Balm of Gilead (Black Salve)/Salves

The Annie Appleseed Project received the following information in January 2004:

Balm of Gilead

(Also known as Compound X or Black Salve)

Note: No claims can be legally made about Compound X. This instructional document has been prepared as a narration of what users have reported to be the most effective way to use Compound X as a folk remedy, and what some have reported as results. It is not intended as a report of scientific studies, and it is not offered as endorsed by the AMA or the FDA. It is intended to be an honest report of what is known for those who are interested. What is reported here is the result of informal trial and error on the part of may non-professional folks intent on healing themselves or their animals. What follows has been gleaned from letters with users over 30 years, which means it is based on experience but is by no means complete.

Historical Background In 1890 Tom McCreary was diagnosed as having incurable, cancerous tumors on his neck by physicians. They refused to operate, not wanting to risk injury to his jugular vein. Tom paid careful attention to a repeated dream that came to him about how to make a medicine to cure himself. After obtaining the elements and herbs for the medicine from some gypsies traveling through Texas, he mixed up a black salve and applied it to his tumors.

In less than a month, Tom was healed and went on to live another 70 years. Over his lifetime, he was a preacher, rancher, doctor, farmer, and sheriff under Judge Parker, living with a strength that became legendary. Tom kept the formula for the black salve to himself, sharing it only with a friend. After Tom’s death, his son Howard, and grandson Mickey, sought out the old friend who taught them how to make the salve.

Howard McCreary, attempting to make the black salve available to everyone, started a company in the 1960's and had some tests done on "Compound X" in the early 70's, at the University of Colorado to learn more about it. The Veterinarian College at Ft. Collins also tested Compound X and discovered that it killed all known viruses on contact. They found with one application, sarcomatoid on horses (similar to skin cancer) had an 80% cure, and with two applications 100% cure was achieved.

For many years, Compound X has been used to cure eye cancer and early viral diseases in cattle, sarcomatoid on horses, and abnormal tissue growths in all kinds of pets. In addition, ranchers, homesteaders, and folks of the rodeo circuits used it for external cancers, tumors and growths on themselves. Some successfully treated gangrene and even leprosy.

Today, people are using Compound X for moles, skin malignancies, warts, liver detox, diabetes, internal malignancies, herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome, viral diseases, tumors, yeast and fungal infections, allergies, parasites, lupus, gum disease, Aids related symptoms, and much more.

Tom’s son, Howard McCreary was the first to use Compound X internally. In the 1960's he was diagnosed as having stomach cancer. After checking himself into the hospital and without telling his doctors, he took an oral dose of Compound X the night before his scheduled surgery. The next morning they postponed his surgery because he was running a fever that continued for several days. On the 5th day Howard said he passed a large quantity of black, vile smelling feces apparently the growth itself. When the doctors took x-rays, they discovered that the cancerous growth was gone. Howard went on to live another 25 years, without recurring stomach cancer. He later used Compound X to cure himself of bone cancer in the 1980‘s.

During the course of his life, Howard provided Compound X to thousands of people. However, in his seventies, Howard was caught in a blizzard and later died of pneumonia.

Compound X or Balm of Gilead has been used successfully by tribal people and is now being used by the modern people of today. It is used for moles, skin malignancies, wart, liver detox, diabetes, internal malignancies, herpes, chronic fatigue syndrome, viral diseases, yeast and fungal infections, tumors, allergies, parasites, lupus, gum disease, aids and much more. There are no side effects because it is herbal.


Compound X is somewhat acidic having a pH like vinegar. It is best to use wood or plastic utensils when handling Compound X (Balm of Gilead).

Using a non-metal utensil, lift out enough Compound X to make a ball HALF the size of a dried pea or the size of a lentil. Make sure you know how big dried pea or lentil is, even if you need to get one! Pack the half pea dose into a gelatin capsule, and swallow it after you have eaten a meal! Take this dose twice a day for 20 days and always on a full stomach. It will make you nauseated if you take on an empty stomach and it will make your stomach burn... Take with food!! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT- DO NOT TAKE ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

After the first 20 days, during which Compound X has built a great deal of zinc into your system, it is prudent to take a complete 5 day break from the black salve. During these 5 days you may wish to double your doses of vitamins and minerals, as this will help balance the system. Compound X can be taken as directed above in 20 day cycles with a 5 day break for a total of four (4) cycles.

NOTE: Avoid caffeine and alcohol, take extra Vitamin C, and drink pure water. In addition eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable, organic if possible. This helps in the healing and rebuilding of your health!!!

