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
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Waterwww.drinkrealwater.com/
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.
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- 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.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
In ayurveda, cysts are generally linked to vitiated kapha and a threefold treatment plan is often recommended. This includes Panchakarma (recommended for repeated or multiple cysts), Vaman (induced vomiting) and Ratamokshan (blood letting with the help of leech or venipuncture).
Local treatment with herbs such as aguru, darvi, and guggul is often suggested as well as internal treatment with herbs such as kanchanar, latakaranja, and chitrak.
The sequence of treatment plan and use of herbs must be decided according to prakruti and dosha imbalance.
Natural herbs such as Kachnaar Guggul, Pradrantak Churna and Chandraprabha Vati have proven to be effective ayurvedic remedies for ovarian cyst as they not only balance the hormones but also alleviate pain and regulate irregular menstruation.
Another ayurvedic home remedy for ovarian cyst is red clover that cures hormonal imbalance and maintains the right equilibrium between estrogen and testosterone hormones in women.
Chaste berry, dandelion and black cohosh are also widely used as ayurvedic cures for ovarian cyst. These herbs are known to normalise irregular menstrual periods and hormonal disorders.
Bee pollen is a powerhouse of nutrition and therefore is a competent ayurvedic cure for ovarian cyst. It also makes the reproductive system stronger.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
The Chinese view cysts as benign accumulations of fluids, which are mainly caused by poor blood flow. The Chinese treatments combine many herbs to affect not only the symptoms, but also the underlying cause. Because toxins in the blood are deposited in cysts, there are many blood purifying techniques. There is a blood purifier from a Chinese doctor, Bi Lai Zhai, in the year 1529 that is still used today. It contains Chinese angelica root, Chinese foxglove root, ligustici wallichii, macrocephala rhizome, white peony root, codonopsis radix, atractylodes, poria cocos, and a Chinese liquorice root that is baked with honey, all of which detoxify the blood and restore healthy blood flow. They work together, so they should always be taken combined. They will shrink most cysts. See an herbalist or a naturopathic for specific dosages.
Acupuncture has also proved successful in removing a cyst.
Dong quai, a popular Chinese herb helps to balance the hormones in the body, thereby promoting a healthy menstrual cycle and preventing cyst formation.
Liquorice has the ability to affect the adrenal glands which regulate the production of hormones in the body. Due to its hormone regulating action, liquorice has the power to dissolve ovarian cysts naturally in the body.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
According to certified aromatherapist Amy “Durga” Finnegan, a cyst forms when a duct under the skin gets clogged with waste substances. To treat a cyst with essential oils, apply a warm compress infused with bergamont, chamomile, lavender or tea tree essential oil. To prepare a warm compress, stir 5 to 8 drops of essential oil into 2 cups of warm water and apply it to your cyst with a clean cloth. Always apply essential oils in the proper dilution and test your skin for sensitivity to essential oils by applying them–at the proper dilution–and waiting 24 hours to see if there is any reaction
For the treatment of ovarian cysts, a concoction of jasmine, geranium and sage is recommended.
Jasmine is known to ease depression and is a confidence booster. Mixed with geranium and sage, it has been proven to be an effective remedy for pain.
Aromatherapy is a good option to treat these fluid-filled sacs. It does not involve any surgery and is non-invasive. However, pregnant women and people suffering from epilepsy, high blood pressure and asthma are cautioned to talk to their doctors before engaging in aromatherapy treatments because their conditions prohibit the use of some oils.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Silicea is an ideal remedy for cysts on the wrists, known as ganglions. Ganglions appear on the inside of the wrist and may cause some light discomfort. Silicea is available in capsule, tablet and liquid forms. The active ingredient in Silicea is silicon oxide, which helps reduce swelling and eventually eradicates the cyst. For pilonidal cysts, which are filled with either hair or skin fragments, Heper sulphuris is an excellent homeopathic remedy. Heper sulphuris is derived from sulphur and the inner layers of oyster shells. Taken in pills, capsules or liquid, Heper sulphuris helps draw the pus and build-up from the pilonidal cyst. Calcium sulphide is another homeopathic treatment that is helpful in draining pus from cysts. Available in tablet form, Calcium sulphide is also known as gypsum or Plaster of Paris. As it is able to permeate the cyst at a very deep level, it is often utilised when Heper sulphuris doesn’t do the trick. A cyst may develop on the face or lip. For these types of growth, Conium maculatum can be used for its healing properties. Conium maculatum is also known as hemlock and can be purchased in pellets or liquid dilations. Hemlock is an infamously poisonous plant, but used in homeopathic medicine, it is well diluted and ideal for treating facial cysts. If you suspect you may have a cyst internally, it is advisable to see a medical doctor to ensure the cyst is not indicative of a more serious health problem. Women with ovarian or vaginal cysts may take Rhododendron in tablets or capsules as a means of eliminating the growth. Rhododendron, or snow rose, is the essence of the plant Rhododendron caucasicum. Oophorinum can also be used for ovarian cysts. This remedy is made from the expressed fluid of sheep or cow ovaries. Ingested in pellets, tinctures or dilutions, Oophorinum can aid the body in shrinking or removing the cyst.
All parts of the walnut plant, including the bark, leaves and the hull when it is green or dried, will break up a cyst when taken orally. Chaparral or creosote bush is also good for cysts taken orally or as a poultice. Other herbs to break up cysts include wormwood, chamomile, gravel root, slippery elm, garlic, corn silk, apple cider vinegar and wild carrot. You can purchase these herbs online or in your local health food store. Simply follow package instructions or see an herbalist for the exact dosage for your specific condition.
Try this herbal remedy:
Make a tincture of vitex berries, motherwort leaves, burdock root and red raspberry leaves; combine 1 tsp with a 1/2 tsp of prickly ash bark and ginger rhizome. Blend them and consume 1 tsp three times daily.
Walnuts, red chestnuts, milk of thistles, wild yam and wild oats are also well-known home remedies for ovarian cyst as they are proven to cure all types of ovarian problems.
Herbs such as ginseng, fennel and sage help with hormone imbalances and prevent the formation of cysts.
Vinegar: A tampon made of onion inserted in the vagina is extremely effective in the treatment of ovarian cysts. Soak an onion in honey for 12 hours. At night use this as a tampon and insert it in the vagina. Leave it overnight. Repeat this procedure for 10 days for positive results.
Lime Powder: Making a form of a chalk from lime powder and water can help to act as a home remedy for a cyst. Lime powder is a food and very concentrated citric acid you can get in a grocery store. This powerful combination with lime powder at the root of it can help to break up the cyst in a very natural way. It can sting a bit as it really goes to work quickly and efficiently, so using rosewater to soothe the burn can provide additional help.
Soap and Water: Though it may sound rather simplistic in its application, using soap and water can work quite well as a home remedy for a cyst. Be careful to rub the area very gently so that the cyst doesn’t break up and redistribute its contents. By carefully washing the area with some soap, you can help to naturally break it up and prevent it from spreading.
Turmeric: Making a paste out of turmeric is an excellent home remedy for cysts. In this instance, the turmeric has a natural healing agent that can help to naturally break up the cyst and get the area back to normal. This paste should be made and applied carefully and gently, but will go to work quickly and help to remove it in the best manner.
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
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/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
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/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
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/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
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
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