Ganglion Cyst Natural Remedies and Pain Relief

| Modified on Nov 13, 2023
Posted by Katherine (California ) on 07/30/2023

Years ago, I had a ganglion cyst on my middle finger for a long time. I saw a hand doctor and general practitioner with no help. I then read an article by Dr David Brownstein where he said that all cysts are caused by low iodine in the body. I put some iodine from the Drug Store on it and by the third day it was almost gone. I recently felt a cyst returning in that area and took some iodine internally. In a few days the area was clear again.

Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki) on 07/18/2023

Maybe the ganglion cyst is the effect and not the cause of pain in the wrist. I mean the effect of a problematic arthrosis for example in the wrist, from repetitive strain as in the calpal syndrome. I drained mine again before some weeks in order to relieve pressure from the irritated nerve, and even though it became flat somedays the nerve is still irritated and I feel my hand weak and with limited motion. So I am about to start these exercises and stretches from the book advised in the carpal syndrome topic:

Sharon J. Butler Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other Repetitive Strain Injuries: A Self-Care Program<

Posted by Deirdre (NC) on 05/31/2023

I had a ganglion cyst on my wrist for a number of years. It was a little smaller than the size of a pea. Well, I just realized it is completely gone! Since being consistent with the borax protocol healed my trigger thumb in 4 months last summer and early fall, I'm guessing borax also was the key remedy that shrank my ganglion cyst. Wow. A doctor had told me it would never go away in 2018. Tried all the remedies mentioned on Earth Clinic for a ganglion cyst, and none helped at all. Amazing.

Here is a pic of what my ganglion cyst looked like. Mine was about 1/3 the size of this woman's cyst, so you get an idea of how much it shrank!

Clay Tablets
Posted by Philippa (Surrey, BC, Canada) on 03/17/2009

I have problems with cysts/ganglia developing on my wrists and finger joints. I usually have to have them removed surgically. This was a real problem as I had to limit activity and keep the surgery site dry for several weeks after each surgery - not to mention the pain.

I had started developing another cyst on my left wrist that was becoming big enough to be considered my parasitic twin. I was putting off having it looked at due to the pain, the surgery, the inconvenience, etc.

I had previously been taking Terramin Clay tablets (1 tablet per 50 lb. of weight) to help cleanse my system; but, had stopped for some unknown reason. I started taking the clay tablets again without realizing that they could help my cyst.

Over a period of several days, my cyst shrank and disappeared. I had no idea how it happened; but, was delighted nonetheless. Two days later I happened to stumble upon the Terramin site at a place that was explaining how the clay in the tablets was small enough to break through the blood/tissue barrier. These particles were so small they had the ability to enter the cyst, start cleansing it and eventually remove it.

I'm back on my clay and loving it!

Posted by Jean (NC) on 09/26/2022 1 posts

Had a fairly large cyst on top of my dominant hand. Tried castor oil, and frankincense for a few weeks and nothing happened. Then I watched a video and a woman said one of the remedies is fresh aloe gel twice a day for 20 min. I left the aloe on there and covered with a bandaid. At night, I did the frankincense and a drop of castor oil. It took a few weeks but woke up this morning and the cyst is gone. Plus you need patience. Don't give up too soon.

Vitamin E
Posted by Judy (Cleveland) on 05/25/2022

Can you please tell me how much Vit E did you take and how much each time you took it per day?

DMSO, Essential Oils
Posted by Tiffany (Texas) on 04/17/2022

How many times a day and for how long did you apply the ointment?

DMSO, Essential Oils
Posted by Betty (CA) on 02/01/2022

Not for your type of cyst but I used iodine and DMSO for epidermal cyst on my back. It worked. Maybe try iodine instead?

DMSO, Essential Oils
Posted by Krusty (Thessaloniki - Greece) on 02/01/2022

I used frankincense essential oil with many drops of DMSO for months, every day and had no result at all.

The Hammer Method
Posted by Mama T (Nv) on 08/13/2021

I had injured my ankle and went to the chiropractor. The next morning I had needle pain in my big toe and a ganglion cyst on the bottom of my foot on the tendon to my big toe! I went back to the chiropractor and he worked on my foot some more. He said the cyst will not go away and I may have to have it drained! OR he said "you could hit it with a hammer"!

