Other Therapeutic Uses for Cansema® Salves & Tonic /
Conditions for Which Escharotics Should Not Be Used

When we began our journey selling escharotic preparations in 1990, the focus of our work was on various cancer cell types. As we make clear in Chapter 1 of Meditopia, our first product was a topical salve we would later call Cansema, the latest incarnation of a formulary art that we were able to trace back 500 years. (Note: We use the word Cansema® to define our escharotic black salves because it us our U.S. registered trademark. However, we use a variety of labels around the world for this product, for legal and jurisdictional purposes.)
We also knew from the beginning that variations of this formula could be used to effectively treat internal cancers. Many of our customers reported miraculous changes when they ate the Salve internally. However, to accommodate internal use, we eventually created a tonic for internal use.
Over the years, our customers have used Cansema® Salves and Tonic to successfully treat a wide variety of conditions. The purpose of this web page is to report those conditions for which these products have been reported to have success. These reports are anecdotal. They have not been verified with any rigorous clinical studies. They are reported as a basis for further research. Additionally, you may be prosecuted in certain countries (primarily the major Western countries) for even repeating this information. [Notice for U.S. consumers: The comments on this page are made for research and investigative purposes. No product mentioned herein is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease in your jurisdiction.]
Conversely, we have had customers who have used Cansema® Salves & Tonics to treat various conditions in which neither product has provided any efficacy. Even if anecdotal, we feel it is just as important to report what customers have said about these products as it pertains to their non-performance with specific conditions. This information is provided below, together with product names and links that are better suited in the treatment of these conditions.

Medicinal Indications
Below are common uses of Cansema® -- completely legal in many jurisdictions. Note that we provide links to Wikipedia for general definition of terms, in the event the reader is unfamiliar with the condition listed. Listing here is, more or less, ranked with most important conditions first:
  • Skin Cancers -- primarily basal, squamous, and merkel cell carcinomas; melanoma. There are hundreds of testimonials (mostly human, though some veterinary) which are viewable in the Cansema testimonial section that validate this empirical observation.
  • Internal Cancers -- To gain a sense of the broad range of internal cancers that escharotics can successfully address, again, peruse the listings in the Cansema testimonial section.
  • Actinic Keratosis -- [Note : the treatment of AK, in most cases, often requires more applications than it does with skin cancers]. To see a pictorial of Cansema working on a diagnosed case of AK, click on Appendix F.
  • Sebaceous Cysts
  • Phyllodes Tumors
  • Mastocytomas -- Strangely, the majority of reports we have had on mast cell tumors come from vet cases. (Mastocytomas affect both humans and most species of mammal).
  • Bacterial Skin Infections -- By way of example, see Case #112813 (Trench Foot).
  • Warts -- These include common (verruca vulgaris), flat (verruca plana), mosiac, and plantar (verruca plantaris). We do not recommend that escharotics be used to address genital warts, because of the sensitivity of the location and the fact that, on average, more applications are needed to completely remove warts than is required to remove skin cancers of the same size.

Medical Conditions for Which Escharotics Are Not Indicated
Below we list conditions for which escharotics, whether ours or someone else's, should not be used for either treatment or experimentation purposes on account of established non-performance for these indications, or inappropriate use. This list covers the most common conditions and is not intended or represented as being all-inclusive. In this section, the conditions are listed alphabetically:
  • Acne -- Contraindicated. Escharotics are too aggressive for acne and can even make it worse. We have other products that treat acne gently and are very effective in a majority of cases, most notably Calcium Sulfate Hydronium Solution (H3O).
  • Angiomas -- Not reactive to angiomas.
  • Birthmarks -- Same comment as liver/age spots.
  • Boils -- the most common etiology is the bacteria, staphlococcal bacteria. Cansema will clear out the bacteria, but because there is nowhere nearly the data for boils that we have for skin cancer, we do not advise that the Salve be indicated for boils.
  • Burns -- Contraindicated. Will aggravate the healing of the burn.
  • Carbuncles -- Again, we're usually dealing with a bacterial infection. Not indicated for the same reason as "boils' above.
  • Cosmetic Applications -- No escharotic that we know of should be used for cosmetic purposes. A single application is frequently used by practitioners to "test" suspicious growths, and this is particularly common in the third world where biopsies are unavailable or not in use. However, escharotics are contraindicated for repeated applications where diseased tissue has not been previously confirmed.
  • Dermatitis -- Cansema® will kill the bacteria that is the moset common etiology, but it's more aggressive than is necessary to do the job.
  • Diabetic ulcers -- This is not something that any escharotic preparations are designed to address. It's contraindicated. Don't do it.
  • Lipomas -- (Note: A few customers have reported success with one or more lipomas; however, instances of non-performance outweigh the positive reports.)
  • Liver / age spots -- It's not contraindicated, as such, but it doesn't work, so don't do it.
  • Mycosis -- As naturopaths, there are other things we use to address fungal infections. Additionally, although Cansema® will kill fungal infections on the skin (tinea pedum, versicolor, corporis, etc.), it does so with an unnecessary aggressiveness, whereas other established remedies (i.e. Lugol's Iodine), are more gentle and in many cases more thorough. When it comes to fungal infections, escharotics are the wrong tool for the job, generally speaking.
  • Pilonidal diseae -- It's not a malignancy and will not cure the condition.
  • Scars -- particularly keloids, about which we receive a great many inquiries. Scars should never be treated with an escharotic salve -- ours, or anybody else's. Instead, use the OmniPatch for this.
  • Staph infections -- Cansema® will usually get rid of the infection effectively, but in the major of applications, this is akin to shooting a mouse with an elephant gun. The response is appropriate for skin cancer, but, in our view, is excessive to what is required to get rid of a simple staph infection.
When in Question . . .
If you have more specific questions not covered above on this subject, please email us.

Cathryn Caton, N.D.
Alpha Omega Labs
Guayaquil, Ecuador
May 25, 2015