That way, if there is any chance of cancer, the doctor can send the tag to a pathologist.Health advisor Dr. Andrew Weil recommends trying an herb called bloodroot (scientific name Sanguinaria canadensis).
While typical black drawing salves are fine for minor skin complains and treating splinters, black salves that contain bloodroot can cause serious skin burns and may not cure cancer.
McDaniel and Goldman and published in the Archives of Dermatology followed four patients who used black or bloodroot salve as part of their treatment for various skin cancers.
Made with the herb bloodroot or Sanguinaria canadensis, bloodroot salve was the only treatment available for skin cancer prior to the 20th century.
Colgate-Palmolive was experimenting with a bloodroot extract in toothpaste for the treatment of plaque, for example.
A second type of salve that is also black in color, and often called black salve, is bloodroot salve.
The origins may extend back to Native Americans, who created a salve out of black ash and bloodroot.
Bloodroot salve is considered escharotic, which means that it causes tissues to die or burn off.
Bloodroot is only approved by the FDA for use in small quantities in certain beauty products.
Both medicinal and flowering plants are exceptionally abundant; a few of the former are ginseng, snakeroot, bloodroot, hore-hound, thoroughwort, redroot (Ceanothus Americanus), horse mint and wild flax, and prominent among the latter are jessamines, azaleas, lilies, roses, violets, honey-suckle and golden-rod.