I went home and looked it up on line and saw the medical remedy for draining it and blah blah. Then I went on and saw this treatment.

I used a hammer! It took a lot of whacking and then I iced it! Now it is greatly reduced! Maybe a book gives you a broader surface area for hitting the cyst.

Thank goodness for Earth Clinic.

EC: Hmmm... 17 readers on Earth Clinic used a book, not a hammer, but please share the post where you read about using a hammer for a ganglion cyst! 

Vitamin E
Posted by Connie (Elmira, NY) on 06/20/2021

I know it also works for cysts in the breast.

Posted by Alex (Thessaloniki / Greece) on 05/20/2021

I had a ganglion cyst in the upper part (hairy) of my left wrist for more than six years. I have tried the needle method and it got swollen again and refiled in few months. Frankincense Essential Oil didn' t work for me either.

The following instructional video saved me:

"How I Fixed the Ganglion Cyst in My Wrist"

So I followed the three pillars:

1) I removed the prolonged tension in the area by buying an ergonomic vertical left hand mouse. It has a different hand grip from common mouses. Prolonged mouse usage is thought by many doctors to cause ganglion cysts in the wrist.

2) I bought a foam roller and applied it to my upper forearm and wrist.

3) I did some dumbbell (5kgr) exercises by lifting it up just by moving the wrist (palm facing upward) to strengthen the antagonistic muscles.

In about two months my swollen ganglion cyst has almost flattened and the results lasts until now for many months.

Vitamin E
Posted by Crystal (Tracey, CA) on 02/16/2013

In the last two weeks I had a ganglion cyst (also an ailment) once again surface on my hand. I bought vitamin e capsules. Took them within 24 hours hand cyst gone. Bartholin gland 3/4 of size. Vitamin e!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless Laura (Ventnor, NJ) on 08/10/2009. for her posting in the ganglion cyst section!!!!!!!

Magnetic Bracelet
Posted by British (Long Island, NY) on 06/08/2012

One thing that did work for the cyst on my wrist was a magnetic bracelet. This was a lot less painful that the 2 times it was popped before.

Vitamin C
Posted by Susan (KS) on 02/17/2021

Joanne, how much crystal C did you take daily and where did/do you get it? Thanks, Susan

Weight Training, Nattokinase
Posted by Don (Michigan, USA) on 01/06/2021

Or coincidence.

Posted by Bill (Athens/ Greece) on 09/01/2020

Many youtube commenters write in the below link to have success with Aspercreme. I 've tried it for more than a week with no result on my wrist.

Castor Oil, Frankincense Oil
Posted by Christine (South Africa) on 03/12/2018

I had a ganglion cyst on my second big toe. I left it because it did not bother me and because years ago I had one on my finger and after a few months it disappeared. This one on my toe did not go away and kept on growing till it was about 7mm in diameter and touching my big toe so I started looking at Earth Clinic for help. I started rubbing on castor oil and Frankincense oil 3 x a day ( because I had those oils in the cupboard!). One week later it had formed a scab which I could lift off and so it went on till it was gone. I am so happy with Earth Clinic advice!

DMSO, Essential Oils
Posted by Chip (St. Augustine, Fl) on 02/27/2018

Getting Rid of a ganglion cyst:

I have tried it out on several people and it works consistently. I am 70 and have a girl friend who has been affected by a painful ganglion cyst.

A few words of warning: A key feature of this protocol is DMSO. There is a lot on the web about it, however I have found it hard to find a bunch of the gotchas about using it in one place. So before we get into the protocol a few words about DMSO.

DMSO is an all natural product as it is a byproduct of processing wood into wood pulp for making paper. DMSO stands for Dimethyl Sulfoxide. It has been used for a wide variety of medical problems since the 19960's. It is readily used throughout much of the world, however in the U.S., Big Pharma has convinced the FDA not approve it's use for medical purposes except under extremely limited circumstances. In spite of that, it is still used extensively by veterinarians and it is legal for human use in Oregon and Florida. I

In spite of it's near miraculous properties, it is a strong solvent and it is best to take a few precautions. One of the basic properties is that it transports whatever is on the skin into the body to which it is applied. Therefore, it is essential that hands be cleaned as well as that area of the body where it is to be applied.

