Opinion is divided as to whether the black salve is an effective remedy for the treatment of skin cancer and skin issues, or its side effects make it an unsafe product for use.
Black salve is also known by the brand name Cansema and represents a controversial alternative cancer treatment. It is actually a topical paste which burns and destroys skin tissue and leaves behind a thick, black scar known as eschar.
Researchers have found that some of its ingredients, like bloodroot, burn off or draw our cancerous cells through the skin and thus can treat basal and squamous skin cell carcinoma.
Black salve is often topically used to fight skin growths like warts and even internal tumors, as well as cervical dysplasia, a precancerous condition.
The antimicrobial compounds in black salve offer the following benefits:
- Antimicrobial Ingredients
Sanguinarine can potentially fight multi-drug resistant pathogens and fights 34 different strains of bacteria.
- Treat Skin Growths
The black salve can effectively treat skin growths, like skin tags, moles, and warts if used externally, since it dissolves them without causing any harm to the normal tissue.
Yet, many scientists maintain that its side-effects are concerning.
Doctors and patients report that the use of black salve can cause skin burns, wounds, scars and discoloration of the skin, and can support the spread and progression of cancerous cells.
Therefore, the current recommendations by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society do not advocate the use of black salve in the treatment of cancer cells.
The most disturbing fact according to the AAD is that people use it without consulting a dermatologist first, which can be highly risky.