There is no evidence that alternative therapies are effective at curing skin cancer. Alternative treatments tend to have little or no side effects and often can be used in conjunction with standard treatments. Always check with your primary care physician and your dermatologist before trying complementary and alternative medicine.
There are some natural treatments that may help stave off skin cancer. Talk to your primary healthcare provider before taking any herbs or making any dietary changes to ensure they don’t interfere with any over-the-counter or prescription medications you are currently taking.
Research shows that drinking four or more cups of green tea a day may help prevent skin cancer. Green tea is packed with antioxidants, which help prevent the cell damage that can lead to skin cancer.
Although there is little to no research on their effectiveness, herbs that are high in antioxidants are believed to have skin-protecting benefits. These herbs include:
- milk thistle