers the gout by increasing the acidity levels. I have read about bomelain in fresh pineapples and I am going to suggest that he start on these.

Any assistance will be welcome. Thank you.

Replied by Bill
(Albany, Oregon)

About your father's cancer... Everyone needs to know that healing a cancer and keeping it away is to raise the bodies pH. EVERY cancer patient has a acidic pH according to science. The key to eliminating cancer is to eliminate all sugar from the diet! Stop eating carbohydrates as they turn to sugar. Do not drink soft drinks or any drink with sugar. Cancer feeds off sugar. Eat a diet of vegetables and sometimes as in about once a week a little chicken. Raw vegetables are better to eat. If you want a sweet taste in your drink add xylitol. An Adult body makes about 14 grams of xylitol each day naturally. It taste sweet like a sugar but it is not a sugar. Try a little at a time just to ensure you get no side effects. You can try some sugarless gum that has xylitol used to make it taste sweet. Cancer is all about what you eat and drink. Alkalize your body to a pH of 7.3 -7.4. Try the Budwig protocol. Cancer cells die immediately in a petrie dish when an alkaline substance of 8.4 pH is introduced. It is not good to raise your body pH to this level. However, by raising the pH to about 7.4 the cancer cells will begin to die slowly which is better for the body as most people could not handle a large die off of cells all at once. You would feel very very sick. Also, remember that parasites are responsible for many cancers. Your Dr. will call them microbes or bacteria. Learn how to kill parasites in the body and quit feeding them sugar! Drink green tea. Learn about mega doses of Vitamin C and how to take it orally and with an IV. Research Dr. Linus Pauling and his Vitamin C cures for disease. There are cures all over the net that people from all over the world have touted. The above are just some of the tools.

Have a blessed life!

Replied by Cj

Does he take baking soda to get alkaline? You can use pH paper to test. If too acid, take a tsp at bedtime. Also green drinks are helpful. Cancer doesn't like an alkaline environment.

Replied by Mithera
(Brisbane Aust)

There is a man called Ted who shares a lot of his very formidable knowledge on this site. Here is his alkalizing concoction. I have only just started using it so no real results to share at this stage. Doesn't taste as bad as you may think.

Thanks Ted.

  • 1/4 teaspoon sodium bicarbonate
  • 1/4 teaspoon ascorbic acid powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon MSM powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 6 drops Lugol's Iodine
  • 200ml water
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Mix and drink when the fizzing has stopped. To be taken 3 x daily after meals.

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Posted by Faith (Finger Lakes, NYS) on 07/01/2020

In the beginning of the Covid virus, I had watched a video on YT where a women said that during the 1918 Pandemic, her mother gave them 1/2 tsp. of baking soda in water and no one in her family got sick. So I did this for two weeks. Prior to this, I had a sore inside my nostril on and off for many years and recently it had spread. I couldn't see it, but I could feel it. I was going to see a doctor about it when Covid started. Interestingly, after the two weeks on water and baking soda, the sore was gone. Completely gone. I was so relieved, I thought for sure I was going to need to have half my nose removed for melanoma. I am sold on baking soda and water. I love Earth Clinic!

Replied by Pam

I, too, have a recurring sore in my nose. How did you use the baking soda to get rid of yours?

(Finger Lakes, Nys)

I put a little more than a half a teaspoon in about 4 ounces of water and drank it right down. I did it for two weeks and the sore went away. That was back in March and the sore has not come back.

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Posted by Citygirl27 (Richardson, Tx, Usa) on 01/08/2013

For melanoma that has metastasized, drink a teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water 3 to 5 times a day.

Do this until 2 weeks after you're in the all-clear. Baking soda alkalinizes your system, and cancer and disease cannot live in an alkaline environment.

Also, pack baking soda/water paste on the affected area under a band aid.


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Posted by maah (florida) on 09/09/2022


I used bloodroot on my face and upper chest. at first I got a beautiful scar and at one point I had a bad rash all over my chest. When it healed on my face, the skin grew in white. I am now using iodine on my nose. I reserve bloodroot for areas which I don't care how they look when they heal.

Posted by Sumner (Auckland, New Zealand) on 08/26/2011

Hi, I'm healing skin cancer using bloodroot.

best, Sumner

Replied by Michele

Hi, I've been dealing with a nasty-looking melanoma (won't go into details here) I was trying to treat first with Bentonite clay which drew out the infection & then putting a slice of eggplant on it & leaving overnight. Infection is gone but it doesn't seem to be getting better. Now ready to try the bloodroot paste. Wondering if I can make my own? Any suggestions?

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Michele, why don't you continue with the clay until it's cured?