When it is used to help heal ganglion cysts I like to start by applying a dilute essential oil mixture to the affected area. I use a small glass roll-on- bottle (readily available on line.) I use a 3 to 5% solution of Organic Frankincense and Carrot Seed essential oils. (note that the non-organic essential oils are often synthetic and should not be topically applied.)

I use coconut oil or rose hip oil as carrier oils. They both help protect the skin and shield it from the solvent DMSO effects. Although sometimes just the Frankincense by itself works to eliminate the ganglion cyst.

The DMSO should be either 50 or 70% gel solutions cut with Aloe Vera and scented with an essential oil. (This is readily available on line.) Although the unscented DMSO will work, most people who use it get a garlic like smell given off from their pores. Although it is available in 99.95% pure solutions a 50 to 70% solution is more readily absorbed. Later I say slather the DMSO on, not rub it in. The more it is rubbed the more it can irritate the skin.

The Protocol:

  1. Coat the ganglion cyst with the diluted Essential Oil mixture.

  2. Apply a poultice of Epsom salt mixed with a little coconut oil to the ganglion cyst.

  3. Slather on the DMSO over the Epsom salt poultice and leave on for about 25 minutes.

  4. Usually within 10 minutes the cyst will feel better.

  5. Apply this protocol 3 or 4 times a day until the cyst disappears, then continue for 2 weeks to ensure the roots of the cyst are destroyed.

Weight Training, Nattokinase
Posted by Susan (Westhampton) on 06/01/2017

I had a small but slowly growing ganglion cyst just on my wrist at the crease mark area. I tried a few remedies over the past two years that I read on the Earth Clinic site like massage, banging it with a book (hilarious) and rubbing frankincense oil on it every night. Nothing made a dent, just like everyone reports.

Tonight I looked at my wrist and realized my ganglion cyst has COMPLETELY DISAPPEARED! There are only 2 recent changes I have made, so it's either one of the following OR the combination that dissolved the cyst.

1. I started using light weights at the gym for my arms. I do forearm lifts using a 10 lb weight. I have been doing this for the past 2 months, two or three times a week.

2. I take a nattokinase supplement, half dose, every other day. I don't like to take too much of it because it causes a small cut to bleed more than normal. I have also been taking the past few months.

I am very happy about this! I had been told surgery was my only option.

I will update everyone in case I stop doing one or both of these things and it starts to come back or if I can pinpoint whether it was the nattokinase or the weight lifting that dissolved the cyst. For now I can happily report a 100% cure. Yea, ganglion cyst be gone!

Posted by Baldev Raj (India) on 02/10/2017 190 posts

Hi Dinyar,

You can in fact apply Magnasium oil on it, the best would be if you can mix magnesium oil and DMSO 50/50 and apply that solution three four times a day on the cyst you will get better result and will not have any BM problem.


Posted by Dinyar (Ga) on 02/08/2017

I have hard lump on my palm below the fingers. Some times they are quite painful and when I do some work with my tools. I do take chelated Mg 100 mg twice daily. I cannot tolerate more than this (loose BM).

I wanted to know about liquid Sulphur treatment- Do I apply Neat (100% pure) or diluted? also, I saw liquid Sulphur for gardening is that ok to use?

Thank you


Posted by Keira (Sydney, Australia) on 07/27/2016

Ganglion Cyst: I had raised painless red lumps on both thumbs near the joint, I read the posts on Epsom salts treatment which are full of magnesium, & thought it would be easier to take magnesium tablets. I took two 500mg tablets a day- one in the morning, the other at night. After 3 days I thought the lumps looked slightly smaller. I continued taking the tablets. After 3 weeks the lumps were now gone, but the skin was still red. I continued taking the tablets & after another couple of weeks the redness was totally gone.

I now take a maintenance dose of one tablet daily, & now several months later they have not returned.

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

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

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