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Black Salve (cansema) alternative cancer treatment

Black Salve, a poultice of herbs with proven anti-cancer benefits

Black Salve, also called cansema, Amazon Black salve, and a variant Indian Black Salve, is an alternative cancer treatment, especially for breast cancer and skin cancers. The principle two ingredients are the herbs Blood Root and Soursop or Graviola (writes Chris Woollams).

Black Salve is used as a good old fashioned poultice, the sort that was used in medicines for several centuries. If you follow the links below you will find pictures of the poultice in use with two ladies and their breast cancers. In both cases the tumours took about 6 weeks to expunge completely.

Black salve contains several ingredients covered in the past in research in Cancer Watch and shown to have positive effects with cancer, like Graviola (Annona muricata), Bloodroot and Chaparral. You can also read ´20 herbs that can fight cancer´.

Some of the ingredients of Black salve have been used since Egyptian times, and in the late 19th century a version was used by doctors to treat skin cancers. However it has been dubbed ´dangerous´ by Medical authorities - the FDA has listed it as a ´fake cancer treatment´ since 2004; in Australia the Therapeutic Goods Administration condemned the ointment in 2012. However, its use in Australia is thought to be widespread.


Although a little unusual, I would like to quote excerpts from my blog of my 2014 speaking tour around Australia. Why? Because I had a consistent flow of people coming up to me after the speeches telling me about Black Salve and ‘Gumby gumby’. Then, when I arrived back at home, (April 2014) one of our Patrons, Jessica Richards, told me of her breast cancer reoccurrence, which she completely cleared up with …. Black Salve. And then at a speech in the UK I was approached by Ann Devlin whio cleared up 4 breast cancer tumours with ... black salve. 

It´s all too much of a coincidence. A You Tube search revealed many claimants of successful cancer treatment - not just for breast cancer, but for skin cancer and melanoma.

So - an excerpt from my Australian 2014 tour blog:

Gumby gumby

I’m asked if I know anything about Gumby Gumby, an Aboriginal herbal treatment for prostate cancer. The herb is Pitlosporum Phylliraeoides. Apparently the old tribes-people used to dry the leaves and it tastes foul! I promise I will look it up.

Last night I had two people in the audience who were self-treated. One, a colorectal cancer patient, had had a tumour so large, the colonoscopy tube couldn’t get past it. And several witnesses attested to this. But he refused orthodox treatment and built his own ‘cure’. Yet again, it is Gumby Gumby. Then he is joined by a lady who knows him. She had breast cancer that had spread to the lymph nodes. She had refused treatment – and it’s Gumby Gumby again!! I often have people come up to me telling me about something they used - but it´s always a one-off. This is becoming a stampede.
Black Salve – the second potion

The lady is now three years on and covered in black spots and patches. Apparently, according to both of them, the Gumby makes you itch unbearably, which for them is a sign something is working.

But then you use a second potion called Amazon Black Topical salve or cream, also called Cansema, (which you rub into the itchy skin) and this clears the ‘residue’ (for want of a better word) out through your skin, hence the black patches. As far as all these people are concerned the poultice is drawing out the cancer.

I really have no idea. I have never had a single item of research across my desk on either ‘treatment’ and, it’s all news to me. It could be gumbo jumbo for all I know, but I have two people standing in front of me both alive and kicking, six or more years on. Afterwards, I am told by two other people that they had seen the man just after he was diagnosed and the tumour had been enormous with his stomach clearly protruding; they thought he’d be lucky to last the week! Who knows? I promise to look it all up when I get my brain back from its stupor of tiredness. I am told black salve usage is increasing in Australia. People believe it works. It´s that simple. Goodness knows!

Black Salve use

Black salve is most commonly used as a poultice for skin cancers and melanoma; and has a following as a treatment for breast cancer. However, it can also be used in a diluted form (called Omega tonic) and drunk! 

What is clear is that the salve needs to be prepared and its administration overseen, by a qualified herbalist. It is not something to be played with asa it is very powerful in its action. I worry that so many people seem to be making their own at home in their kitchen!

Jessica Richards used black salve as a poultice for her breast cancer. As did Ann Devlin. Jessica´s story can be downloaded from Health Academy Live. She is bringing out a book, with pictures. Ann Devlin has written a number of blogs and the link below will take you to the pictures and detail of how she removed 4 breast tumours, each taking about 6 weeks. 

Black Salve Ingredients

Amazon Black Salve contains several ingredients we have covered in Cancer Watch in the past, for their anti-cancer activities:

* Zinc chloride
* NDGA (nordihydrogauaretic acid, from Larrea mexicata or Chaparral)
* Sanguinaria or bloodroot. (Sanguinaria canadensis)
* Galangal root (Alpinia officinarium) or ginger root (Zingiber officinale)
* Graviola leaf (Annona muricata) - also known as Soursop
* (Bitter melon seed (Momordica charantia)
* Glycerine (used as a humectant)

Interestingly. Bloodroot has had anti-cancer properties found in research, while Graviola and Larrea Mexicana (which is also known as Larrea tridentata, a variety of Chaparral), were both off to clinical trials in America a few years back as cancer ‘cures’. I wonder what happened? There is no record of the FDA in America ever approving a herb as a cancer treatment!

Some alternative practitioners have extremely strong views on Black Salve´s efficacy. But. There are serious warnings about how and where you should use it. And there are absolutely no clinical trials on the treatment nor any credible formal clinical evidence. 

Go To: Ann Devlin´s personal account of the successful use of Black Salve in breast cancer

Actual tumour which came out after using black salve for breast cancer. Tumour confirmed by hospital histology dept.

There is also a Black Salve website page Click Here.

In Australia there is also a DVD by Elaine Hollingsworth called ´One answer to cancer´, which looks at Black Salve in more detail.

Frankly, the anecdotal evidence is overwhelming.

People who read this also read:

Graviola Annona Muricata, or Soursop

20 Herbs that can help fight cancer

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