Ganglion Cyst Remedies

Last Modified on Sep 12, 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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Most Popular Remedies:

Frankincense Oil6 YEAS
The Book Method5 YEAS

User Reviews

Bee Venom   1  1   

Posted by Dorli (Kent, Ct) on 05/03/2012

[NAY]  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.

Posted by P92868
Mesa, Arizona
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!
Posted by Tonimario
Abuja, Enugu Nigeria
Please did you take the epsom salt and water orally?

Posted by Dorli (Kent, Ct) on 05/01/2012

[YEA]  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.

Coconut Kefir   1  0   

Posted by V (Dayton, Oh) on 02/27/2010

[YEA]  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:

Posted by Sndwave
Fort Walton Beach, Fl
And where on the site did you find coconut kefir? There is no search window on it to use.

Epsom Salt   1  0   

Posted by Jennifer (Warwickshire) on 02/14/2014

[YEA]  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.

Frankincense Oil   6  0   

Posted by Christine (Durban, South Africa) on 09/12/2014

[YEA]  i tried this after reading all the home remedies for ganglion cysts and this seemed less of an effort on my part. Just with 2 applications - one at night and one in the morning, it's gone!!! Thanks guys for the tips :)

Posted by Supertigertv (San Francisco, California) on 08/07/2014

[YEA]  I really did NOT expect Frankincense Oil to work on the Ganglion Cyst on my left wrist. Just seemed too EASY. However I had some I had bought several years ago and was averse to either the book slam method or bee sting so I decided to give it a try. Why not? I put some Frankincense Oil on my wrist two different days then decided to actually MASSAGE it in which felt weird, but then two days after that I was surprised that it had diminished in size to be almost impossible to see! I don't even feel the need to continue treatment it has reduced in size so much. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR HONEST EXPERIENCES AND INFORMATION!

Posted by Carol S. (United States) on 04/30/2014

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Tu
Pennsylvania, US
Hi, I have a ganglion cyst on my inner wrist and going to try the frankinscense oil, is your ganglion cyst completely gone after repeated use? It would be extremely helpful if you could give us an update thanks

Posted by Amanda (England) on 09/14/2013

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Karen (Coeur D'alene, Idaho, Usa) on 02/12/2013

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Ky Mama (Clinton, Ky) on 01/01/2013

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Fora
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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!

Liquid Sulfut   1  0   

Posted by Carla (Texas, US) on 06/12/2014

[YEA]  Liquid sulfur, prescribed by my naturopathic doctor for my ganglion, relieved the swelling, redness and pain in less than three days.

Massage, Ice   2  0   

Posted by Richard (New York) on 06/02/2013

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Smanga (Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa) on 05/20/2013

[YEA]  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.

Noni Juice   1  0   

Posted by Joyce (Easley, Sc) on 07/21/2014

[YEA]  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.

Oil Pulling   1  0   

Posted by Swanny (Swansea, West Glamorgan, United Kingdom) on 05/08/2010

[YEA]  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:

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