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.