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Cancer Salves: A Botanical Approach to Treatment

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Many experts throughout history have regarded cancer salves and pastes as the most thorough, safe, and efficacious way to treat cancer, especially skin and breast cancers but also cancers of other organs. In this book, Ingrid Naiman meticulously traces the use of such products in ancient India and by Hildegard of Bingen, Native Americans, and modern physicians. She provides detailed instructions for making and using the salves, a fair comparison of the pros and cons, and eight pages of full color pictures showing responses to the products. Visit her Cancer Salves site for more information, answers to frequently asked questions, and a checklist for people facing cancer.
Weight 31 oz
Dimensions 10 × 9 × 1 in

Ingrid Naiman


Seventh Ray Press

3 reviews for Cancer Salves: A Botanical Approach to Treatment

  1. Ingrid

    Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients:
    The Revival of a Botanical Treatment for Cancer

    Review by Irene Alleger October, 1999

    From her 25 years of experience in counseling cancer patients and eight years of scholarly research on the subject, Ingrid Naiman has written an astonishing book on an almost forgotten cancer treatment, escharotic salves. She has an unusually broad holistic view of healing, offering seminars on medical herbalism in her practice, music therapy, and spiritual aspects of healing. She believes that “cancer is a disease of congestion in the experiential realm.” Suppression of feelings has been mentioned by a number of researchers into the cause(s) of cancer. Thus, while she supports appropriate physical measures to treat cancer, Naiman also cautions the cancer patient/reader to dig deeper, into the spiritual realm for the real cause. Part 1 of Cancer Salves provides an historical overview, beginning with Hildegard of Bingen, 12th century, and her violet salve, to New World herbs used by Native Americans, and the doctors who used them in the 1800s, and on to Harry Hoxsey, the most famous of the later proponents of herbal salves for cancer. Types of salves are described, with an overview of how the escharotics work, and a detailed description of what reactions occur from the moment the salve is applied. Drawing salves and healing salves are often used once all signs of malignancy have disappeared.

    An important section – the herbs used in cancer salves – shows bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis, to be the most commonly used herb in escharotic salves, although many other herbs have also been used with apparent success, such as violets, red onions, goldenseal, poke root, red clover blossoms, blue flag, galangal, lobelia seeds, red sandalwood, cayenne, wood sorrel, and white oak bark. The author’s discussion of the detoxifying effects of some internal formulations, used in conjunction with the external salves, including the mechanism of inflammation and fever in combating cancer, is wide ranging, eclectic, and authoritative.

    Part 2 of Cancer Salves is a discussion of the pros and cons of using the salves, comparisons with surgery, levels of pain experienced by users of the salves, and diagnostic test. Some of the most compelling evidence for the use of the escharotic salves is related to the well-noted and discouraging tendency for cancer to recur. Conventional oncologists often take a wide measure of healthy tissue in an attempt to “get it all,” whereas the escharotic causes a separation between the necretized cancerous tissue and healthy tissue (enucleation), with a clear demarcation. Using the escharotics to clearly define the extent of the tumor, allowed a modern physician, Frederic Mohs, MD to combine this approach with microsurgery to achieve complete excision of the cancer. As noted in the Testimonials and Case Histories section, and as might be expected, very little diagnostic information of case histories were kept until Mohs published his Chemosurgery in cancer, gangrene and infections in 1956. This is certainly the most professional presentation of data on salve use, but it deals with a single technique, applied in more or less the same manner. Author Naiman is also a medical anthropologist and therefore recognizes the value of the small “human” nuances that clinical investigators often ignore. This additional insight is badly needed in the current mode of cancer treatment. The well-documented case histories presented, beginning with a dramatic case of Hoxsey’s, are invaluable, both to the cancer patient/reader, and to practitioners. Here the clinical details of the step-by-step process are repeated over and over, and, no doubt about it, the results are reproducible, and often the course of treatment is no more than a few weeks. In part 3, The Methods are looked at, spanning the work of John Pattison, MD (1866), Dr. Eli Jones (1911), and Dr. John Christopher (detailed in The Layman’s Course on Killing Cancer by Sam Biser). These practitioners also emphasized diet, and used internal botanicals along with the external salves. Homeopathics were also used adjunctively. These chapters contain instructions for use of enucleating escharotic products (not recommended for tumors that are fast-growing nor for those that have metastasized). Naiman advises: “Health care professionals will want to study the various methods carefully so as to acquire insights into the nuances of treatment. Patients are advised to read Chapters VII and VIII (The Methods), for generalities and to study Chapter IX (Understanding Choices) thoroughly before commencing use of any product similar to those described in this book.” Here, and elsewhere in Cancer Salves, Naiman clarifies her position on self-treatment: “.in lay hands, the use of a single salve, such as a Compound X formula, is only appropriate for relatively small basal cell carcinomas.” For deeper tumors, she advises the cancer patient to seek out a practitioner skilled in the use of escharotics-there are a few in the US, and several clinics in Mexico use salves similar to Hoxsey’s. The author also states “.we know that chemotherapy is not the miracle humanity had hoped, that surgery is maiming, and radiation may cause secondary cancers. Patients are entitled to alternatives.the salves are reasonable alternatives to the procedures and protocols offered by modern science. If used properly.they do not have harmful side effects. Moreover, they can often be used in situations that are regarded as hopeless, for example, cases in which the tumors are inoperable.” There is a noteworthy effect (sure to interest all naturopaths) found in the descriptions of the sloughing of the necrotized tumor and the consequent drainage. There is speculation that any site on the body where an escharotic salve is used may drain toxins and cancerous material from the entire body. There is a consistent philosophy as well, among the early cancer doctors, of using herbs internally to change the milieu, particularly acidity. The Appendices are an important part of this book as they describe, in considerable detail, the major anti-cancer herbs, and the exact formulae used by well-known practitioners of natural medicine. The medicinal effects of herbs are not in question; yet cancer patients are not advised of these alternatives to admittedly ineffective and maiming standard treatments for cancer. A cancer patient once asked the author why AIDS patients demonstrate and cancer patients “go like lambs to the slaughter.” Cancer Salves is a book cancer patients desperately need today-a clinically confirmed, effective, alternative therapy. Since escharotic salves are used primarily for skin cancers (carcinomas and melanomas) and breast tumors, I wondered, as I read the stories of patients who had the fortitude and perseverance to seek out alternatives to chemo and surgery (and are therefore still alive to tell their story), how many breast cancer patients in the US are even aware of this effective cancer treatment? How many cancer patients must die before they have been given a fair chance at surviving cancer?

