Cysts are non- cancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material.
They can appear anywhere and feel like small peas under the surface of the skin. Cysts can develop as a result of infection, clogging of sebaceous glands (oil glands), or around foreign bodies, such as earrings.
A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled swelling that develops near a joint or a tendon. The cyst can range from the size of a pea to the size of a golf ball.
Ganglion cysts usually appear on the back of the wrist. They look and feel like a smooth, soft lump under the skin. They are made up of a thick, jelly-like fluid, called synovial fluid, which surrounds joints and tendons to lubricate and cushion them during movement.
Ganglions can occur alongside any joint in the body, but are most common on the wrist, hand and fingers.
Ganglions are harmless but may cause mild pain, especially if they are next to a nerve. If they do not cause any pain or discomfort, they can be left and may disappear without treatment.
It is not clear why ganglions form, but they can be related to ageing or injury to the joint or tendon. They occur when the synovial fluid that surrounds a joint or tendon becomes damaged in some way so it collects and forms a swelling beneath the skin.
Sometimes cysts and ganglion cysts are referred to as Bible cysts because traditionally, the treatment has been to whack the cyst with a heavy book to break it up and disperse it. This will make the cyst go away but often it will return.
You will recognize a cyst because of its appearance – usually smooth to the touch when rolled under the skin. Cysts are painless and slow-growing.
There are a number of conditions that cause lumps and bumps to appear on the surface of the skin or just below the skin and as well as cysts, the most common include:
Cherry Angioma – a smooth, cherry-red bump on the skin that usually appears on the trunk of the body, although they can occur nearly anywhere. The cause of cherry angiomas is not known and the growths usually appear on people over the age of 40. Cherry angiomas are small, bright red growths that are smooth. The size of the growths can vary from the size of a pinhead to about a quarter of an inch in diameter. In most cases, cherry angiomas do not require treatment.
Dermatofibromas – these are harmless, round, red-brownish growths that are most commonly found on the arms and legs. Dermatofibromas contain scar tissue and feel like hard lumps in the skin. In most cases, there is no need to treat dermatofibromas.
Epidermoid Cysts – epidermoid cysts, also called sebaceous cysts, are benign (non-cancerous) skin cysts formed from blocked oil glands in the skin. Most commonly, epidermoid cysts are found on the genitals, torso and back; but can occur elsewhere. In general, epidermoid cysts have a round appearance. A dark portion of the cyst is visible on the skin. If the cysts become infected, they will become red and tender. When the cysts are squeezed, they can produce a white discharge.
Folliculitis – Folliculitis is an inflammation of the hair follicles. It can be caused by an infection in the hair follicles, by chemical irritation or by physical irritation (for example, shaving or friction from clothing). Typical body sites that are involved in folliculitis include the face, thighs and scalp. Folliculitis is more common in people who have diabetes mellitus. It also is more common in people who are obese or have compromised immune systems. The main lesion in folliculitis is a papule or pustule with a central hair. The hair shaft in the middle of the lesion may not be seen.
Keratoacanthoma – A keratoancanthoma occurs when cells in a hair follicle do not grow normally. The growth apparently is triggered by sun damage. Ultraviolet radiation from sun exposure is the biggest risk factor in keratoacanthomas. They usually appear on sun-damaged skin as a thick growth that has a central crusted plug. Keratoacanthomas appear most often in people who are over the age of 60. Keratoacanthomas are rapidly growing, red, dome-shaped bumps with central craters. Some keratoacanthomas can become extremely large, occasionally seven to fifteen centimetres in diameter.
Keratosis Pilaris – (commonly called KP) this appears as “chicken skin bumps” on the skin. These bumps usually appear on the upper arms and thighs. They also can appear on the cheeks, back and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris, while unattractive, is harmless. The bumps are usually white or red, but do not itch or hurt. Keratosis pilaris is usually worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin becomes dry. It also may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.
Lipomas – Lipomas are subcutaneous soft tissue tumors or nodules that are usually slow-growing and considered benign (not harmful). They have a firm, rubbery consistency. Lipomas tend to form on the torso, shoulders and neck, but can appear elsewhere on the body. Lipomas can appear as solitary nodules or in groups. Most lipomas are less than 5 cm in diameter and are asymptomatic, but they can cause pain when they compress nerves.
Neurofibromas – Neurofibromas are soft, fleshy growths that occur on or under the skin, sometimes even deep within the body. These are benign (harmless) tumours; however, they can turn malignant or cancerous in rare cases. The symptoms vary, depending on where they are sited and how large they are. Symptoms can include: A painless, slow-growing mass, occasional pain, electric-like shock when the affected area is touched. Neurological problems if the tumour involves a major motor or sensory nerve or one compressed between the tumour and a hard structure.
Cysts can appear anywhere on the external body. They can also occur internally – notably on the ovaries.
Cysts can be caused by:
A fault in an organ of a developing embryo
A defect in the cells
Chronic inflammatory conditions
Blockages of ducts in the body which cause a fluid build-up
Impact injury that breaks a vessel
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef. www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, garlic and whole grains help ease the pain and discomfort caused by ovarian cysts. Moreover, refrain from foods containing caffeine, alcohol, eggs, red meat, fats, white sugar and refined foods to prevent the recurrence of this problem.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details herekevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com/
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
- Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
- . Find out more by clicking here.
- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.comor www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
Home remedies for cysts: www.myhomeremedies.com/topic.cgi?topicid=2616
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healingwww.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/recommends/
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/squeaky-clean
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effectivewww.naturalcures.com
Removing a cyst with Chinese acupuncture: www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-mGQaUkmJ8
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Castor oil beneficial in treating cysts:www.naturalnews.com/034558_castor_oil_health_benefits_blood_flow.html
Treating ovarian cysts naturally: natural-fertility-info.com/new-guide-how-to-heal-ovarian-cysts-naturally-and-safely-with-herbs-and-supplements.html
Further Information (links and books)
How I Cured My 5-year painful ganglion Cyst with No Doctors, No Gimmicks, No Surgery, and No Quackery, with Extremely… by Jeff T Bowles
31 Ways to Naturally Cure Ovarian Cysts: Easy At-Home Homeopathic Treatments for Ovarian Cysts by Jenn Wright
37 Ways to Naturally Treat and Prevent Ovarian Cysts: The Facts and Myths About Herbal Healing by Rosie Sanders
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
Andrea Butje | Aromahead [email protected] – aromatherapy
Carrie Vitt [email protected] – organic food recipes.
David Spector-NSR/USA [email protected] – meditation, stress
judith hoad [email protected] – herbalist.
Kath May [email protected] – reiki, tai chi.
Lillian Bridges [email protected] – Chinese medicine, living naturally.
Monika [email protected] – aromatherapy.
Rakesh [email protected] – Ayurvedic Practitioner.