Last Modified on Jul 21, 2014
What are Ganglion Cysts?
Ganglion cysts are lumps that form along the joints of wrists and hands, and sometimes on ankles and feet. They are round in shape, filled with thick fluid, and can range from pea-sized to nearly an inch in diameter. Depending on size and location, symptoms of ganglion cysts can be ignored unless painful or swelling in size due to use of the joint or tendon. It's unclear as to why ganglion cysts form, but it's thought they appear when tissue around the join or tendon gets out of place, as the interior of the cyst is filled the jelly-like fluid found inside joints and around tendons.
Often ganglion cysts can dissipate on their own, doctors can drain them with syringes, and rarely is surgical removal the best option. Ganglion cysts most often occur in women between 20 and 30, but risk is increased in people with joint and tendon injuries or arthritis.
Home Remedies for Ganglion Cysts
This Earth Clinic page is for the posting of home and natural cures for ganglion cysts. Our most popular treatments for ganglion cysts are been venom, coconut kefir, and the book method. The book method involves taking a very heavy book and smashing the cyst yourself; feel free to read user testimonials to learn more. Let us know what you try from Earth Clinic to treat your ganglion cysts. If you know of a remedy that's not yet listed here, feel free to share it with us.
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[NAY] 05/03/2012: Dorli from Kent, Ct: "My former post that a bee sting directly into the cyst rendered it smoother and half the size was short lived. It came back the same size as before.
I may try several more stings or take the advice of another writer and aspirate it with a sterile 12 gauge needle."Replies
10/29/2012: P92868 from Mesa, Arizona replies: "I had a ganglion cyst... And it dissapeared! ... With the combination of full glass of water to 1/4 teaspoon of Epson Salt! ... It took about 2 plus months and I am very happy! Thank you! ... I was worring with surgery options that I did not want to do!"
12/16/2012: Tonimario from Abuja, Enugu Nigeria replies: "Please did you take the epsom salt and water orally?"
[YEA] 05/01/2012: Dorli from Kent, Ct: "I had a ganglion cyst on my left wrist that started to get larger. It didn't hurt. We keep bees and my husband captures a bee and puts it on my knee to give me a direct sting for my knee problems.
I thought, "why not get a sting directly into the ganglion cyst?" He did and now half the size and very smooth. I'll try another sting and hope it will be gone completely."
[YEA] 02/27/2010: V from Dayton, Oh: "I made my first coconut kefir last week. I took 2 tsp a day and in 1 week my ganglion cyst I had for years is GONE!!!"
EC: Kefir grains are needed to make coconut kefir, but once obtained, we found an easy recipe here: http://www.foodbuzz.com/recipes/1295161-how-to-make-coconut-kefir
09/27/2013: Sndwave from Fort Walton Beach, Fl replies: "And where on the site did you find coconut kefir? There is no search window on it to use."
[YEA] 02/14/2014: Jennifer from Warwickshire: "Dorsal ganglion cyst on wrist: Yes indeed, a pinch of Epsom Salts in water or juice twice a day for around a week reduced the very large, hard ganglion I have had for nearly a year to a small smooth bump which is hardly noticeable. I shall continue and see if there is a total reduction, but already I am surprised and delighted."
[YEA] 04/30/2014: Carol S. from United States: "After reading about frankincense for ganglion cyst here, I tried it, and honestly, it was kind of miraculous. After a single day of applying oil (only once) and covering with a bandaid, the cyst on my index finger knuckle (which had been red, sore, and irritated -- about the size of half of a small pea) was a third its usual size. I'd had the cyst for over six months, and was about to go attempt a removal. Now, a week later, it's barely raised at all and there is no pain or irritation (even if I bump it, which was excruciating before the frankincense). Thank you!"
[YEA] 09/14/2013: Amanda from England: "I just wanted to let people know that having watched my wrist ganglion grow for over 6 months to the size of a walnut, I found this site and saw several remedies suggested for ganglions. I went for the easiest option - I rubbed Frankincense essential oil on it morrning and night and was gobsmacked when I realised, it wasn't my imagination but that the thing was shrinking. It took 6 weeks in all, and I am now able to practice my yoga again. Thank you all for your amazing input into this site. It is sorely needed."
[YEA] 02/12/2013: Karen from Coeur D'alene, Idaho, Usa: "I had a very painful ganglion cyst on the palm of my hand. Before resorting to surgery, I tried this remedy. I put 2 drops of Frankincense oil on a bandaid and covered the cyst. Every 48 hours I changed the bandage. It stunk, the cat hated me petting her, but it worked. Each bandaid change yielded less pain and a reduced cyst. After approximately 2 weeks, I can't tell it was ever there. I am going to try the same thing on a sebaceous cyst on my head that I have had for years. Makes me wonder if there was a specific reason our saviour was given a gift of frankencense. Also, gives new meaning to "He annointeth my head with oil... " Thank you Yah for providing all that is necessary for our health and healing."
[YEA] 01/01/2013: Ky Mama from Clinton, Ky: "My 16 year old son had a ganglion cyst on his wrist that was painful. He put frankincense essential oil on it (undiluted) and overnight his pain had improved. Because he was no longer bothered by it, he didn't keep at it, so it is still there, but reduced in size. Another time it bothered him again and the same remedy worked for him. Frankincense essential oil is expensive, but useful for many things and worth having a bottle around. And it is cheaper than the doctor for sure!"Replies
01/03/2013: Fora from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi: I just wanted to let you know how I got rid of my ganglion on my wrist. First I had surgery. This grew back. I decided to try strong protolytic enzymes. These enzymes eat dead tissue. I took a handfull 3x per day and it was gone in about 4-5 days (long time ago I cannot remember). This however, taught me a lesson on protolytic enzymes!! Doctor Gonzages is treating cancer with them in NYC!"