    Cancer Salves is an extraordinary book; one of the most hopeful for the cancer patient, that I have read. I think if I were diagnosed with cancer tomorrow, one of the first things I would do is call for a consultation with this cancer counselor.

  2. Ingrid

    Reviewer: Bruce Boatner — from San Diego, CA. December 6, 1999

    When I heard of a woman who had pancreatic cancer and who had been sent home to die, but had managed to save herself with these salves (self-administered under the guidance of a Naturopath), I was incredulous. I was told she actually had the growths in jars and was always happy to share her story with others who might benefit.

    I made a point of meeting the woman and found her the picture of health, running a vibrant business, working harder than any of the men under her employ. She showed me the jars containing some evil-looking growths. She showed me an unusual scar where the cancer had exited her side. She told me how much it had hurt and how hard it was to kick the morphine they had her on in the hospital. And she told me of other “terminals” who had survived. I got to know this woman well and I trust her implicitly. When I got the book “Cancer Salves” and showed it to her, she was ecstatic. Somebody had finally gotten it in print! How brave! The value of the internet is that you have access to information that would otherwise be banned. With the bad (pornography, etc.) comes the good – voices long silenced by the heavy hand of institutional authority – facts about effective cancer cures that have saved many lives. Search the web for the life history of Royal Raymond Rife. Get the video “Hoxsey – The Quack(?) Who Cured Cancer” (Also renamed “Hoxsey – How Healing Becomes A Crime”).

    Make up your own mind, however incredible it all may sound at first. And get this book while you still can! Many less-threatening items have been banned by the AMA/FDA. If one out of every four people in America will get cancer, this may save you or someone you love. Knowledge is power.

  3. Ingrid


    Dr Ingrid Naiman’s book, Cancer Salves, is the best work I’ve ever been honored to review. The book is simply beautiful, in presentation, scholarliness, and integrity.

    Dr Naiman has been awarded not one, but two honorary PhDs for her work. The book is a testament to that work.

    Cancer Salves is at once, a reference book, an historical narrative, and a guide to those whose options seem limited. A cancer diagnosis is a horrible scare, for most people. One’s life is suddenly upside down and inside out, and even if the outcome is successful, life is never again the same.

    Conventional therapies are injurious. I have met only one person who has successfully beaten cancer using these therapies who is not scarred for life, in some respects.

    Dr Naiman’s prose is precious. She is a delight to read. And though I try not to look at what others have said of a book or author before writing my own review, Ralph Moss points out that most writing on unconventional therapies is usually partisan (I know mine is) but that “Dr Naiman’s approach is temperate, scholarly, and wise.” This is something I found on every page. She’s treated many cancer patients in her career, some who’ve not made it, many who came to her after being beat up by the conventional system, and many who came to her too late. Yet her writing has such a light, nonjudgmental quality about it, I can only picture the good doctor in my mind’s eye as already having earned her wings.

    Dr Naiman presents us with the history of cancer treatment. She’s done her homework. She then presents to her readers the salves that have come down to us through history, how well they worked or didn’t, how they’ve been modified over the years, and how they can work today.

    She then presents us with color photos of salves working; not recommended for the squeamish.

    If chemo is difficult to undergo, using salves is no picnic either. They are not an option to be taken lightly. Dr Naiman gives the reader the pros and cons to help make a difficult decision. Her approach to “alternative medicine” is sober, compassionate, and responsible.

    The most remarkable facet to this text book is the cliché often applied to works of fiction: it’s hard to put down. The story, the writing, and the presentation will take hold of your attention and carry you far beyond the scope of mere text. If my own brother were to call me telling me he’d been diagnosed with cancer, to take his mind off of his horrible diagnosis, I’d buy him a copy of this book. Dr Naiman is not just an alternative healer, she is a true magician; her gentle style draws us away from the misery of cancer and into the realm of health and healing.

    If you are lost and need a hand, Dr Naiman’s book, Cancer Salves is offering you that gentle, guiding hand right now. I highly recommend this book to all my readers.

    To get your copy now, you need point your browser to http://www.cancersalves.com. Her site is, like her book, quite thorough. I was humbled by her page called, My Beliefs in which she describes the spirituality that has led her to healing. She is a truly beautiful person, as you will see in this quotation from that page:

    I subscribe to the doctrine of harmlessness. It is for this reason that I cannot embrace modern medicine. I cannot accept medicine that intrudes morbid substances into the body, that uses toxic chemicals to treat illnesses, that causes side effects that are sometimes more horrible than the original illness. I also cannot accept a system of medicine that has been founded on cruel experiments on innocent animals. I do not believe that my well being requires the suffering of any other creature—and I cannot deviate from this belief and still hope to function as a soul.

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