Vets are Allowed to Make Claims for Bloodroot Products …
And although the compounds work in exactly the same way for humans, herbalists are not permitted to make any claims about the way Bloodroot removes cancers. Ed.
“Bloodroot compounds are a valuable veterinary medicine… However, at this time no claims can be made in reference to bloodroot products removing cancers from humans, and the FDA prohibits selling bloodroot salve for human use.”
I was recently contacted by a woman who uses a bloodroot salve (which sells for over $100.00 an ounce), to remove horses’ sarcoids. She wanted to know if the salve she treated her horses with was similar to the bloodroot salve sold by Zenith Herbal. (She was asking because she had used the “horse salve” to remove a lesion on her own body, and was amazed at her success. But she did not wish to continue paying over $100 for the product when she found that ours cost 65% less).
This woman’s intuition was correct. The vet salve and the bloodroot salve offered by Zenith Herbal are very similar. Each contains bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) and zinc chloride salt.
I was reminded how veterinarians may legally sell black or bloodroot salve. They may also legally state the truth – that it will remove cancers, and not harm normal skin!
Bloodroot Salve for Animals
The description of the action of xxterra on one site states that it “stimulate[s] the host’s immune system and result[s] in an immune rejection reaction of the sarcoid.” It goes on to say that the salve “is not harmful to normal flesh.”
Teresa Garden, DVM, writes about another bloodroot product approved for use in treating animals, Neoplasene, which is sold as a topical salve, injection, and oral liquid. She describes how it “destroy[s] the cell membrane of malignant cells, [causing] necrosis and inhibition of proliferation of neoplasms…while at the same time sparing healthy cells and tissues.”
The necrosis she describes causes the “eschar.” Ms Garden also states how bloodroot inhibits metastases (spreading of the cancer).
The Double Standard
Research suggests that half of dogs and cats over 10 years old have cancer, even if it is not detected by their owners or vets. Bloodroot compounds are a valuable veterinary medicine. They have been used thousands of times to treat cancer in animals, and are marketed for that purpose.
However, no claims can be made in reference to bloodroot products removing cancers from humans, and the FDA prohibits selling bloodroot salve for human use.