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I was diagnosed with a hydrocele and a cyst on my
epititydis my question is he wants to do surgery itís
the size of a softball is there and herbs that will
dissolve a hydrocele thanks
Toxicity due to bad dietary habits is often the cause of
this. As to home treatment for a hydrocele the first
thing I would suggest is a 7 day semi-fast eating only
fruits and drinking Dandelion root tea 4-5xs day. You
may also eat yogurt and drink fresh water adding a few
drops of lemon juice.
The homeopathic Remedy Pulsatilla 200, 6 pills, 3xs
day has helped some folks reduce hydrocele swelling and
avoid recurrence. After you fast you must
eliminate foods that stagnate the system such as: Red
meats, white sugar, pork, all dairy and all fried foods.
If after this period you notice no relief than surgery
may be your only option. Surgery in most instances is
simple and minor.
I read some of your posting on Cysts. I am a 47 year
old female, healthy, but guilty of a diet high in bad
carbs and sugar. My particular Cysts are Ganglion
Cysts, Neurofibroma or Neurofibromatosis as the disease
is called. They have been steadily growing for the last
seven years. Surgical removal is all that has been
offered for treatment.
They are located in the soft and fatty tissue in the
back of my right thigh, approximately 9 of them. One
behind my right knee and two growing on both sides of
the tibiofibular joint as well as one near the right
ankle. All are adjacent to the sciatica nerve.
Any idea of how to deal with these types of
tumors/cysts? They are severely painful and have
progressed into a problem of sleeplessness due to pain.
what you saw are my other predecessors answers, I am
happy to give you mine.
change your diet. This is the key to your success in
treating these and other health conditions.
Eliminate from your diet all fried and greasy foods, all
milk products, margarine and all white sugar. Also
eliminate foods that stagnate the system such as: pork,
heavy red meats and pasta. Avoid alcohol and drink
coffee in moderation.
To clean out toxins, I advise a 48 hour semi-fast,
drinking only fresh water and infusions of Dandelion
sweetened with honey. You may also drink fresh fruit
juices and fresh water. If hunger overtakes you, you may
After your fast. enhance your diet with plenty of fresh
fish (salmon, mackerel), chicken, turkey, fresh garlic
and onions, fresh ginger, brown rice, raw or steamed
locally grown vegetables, honey and fresh fruits.
The dried petals of the Calendula plant have been used
as a poultice to treat this condition, I suggest that
you use a skin scrub based on Arnica, Calendula and tea
tree oil. Your local herbalist may be able to prepare
one for you.
Psyillium husks may be used to reduce the inflamation
and swelling. Boil for 15-20 minutes and drink 3xs day.
You may sweeten with a bit of honey.
Take a multi-vitamin containing 25,000IU of Vit. A, 50mg
of B6, 50mg of Zinc and take 1,000mg of Vit. C 3xs day.
Also add 1 tablespoon of Flaxseed oil in the morning and
1,000mg Evening Primrose 3xs day. Take 1,000Mg. of
Turmeric per day.
You may also want to treat the affected area with a
compress of essential oils of Lavender 15 drops, Tea
tree 15 drops in an infusion of Hazel tea, apply the
compress twice a day for 10-15 minutes.
Other herbs that may be used are Echinacea and Licorice.
One last, but certainly very important treatment is
Acupuncture. I encourage you to look into it with a
local licensed and certified acupuncturist. There have
been several success stories using this form of therapy.
Sorry for bothering, but can
you help me. My brother have pilonidal cyst with abscess
is there a way to cure without surgery with herbs or
With pilonidal cysts it is very important that the area
is maintained clean. It is important to keep bacteria
out of the affected area. If there is hair at the site
or near the area, it needs to be shaved.
Some folks have found that treating the area with Tea
tree oil helps, but if the cyst develops a redness
around the area or has a foul smell you need to contact
your doctor. Also if it is chronically infected it could
cause a form skin cancer, so it is very important to be
in touch with your practitioner.