Internal cancers of all known body zones have dissolved under the onslaught on Compound X (Balm of Gilead). Compound X hunts down and kills abnormal tissue wherever it is.

Colon cancer and uterine cancer have been healed with not only the internal dosing described above, but by also using enemas or douches of one quart water to which was added one (1) pea size volume of Compound X (Balm of Gilead).

Breast cancer has been healed with internal and external applications.

Emphysema, Aids, and Viruses also seem to come under subjection to Balm of Gilead.

NOTE: If you are in the process of Chemotherapy or Radiation Treatment do not use Compound X at the same time...The Chemical action that occurs could clash with other substances.

NOTE: Brain Cancer should be monitored by a professional, because the swelling that will occur, it may have to be relieved by a surgical hole being place in the skull to relieve the pressure.


Everyone is different, so proceed CAUTIOUSLY. This salve will cause a burning sensation if there is cancer present. Begin with a small amount of slave on ONE cancer, and follow the directions below. DO NOT OVER DO IT! Some hardy souls are able to remove several cancers at once. Others cannot. You will want to learn your own tolerance for this burning sensation, as well as how quick you body is able to remove the toxins which will be released, so begin slowly.

Once you have established what is comfortable for you, place a liberal amount of salve on the affected area. Cover with a bandage and leave alone for 24 hours or as long as you can tolerate it. If cancer is present, you feel a burning sensation, and a white scab will begin to form. If it is not, there should be no significant effect. If the pain is too severe, then only leave on for as long as you can tolerate, at least 5 hours. Wash it off and cover with Vaseline or Vitamin E ointment and cover with a bandage. DO NOT LEAVE COVERED LONGER THAN 5 DAYS. ALSO DO NOT PUT MORE BLACK SALVE ON AFTER THE 24 HOURS IS UP.

Remove the bandage at the end of the time and rinse thoroughly with hydrogen peroxide on a cotton ball or Q-tip. After cleaning, cover well with a softening salve (Myrrh, Golden Seal Salve. Vitamin E ointment, olive oil, Castor Oil, Nature’s Way Black ointment, etc).

Twice a day (morning and evening) clean the edges to keep them loose and free of pus. Do Not let a hard scab form. Five to seven days should show a core loosening and it should come out in 7 to 10 days. Do not try to pull it out or force it in any way. The feelers and tentacles must come out too.

Swelling will most likely occur and the cancer will be painful and/or itch. This is the normal reaction. The growth will change color after the first day, and may even become "dead white”. There will sometimes be pus as the body ejects the mass; just keep it clean. Keep changing the bandage and cleaning the area until it is healed.

More than two applications do not seem to be necessary for external growths. More applications cause increased pain and longer healing time. DO NOT TRY TO PULL IT OUT OR FORCE IT IN ANY WAY, THE ROOTS MUST COME OUT OR DISSOLVE...LET IT DO IT’S OWN THING. IT WILL COME OUT! BE PATIENT!!

If you feel that you should apply another layer of Compound X, that is ok, just follow the above directions.

What to expect during the first 20 days.

Lymphomas, such as appear on the neck or arm, may change from the texture of a hard lump, to rather soft, pliable, even squishy consistency. During the first 20 days, you may continuously run a low fever. Sweat, urine and feces may take on an offensive odor and be darker that usual. At the 20-day mark, it is wise to have competent physician take biopsy, or test your cancer for malignancy. For many, but not all people, the test reveals that the cancerous tissue is dead but present.

Compound X (Balm of Gilead) is not a gentle healer. But neither is surgery. In many reported cases, it is a relentless substance which hunts down and penetrates all abnormal tissue. It cannot be stressed enough that Compound X or Balm of Gilead is very potent. Do not assume that if a little is works more will be better. Use the smallest dose possible and increase only if necessary. Pain, swelling, and sometimes fever is associated during its use. Animals seem to mind it less that people.

In almost all reported cases, Compound X completely eliminates abnormal tissue and stimulates regrowth of either healthy or scar tissue.

More than half the people who have used Compound X have reported that they ended with a moderate or heavy scar when the used externally on their skin. If scarring cannot be tolerated on the face or elsewhere, consider Vitamin E ointment or Castor oil or one of the salves mentioned previously.

After the Core Comes Out

After the core comes out, you will have a hole in your flesh and you may even see muscle, but it usually doesn’t bleed. This normal.

Keep it clean, soft and bandaged until the core area is filled in & new skin is formed. Colloidal Silver can also be used before you put a new bandage on. This will keep any infection from developing.


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