Black Salve: Folk Remedy for Cancer

Please Note:
No claims can be legally made about Black Salve. This instructional document has been prepared as a narration of what users have reported to be the most effective way to use the salve as a folk remedy, and their results. It is not intended to be a report of scientific studies and it is not offered as endorsed by the AMA or the FDA.

Historical Background

In 1890, Tom McCrorey was diagnosed by physicians as having incurable, cancerous tumors on his neck. They refused to operate, not wanting to risk his jugular vein. Tom said he paid attention to a repeated dream that came to him about how to make a medicine to cure himself. He obtained the elements and herbs for the medicine from some gypsies traveling through Texas at the time, mixed up a black salve and applied it to his tumors. In less than a month, Tom was healed and went on to live another 70 years. Over his lifetime, he was a preacher, rancher, doctor, farmer and sheriff under Judge Parker, loving with a strength that became legendary. Tom kept the formula for the black salve to himself, except for sharing it with an old friend. After Tom’s long life, his son, Howard, and grandson, Mickey, sought out the old friend who taught them how to make the salve.

Howard McCrorey, attempting to make the black salve available to everyone, started a company in the 1960’s. The company had some tests done on the Salve in the early 70’s at the University of Colorado, to discover more about it. The Veterinarian College at Ft. Collins tested the Salve on all viruses known at the time. They discovered that the Salve killed those known viruses on contact. They discovered that with one application, sarcoids on horses (similar to skin cancer) had an 80% cure and with two applications, they achieved 100% cure. For many years, the Salve had been used to cure eye cancer in cows, save herds of calves from early viral diseases, treat sarcoids on horses and to treat abnormal tissue growths in all kinds of pets. For years, by word of mouth, ranchers, homesteaders and folks of the rodeo circuits used it on external cancer, tumors and growths on themselves. Some successfully treated gangrene and even leprosy in situations far from towns and doctors.

Tom’s son, Howard McCrorey, was the first to use the Salve internally. He had been diagnosed as having stomach cancer in the 1960’s. After he checked himself in the hospital for surgery the night before, he took the first dose of the Salve in a capsule without telling his doctors. The next morning they postponed his surgery because he was running a fever which continued for several days. On the fifth day, Howard said he passed a large quantity of black, vile smelling feces – apparently the growth itself. When the doctors took x-rays, they discovered that the cancerous growth was gone. Howard went on to live another 25 years, without recurring stomach cancer. He later used the Salve to cure himself of bone cancer in the 80’s. During his life, Howard Provided the Salve to thousands of people who had heard of it by word of mouth. He accepted donations from those who could afford it to cover the costs of the ingredients and his time in preparing and shipping the salve. In his seventies, Howard got caught in a blizzard and died of pneumonia. Several close relatives carried on his work with the Salve.

The Recipe

  • 25% Galangal root powder (3 tablespoons)
  • 25% Bloodroot powder (3 tablespoons)
  • 50% Zinc Chloride (6 tablespoons)

Set Zinc Chloride in a bowl (uncovered) to liquefy. Depending on heat and humidity, it may take 1 1/2 to 4 days. Then add the remaining herbs and stir thoroughly. It will be thin at first, but will thicken up.

Topical Use

Black Salve is not a gentle healer. In many reported cases, it is a relentless substance which hunts down and penetrates all abnormal tissue. Pain, swelling and sometimes fever is associated during its rise. Animals seem to mind it less than people. In almost all cases, there was reported re-growth of either healthy tissue or scar tissue. More than half the people who have used Black Salve have reported that they ended with a moderate or heavy scar when they used it externally on their skin. If scarring cannot be tolerated on the face or elsewhere, consider this: Vitamin E ointment and castor oil to help with the healing of the skin. (Willard Water and CS kept covered and soaked in cotton for approximately 10 days will eliminate any scar tissue. -Tracy)

The following are recommendations based on what the majority of users have found so far to be effective. These recommendations describe the absolute MINIMUM doses that people have found to be effective. It cannot be stressed enough that Black Salve is very potent. Do not assume that if a little works more will be better. Use the smallest doses possible and increase only if it truly seems necessary more will possibly extend the healing period much longer than necessary. Everyone is different, so proceed cautiously. This salve will cause a burning sensation if there is cancer present, none if not. Begin with a small amount of salve on ONE cancer and follow the directions. DO NOT OVER DO IT! Some people are able to remove several cancers at once. Others cannot.

You will want to learn your own tolerance for this burning sensation, as well as how quickly your body is able to remove the toxins which will be released, so begin slowly. Once you have established what is comfortable for you, clean the area and place a liberal amount of salve on the affected area. Cover with a bandage and leave it alone for 24 hours. If cancer is present, you will feel a burning sensation and a white scab will begin to form. If it is not, there should be no significant effect. If the pain is too severe, then only leave the salve on for eight hours, wash it off with hydrogen peroxide and cover with vitamin E ointment and cover with a bandage. Smaller areas can be taken care of in less than 1 hour. Remove the bandage at the end of 24 hours and rinse thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide (food grade is best) on a cotton ball or Q-tip. After cleaning, cover well with a softening salve, vitamin E oil or ointment, or castor oil.