Another remedy which has had some success is Castor oil
packs. Here are 2 links you may want to look at:
Other than that I would suggest drinking infusions of
Dandelion tea and adding 10 drops of extract of Burdock
and 5 drops extract of Red clover. Sweeten oil with
honey and drink 3-4xs day. This will help to clear
One more remedy that may help is taking 1 teaspoon of
Turmeric powder a day, or 500mg in capsule form. You can
also make a paste with the Turmeric powder and place it
on the affected area for 30 minutes, 2xs day.
I am a 68 year old women. My problem with infected
cysts goes back at least 50 years. I have had them
lanced under my arms, chest and vaginal area. In the
last 8 months I have been plagued with one
after another, non-stop. I was prescribed antibiotics
twice, it has not helped. I recently had a
dermatologist suggest that I take humira injections, as
prescribed for psoriasis patients. I refuse because
of the risk related to that particular medication. My
question is, is there a more holistic approach that I
can take to relieve me of this problem?
Thank you for the inquiry. First of all, I strongly
suggest you take a look at your diet. If your diet has
been high in carbs and processed foods, and sugars, it
is likely, your body type has an issue with processing,
these dietary items. If your diet has been clean and
healthy, then there are other reasons, that you have
this problem for so long, or a combination of both. I
suggest you read the downloads, especially the one on PH
diet. If your body is too acid, it is more likely to
make cysts, and have a inclination to infections, if it
is more alkaline, with live, and healthy foods, this is
conducive to NOT growing cysts or having them get
The herbs you should take are the following:
- our formula
Free Flowin, containing turmeric and astragalus, as
well as other herbs for inflammation, immune, digestion
of carbs, and balancing of sugars, healthy gut, and
- do a bowel and gall bladder flush, see download, this
will clean the toxins out of your body, and allow you to
make healthy cells
- drink P au D'arco tea, 3 cups daily
-take alpha lipoic acid, this will help get rid of the
- double dose, for at least one month of Omega 3-6-9
oils, then normal dose thereafter, will help break up
- American Ginseng, take 3 pills two times daily for 30
days on, 30 days off
- 3 pills 3 times daily of Blue Green Algae, this will
help detox, and give energy and stop the growth of the
cysts, but remember, no processed, sugary foods, or pork
- put castor oil packs on your ovaries, and anywhere
else there is an infection of the cysts, this will help
break them up, and alleviate the pain, you can put a
heating pad on for a little while on top, as well, but
not for longer than, 10-15 minutes at a time.
Do you have know of any herbs to help with a Ganglion Cyst? I had
a cyst removed from the top of my right hand by the base
of the thumb. It grew back in the same in 2 years. The
cyst is affecting my hand in that my fingers tingle,
warmth up my arm, my hand hurts. I can not open my hand
because of the cyst. The palm of my hand by the thumb
base is swollen. I can tell there is arthritis in it.
The other hand is starting w/a cyst but not has bad.
That hand I can not open. I was reading an article
about Red Desert Clay and how that help with Ganglion
Cysts. It's not guaranteed to work, but there are
reviews that state some success. Do you have any views
on that? I take a lot of supplements along with Iodoral
and ATP Cofactor, Tumeric, Vitamin K, Nattokinese,
Astragalus. Not sure if there would be interactions or
blood thinning effects.
I suggest you may be reactive to the Nightshade group of
foods, which assist in causing these type of cysts,
potatoes ( not sweet potatoes, it is good for you),
tomatoes, green, red , yellow, peppers, tobacco, all
first cousins, members of the Solanacea family. These
plants cause arthritis, and are part of our way of life,
in most of our foods, but for many, very arthritic
causing, building up calcifications, arthritis, and
joint problems. I have had this myself, and the only
thing that worked was acupuncture, from a really good
Chinese acupuncturist. Find one in your area. Also start
putting castor oil packs on it at nite, see download,
you could add the clay into it, externally. You could
do a cleanse on your body as well,
QUESTION: I had a benign cyst removed from my tongue last November. Since then my tongue has undergone healing in various stages. At present, the papilae of my tongue are inflamed and very bothersome. I keep rubbing my tongue over my teeth because I feel like I have something on my tongue that needs to be removed. Do you have any suggestions as to how to treat the tongue? I have tried using tea bags, aloe vera etc.,but nothing seems to help me. I would
appreciate your suggestions.
