I am a Florida girl. I spend A LOT of time in the sun. Some people (my husband, my mom, my sister) would probably say TOO much time in the sun, but I can't help it. It recharges me. I feel my best when I've got a nice tan, and enjoy feeling the sun's rays on my skin.
In 2000 I had a pretty big skin cancer removed from my upper left thigh. It left a pretty nasty scar. But even that hasn't prevented me from going in the sun.
In early May I was putting my nightly moisturizer on my face and was rubbing it in near my temple. That's when I felt something raised that I hadn't felt before. I had my husband take a peek at it, and he said it looked like a precancerous mole. It was raised, irregular in shape, and about the size of a pencil eraser.
I told him I'd make a call to the dermatologist and get it looked it and that's when he mentioned that he had some Bloodroot with Zinc Oxide and did I trust him? Ummmm....is this a trick question? Of course I trust him. But what did bloodroot have to do with my new mole?
Bloodroot is a plant. People use the underground stem (rhizome) to make medicine. James used it to treat a "tumor" that he had growing on the top of his head. It was a pretty deep, gnarly looking mess during his treatment. But it went away.
But did I trust him to allow him to apply it to my FACE? I figured it was worth a shot. If I went to the doctor they'd likely remove it and leave a scar, so why not try a homeopathic treatment and stay in the comfort of my own home? So that's what I did.
The bloodroot James ordered gave premade as a salve. Dr. Andrew Weil, a renowned naturopathic physician, recommends the application of bloodroot-based pastes to eliminate skin tags. According to Dr. Weil, these "caustic products trigger inflammation at the base of the skin tag. The tag then turns white due to loss of circulation, then falls off. Weil reports that this procedure usually causes minimal scarring and no damage to surrounding tissue. Nevertheless, the use of any herbal salve is controversial within mainstream medical circles."
James applied the bloodroot paste directly to my mole. He then covered the area with a bandage, and had me change the bandage a few times each day. Each time you change the bandage, you should wash the area with hydrogen peroxide and then re-apply the bloodroot paste. James had me do this treatment for a maximum of three days to prevent serious side effects. The zinc oxide is very caustic and can cause serious burns to the skin, so you MUST be careful, but it's also key to the removal. You need both the bloodroot and the zinc oxide for the treatment to be the most effective.
3 days after the treatment I had him snap a photo because I couldn't see what it looked like in the mirror. I was horrified at what I saw. But he assured me that this was normal, and that I should keep it moist with Vitamin E oil at ALL times, and also keep it covered. He wanted me to keep a scab from forming and the the Vitamin E oil would help with that.
Fast forward to today. My mole is GONE. I had no scarring. I had NO PAIN during the treatment. It was easy, and done in the comfort of my own home.
Here's a before/after pic to show you what it looked like during treatment, and what it looks like today!
I am VERY HAPPY with the results.
Would I do it again? YES. But let me caution you. THIS IS DANGEROUS. You would NEVER want to do this on your nose, or your ears, or any other area of your body that contains cartilage. There have been numerous reports of severe scarring and burns from the use of cancer salves.
I am not a physician. My husband is not a physician. But we are researchers, and we thought that this was the best course of action for this mole, at this time. It's a case by case basis. If you decide to remove one of your moles using bloodroot, do YOUR research to determine if it's the best treatment for YOU. Seek expert evaluation if you are uncertain about the nature of your skin problems.
Have you ever used a homeopathic treatment? Did it work?