If it is burning you may want to use Nature’s Way Black Ointment. If you feel that you should apply another layer of the salve, it is OK, just follow the above directions. Then after 24 hours, clean again with peroxide and keep bandaged. Twice a day (morning and evening), clean the edges to keep them loose and free of pus. Do not let a hard scab form. Five to seven days should show the core loosening up and trying to work its way out. Swelling will most likely occur and the cancer will be painful and or itchy. This is the normal reaction. The growth will change color after the first day and may even become “dead white.” There will sometimes be pus as the body rejects the mass, just keep it clean. Keep changing the bandage and cleaning the area until healed.

More than two applications do not seem to be necessary for external growths. More applications cause increased pain and longer healing time. DO NOT TRY TO PULL IT OUT OR FORCE IT IN ANY WAY. THE ROOTS MUST COME OUT OR DISSOLVE. LET IT DO IT’S OWN THING. IT WILL COME OUT. BE PATIENT’. After the core comes out, you will have a hole in your flesh and you may even see muscle, but it likely won’t bleed. This is normal. Keep it clean, soft and bandaged until the core area is filled in and new skin is formed. Colloidal silver can also be used before you put a new bandage on. This will help keep any infection from developing.

Internal Use

What is reported here is the result of informal trial and error on the part of many nonprofessional folks intent on healing themselves or their animals. What follows has been gleaned from letters and interviews with users over 30 years, which means it is based on experience but is by no means complete. Internal cancers of all known body zones have dissolved under the onslaught of Black Salve. Black Salve hunts down and kills abnormal tissue wherever it is.

The following are known examples:

  • Colon cancer and uterine cancer have been healed with not only the internal dosing described below, but by also using enemas or douche, of one quart water, to which was added one full “dried pea” volume of salve.
  • Brain cancer should be monitored by a professional because of the swelling that will occur. It may have to he relieved by a surgical hole being placed in the skull to relieve the pressure.
  • Breast cancer has been healed with internal and eternal applications.
  • Emphysema, AIDS and viruses also seem to come under subjection to Black Salve.

Specific Directions

For the first 20 days, use a nonmetal utensil to lift out enough salve to make a ball HALF the size of a dried pea. Pack the half pea dose into a gelatin capsule and swallow it after you have eaten a meal! It is somewhat acidic, having a pH like vinegar, and could make you nauseated if you take on an empty stomach. It is best to use wood or plastic utensils when handling it. For 20 days, take this dose each morning after breakfast and each evening after dinner. In other words; take Black Salve for 20 days, twice a day, always on a full stomach.


Lymphomas, such as appear on the neck or arm, may change from the texture of a hard lump to rather soft, pliable, even squishy area. During the first 20 days you may continuously run a low fever. Sweat, urine and feces may take on offensive odor and be darker than usual. At the 20 day mark, it is wise to have a competent physician take a biopsy, or test your cancer for malignancy. For many, but not all people, the test reveals that the cancerous tissue is dead, but present.

After the first 20 days, during which the salve has built a great deal of zinc into your system, it is prudent to take a complete five day break from the salve. During these five days, you may wish to double you doses of vitamins and minerals. This helps balance the system. If you think the illness or growth may still be somewhat present, you may take the salve for a second 20 day period, just as directed above. If needed, up to four can be done. After you have completed the internal use, supplement your diet with vitamins and minerals, fresh clean filtered water, organic veggies and fruit. This helps the healing and the rebuilding of your health. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Take extra vitamin C! IV vitamin C is best.



Black salve may be purchased from Choice Alternative Products. 412-716-8262. http://www.cancersalves.com

One ounce sells for $30.00. Four for $74.00. One ounce is more than sufficient for most applications. On basal-cell carcinoma skin cancers, I’ve found it only takes an hour or two for the salve to work, removing the excess with a Q-tip and 3% H2O2, and then you wait five days for the eschar to fall off. The salve will penetrate up to one inch into the skin and if taken internally, it will seek out the cancer and destroy it. The last volunteer took one capsule as directed every four hours beginning at 8am and ending at 8pm every day. Using a drawing poultice (marijuana, comfrey and castor oil on a sanitary napkin kept on wet and in place with an Ace Bandage.

An extract of the herbs can also be used to soak the napkin.) to draw out the dead cancer cells through the stomach area which had outlined his entire intestinal tract, it took 11 days to kill off the metastasized cancer. Should one use this with brain cancer, it is imperative that a surgeon drill a small hole through the skull so as to release the pressure caused by the burning of the cancer cells. There is no pain involved with the internal burning of the cancer like there is when used topically. This method of ridding one of cancer especially if it has metastasized is not only the fastest, but one of the safest and painless ways.

There are other version of the Black Salve (Cansema) that people have made:

1/2 cup powdered Blood Root (Sanguinaria Canadensis)
1/2 cup Zinc Chloride, crystals or liquid
1/2 cup common white flour
1 1/2 cup warm water
100ml Chaparral extract or 100gm of powdered Chaparral (Larrea mexicana)


1 tablespoon each of powdered bloodroot and polk root
1 tablespoon zinc chloride
DMSO (5 drops per 4 ounces of salve)
1 tablespoon charcoal (optional)
Vitamin A, 10,000 IU (more vitamin A can be added up to 200,000 IU
Pine tar (one teaspoon to one tablespoon)
Pascalite clay.