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
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.
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
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
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.