Bloodroot: A Medicinal Plant

The Fda and Bloodroot
Posted by Jack (Toledo, Ohio) on 05/07/2006
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Chest Tumors
Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 05/28/2021

Comfrey: The Comforting Herb (

caution is : comfrey heals so fast you have to make sure no infection remains or it will close the skin over top of it before it can drain completely.... amazing stuff

Posted by Charlett (Queensland) on 01/03/2018
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I used black salve on my shingles on the back of my neck and it started reacting immediately. The salve went in deep so it's taking a longer time to come out than usual. 7 days so far. I had 39 deb temperatures and threw up. The salve has gone after something either cancer or the virus so I just let it go it's thing. I have tried salve on all types of skin issues but it never takes off if the lesion is not cancer or a viral infection. But whether or not it was a good idea to use it on shingles I am not sure yet. I'm going out to buy high potency 25% olive leaf extract today and I've heard eating licorice helps. I'll say how the salve goes later because it's still in there right now.

Bloodroot Usage
Posted by Sandhya (Hawaii) on 10/28/2015

I have used blood root (black salve) over the years. I put it only on for 11 hours and then washed it off. Only put the salve on the top of the spot not all over. Then I keep it moist and clean letting the herb do its work. I like it because it gets the roots that other things do not. If you have the kind of skin or heritage that gets keloids..... not to worry. Use half lavender essential oil and half tea tree oil combination and put it on as it kills keloids. Raw Honey is good too after it heals. Use a scarring medication to bring down raised places as well even years later. If people do a second treatment, it is easier to do it after the first one heals......or try bloodroot pills for the whole body....Zenith.

Application Tips
Posted by Wolvesbane (Fort Smith, Arkansas) on 07/14/2015

For those individuals using Bloodroot, to minimize scars and advance healing use castor oil on all skin wounds. Castor oil speeds the healing process of skin wounds. Castor oil has also been used against skin cancers so it's a double attack when used in conjunction with Bloodroot.

I have used castor oil on skin tags and white moles to some success, and it has improved the condition of several old scars.

Yse topically, directly on wound, liberally.

You do not get the same effect taking it internally.

Application Tips
Posted by James (Las Vegas, Nv.) on 01/18/2016

I have found from a very good source and practitioner that bloodroot and magnesium chloride mixed 50/50 depending on the condition, is a good mix, go 60/40 for stronger mix. Use gel capsules.

I had a friend who was diagnosed with pancreas cancer and had 2 weeks to live, started using the caps and lived for 6 more months and stopped taking them and died shortly after, for topical use you need bloodroot, zinc chloride, and wheat paste, mix even amounts and apply, but be careful the zinc is hot and it is used to open the skin to allow the bloodroot to do its job, cover the area and leave for 15 min. wash off and apply gold bond salve.

This treatment is for cancer treatment only. Any time this mix is used for melanoma it's called black salve.

Application Tips
Posted by M J (Pasadena Ca ) on 09/24/2017

i inadvertently took some internally, yikes.

I mistakenly thought I was buying burdock root (never purchase without your reading glasses) and thought that's very odd it's red. I never noticed it being red. I brewed a nice strong cup as I like burdock root tea, Well ONE gulp was so strong it felt like a chemical burn on my lips. I could not get rid of that horrid taste and I felt nauseous. Nest morning my arm pits smelled of sulphur! A few days later it burned slightly going out as it did going in. I went to the herb store and we realized my mistake.

So I do not recommend taking it internally!

After reading about it I will apply the tea externally to the eczema areas.

Breast Cancer
Posted by Michele (Arizona) on 07/27/2018


I am wondering if you have any more information about treating ulcerated breast cancer with bloodroot. I've already tried to apply salve topically when there was enough clear skin on my breast to do so. I'm using Essiac tea and black salve from Kathryn from Texas's blood root paste, very mild. I'm thinking of adding bloodroot tincture to the tea. My breast is pouring fluid, it's clear, bleeds a little occasionally. I have a granddaughter who is ten and I've raised her since birth. I know God has a plan. Thank you for saying it's normal to excrete fluid. I've been looking for this information for months. Is there any other advice you have for me? Thank you.

Where to Buy: Australia
Posted by Tim ( on 04/07/2015

We have been producing black and bloodroot salves for many years, please feel free to visit or call us to ask questions... we look forward to working with anyone with a need. With a few exceptions we ship product worldwide.

