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Ganglion Cyst Remedies

Last Modified on May 25, 2016

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.

Remedies for Ganglion Cysts

The Popularity of Ganglion Cysts Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Applying Pressure12016-05-16
Bee Venom12012-05-03
Coconut Kefir12010-02-27
Epsom Salt12014-02-14
Frankincense Oil102016-04-03
Hit the Cyst With a Book52016-04-05
Liquid Sulfut12014-06-12
Massage, Ice22013-06-02
Noni Juice12014-07-21
Oil Pulling12010-05-08
Pierce With a Needle42012-03-29
Sea Salt, Epsom Salts, Borax12010-01-07
The Book Method72016-02-26

Applying Pressure  

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Posted by Brian (Brooklyn) on 05/16/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to share my experience.

I had a big cyst on my wrist for a year or more. it was like another knuckle. I read on this site that frankenscence oil would help, and I was applying it fairly regularly for a week or so, then I dropped off as it was unclear if it was working.

A few nights ago my cyst was bothering me more than usual. Sometimes I press on it, hoping that it will surprise me and pop, even though that was a bit scary.

But this time I kind of pulled it to the side. I felt a slight click and watched with my jaw dropped wide as it slowly disappeared. It's gone!

Bee Venom  

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Posted by Dorli (Kent, Ct) on 05/03/2012
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied 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!
Replied by Tonimario
Abuja, Enugu Nigeria
Please did you take the epsom salt and water orally?
Replied by Kerry
Townsville, Australia
Hi there, just wondering where your cyst was when you treated it with epsom salts?

Posted by Dorli (Kent, Ct) on 05/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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  

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Posted by V (Dayton, Oh) on 02/27/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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:

Replied 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.
Replied by Barbara
Tucson, Az
Coconut is antifungal, so that remedy probably works when it is due to fungal parasite such as Valley Fever. I took a product called Berberine that is good for fungal Valley fever and diabetes from and it improved dramatically in days! Its fungal that gives us diabetes, RA, COPD and autoimmune. Its very scary for me because that stuff that leads from cyst is within my wrist and at first felt like it was trying to interfere with my blood flow and had my breath taken away once when it first began, but haven't felt that again. It is also still painful and makes my hand feel heavy like it is interfering with my circulation. I have horrible health care, you know like for the last eight years of this administration! I have had to learn how to help myself with these natural products and herbals. It is miraculous! There is another more scientific website that I am looking for on this new internet subscription that I believe reported to use lots of Oregano and Thyme. I have also been heavily pouring those products on my food. There was a lot more than that! The goal of fungus is to take everything back to the earth!

Epsom Salt  

5 star (1) 

Posted by Jennifer (Warwickshire) on 02/14/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Nancy
Ca., US
Did you take the epsom salts orally or soak your wrist in it?

Frankincense Oil  

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Posted by Jane (Ma) on 04/03/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Well, I was kind of doubtful about whether frankincense oil would work on the ganglion cyst on top of my foot but I gave it a try. Twice a day mixed with some apricot oil and I massaged it a bit. I thought it seemed a little smaller after a few days but then I wasn't sure. I was about to give up but I decided I might as well keep it going. So I put some more oil on and basically pushed it from both sides with my two thumbs pressing towards the center and it popped! What a shocker. Disappeared before my eyes. Maybe the oil helped thin the sac. Who knows. Anyway, it's gone. Let's hope it stays that way! I would definitely recommend the frankincense oil!

Posted by Carla (Missouri) on 03/03/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had a cyst at the base of my middle finger toward the palm, but after only a day using frankincense and massage it popped and flattened right out. It's amazing! It's still a little sore so I'll keep using it til it's gone. I've had the cyst for about 6 months. Frankincense is like a miracle cure.

Replied by Shirley
Hi, I just wanted to know if there was a particular brand you used for the Frankincense Oil, or will any do?
Replied by Lina
Regarding the brand, I switch between Doterra and Young Living. Of all the research I've done, those are the only 2 companies I completely trust with using essential oils. But I should say, Frankincense is one of the more expensive ones. I hope this helps!

Posted by Pitsa (Athens, Greece) on 02/21/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I had ganglion on my feet for 3 years which sometimes was painfull. Two doctors said I should remove it with surgery. I read in Earth Clinic about frankincense oil, so I used it. In the morning and before sleep I put some frankincense oil and massage smoothly. It seemed to become smaller after two days. At the 10th day I decided to massage it a little harder. And that time I heard the noise of the cyst cracking! And it's gone! That was two weeks ago.

Replied by Rosie
Hampshire, England
1 out of 5 stars

I have been using the Frankincense 3 times a day for 7 days so far on my ganglion cyst on my knuckle and nothing has happened. I will keep it up until it has gone but I am very disappointed. I am using it directly and there is no problem with doing this, just nothing happening and it is a good make of essential oil.

Replied by Robert
South Orange County
It's possible the Frankincense has nothing to do with breaking up the cyst. The massaging itself may do it over time. It's the same concept as hitting it with a book but less painful and it takes longer. The fluid is still in your body just not encapsulated in the cyst.

Posted by Sula (Oakland, US) on 10/03/2014
5 out of 5 stars

Three days of applying Frankincence oil and wrapping with a sports tape on my finger and it has worked--my ganglion cyst is about half the size and no longer painful. I'll continue to use it to bring the size down but am thrilled to be pain free after four months. Thank you to those who posted about their experiences--the solution was only ten dollars and worked so quickly!!

Replied by Jack
Bangalore, India
I have tried before book method to smash cyst. However still small bump is left out. I am applying frankincense oil now and wrapping it with crepe bandage from past 6 days but still bump is there. How long did it take for you to diminish it completely?

Posted by Christine (Durban, South Africa) on 09/12/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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 :)

Replied by Ayala
Could you or anyone else who has used frankincense oil say how they used it.

Did you dilute it or put the essential oil straight onto the cyst?

If you diluted it, how much frankincense to how much carrier oil?

What carrier oil did you use?


Posted by Supertigertv (San Francisco, California) on 08/07/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied 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
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Trish
Philadelphia, PA
You had to apply it 6 weeks straight for the ganglion to disappear completely? I've been applying frankincense oil for 9 days and its still there.
Replied by Amanda
Yes, it took 6 weeks to go completely, and it has not come back since then.

Posted by Karen (Coeur D'alene, Idaho, Usa) on 02/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Lily
I too have a ganglion cyst on the palm of my hand. I will buy some frankincense oil tod and try it. Thank you! Lily

Posted by Ky Mama (Clinton, Ky) on 01/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied 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!
Replied by Brian
1 out of 5 stars

My Cyst is inside my wrist, so might be a lot harder.Frankincense didn't work at all after two weeks of massaging with it undiluted 4 times a day. Frankly it seems worse, not better at all.

My last one in the other wrist was sucked out using a needle and ultrasound guidance by a doctor. They perforated the cell wall and it's never come back. Cost $270 though.