[YEA] 06/12/2014: Carla from Texas, US: "Liquid sulfur, prescribed by my naturopathic doctor for my ganglion, relieved the swelling, redness and pain in less than three days."
[YEA] 06/02/2013: Richard from New York: "Had a ganglion cyst on my knuckle on my thumb for quite a while. It did not hurt but was getting larger.
I massaged it with pressure using my other thumb for about 15 minutes to a half hour when I felt the cyst break. The size was reduced by more than 3/4 but there was still something there. I gave it several days to see if it would go away on its own but there was no change. So I once again massaged the remaining portion with pressure and the remaining portion of the cyst broke and it is gone."
[YEA] 05/20/2013: Smanga from Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa: "I had a ganglion cyst and I massagd it 4 times an hour until it decreasd in size. Then after I put ice cubes on my wrist to ease the swelling and avoided using my right hand for 2 days, then after 2 days I massaged the last remaining liquid out of it. Then it was gone just in 3 days."
[YEA] 07/21/2014: Joyce from Easley, Sc: "I had a ganglia cyst all through my highschool years. They called it a 'book bump' and said I could wack it and it might go away. I can not recall how many times I took a book to that thing and it ALWAYS came back.
A good friend gave me a bottle of NONI when it was first coming out and a big 'NEW" deal. It was a top quality brand 100% noni, NO FILLERS.
Anyway, she gave it to me as a gift to see if it would help my hormone imbalance. I drank a couple TBS of it for a month and never saw a difference in my hormones, but my ganglia cyst just disappeared. Never to return. that was over 20 years ago. Weird. I had that ganglia cyst for so many years it blew me away to see what my own body could do, just giving it the 'right tools'.
So... just keep eating healthy people, if it doesn't help one thing, it is probably helping another.
Food- Eat what heals you, not what kills you."
[YEA] 05/08/2010: Swanny from Swansea, West Glamorgan, United Kingdom: "Oil pulling with virgin coconut oil cured my ganglion cyst - I was oil pulling to help my receding gumline...the ganglion cyst (which I have had for many years and was very unsightly) was a complete and unexpected bonus."
EC: More about oil pulling here: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/oil_pulling.html
[YEA] 03/29/2012: Ursa from Philadelphia, Pa, Usa: "I had a ganglion cyst that refused to yield to smashing (book method), oil pulling, salt soaks, or grape seed supplements. It was hurting my wrist more and more each day and becoming more grotesque to the point I was dreading having to give up long sleeves.
Finally, I ordered an 18 gauge sterile piercing needle. I had to steel my nerve for this but it was actually not very difficult once I set my mind to it. I pierced it from the side to avoid accidentally puncturing anything important in my wrist in case I overshot the cyst. Well, the needle was only about halfway in and already thick liquid began to come out. I removed the needle and "milked" the cyst gently. I was not uncomfortable at all. A lot of thick, gel-like fluid came out. When it was over, my wrist looked normal again and more importantly, felt so much better!
I soaked it in saltwater for about 25 minutes before bandaging it for safety and I'm typing now in complete comfort. I would try the other methods again first if it came back or I got another one but I'm glad I had this option when all else failed."Replies
01/26/2013: Bizzyditchaz from Spokane, Wa replies: "Holy Cow do you have a calm stomach to do that! I have a cyst right now on the base of my thumb about the size of a quarter and seems to be getting larger, AND I am starting to feel it. Sore. Needle aspirations freak me out because I had one in my breast once and it was unreal painful. So yeah, I am pretty gun shy to have it done again."
11/13/2013: Bruce31s from New Orleans, La replies: "Fyi, this is the one of the techniques doctors use to remove/drain the cyst from the affected area. If you don't have the stomach to do it yourself, ask your bdoctor to do it. they have the necessary equpiment to do this."
[YEA] 09/13/2011: Toourlady89 from Hayward, Ca, Usa: "Years ago, my daughter had a ganglion cyst in her right wrist that was in the way and painful when she writes. A surgeon advised surgery to drain it but he said it could recur. Instead, at a friend's suggestion, I started her on grape seed extract (Tru OPCs ) other name is Proanthocyanidin.. Dose suggestion is 1 mg per kg weight once a day before meals or divide the dose and take it twice a day.. The cyst cleared in about 6 weeks.. Or longer, there is no definite time... Another friend had a big one in his right foot and has been unable to wear shoes for months.. It also cleared after taking Tru OPCs and never re appeared.. We used Nature's way Tru Opcs but they are also available at Costco as grape seed extract..."Replies
09/14/2011: Bucci from Ithaca, Ny, Usa replies: "Hi, just wanted to share that I had big ganglion cysts on wrist and it went down the day after going back on my heparin shots. Meaning I think the reason I got it in first place was thick blood but not sure. Do you know what the cause of your cyst was? And if it took 6 weeks for the grapeseed to work, are you sure it was that?"
09/14/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Cayenne pepper is excellent for thinning the blood. You can add some boiling water to it to make a tea or just add it to your foods."