An Australian man created an inch-wide hole in his head after he applied a black salve ointment that he thought would help treat his skin cancer.
After applying the ointment for four months, a small hole developed on the side of his head and he admitted himself to a local hospital. Doctors were shocked when he entered the ward.
Initially, doctors believed they would have to operate, but the man was sent home with orders to tend the wound. It healed after three months.
The man admitted that he had applied Black salve to his head, which is an alternative type of medicine derived from bloodroot and mixed with zinc chloride. The mixture generally has a corrosive effect and destroys skin tissue, leaving behind a black scar.
Black salves were popular in the early 1900s to treat skin lesions but have since been deemed a “fake cancer treatment” by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The organization has attempted to ban the ointment since 2004.
The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration has warned that there is no scientific evidence that black salve can cure cancer. However, it is still secretly used in the country.