Ganglion cysts can be inconvenient and painful. They may interfere with normal activities. Natural remedies for a ganglion cyst offer relief from pain and swelling and include frankincense essential oil, castor oil, Epsom salt, massage and ice.
A ganglion cyst presents itself as a lump at a joint, especially the back of the wrist. These fluid-filled lumps can hinder movement of the affected joint. Ganglion cysts can also create pressure on a nerve, resulting in pain. Traditional treatment of these cysts is to remove or drain them surgically. Unfortunately, these cysts often return after surgery, which is especially frustrating because of the cost involved in surgery and the time lost for the procedure and healing.
9 Ganglion Cyst Home Remedies
1. The Book Method
While it may sound barbaric, a common way to swiftly get rid of a ganglion cyst is to hit it with a book. This free remedy only costs the amount of courage needed to implement it. You will find stories of our readers who ventured to try this remedy on this page.
2. Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is one of the more expensive essential oils but it is reputed to be one commonly used for cysts or tumors. This oil is gentle and most people can apply the oil neat (without diluting) to the skin and experience relief in a short amount of time.
3. Needle Piercing
A sterilized needle can be used to self-drain the cyst. This is another remedy that costs only the gumption to try. In spite of the temporary pain, there are some who prefer this way of dealing with a ganglion cyst.
Serrapeptase is a natural supplement that is used to dissolve all manner of non-living tissue that is causing trouble in the body. Serrapeptase can be used to treat ganglion cysts. This is one of the few methods that deals with the cyst indirectly instead of working on the cyst itself. Serrapeptase can be bought online or in health food stores.
5. Castor Oil
Castor oil, the kind found in pharmacies and health foods stores, can be used to dissolve cysts. Apply a few drops of castor oil to the cyst twice daily and gently massage the oil into the cyst. The massage may be helpful as well to eliminate the cyst.
6. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt can be used for ganglion cysts. It can be taken internally each day as a magnesium supplement, or it can be applied to the cyst itself. To apply Epsom salt to the cyst, add a little bit of water (or coconut oil) to 1/2 teaspoon Epsom salt to make a gritty paste. Use a bandage to attach the paste to the cyst overnight.
7. Do Nothing
If the cyst is not causing difficulty with activities or pain, it can be left alone. Sometimes these cysts will resolve on their own without any intervention at all.
Simply massaging the ganglion cyst on a regular basis may be enough to heal the cyst. Make a habit of massaging the cyst at a traffic light on the way to work or school.
An ice pack used for 10 minutes twice daily may help the cyst to heal naturally. This remedy is especially useful if the cyst is causing pain.
Continue reading to see which methods our readers have used to cure their ganglion cysts at home! Do you have a natural treatment for ganglion cysts? Please share your remedy with us!