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Medic for Ganglion Cysts

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9. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt

Epsom salt is a wound-healing agent that will help reduce and heal the cyst within a few days. It will also relieve associated pain and inflammation.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt in 1 to 2 cups of warm water. Soak the affected area in it for 20 to 30 minutes. Repeat once daily for several days.
  • Alternatively, combine ½ teaspoon of Epsom salt, 1/3 cup of warm glycerin and about 1/8 teaspoon of borax in a bowl. Mix the ingredients thoroughly until all substances are dissolved. Use a cotton swab to apply it on the affected area, then put a bandage over it. Repeat twice daily for a few days.

10. Eat Anti-inflammatory Foods



To minimize pain and swelling due to a ganglion cyst, eat more foods that have anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Some good anti-inflammatory foods are salmon, flaxseeds, avocados, ginger, turmeric, olive oil, tart cherries, walnuts, blueberries, blackberries, sweet potatoes and spinach.
  • Also, avoid eating or drinking inflammatory foods like white-flour products, white rice, sugary foods, soda and foods rich in saturated fats.

Additional Tips

  • Be careful not to hit the cyst with any heavy object, as it can damage the skin.
  • Do not try to pop the cyst by puncturing it with a needle, as this can lead to infection.
  • If the cyst is on your wrist or hand, avoid repetitive movements of that area.
  • If the cyst is on your foot, try to wear shoes that don’t touch it.
  • If needed, wear a splint or brace to temporarily immobilize the affected joint.
  • Make sure you consult your doctor if the size of the cyst is increasing rapidly or causing pain for a long time.
  • Do not remove a ganglion cyst on your own using a needle, scalpel or scissors.




Medic for Ganglion Cysts was last modified: February 9th, 2016 by Top10HomeRemedies
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49 thoughts on “Medic for Ganglion Cysts”

  1. Taping a quarter to it over night gets rid of it… I had one over 20 yrs ago that kept coming back till I taped a quarter to it, never had one again! 🙂

    1. can you explain more the method?
      i had one years ago, it was so big and i do a surgy, but unfortunatly it come back one month later and it become more big
      i drink lemon juice with water and i remark that reduce the volume but it not disapear
      can anybody help me plz

  2. I just used the “Bible Therapy” method. Just take hardcover book and smack the bump with it a few times with increasingly hard strikes… start easy, then work up from there. When you feel the bump start to go down in size, i.e. the fluid-filled sack burst and the fluid can drain back into the body, massage the area until the bump is gone.

    If it matters, I used a copy of Freakonomics and not an actual Bible.

    It was gone in 30 seconds, which seems a better method than surgery or taking some kind of homeopathic placebo.

    1. Steve your theeory is awesome.I read all treatment tried at home but finally it is gone by just hard strikes of firm booklet.
      Thanks !!

    2. I had a cyst on the back of my hand that was quite sensitive. After a month of immobilizing my wrist and using frankincense oil on sticky plasters, I accidentally knocked the gangleon on a (rubber) mat during my aikido lesson. It hurt for about 10 seconds (really no worse than knocking any joint) and it was gone. I wish I’d just whacked it to start with.

    3. Oh my gosh, does it hurt bad?? I have one on my trigger finger and low pain tolerance ? But this thing has to go. I started taking Turmeric paste and applying frankincense today.

    4. I used a beverage coaster made of stone. It took one strike and was completly gone. Seems that the thickness of the coaster was perfect in striking the cyst.

    5. Attaboy Stevo!! My dad told me about the Bible method but I didn’t believe it. Found it on home remedies then “lo and behold” (no pun) it works! Hallelujah!!!!! “That’s pun”

  3. I used my phone (which has a book cover like case) to give one I found on my wrist just a couple hard taps… worked wonderfully! Thank you Steve!

  4. I have my ganglion cyst for almost two years and Im planning for surgery, but my friend told me to take Vitamin C a week ago they reduce the volume until perfect the cyst is totally gone .

  5. Some doctor told me to be careful with the book hitting method . Maybe good to expolre other methods such as taking Frankincese , Oil massage and Black tea treatment that will add other value to related inflammatory treatments making it more holistic. in nature .
    I understand Tea Trea Oil and Epsom salt and tumeric work wonders on this as well worth giving a go

    1. Well yes. The cyst hurts already. I’ve tried it but seems like cust still has some fluid in it. Trying again. It’s like a kick to the balls I bet lol

  6. Told about the “Bible method” by my GP, I have one on the top of my foot! However the GP also advised that due to where it was I was more lucky to break a few bones while doing it!! Mine occurred due to twisting the foot awkwardly while walking, any suggestions to get rid of it. It is a soft one and cannot be drained so told surgery is the only fix please help as becomes painful at times.

