Bloodroot Pet Cancer Treatments

Bloodroot Cancer TreatmentHistory of  Bloodroot Cancer Treatments

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) has a long history of use dating back to early Native Americans using it as a dye, emetic, wart, and tumor treatment.  Traditionally, herbalists have used it for treating conditions like warts, ringworm, fungal infections, and sore throats. More recently, bloodroot has gained recognition for its effectiveness in treating skin tags and cancer.

Bloodroot is an herb that is commonly found growing in southern areas of the United States. The alkaloids found in this herb are chelarythrine, protopine, and sanguinarine. Sanguinarine is the most important of these alkaloids when bloodroot is being used as a dog cancer treatment.

The herb Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadanesis) is called so because of the reddish sap that oozes out of the root when broken.

Neoplasene Bloodroot Pet Cancer Treatments

Our clinic uses a bloodroot derivative of Neoplasene as a treatment for mast cell tumors.

Neoplasene is not “bloodroot” per se, but is an isolate of some of the active ingredients in bloodroot. It functions by causing cancer cells to die through the process of apoptosis.  Apoptosis is programmed cell death– the normal process of cells destroying themselves. Cancer occurs when apoptosis doesn’t occur often enough. The lack of apoptosis causes the old, sick, and damaged cells to collect and become cancer.

Neoplasene compounds are available in a topical, oral, and injectable form and are formulated from bloodroot extract, halogens, and water. Neoplasene is red in color when it is originally formulated but then turns black as it ages. Neoplasene compounds are most often used on carcinomas, sarcoids, and other malignant and/or viral tissue. It is applied directly to tumors and growths then covered with coated gauze. After topical treatment, it is recommended that the compounds be taken orally.

The following are some research documents that explain how Bloodroot (Neoplasene) works to treat cancer.

“Indian Mud” Bloodroot Cancer Treatments

“Indian Mud” is a lay name for some of the various types of salves and pastes in which the main ingredient is bloodroot. Some other names for these salves and pastes are Black Salves, Bloodroot Paste, Red Salves, Eschar Black Salves, and Compound X. The main ingredient in all of these salves and pastes is bloodroot, usually in combination with a caustic such as zinc chloride. These types of cancer salves have a long history of use, dating back to the 1800’s and were use to treat all types of skin cancers and breast cancer. These salves are applied topically to tumors and will cause disintegration of the tumor.  Application technique and recommendations vary depending upon the particular bloodroot/escharotic combination used.

Xxterra Bloodroot Pet Cancer Treatments

Xxterra is a herbal formulation made of bloodroot powder and Zinc chloride solution. The two are combined and stirred until they become a smooth brown paste. Xxterra is used to treat skin tumors in horses. The brown paste is applied to the tumor every day until swelling and a superficial wound appears. A scab will form, which is to be left alone to fall off. Sometimes the Xxterra treatment will need to be repeated to totally eliminate the skin tumor.

Contraindications, Side Effects, and Interactions of Bloodroot Pet Cancer Treatments

Bloodroot pet cancer treatments should not be used during pregnancy because bloodroot has been shown to cause uterine contractions. Bloodroot has been shown to cause corneal ulcers and should be kept away from the eyes. Nausea has been a reported side effect of some bloodroot pet cancer treatments.

Read The Pet Owner’s Guide to Dog Cancer


Please note that the information in this article is not intended to replace the services of qualified healthcare professionals. We recommended seeing a licensed veterinarian to assist in the care of your pet when trying herbal remedies and cancer treatments.


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