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Home Remedies for Ganglion Cysts. How to Treat and Prevent Ganglion Cysts



What is Ganglion Cyst?

Ganglion cyst is a smooth, small round shaped bag filled with a thick, sticky liquid that forms under the skin. It can be usually seen on joints such as on the wrist or ankles, soles of the feet, fingers and tendons. This bump can vary in size.

The fluid in Ganglion cyst is generally the ‘synovial fluid’ that lubricates our joints and tendons. Ganglion cyst is usually painless but sometimes it gets painful.

Symptoms

Pain and swelling
Tingling sensation
Numbness
Muscle weakness
Firm or spongy bumps

Causes

The exact causes of ganglion cyst are still unknown but, any mechanical changes or irritation at the tendon or joints can make Ganglion cyst arise.

Ganglion cyst is most common in people between the ages of 15 and 40, mostly gymnasts and women who frequently apply stress to the muscles and joints are known to be susceptible to this problem.

It can rarely occur in children younger than 10 years. People suffering from joint or tendon injury or osteoarthritis are also likely to develop Ganglion cyst.

Though Ganglion cyst is not harmful, it is treatable and curable with simple surgical and natural home remedies there are some that require surgical removal to get rid off. 

Note: If there is pain, doctor may suggest surgical removal or drain the cyst. But if there is not pain or any other discomfort, no treatment is necessary. In many cases, cysts goes away on their own.



Here are 12 most recommended tips and remedies to treat Ganglion cyst. Following home remedies can reduce pain; swelling and discomfort associated with cyst and also prevents them from reoccurring.


1. Black tea bags

Black tea has acidic property that reduces pain and swelling and prevents cyst from getting worse.

1. Put a black tea bag in tolerable hot water for 5-8 minutes.
2. Take it out from water and squeeze out the surplus water.
3. Put the warm, wet tea bag over the affected region cyst until it is warm.
4. Soak it again into warm water and put it on cyst.
5. Repeat this process for few minutes every day.


2. Warm compresses

Apply warm compresses regularly to reduce pain, swelling and other discomforts caused by ganglion cyst. Application of warm compress increases blood circulation in the affected area, reduces pain, promotes fluid drainage and also reduces swelling. But, warm compress will not prevent the growth of a ganglion cyst.



1. Soak a clean washcloth into warm water (squeeze out the excess water).
2. Put this warm cloth directly on the area affected by ganglion cyst until it is warm.
3. Soak it again into warm water and put it on cyst.
4. Do this for 10-15 minutes.
5. You can repeat it 3-4 times a day.


3. Liquorice (mulethi)

Liquorice contains antibacterial property, which helps remove the fluids inside the cysts and prevent it from recurring.


Mix 1 tablespoon of Liquorice powder with small glass of warm water and drink it. Do this once a day to heal ganglion cyst.


4. Turmeric

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory property that helps reduce pain due to a ganglion cyst.

1. Apply some warm turmeric paste directly on the cyst. Do this 2-3 times a day for several days.

2. Alternatively, you can drink warm turmeric milk once or twice a day or add turmeric in your daily diet.


5. Ginger

Ginger has great anti-inflammatory property which reduces pain, swelling and uneasiness.

1. Boil 1 tablespoon of ginger paste in glass of water on low flame until it reduced by half.
2. Strain the water and drink it warm by adding 1 teaspoon of honey to it.
3. Repeat this 2-3 time a day.

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