Black Salve – Bad Advice… Bad product

Last month I brought attention to a particularly nasty product currently promoted online to vulnerable people as a cancer cure. Black salve is a paste made from a mixture of Bloodroot extract and zinc chloride that, when applied directly to the skin, will cause the cells to die. It does this by physically burning the skin with zinc chloride and inhibiting sodium-potassium pumps on the surface of the cells with compounds found in the Bloodroot extract. This creates a thick black dry clump of necrotic tissue called an “eschar” which will eventually separate from the surrounding area causing scarring and potentially serious injury and disfigurement. This paste is the stuff of nightmares and will burn whatever human flesh it comes into contact with yet despite this undeniable fact, there are some online that promote the idea that it has the magical ability of “drawing out” cancer from underneath the skin and that it won’t harm healthy cells.

Before any one asks! No I have not put black salve on my face!



About Myles Power (759 Articles)
Hello Internet! My name is Myles Power and I am a chemist from the North East of England, who loves to make videos trying to counter pseudoscience and debunk quackery in all of its various forms! From the hype around GMOs through to Atrazine turning the freakin’ frogs gay, I’ll try to cut through the nonsense that’s out there!

3 Comments on Black Salve – Bad Advice… Bad product

  1. You really should not be talking about things that you do not understand! The black salve works wonders! My dad had a growth that came out of the top of his head. I took him to my doctor and they were able to cut it off except for they could not get to the roots because they said they were so far into his brain. They wanted to do chemo and then radiation but my dad refused. Well that was 30 years ago and my dad is now 94 years old. He drew the cancer out with black salve. He is living proof that it works! The doctor had given him only a short time to live if he did not do the recommended chemo and radiation. Please stop making videos that are misleading and that contain wrong information.You sir are an idiot!!!!


  2. By the way, my dad still has a very high IQ so obviously the black salve did not harm his brain! It saved his life!


  3. Anonymous // May 14, 2021 at 2:13 pm // Reply

    Wow, anonymous up there with the real science of head growths with roots that reach into brains. You know; like how the skull works. Things just kinda pass through there to the brain because why would it be a thick, solid mass meant to protect anything or whatever? Christ.


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