A Botanical Approach to Treatment
My book on botanical escharotic treatments
of cancer evolved from fairly simple notes based on the experiences
of the people who make the products and a few historic sources.
Eventually, I found the time to pursue fairly extensive research
on the most prominent doctors who used escharotics in their
practices, dating back to the 17th century. I also collected
dozens of formulae and listened to the stories of many people
who used the salves successfully, including medical doctors
who used the black and yellow salves on recurrences of their
own breast cancers.
The introductory section on the history of
the salves is followed by a discussion of the various escharotic
approachesthere are manyand my own sense as to
how and why the salves work as they do. Then, there are some
testimonials, some historic, some modern, and a few case histories,
again some older and some more recent.
Besides presenting a fairly comprehensive
overview of the salves, I address the major frustrations faced
by patients who attempt to use the salve without supervision
from a health care professional. The primary issue is how to
interpret the dramatic changes occurring at the treatment site.
To aid patients, I have added color pictures and diagrams.
I also offer some suggestions that may reduce the pain and
scarring normally accompanying the use of bloodroot pastes.
The book contains material useful to medical
herbalists and health care professionals who might want to
become more familiar with this treatment. There is a brief
discussion of some of the properties of the major herbs used
in cancer treatment. There are also nearly 100 recipes, my
gift, and hopefully the end of greed surrounding the use of
formulae by individuals who considered themselves rather than
My personal philosophy of
healing can be found interspersed throughout the book and heavily
on this site. More importantly, the book contains three different
sets of instructions for use of escharotics, for bandaging,
and for poulticing the treatment sites, each based on the methods
of the practitioners advocating the particular strategies. The
book is extremely thorough, cautious, and hopefully helpful
both to those seeking relief for their conditions as well as
practitioners searching for meaningful options for the cancer