  7. Thanks to all the other comments I ended up using a school textbook and yes it worked but before all that I went to the emergency room they told me what it was scheduled me to see another doctor which told me that it would be a waste of time to have surgery but they would do it so in order to save myself that extra expense home remedy slammed a textbook down on it a couple of times it popped massage that out until the night was gone then taped a quarter on it to keep it down so yes thank you to the Cuoihoi home remedies

  8. Just compressed with black tea, it came to a yellow head and I squeezed a bunch of stuff out of it. Will
    Compress again later and repeat. We’ll see.

  9. Compressed with black tea. It came to a yellow head and it squeezed a lot of Yellow pus out. Will
    Repeat process later on today and hope to get the rest out.

  10. I had glanglion on my wrist I thought it was arthritis because of the discomfort, the dr confirmed it was a glanglion. I hit it with the back of the house phone twice and it disappeared before my eyes, the pain from hitting it wasn’t as bad as having it there. It’s a perfect solution, just give it a good wack. All the best Marcie x

  11. Even though the bible therapy works doctors suggest it should be avoided because after hitting the bump the fluid will still remain inside and there may be chances of getting those bumps again. The home remedies also mentioned not to hit the cyst with heavy objects.

  12. Years ago I went to doctor for ganglion on my wrist. He was an old timer and said there were 2 choices: surgery or the thump method. I opted for thump so he grabbed his PDR from the shelf and smacked my wrist. Worked like charm.

  13. Just tried the smash it with a book method for one on top of my wrist! Didn’t have to hit it too hard, it was gone immediately! Massaged the area for a few minutes after to get all the fluid out. My wrist looks normal again.

  14. I have a small one (pea sized) in the joint where my ring finger meets my palm… it really hurts and it’s hard for me to grasp things. Any suggestions?

  15. I have 2 ganglions in both of my wrists removed through surgery, one has never returned. I have however just healed from the other wrist surgery to remove it and now after the swelling has reduced it appears I have another ganglion in the same wrist…unsure how it was missed but it is now going to cost more to have this one checked out. I will be trying these home remedies and seeing if they help.

  16. I tried smashing it but it keeps coming back. It isn’t very large but it can be painful being as my job requires me to type. I keep massaging it but I guess it is located on top of a nerve which is why it hurts. -_-

  17. My husband just hit it with a cookbook and it was gone immediately. It hurt for like 10 seconds and them he massaged it and it feels great. The pain of the book smacking wasn’t as bad as the pain from the cyst. Plus he was able to get a little joy out it. LOL. thanks for the recommendation!

  18. I’ve tried hitting the one on my foot with a book many times, but it’s still there, and bigger than ever. I tried taping a coin to it over night, but that hasn’t helped either. Any other remedies I could try?

  19. I hit mine with a good sized book, too! Did the trick! I still used a hot tea bag compress to reduce the inflammation and reduce and pain, but really not uncomfortable.

  20. I have a couple of small cyst in my wrist.
    I heard of the Bible method and was reading about treatment for them. Since I was reading this on my Cell Phone and had it in my hand.
    I decided to whack it with the back of my phone!
    It was pretty handie. Lol! It instantly helped the pain! Some people can’t stand the thought of hitting the small bones in the wrist. But it was worth it!

  21. I used a long square eraser on mine on the underside of my wrist . I held it tightly in place with an ace bandage . Tight but not so tight it cuts your circulation off . Wore it like that for almost two days . Worked like a charm . But now i have a large one on top of my foot . Gonna try it on that one .

  22. So I noticed mine about two months ago and it was getting bigger and slightly painful at the top of my wrist. Want to join the thanks to Steve for his explanation of the book method. Took a few tries to work up the courage to hit progressively harder and hard enough to smash it. Didn’t use a book, it was actually a rectangular Bluetooth speaker lol. Instantly went down, with a bit of swelling after massaging. Taped a quarter over it, going to sleep like this and hopefully be good in the morning. Thanks everyone on here for sharing, was getting worried about this.

  23. I have a cyst on the wrist, exactly at the picture. I got this when i worked from steel molding company, back 5 years ago. I had it about 5 centimeters in diameter now. Sometimes it hurts especially when winter. I cannot do some work out too like push up, i have difficulties to lift heavy objects. Its too damn! And very annoying. When i came to dr. They do a xray, but nothing found. Anyway, does any one know what kind of apparatus they have to use to be able to determine if this is a gallion cyst or not? And does this surgery or book method can be possibly heal this although it was 5 years old now? Thanks in advance!

  24. I have a ganglion cysts on my index finger, it has pulled the tendon in that area, is there any home remedies I can use to get rid of this lump ?

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