Black salve is an ancient herbal-based balm which was used in South America in the treatment of numerous health issues, including skin cancer.

It is called black due to its dark color which comes from one of its ingredients – bloodroot. This herb is found only in the eastern part of North America and in the past it was used as a cure for infections, inflammations, moles, warts and skin cancer.

Bloodroot is black in color and contains red liquid (which is considered poisonous). Its main active ingredient is benzylisoquinoline alkaloid – a collective term used for molecules that are part of many prescription narcotics and painkillers.

In its content, bloodroot also has sanguinarine, a compound which is responsible for its healing effects. It has mighty anticancer, antimicrobial, antiangiogenic, antimicrotubule and tumoricidal properties.

Some laboratory studies have shown that black salve is beneficial for the body since it oxygenates the whole organism, encourages the blood circulation, improves the function of the blood vessels and the heart and removes polyps, skin tags and fungus warts.

However, the effectiveness of this balm depends on the specific formula, but almost all types of black salve contain zinc and bloodroot.

According to a recent research, some dermatologists have used this balm prior to surgery due to its corrosive effects which helped in the removal of the superficial skin growths.

According to Dr. Andrew Weil, who has successfully treated numerous patients who suffered from skin issues, black salve is poisonous and therefore it should be used only for external treatment.He also pointed out that this balm dissolves skin growths without affecting the normal tissue.

Although it has been proven to have antimicrobial and anticancer properties, other studies contradict this notion.

According to them, black salve may trigger serious side effects if it is used improperly, such as:

• Causing severe skin burns
• Leaving behind big open wounds due to its corrosive effects
• Triggering discoloration of the skin, blackening and scarring

Some case studies have shown that inappropriate use of black salve can lead to even further progress of the cancer cells, thus causing fatal consequences.

This was especially evident in those cases where patients experienced life-threatening complications due to self-medication with this balm.

On the other hand, some dermatologists suggest that there are recent versions of black salve which do not cause corrosion of the tissue like the older versions, since they contain other ingredients as well such as ginger root and galangal root.

After prolonged use, these new versions may induce a mild inflammatory response, including redness and itching which soon after disappear.

However, further scientific trials are needed to show the precise mechanisms which characterize the action of this product.

You should keep in mind that regardless of its healing ability, black salve may not work in all cases. Therefore instead of putting yourself at higher risk, consult your dermatologist about the possible treatments for your skin problem.

Reference: Dr. Axe