Posted by Ron (Tenino Wa. Usa) on 06/14/2017

Canasema aka black salve. Works good on small skin cancer spots. Apply a small match head size dab, cover with Band-Aid leave overnight, if cancerous it will sting & pus up, wash the salve off, keep a band-aid on it and let it work, let it fall off naturally. It will heal from inside and fill the crater with new skin. If not cancerous it will not pus up. Have used it several times, it works I cannot see any scarring.

Lung Cancer
Posted by Agnes (Erskine) on 04/02/2017

I am currently treating my uncle with Essiac Tea and drops of bloodroot and he has lung cancer......Essiac Tea has four herbs and is known throughout Canada.....Essiac was used by John F Kennedy personal physician who was cured by Essiac Herbal Tea....researchers spoke with the original Canadians who came up with this and for stubborn cancers they added bloodroot.....hope this helps a little

Actinic Keratosis
Posted by Kgd (Saint Louis, Missouri/usa) on 05/16/2013
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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.

Application Tips
Posted by Dave (Astoria, New York) on 07/23/2011

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, 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.

Best Regards,


Ted's Feedback
Posted by Carin (Cape Cod, MA) on 02/21/2009

The recipe of blood root (40-60%) with an alcohol mixture taken internally that Ted commented about, is that for external lesions as well as internal leasions? thanks very much.

Posted by M in M (Md) on 10/26/2022

Elise, Alpha Omega labs has cansema black salve. I've used it many times with no problems. I've read you can make your own, but haven't done that. Google them.

Posted by Annette (Queensland, Australia) on 01/19/2013

Black salve should only be applied once, I think, to the affected area, for 12 to 24 hours, and then simply left, covered if you want to protect the area and also your clothes. I believe that the salve breaks through the disguise that the cancer uses to trick your body into growing it, and allowing your body's own immune system to do its stuff and recognise and expel the foreign material.

With all it's successes over time black salve should be readily available to us all, and the authorities should be supporting research into how it works best rather than suppressing the information and shutting down and jailing the manufacturers!!!

Posted by Kat (Drummond, Montana) on 10/20/2008
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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

Posted by Joyce (Joelton, TN) on 05/10/2008 509 posts

Consider yourself fortunate to have found something that works & doesn't kill you before any cancer has the chance to. I have also used the black salve with good results many times in the past. If anyone wonders why many are getting disillusioned with orthodox medicine and the FDA, go to, go through until you find reference to Cancerolytic Herbs: A History of Suppression. You just might decide that the above has developed into our worst cancer of all. Most of all, we need to thank God for the internet which makes it much easier for useful information to be passed on to the public and when enough of us "little bucks" plebians" join together, maybe we can out shout the big bucks and change things back to the way it should be. The first thing we need to tackle is getting the toxins (especially monosodium glutamate and aspartame) out of our food supplies and we don't have time to play around - because they are now saying that alzheimers disease is hitting people in their thirties. At this rate most parents won't be functioning mentally long enough to get their children to a state of independence where they can care for themselves. Even worse is the probablility that these children will develop symptoms much earlier than their parents because they have been fed foods laden with MSG and aspartame since they were old enough to eat baby food.

Posted by Ron (Van Buren, MO) on 01/22/2008
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I was taught as a little boy about the benefits of bloodroot as a "topical" treatment for skin tags, warts and skin cancers and have seen amazing results in a wide variety of applications.

I think it is important, however, to stress that bloodroot should never be taken internally without the close supervision of a qualified herbalist.

If a person has any (even undiagnosed) liver problems, the results could be catastrophic. I've had wonderful results personally in the treatment of a melanoma using "Two Feathers" healing salve, both internally and externally and while I've been unable to break out all of it's ingredients, I was able to be sure that it does not contain bloodroot. To check it out, go to

Namaste, Ron

Posted by Lauri B (Oregon, US) on 05/09/2014

I applied blood root to a large mole that had suddenly begun to "change". This not being our first rodeo with BR, I was not surprised by the extreme reaction that occurred. After the eschar fell out of what seemed like a well hole, I too had large hypertrophic scarring. This scarring itched terribly. I read on earth clinic about applying Vit. E oil to scars to cause them to soften and heal. The itching immediately stopped after the first application of Vit. E. After 4-6 weeks of nightly application, the scar flattened and is now nearly skin colored. I am happy with the remaining scar and I'm especially relieved the mole is completely gone.

