There are no alternative treatments that have credible evidence to show they can cure cancer of any kind. Most alternative or complimentary treatments for cancer focus on relieving stress, anxiety, pain, and other side effects of common clinical treatments. These include art, dance, and music therapy, meditation, and exercise.
Other complimentary treatments have shown some effect in slowing the rate of growth of prostate cancer. Others can cause unwanted complications. As is the case with many alternative treatments for any disease or condition, opinions are often mixed as to the efficacy of some treatment methods, and research is often minimal in comparison to traditional medicine treatments.
However, many people have had success in using alternative treatments in the management of many diseases and conditions—including limited success in slowing the growth of prostate cancer. Before trying any alternative treatments, you should always check with your doctor to be sure that the methods are safe and right for you.
A preliminary study indicates that drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice every day slowed the rate of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels rising in men treated for prostate cancer with radiation or surgery. This suggests that pomegranate juice can slow the growth of prostate cancer, but more research is needed.
Another preliminary study found that taking flaxseed supplements slowed the rate at which cancer cells multiply. This is a promising finding, but it is also only preliminary and more studies are needed.
A number of studies have shown that taking a saw palmetto supplement can reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate), a common condition in older men with similar symptoms to prostate cancer. However, saw palmetto has not been proven to have any positive effect on prostate cancer. In fact, saw palmetto can artificially lower prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, and this can interfere with prostate-cancer test results. If you’re being tested for prostate cancer and have taken or are taking saw palmetto, let your doctor know.