ANSWER: I would really like more information to better help you, do you have cysts anywhere else in the body, any other problems associated with this, did the surgeon say what kind of cyst it was(fluid or fatty) and why it formed? Have you been back to the surgeon and told him about the feeling. Seeing your tongue might be worth thousand words, Baltimore is 2 hours from us would you consider a full consultation. If you do not want to come up I can email or fax our brochure and client intake form.
Here is the short answer for your question. I would use some topical antiinflammatory and painkillers such as:
Kava Kava, Latin Named: Piper methysticum This herb is good for oral pain, spasms, muscle relaxant along with being an antiseptic.
Spilanthes, Toothache plant, Latin Named: Spilanthes oleracea or Blainvillea oleracea, as the name implies it was traditionally used for toothache, today it is used appropriately for pain of the tongue, teath, gums and throat, it is also antifungal and antibacterial.
I would suggest using tinctures of these herbs and dropping them directly on your tongue, they should help with inflammation and pain.
You might also want to use Echinacea tincture which besides being an immune booster is a great sialogogue, makes you salivate more, good antiinflammatory and increases phagocytosis which are the cleanup cells of the circulation system. The Eclectics also used it for pain in the late 1800's early 1900's.
Question: I'm writing to help my daughter who is a healthy 21 year old. As a captain of her gymnastics team and a cheerleader, you know she is in good physical condition. Also, she has always been careful to maintain good eating habits. Recently she developed a pilonidal cyst which was treated with antibiotics and heat applications. This seemed to do the trick. However, 6 weeks later it is reappearing. I'm trying to find a way to avoid repeated use of antibiotics and, of course, surgery.
Answer: A pilonidal cyst can be a chronic and annoying problem. I would really like more information to give a better recommendation for you. I can fax our brochure and client intake form to you, or send in mail or attached to email if you have Microsoft word. I have run across this problem twice so far and have successfully avoided full blown surgical removal of the area.
In general I would try the following.
1. Keep the area hair free, use a hair removing product once a week.
2. Don't injure the area, such as a blunt landing on the back or bottom when she is doing gymnastics or long-term pressure from sitting.
3. Some practitioners recommend using a rubber inflated ring when sitting so there is little pressure on the area, take it every where she goes, or get one for the car and home.
4. Correct posture when seated and positions when sleeping can help.
5. Use Vitamin C 1000 mg or more
6. Use Zinc upwards to 200 mg
7. Get as much Garlic in her as possible, add it to her daily diet, she should smell like garlic.
8. Medicinal mushrooms such as Gano derma, Maitake, Shitake and Chaga help to build the deep immune system and fight infection. Make broths of the mushrooms or take them as tinctures.
9. Astragalus is a great immune building herb.
10. For stress associated with her fast paced life give Siberian Ginseng, chronic stress depletes immune reserve and response. Stress also effects B vitamin deficiency, she may benefit from a B-Complex supplement.
11. If it is necessary to open the cyst find a surgeon/physician that will try a lance and drain tube technique, less invasive, quicker turn around. The tube stays in for a couple days to drain the cyst then it is removed, the wound heals quickly. Don't let the surgeons foul you, the total cystectomy has only a 25% success rate.
12. Clean up her diet completely, the fuel of infection is sugar and carbohydrates, all products with ingredients that are simple sugars (sucrose, corn syrup, dextrose and any sugar or sugar-alcohols) or are made with processed flours (such as bleached white flour) should be avoided. Fat free products are full of sugars, they take the fat out and add sugars for flavor and texture, avoid them also. No soda, juice or sports drinks. Her diet should consist of in this order: water, vegetables, proteins then a small amount of fat. Fruits are also full of sugar and should be her dessert if she has dessert at all.
13. Keep the area clean, bath and shower daily and after getting sweaty, have her change clothing so she is not sitting around in sweaty outfits. Less damp wet and dark, less possibility of infection.