Indian Mud is Native American home remedy that some users claim is effective for treating moles, warts and some forms of skin cancer, explains CancerSalves.org. It is normally used as an ointment or salve and is sold as black salves and Compound X.
This group of unregulated, alternative medicines is typically made from a combination of ground bloodroot paste with other plants, such as antimony or chaparral, and is mixed with zinc chloride, a caustic alkaline, according to Two Feathers Formula. Indian mud also sells as an herbal food supplement called Two Feathers Healing Treatment. Users claim that these products are traditional Native American treatments for several afflictions and skin disorders.
However, people should be wary of self-administered, commercially available products sold over the Internet, especially black salves that contain bloodroot and zinc chloride agents, warns WebMD. A recent study of people using these products for treating moles and skin cancer indicated that 89 percent experienced poor cosmetic results and nearly half of the people suffered from tissue damage following treatment. The treatments were only 39 percent effective in treating basal cell carcinoma, as compared to 95 percent when treated with traditional methods.