Bloodroot - Editor's Choice

Over the years, Earth Clinic readers have sent us many reports about their treatments for Bloodroot. The editors at Earth Clinic consider the below posts to be some of the most helpful and informative and have named them 'Editor's Choice'. We hope that you will find this useful.


Posted by Kenneth (Bergen, Norway) on 01/06/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Replying to posts regarding bloodroot for skin cancer 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.

Moles, Tumors, Cirrhosis

Posted by Djt10 (Sunnyside, Wa, Usa) on 07/19/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My family has used homemade black salve since 1986. Of course there's been research on bloodroot's effectiveness for cancer and abnormal cells. If one wants salve treatment done by a medical doctor, the Philippines medical professionals saw it's efficacy and it's now part of mainstream medicine there. Here--a doctor could lose his license and go to prison for even writing a prescription for pain meds to someone choosing to do this treatment at home behind closed doors, in spite of the fact that early in the 1900's you could buy black salve at the corner drugstore and the head of the FDA tried to purchase the Hoxsey formula, and failing that, waged all-out war to destroy it. Of course because Big Pharma can't profit from it, they want it gone.

The uses for it stagger the mind. My husband, a recovering alcoholic used to to cure cirrhosis of the liver before he even stopped drinking--it triggered a detox with black tarry material exiting through the bowels and he was very sick for a few days, besides developing a normal eschar and going through that process at the same time. I've removed dangerous looking moles on him and soon he'll do a general treatment because after 60 years of smoking he suspects lung cancer. The records for his cirrhosis and it's absence are at the Vet's hospital in Walla, Walla WA. (Two separate alcohol rehab stays.)

I've removed a lump from my thigh --full photo record on my website, a small lump on my chin that apparently drained some bad teeth I thought I was going to need root canals on, I used it to treat bad looking patches on my skin, removed an embedded shard of glass in my foot that came out with the eschar, and I'm about to treat another bad tooth where there's a chronic recurring abcess (the other time was several years ago). I treated my granddaughter who had a massive antibiotic treatment followed by a horrendous fungal infection of the scalp that could have left her bald and the medical treatment including potential side effects of "death". It completely destroyed the fungal infection. The only lasting sign was two small spots where the eschar came out prematurely and left little bald spots. Where it finished it's course naturally, the infection was gone and the hair grew back--there weren't even any scars left.

We first used just bloodroot paste before getting the formula on a dog with a tumor near her anus. It turned grey and was rotting off, but she kept chewing at it so we took her to the vet who removed the remains surgically, but he also followed the root to the end and removed it too. It went clear to the end of her tail. That's the thing--medically they remove tumors and cancer masses, but these things have roots. The salve kills it all. Sometimes you have to treat an area more than once, particularly if any of the roots attached to the eschar break instead of rotting and releasing the eschar naturally (I've got cool photos of the roots attached to the scab), and sometimes just because it needs to dig deeper. If it doesn't heal normally, that's a sign that you need to go back in, but wait until the skin heals over because the last thing you want to do is put the salve on raw tissue, although sometimes it can't be avoided.

We've done it all without pain meds other than aspirin (and alcohol). One thing I like about the formula we have is it is a two-part treatment. The light salve is used in between two black salve treatments a week apart and until the tissue heals. It's a drawing/ healing salve that helps draw out pus and debris as well as making certain that no infection can ever take hold. It came from a book about 150 years old now and was actually printed in our county newspaper. Supposedly it was an expose, but the fact that they printed the simple formula and instructions made our area a pocket of closet black salve users. It's very easy to make, but one ingredient is expensive-- zinc chloride. They hit you with mailing charges because it's a hazardous chemical or something like that. It's much less expensive to buy a small amount ready made of the black salve. Cancema is still available. In fact, Greg Caton, whose life was threatened if he ever made the formula available to others put it on YouTube, and there are other sources where you can buy good stuff. I made mine on the kitchen stove and keep a jar of it in the fridge, although I don't think it even needs to be refrigerated, just kept in a cool, dark place. By the way, all that quackwatch nonsense is a joke. If you apply it to normal skin it just sits there and does nothing. I've tried to remove benign moles on myself and nothing happened. Put it on a friend's belly who had benign tumors and nothing happened. It will react to abnormal cells like fungus and cancer, but this ridiculous claim that it's "caustic" and will burn right though healthy tissue--good lord!! These guys are idiots. Now if there happens to be cancer below that healthy skin, that's a different matter.

