Not all black salves are the same

'We have gathered the facts and myths about black salves so you can make an informed decision about using them'


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About Black Salves, Eschar black salves, Indian Mud and bloodroot paste.

As you have noticed there are numerous sites that sell black salves and sites that provide information pertaining to black salve.  There are even sites that claim black salves cause skin damage and that there is no proof black salves actually work.  We will take each issue to task.


First what is black salve? Before we address what black salves are, lets first establish when black salves became an issue and came under fire.  The first documented modern issue regarding the use of black salves started in the 1920's. This is when the pharmaceuticals industry started to gain prominence and dominance.  Up until then black salve was the standard for use on skin cancers and skin problems.  The pharmaceutical industry started lobbying the government and regulations started to take hold.  Therefore, black salves were hardly heard of until they started to gain popularity in the 1960's.  As the black salves started to gain popularity companies started popping up that provided black salves.  One fact is clear, black salves have been around for centuries.


There are so many black salves that claim to do miraculous things and provide excellent results.  There is undisputed evidence that black salves do work.  One the other hand there is also evidence that black salves cause severe scarring and damage to health tissue.  A point must be made here to clarify the issue.  NOT ALL BLACK SALVES ARE A LIKE. Again, let me make this clear, not all black salves are alike.  So why do some black salves cause skin damage and others do not.  It is the ingredients, specifically the ingredient zinc chloride.  Black salves that cause serious skin damage and scarring contains over 40% zinc chloride.  There are medical doctors and even the government agency FDA; assert it is the ingredient bloodroot.  This is impossible.  If bloodroot is the ingredient that causes skin damage then it wouldn't have been put in toothpaste and the University of North Carolina wouldn't have used it as a dewormer in cattle and sheep.  Here is the test, get zinc chloride and put a table spoon of it in water.  The container will get so hot you can barely hold on to it.  Now take a tablespoon of bloodroot and put it in a cup of water.  That's right, nothing happens.  This little experiment was demonstrated by Risingsun Health/Bloodroot Products to the FDA agents that visited there office.  I tried the same experiment and was shocked.  I only used a table spoon of zinc chloride in 8 oz of water.  That is scary, so wonder people feel a burning sensation and get scarred.  I also tried the bloodroot in water, nothing, even after 2 hours.  Therefore, the conclusion is that it actually isn't the bloodroot that causes the skin damage or scarring, but the acoustic ingredients such as zinc chloride.  I did not test chromium chloride or arsenic trisulphide.  There is a company that uses no more that 30% zinc chloride in their black salves and they seem to be getting the same results and the black salve with over 40% zinc chloride.


Other ingredients vary from black salve to black salve.  A true black salve must contain the essential herb bloodroot.  The other ingredients include Chaparral, Galangal root, Sheep sorrel, Plantain, Graviola, Bitter melon, Chaga mushroom, Yellow dock root, Calendula, Pine tar , bees wax and Ginger root.  These are the most common ingredients in most black salves.  Now for the mineral ingredients may consist of zinc chloride, chromium chloride,  arsenic trisulphide and/or DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide).


One main ingredient that defines black salve is as we mentioned before the use of distilled water or oils as the base.  Distilled water dries out and this is the main factor in scarring.  You need to keep the area moist and using oils instead of water resolves this issue nicely. We have found the use of Neem and Olive oil is essential.  Neem is a great antiseptic and reduces infections and the itchiness.  Salves made with oil do take a little longer to get the desired results, usually 2-5 days longer.  We believe this is far better than the serious scaring experienced with water based black salves.