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Black Salve Ointment Leaves Man With Inch-Wide Hole In His Head (GRAPHIC PICTURE)

10/04/2014 14:36 BST | Updated 10/04/2014 14:59 BST

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A bogus "alternative medicine" ointment, purporting to cure cancer, burnt an inch-wide hole in a man's temple.

The Australian man created the gaping hole in his head after allegedly using Black salve – which contains sanguinarine – derived from bloodroot – and is often mixed with zinc chloride, working as a corrosive.

The 55-year-old entered a Brisbane hospital with a large lesion on his right temple after applying the salve for four months and he did not turn to professional medical care until there was a black hole in his head.

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Doctors at Princess Alexandra Emergency Department in Brisbane said he was using a "strong narcotic analgesic used to relieve pain" to combat the agony and doctors initially believed they would have to operate.

Black salve has been listed as a "fake cancer treatment" by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2004, and the organisation is actively trying to ban it in the US.