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Frankincense as Aid for Cysts

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Q. Do you have any information on natural treatments for a sore ganglion cyst on the wrist? I have been using a wrap-around brace on my wrist and would prefer to handle this without medication or surgery.

A. A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms on joints such as the wrist, ankles, feet or fingers. If the sac presses on a nerve, it may be painful. Such cysts often disappear on their own, so “watch and wait” is the first choice for treatment. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons also recommends wearing a brace to immobilize the joint. If the cyst is persistent and painful it should be checked by a doctor who may opt to puncture and drain it.

We did hear about an unusual treatment for ganglion cysts from a young woman who applied frankincense oil to hers. It disappeared.

Another reader tried this: “I had cysts on my knees that made it excruciating to kneel. Frankincense oil on them twice a day cleared them up in only four days. I would never have believed this could work so quickly!”
Frankincense is resin from Boswellia trees. Boswellia extract has anti-inflammatory activity.

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I also have a ganglion cyst on my wrist, and went to a hand specialist/surgeon to find out my options for taking care of it. The doctor gave me three options: aspirate, or drain, it with a syringe ; surgical removal which can lead to stiffness and possibly physical therapy; and rupturing it. The latter option is the all natural do-it-yourself method which involves whacking the cyst with a hardback book. Ganglion cysts are often called 'bible cysts' because, although it sounds barbaric and painful, smashing the cyst destroys the sack and gives around a 10% chance of recurrence, the same as surgery. Removing the fluid with a syringe leaves the sack, giving a 50% chance of recurrence.

The hand specialist that I saw recomended that I ignore or rupture the cyst in my wrist. Since it had started to press on the nerves in my wrist, I decided to take action and get rid of it. My boyfriend whacked it with a hardback book, but to my dismay (and discomfort) the cyst was still there, just smaller. My mother also has had ganglion cysts and did successfully smashed hers (she slipped on ice one time and a friend whacked another one).

I did ask the doctor whether this method would cause nerve damage or any lasting damage, and he said it is very unlikely. The pain from whacking the wrist feels like a sprain and should be treated as one, alternating hot and cold. I also wrapped it an ACE bandage for a few days, until the pain resided.

Frankincense sounds like a much nicer alternative that I'm going to try out!

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE:
Be sure to dilute the frankincense oil with something neutral like almond or olive oil.

Would like to try frankincense of for my cyst. But how much, and what proportion of oil to it before applying it? Also, where do I buy it?

Appreciate your help.

P.S. As a last resort, used the bar of soap procedure for my very painful leg cramps--a side effect of Forteo (medication for my osteoporosis). It worked after two nights. And I don't believe in this type of treatment!

I too am suffering from a cyst and am intrigued with the frankincense oil. Where do you find such a product??? Thanks, Carl and Dallas

PEOPLE'S PHARMACY RESPONSE: CHECK A HEALTH FOOD STORE.

I bought frankincense for my rather large cyst on my wrist. Today will start a twice a day treatment. Hand surgeon said "come back in 3 months and I doubt that it will get larger" well, has grown larger after 40 days so will not trust hand Dr. will start treatment today of frankincense/olive oil. side note: my puppy LOVES the smell of the frankincense...hope it works.

Hello
Did the frankincense oil work?

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