Papaloma Wart
Posted by James Thomas (Grand Junction, Colorado) on 11/11/2007
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I'had papaloma wart across my lower eyelid the doctor wanted 900.00 to cut a v' out of it and sew it together he said its the only way to get rid of it it was ugly i was in shock that wood give me a permenant wink . so i took a pen and put a little bit of bloodroot and put it on my eyelid and kept ointment on it till it was healed and moved to another spot over and over untill it was all gone there is no sign of it and its all gone its been 2 years be sure to wash it off after each time dont let it touch your eyeball hold your eyelid out untill its done its thing then wash it off it burns like hell if it touches your eyeball

How to Heal Bloodroot Scars
Posted by Geoffrey (PA) on 05/27/2021
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I used the bloodroot salve, with the herbs mentioned on Earthclinic to removed tumors on my chest, one left a large opening. After research, I used organic raw coconut oil, and it healed up very nicely. There might be better recommendations, but this worked for me. I did this over five years ago.

How to Heal Bloodroot Scars
Posted by ORH (TEN MILE, TN) on 05/27/2021

Geoffrey, ORH here, and I once used Black Root but it got away from me and left a big hole. I now use Curaderm. It is slower, but leaves no scars. You may want to research. =ORH=

How to Make Bloodroot
Posted by Jeff (Wichita, Kansas) on 08/24/2007
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This is regarding Bloodroot. I have made and have used a blood root past also know as black salve. A doctor that I have worked with now uses this almost exclusively to treat warts. I have never seen it not work. Here is the recipe:

1/2 cup powdered Blood Root (Sanguinaria Canadensis)
1/2 cup Zinc Chloride, crystals or liquid
1/2 cup common white flour
1 1/2 cup warm water
100ml Chaparral extract or 100gm of powdered Chaparral (Larrea mexicana)

Pre-mix all but the water, thoroughly, before adding to the water. Using a stainless steel double boiler. Put in water, then stir in the other ingredients. Stir in well using a wooden spoon. Cook for thirty minutes over boiling water, stirring constantly. Application is much the same as cansema. Apply a thin layer (2-3mm) of the paste over the affected area and cover for 24 hours. Then remove the covering but do not disturb the lesion at all, do not attempt to pull the cancer out at any time, it should fall out in 10 days or so. Some people with sensitive skin put Vaseline or antibiotic ointment around the cancer so that the paste does not irritate the skin.

Posted by A (Cypress, CA) on 08/06/2007
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My husband's father was diagnosed with lymph node cancer and was given two months to die. They first wanted to cut out the cancer and then do radiation. He was a devout christian and he prayed and felt he was directed to use blood root paste topically and I think pills too. He followed a specific nutrition plan to boost his natural killer cells along with it and within six months there was no sign of cancer in the pet scan or mri or cat scan at all. None. I had a history of cervical cancer with two bouts undergoing laser surgery and I took two bottles of the stuff and noticed heavy menstual cycles with seemingly black materials. I returned to the doctors for a schedule for surgery and they told me that there was no sign of the growth. I have been fine for a year now. Later I checked the net on bloodroot and found the fda banned it's use in toothpaste and for cancer; personally it appears that USA is heavily influenced by poilitian money and pharmeceutical money for the products it releases to the public, not off their medicinal merit.

Skin Cancer
Posted by Arrow (Mackay, Idaho) on 08/23/2012
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Cansema will draw out any cancer that is below the surface and not visible... Something the sugical knife cannot do. Some people who extract melanoma report long dangling roots on the tumor when it falls out. A surgeon would end up cutting those roots and setting the person up for metatastic cancer. Because those roots a a real possibility that cannot be seen with the eye, surgeons are required to biopsy all around the tissues adjacent to the tumor. Often they have to go in again and remove more. Cansema can remove the roots all at once. It is important not to knock or dislodge the tumor prematurely during the cancsema or bloodroot removal process.

The times when the use of bloodroot products goes bad, like when people lose their noses, is when the cancer has permeated the whole nose. Even in conventional medicine the removal of the nose would be required when biopsy after biopsy reveals the cancer to be so deep rooted.

Seriously, extensive surgery, plastic surgery repair and treatment for metastatic cancer is often the result of conventional cancer treatment.

