Be Aware Before You Start!

1. Approach this product with respect

Bloodroot Salve is aggressive! It is highly efficient and may cause pain during the process. Become well informed, and be prepared before you start.

2. Choose a reputable product

It should contain bloodroot and zinc chloride and DSMO at least. Test it on one or two areas of skin, for example on the inner arm, that seem to have no lesions or underlying lumps. Apply a bead of salve and cover with a small dressing; leave on for a few hours. Redness and itching is normal, and not indicative of a problem.

Be careful using it close to the eyes, as it will cause pain if it gets in the eyes. In this case, rinse well with clean water. 

3. Always do a test patch first

Test it to satisfy yourself that it is safe for healthy skin. Some people experience mild redness and/or itching. I repeat, test it. This way, when a lesion reacts, you can be sure it’s not normal tissue.

4. Consult your physician

Medical science’s great benefit is DIAGNOSIS. Find a practitioner you trust, who respects your right to choose your own treatment. Even if you do not want a biopsy, ask the doctor’s opinion, and make sure there is a willingness to help with pain relief and dressings if necessary. (A nice side-effect occurs when the practitioner is able to observe a successful treatment and a happy outcome first hand).

*** It is helpful to have thermography or similar scan to determine the size of the tumor. If it is large, use diet and or bloodroot capsules to try to shrink the growth before salving. A large tumor is difficult to treat. 

After your treatment, you may have blood tests to check your cancer markers. Don’t be squeamish, and don’t be pushed around by a combative doctor. A bad doctor is worse than no doctor at all. 

5. Have pain relief on hand

The inflammation and separation process often requires some pain relief. Zen Pain Drops are a quick and natural solution to apply before salving, and at any other time you have discomfort. Zen Treatment Balm is good for mild discomfort, and will help reduce any bleeding – which is rare. 

6. Treat one spot at a time

Only apply to one lesion, and wait till it has healed before treating other areas. The process can be painful. Apply the salve on a clean area, no larger than one inch or 2.4cm in diameter.

Do not reapply repeatedly. Once is usually enough. Reapplication may be necessary after one week IF the reaction stops.  

Do not use any other products or ointments on the lesion, except for moisture if you feel it’s necessary. Hydrogen peroxide is not helpful. Save healing or soothing preparations for the healing phase. 

7. Wait…

Covering the treated area with a dressing is optional, and a practical consideration. Non stick dressings are best, held in place with a tubigrip, cohesive bandage, soft sock, etc.

It’s best not to put balms or oils on the eschar, but use them round the edges to soothe the skin. “Dry” treatments work faster and cleaner. 

Wait for the core or eschar to fall out. Do not scratch, dig or pull. It’s tempting I know, like a loose tooth! It may take a few days, or it may take weeks to resolve. It does not always form a scab; some tumors come out as a soft lump. 

8. Size of the growth

Salve works best with small spots. Many lesions may be pea sized or smaller when they come out. Some are more advanced, larger and deeper, and their shapes vary. Size of the cavity will depend on the size of the eschar. Healing time will vary with the size of the growth, and the individual’s health. Look at the Success Stories to see others’ experiences. 

9. Healing

Once treatment is finished, clean and dress the area regularly. Keep the wound moist and covered for quickest possible healing, and to minimize scarring. Use a natural balm such as Zen Balm or Aloe vera gel for good results. If it contains DMSO it will help minimize any scar tissue.  

10. Resalve?

There are different opinions about resalving the open wound when “white roots” are visible. I did this myself when I had melanoma, but feel that conservative treatment is usually best. Wait until the area has completely healed before trying again. 

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