Last Modified on Feb 19, 2014
While typically benign, a spermatocele or testicular cyst may cause an affected individual slight discomfort or at the very least concern. Natural remedies can be applied to treat the condition and avoid the common surgical route of treatment. Many natural remedies have been shown effective including dietary changes, supplements and topical applications.
What is a Spermatocele?
An abnormal sac typically filled with milky or clear fluid that contains sperm, a spermatocele most often forms on the epididymis. The condition often causes no signs or symptoms; however, if the growth becomes large enough an individual may experience pain in the affected testicle, a feeling of heaviness in the testicle with the growth and swelling above or behind the testicle. The cause of the condition is unknown, but contributing factors may include blockage, trauma and inflammation.
Natural Remedies for Testicular Cysts
Treating testicular cysts naturally is much less invasive than the mainstream treatment option. Adopting a whole food diet focused on anti-inflammatory foods is one method for treating cysts and regaining a high level of overall health. Additionally, supplements and topical applications can also be used, including iodine, magnesium and chromium chloride.
Iodine is an effective combination treatment. Cysts often manifest as the result of an iodine deficiency, so supplementing the diet with iodine is an effective treatment option. Iodine can also be applied topically to the cyst to allow it to penetrate and reduce the size of the cyst.
Magnesium is also successful at treating cysts as it agitates calcium and works to naturally dissolve the growth. Cysts often form as the result of calcium buildup and a magnesium supplement functions to regulate the amount of calcium in the body to eliminate and prevent further buildup.
Chromium chloride also functions to regulate calcium buildup. Cysts often form when the blood sugar is high and the solubility of calcium in the bones and tissues is increased; however, chromium chloride regulates this imbalance and prevents buildup. Avoiding sugar and drinking plenty of water is also helpful for increasing the efficacy of this treatment option.
Spermatoceles are typically painless and noncancerous; however, the growths can be cause for discomfort and concern. As such, many individuals opt for an effective treatment method to eliminate the growth. Natural remedies, including topical applications and supplements, eliminate growths safely and effectively.
08/04/2010: Psdob1 from London, Uk: "I am 77 years old. I would like to know if anyone has used any thing that would help to reduce or eliminate this growth on testes or testicles. It seems at the moment I have three 3 testicles not two. Doctors has checked and they have said it is benign.
At the moment I am taking internally Apple Cider Vinegar/Cayenne pepper/Turmeric/Cinnamon.
I would be grateful to know if anything can help to reduce this benign growth. This is a wonderful website for information, please include more cures for other ailments. Good luck to all. Piyara"Replies
08/05/2010: Larry from Fairfax, Va / Usa replies: "I'm 71 y.o. And over the last 2 years, I've had two sonograms showing that the numerous small to medium size testicular cysts I have are benign. M.D.s have not offered ways to decrease the number or size of these cysts or means of preventing them from becoming cancerous. Although they are benign, the cysts can be painful at times. Any suggestions about dealing with benign testicular cysts would be much appreciated."
06/01/2013: Jd from Martinsville, Indiana replies: "Actually kind sirs.... DEMAND THEY BE REMOVED, if you're a candidate for surgery?... I am 52, just had a MASS they call it, non cancerus, sure is taking its time healing, also have a previous Verasel that may need removed.. Took aikido and jui-jitsu younger, had a few blows, guessI should've taken care of any swelling back then... Now I feel like hell, don't now if I trust my doc or not, the surgery is healing slowly, but I AM HAVING SOME PAIN, and have developed an infecton to boot.. ANY SUGGESTIONS!!!"
11/22/2009: Carl from Nottingham, England: "does anyone have a remedy for testicular cysts (don't say cut your balls off please). the doctor threatened that last time because of the pain, the cysts grow to about half inch in diameter before they "burst". this seems to be the most painful time. the doctor also said even if the cysts are surgically removed, they may grow back. don't really want to go down that route, any good advice please."Replies
11/22/2009: Brygivrob from Escondido, Ca replies: "I personally would go on a raw food diet for several days to weeks and take enemas to cleanse my body. Then I would eat only health foods, no meat or processed stuff at all.
Take Vit. D3, and expose the area to some sunshine or a proper sun lamp for short periods of time.
11/23/2009: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, USA replies: "Hi Carl, I am in agreement with Brygivrob from Escondido, CA. I would urge you to start juicing with veggies and going on a raw food diet. If you have seen any of my posts over the 2 months on the mini beet protocol, juicing and raw food then you will know that I have discovered a world that is seeing miraculous turn-around in people's health. Just google or watch on youtube and you will see it for yourself. People who have cancer, fibromyalgia, ms, candida, major cysts, etc., all disappear through this. Google, Gabriel Cousens, Ann Wigmore, Hulda Clark and that will lead you to others who have seen these "miracles". There is more than hope in the stories you will witness. You can heal your body if you give it the right keys. I wish you the very best and if you have any questions about sites, info, etc. I would do my best to help you. Lisa
P.S. I have turned my own health around through mbp, juicing and raw foods. Seeing my body return has convinced me of my conviction in this!"
11/24/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Carl:
Testicular Cysts... If lugol's iodine is applied externally to that area, is one of the few ways it the iodine can reach it to prevent further spread. Cysts is usually calcium, hence magnesium supplements is taken, such as magnesium citrate roughly 500 mg a day. The magnesium is antagonistic to the calcium. I have also found that cysts is a form of iodine deficiency, it seems to occur in women with low iodine, which gathers around the breast. Cysts can also form when the blood sugar is high, increasing the solubility of calcium to go from bones to the tissues causing cysts. Hence, 1500 mcg of chromium chloride, or a good chromium supplements without the calcium added, best in capsule form is taken. I prefer chromium chloride, perhaps chromium polynicotinate. If a person is serious about reducing this cyst, staying away from sugar, and drink plenty of water during meals will dilute sugar concentration, in addition to avoiding dinners before sleep also helps reduce the sugar spikes.
08/03/2012: Scg from Santa Cruz, California replies: "Spermatocele: Mayo Clinic says it is benign & may result from blockage in one of the tubes that drain sperm from the testicle into the epididymis...Only needs surgical removal if too large or painful... Otherwise harmless."
08/30/2013: Hermes from Canberra, Australia replies: "If you google this 2003 study, it shows an effective treatment of these cysts in most cases. Better than surgery.
A therapeutic alternative in the treatment of epididymal cysts: percutaneous sclerotherapy.
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