Posted by Penny (Oregon) on 12/16/2006

Our doctor used it on my husband's nose... He had been to a dermatologist, found out this spot was cancer, and instead of letting the dermatologist cut it out, he went to our naturopathic doctor The doctor put a very tiny amount of concentrated bloodroot on the spot, about the size of a pin head, no more. Then slapped a Band-Aid on it... Two days later the spot is black, it ate ALL THE CANCER away, and left a big hole... The hole eventually closed in... Be careful with this stuff it is very potent, but it does work.

Posted by Mike (USA) on 12/05/2006

I tried Cansema #100 from The Original Cream Company. It healed two spots of skin cancer on my head and I also removed a funny growing mole on my left side. This has been 2 years or more ago and nothing has returned. The salve came as a kit it took about 2 minutes to make. Their website had a lot a information and a great FAQ section. I have talked with them by phone and they have always been helpful when I had a question. I believe you will find them a wonderful company to work with.

Replied by Michele
(Wolcott, Ct)

Yes this worked for me. Very successful. Thanks for recommending it. Same product that you recommended from the same site.

Replied by Zencleanse

Thanks everyone for your info on bloodroot and cansema. I wish you would have included the wbsite where to order it but I'll try to find it.

All I had on hand was an Anti-viral Elixir oil... so I used it and it helped the spot to scab up and sluff off. I can see new skin under parts that have been gently exfoliated off. I then used iodine as an anticeptic/anti cancer remedy. So far, so good as far as noticable healing.

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Posted by Susanj (Uk) on 11/17/2017


My daughter had 2 melanomas (5 years ago when she was 12 years old) and we removed them with blood root (topical salve), but it was clear when we removed them that one had gone very deep into the blood supply. I switched her to an alkaline diet, gave her large doses of Vitamin C and got her into the sunshine every day to boost her immune system. But I also gave her broccoli sprout juice everyday because I'd read that this actively reduces cancer and I didn't want the metastasized cells establishing themselves.

She ate like this for 5 months and drank what she considered to be horrible tasting broccoli sprout juice. It was a long 5 months and I didn't sleep well, but when we took her back for a scan she was cancer free. I wasn't sure that the broccoli sprout juice had been what had actually that cured her because we had also given her vitamin C until 3 years later.

I discovered that I had cancer (skin cancer, on my face) and I don't trust doctors so I decided to self-heal. I intuited that I needed broccoli sprout juice and to start with I drank about 100ml a day which is a lot then after a few weeks I intuited I needed less and so was drinking on average 50ml a day. After 2 months my lump disappeared and there is now just a teeny faint pink mark to remind me of how this wonderful juice healed me. As a result I drink this everyday and the best thing is, that the pains I had been having in one of my breasts (that I'd been ignoring for years) went away. I have no idea what was in my breast, but I can tell you it isn't now and I can tell you that I'm completely converted to the healing powers of broccoli sprout juice.

Replied by Reed

To Susan,

I hope that you and your daughter have continued to see great results. I am curious about how you made the broccoli sprout juice. Did you use actual sprouts or dried sprouts? Have you both continued to be cancer free? Best of health to you both!

Replied by Jill

Hi Reed, you can sprout broccoli from seeds and then juice them. You can find sprouting containers on many websites. Hope this helps. Happy juicing.

Coconut Oil and Baking Soda

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Posted by Mgouffray (Alexandria, Va) on 05/20/2018

My 80 year old dad recently had 3 health issues going on. Gallbladder needed to be removed, a heart valve replacement as well as a cancerous growth all at the same time. Each doctor said the other issue had to be dealt with first so for 6 weeks his leg cancer grew until the point of doctor saying it required anesthesia and a huge area to be cut out! Because he is 80 I knew he needed a remedy that was easy to use and with something available in the kitchen.

He was becoming increasingly anxious about the painful cancer continuing to grow. After watching a youtube video, I offered a remedy to him and said I could not guarantee results but it was his decision alone. I was only "sharing a solution. The remedy is 50/50 baking SODA (sodium bicarbonate) and coconut oil, applied to area under a bandaid. I suggested changing the bandaid 2x a day. He decided to take a chance a did it diligently.

After 6 -9 days the pain completely disappeared and the sore started to shrink. After two weeks it was 85% smaller and he said he knew it was definitely healing. He didn't track the length of the treatment but I am pretty sure he put this "salve" on for about two full weeks. He said he could feel it working and the baking soda did feel like it was burning some. We decided it would be best to surround any non-cancerous skin with vaseline if he was to do it again. The baking soda somehow worked to create a highly alkaline environment where cancer could not survive and the coconut oil soothed the skin and was protective. I am posting pictures of before and after. Family members didn't really believe it could be true and said go back to the oncologist. My dad did go back in April for a followup and his doctor said 100% cured and that he was absolutely astonished.

So the picture with the purple dots is the area his doctor said would have to cut out under general anesthesia. The other photo is after the treatment.

Replied by Marilyn
(South Carolina USA)

Did he have a biopsy first? Or is that picture of when it started?


Yes it's was diagnosed as “squamous cell carcinoma'

(kitchener On)

Hi Melissa

This will fix all skin issues..

