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Black Salve, also called Cansema, is perhaps one of the most dangerous alternative medical treatments currently being promoted around the world. There are a number of black salves made from a variety of materials, but all contain bloodroot and zinc chloride. They were first made popular in the early 1900s, then as the risks became apparent, their use diminished until they once again reared their ugly head in recent times.
Just What Is Black Salve?
Black Salve is an ointment or paste that is made largely from zinc chloride and bloodroot, which is the rhizome of Sanguinaria Canadensis. It is purely for use on the skin, and is not taken internally. Black Slave pastes were a popular alternative treatment for over 100 years, and Black Salve is widely reported as a cure for skin cancer.
What Are The Claims?
There is really only one major claim regarding Black Salve, and that is that it is a cure for skin cancers. Manufacturers and suppliers advertise that, by applying black salve, the cancer will disappear. Some promoters also claim that Black Salve works against other forms of skin lesions as well as skin cancer, including warts, moles, and other skin growths. Proponents believe that the Black Salve draws the tumor or lesion out from under the skin, and it falls off, thereby removing it from your body.
Fact Or Fiction?
There has been absolutely no documented proof that Black Salve can cure skin cancer, or any other type of skin lesion. The United States FDA has listed it as a fake cancer cure, and several manufacturers and promoters have been issued warnings regarding advertising it as a true cure of cancer. There have also been arrests and convictions of persons marketing Cansema (Black Salve) as a cancer cure.
There are a variety of appropriate medical and surgical treatments available for treating skin cancer, and these are the only accepted "cures" by medical agencies around the globe. These include surgical excision and skin grafting if required, and chemotherapy and radiotherapy in severe cases. Often depending on the type of skin cancer or lesion, a simple excision may be all that is required. But when you see what Black Salve does to the skin and tissue, you would wonder why anyone would want to risk using it.