There's a lot more but it's nearly 2am and I'm exhausted. If anyone wants to talk, email me from my website which is "information only", I don't allow any advertising and don't sell anything. It's just about natural healing, junk science and bad medicine.

Ted's Feedback

Posted by Ted (Bangkok, Thailand) on 02/09/2009 385 posts
5 out of 5 stars

In response to Monica (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA) on 02/08/2009:

The best bloodroot remedy appears to be the simplest, which is 40% bloodroot and the rest is pure ethanol alcohol (found in vodka and beer). The addition of zinc chloride I believe is not helpful and caused burning sensation. Bloodroot if given in small quantities, although salves are too strong and painful because the dose is too large took me some time to resolve and it turned out a diluted bloodroot tincture works the best. The application of them generally leaves no scar and I am looking at the results of removal of skin tags if used only in a tincture form to work fairly quickly. Therefore because of the regenerative capacities of bloodroot the stem cells seems to be what bloodroot is promoting and hence the lack of scars. This is seen also in aloe vera oil and aloe vera extracts also as well as colloidal silver and colloidal gold.

The reason it has taken long for me to post the issue of bloodroot is to resolve the problems of pain and the associated dose and frequency which I have resolved. Hence the standard dose internally appears to be between 3-6 drops taken between 4-6 times a day. A minimum dose is closer to 3 drops taken 4 times a day. The concentration of bloodroot tincture (powder) is between 40-60% and the rest is ethanol alcohol. Black salve caused a lot of gastrointestinal distress, bloating and pain, but given the right concentration and dose, it doesn't cause any pain or cause additional scarring, as we have seen during treatment periods using the bloodroot salves. A possibility exist to use other forms of bloodroot powder, in very small quantities dissolved in water is another way to do it also. A bloodroot tincture can also be purchased from most health food stores seems to work fine also, against warts, Morgellon's disease, lupus, cancer polyps, cancer tumor, human papilloma virus, hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and even brain functions because of its regenerative capacities. The secret appears to be the dose and this is followed by vitamin B complex and alkalization. For some reason or another the pain and the associated anxiety that exists turns out to be that the bloodroot depletes the vitamin B complex, or that the body needs more of the vitamin B complex, some vitamin C and alkalization to prevent the associated negative side effects associated with bloodroot use.

Most people who did used bloodroot skipped with dose, frequency and concentration which prevented their lack of success and overlooked the resulting requirements of vitamin B complex which is why bloodroot is an overlooked remedy. I didn't overlook, but I had to resolve some technical use (besides trying to get them!), and their results before actually posting them.


Skin Cancer

Posted by Susan (South Texas, USA) on 06/14/2007
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

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 actually 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 supplements. 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.

The Fda and Bloodroot

Posted by Kent Estes (Lake Wales, FL) on 05/28/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I am the Kent who's emails were so astounding that the FEDs used it to help prosecute Mr Caton. ( Unfortunately, for Greg, they (the Feds) determined on their own behalf without contacting or consulting me, that my story was unbelieveable and used it to convict Greg. Mind you he was convicted on all sorts of Bogus charges as used all the correct wording to avert selling as "medicine" by US law. The court dis-allowed me to testify. I am healed of Carcinoma of the tongue grade 3 with US/FDA/AMA doctors and lab results before, and the Texas renowned Cancer Clinic after showing that not even a microscopic remnant of cancer was left at the site or in my blood. It has been 7 years, since that time. I am looking for a good source of bloodroot product for my friends and relatives as I cannot get it from altcancer any more.