Hemp Oil


Replied by Priscilla
(Summerville. SC)

Thank you SO much for sharing this information and with photos! If the same mixture cures my dark spot on left rib cage area, I shall surely post as well. Thank you, and blessings to you & your father.. 🤗❣️

Replied by Amazed
(God's Country)

It took a minute to find the healed spot in the second photo. It is the light colored area just below the sock hem imprint. There is a tiny dot in the center. You can tell by the elongated mole to the left of the spot. Very impressive results.

Replied by AngelTouched
(Willow Grove PA)

I used baking soda and coconut oil on 2 suspicious spots on my hairline and forehead area. After only 4 or 5 days both spots are just about gone. I will continue to use this treatment until the spots are no longer noticeable.


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Posted by ORH (TEN MILE, TN) on 03/06/2021

HI U OLE PATOOTS DOIN, ORH here, and a MY-BAD story.

I have had skin cancers forever and should know better. Most I find and solve with CURADERM. Have done that for years. But I do go to a Dermatologist and let him examine me about once a year. I went in November and he found two on my back and surgically removed them. He said my face was good. I felt a spot below my right eye that felt crusty along with two other minor spots nearby.

Almost two months later, I have three holes being eaten out of my face by the Curaderm. It only attacks cancer, not healthy skin. One is getting so deep that it is spooking me. I will handle this, but know that the new medicine soon come to come about and this knowledge will also solve my heart problem. That is, if we win this battle. We will all know in a few months. They do it with frequencies. Just like Royal Rife told us back in the 1930's.



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Posted by Lorica (New Albany, Indiana) on 08/13/2011

Earlier this summer I found a little bump on my forehead, about the size of 1/2 of a good sized pea. It was slightly crusty and there was crustiness around that area. I have since seen on the net that this matches one description for a precancerous skin condition.

I tried topical Iodine & hydrogen peroxide with no success whatever.

I am not trying to get religious here but I feel I should give credit where credit is due. I prayed about what to do and felt YHWH brought me the word "eggplant" later out of the blue when I wasn't even thinking about the problem.

You can see on the net that there is an ingredient in eggplant that kills surface cancer cells - and they don't come back.

I started rubbing that bump & much of the surrounding area with a slice of the eggplant every night. I used the white side, not the dark skin. I used no vinegar, just the eggplant slices plain & simple. Within a few days the bump was shrinking. Within a month it was, and still is, totally gone.

Now I am going to get maybe a little bizarre. Since my sister has been found to have pre cancerous lesions in her colon, and since such things are very common, I have even taken to doing 2 retention enemas a week with eggplant added in after its been in the blender. I figure it can't hurt (and it hasn't, though whether it's a coincidence or not I can't say but I have become much more regular) and might help.

Eggplant and White Vinegar

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Posted by Elvira (Barrie, Ontario) on 02/05/2018

Eggplant and apple cider vinegar worked more than well. Doctor checked and there is nothing cancerous left. (Approx. 1 month). Cut the eggplant in small pieces, cover with Apple cider vinegar. After 3 days it is ready to use. Good luck!

Replied by Carolinablueskies55

After you soak the eggplant in ACV (in the frig or on the counter top?) for 3 days, do you eat a certain amount per day and/or can you apply the portion on your body where the cancer is located within the body? I would love the complete recipe with directions. Thank you

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Posted by Caroljw (Thorndale) on 08/24/2016

I have been using the eggplant/apple cider vinegar for 10 days. The small mole is gone and the larger one less than 1/2 size. But I have had no pain. Am I doing something wrong? Not that I want pain, but from what I have read, you have to have it in order for it to work.

Replied by storycharms
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In the recipe post, it says: "The doctor said if it was a melanoma, after a few applications it could be quite painful [...] If it didn't pain, unlikely to be of a menacing nature."

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Posted by Todd (Dallas, Texas ) on 07/30/2016

I had Mohs surgery 5 years ago on my neck and created a golf ball sized hole. My Dr. here in Dallas was great but after melanoma showed up on my cheek there was no way I was having Mohs again. We did the eggplant and apple cider vinegar application and just after one week....its painful....but we could not believe that the tumors were gone. Try it. It is remarkable. Cheers

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Posted by F. (Boyett) on 09/20/2015

Hello All,

I had a growing mole on the side of my nose right near my left eye. I made the eggplant/vinegar recipe with organic eggplant and raw vinegar. I applied it off and on for about one month and it gradually removed the growth. There is nothing there now and has remained so for about one year. I'm now treating other spots and its working.

I don't believe in American doctors since I've seen too many people suffer and then die after receiving their so called treatment-so I wouldn't ever go willingly to a doctor unless I was knocked unconscious and dragged there. I'm very happy with my results. It also made my freckles go away so my skin looks better. I've been using it as a toner for this reason.

Best of luck to you all.

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