Skin Cancer
Posted by Chandi (Fairbanks, Alaska) on 06/26/2007

I just wanted to respond to the person who posted the link for I had a look at those pictures, and the people in the before pictures do not look like the same people posted in the after picture -- Not because of what happened to their face due to whatever it was they did, but because the actual hair and facial features such as eyes, eyebrow shape, chin shape, lip shape, etc do not match up. You don't suppose it's possible that maybe, just maybe those photos might not be of the same person, do you?? Gasp! Of course not, quackwatch would -never- intentionally mislead people to believe they say with falsefied photos! (Note the extreme sarcasm with which this is written.) In any case, I am currently using bloodroot paste that I bought off of eBay on a mole on my arm. I will gladly report back when it's gone through the entire process and let you know how it worked for me.

Skin Cancer
Posted by Penny (Oregon) on 12/16/2006
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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.

Plantar Wart
Posted by Tom (Granger, IN) on 12/13/2006
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Bloodroot Paste cured a Planters wart (had for 10 years and tried everything) and a wart on my left arm. Use as directed and be patient results take at least a week. Also don't be too frightened by the hole it leaves in your skin -- it will heal nicely.

Skin Cancer
Posted by Mike (USA) on 12/05/2006
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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.

The Fda and Bloodroot
Posted by Toby (Livingston, Montana) on 11/02/2006
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I just wanted to let you know that the FDA is enforcing putting testimonials on sites that sell the products, so I had to remove the testimonials and they are on . This site is designed for testimonials regarding alternative health products. Thank you, Toby McAdam, Risingsunhealth products McAdam health.

The Fda and Bloodroot
Posted by Anne (The North Of Ireland) on 11/09/2016

The website you mention seems to have disappeared along with all the testimonials. What a pity. Is there a new website anywhere with testimonials?

Ted's Feedback
Posted by Kat (Comox, Bc) on 01/12/2012

Hi Ted, Can bloodroot be taken internally and used to remove a large swollen lymph node in the armpit that is cancer favored and how would I use this? thanks, kat

Ted's Feedback
Posted by Cindy (Toledo, Ohio) on 12/27/2012

Does the bloodroot remove colon polyps? If so, how do I use it. I have several colon polyps. Thank you.

Bowen's Disease
Posted by Lizzie (United Kingdom) on 04/18/2020
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I had a skin cancer right over one nipple, nearly two inches diameter. The skin kept splitting and weeping. This went on for years before I went to the doctor. She said it was Bowens Disease, a slow growing cancer. I went ahead and got some black salve from a herbalist, and he actually told me to keep putting it on every day. (!) I stopped after three weeks as the eschar had formed. It eventually came away. It was staggering to see it - like a big slug coming out of me. I have kept a picture diary. It took weeks to heal - in fact it is still healing as I write. I had to create a guard from cardboard to keep my clothes from touching it . I found if I dressed it the dressing would stick to the wound. I have been applying vitamin E oil around the edges of the wound. It is growing new skin from the outside inwards, and there is still a scab at the inside. I am curious to see if there will be any kind of nipple when it is finished. Looks like there will certainly be a shallow crater which hopefully will fill out in time. I also have a lump under the skin at the side of the same breast so once I have fully healed I plan to treat that as well. I hope the salve can go deep enough to get to the lumps.

Bowen's Disease
Posted by Deonet (Pacific NW Washington) on 10/04/2021

If you add DMSO to the bloodroot paste, just a little to about 1/3 the amount of the bloodroot to DMSO, it will help the salve reach deeper into the body and kill the roots of the tumors. Have used it on several growths of my own and on some of my pets. Did wonders. Yes, I scarred but I have keloid skin that scars from literally everything. Using a comfrey salve on the wounds helped with healing and minimal scarring.

Odd Skin Growth
Posted by Meu (Sacramento) on 06/27/2019
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I used bloodroot paste years ago on my forehead that had an area the size of a dime that just wouldn't heal. Wasn't a mole, but some odd looking skin growth, somewhat like a rash. I bought black salve paste and applied a very small amount... pinhead, very little, to the center of the area. Then I covered it with a bandaid and applied vitamin e oil to the surrounding skin. (Now I have read here that castor oil would be better so I will try that next time.) I did not apply more bloodroot in the days that followed. I took off the bandaid two days later and the area was black. 1 week later it had healed perfectly. Never had another growth in that area. Can't remember where I bought the paste but I am sure you can still find it sold online somewhere.

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