A cyst which forms within any body tissue is a pocket of tissue that is filled with fluid, pus, air or other materials. Cysts in the lungs are usually air-filled and those in the kidney are fluid-filled. Dog tapeworms, trichinosis and other parasites form cysts in the liver, muscles, lungs, brain and eyes. Cysts on the skin are very common and are a result of acne. These sebaceous cysts are so called because they are caused by clogging of sebaceous glands due to infections or dirt clogging the skin. Sebaceous cysts are swollen hair follicles and form usually on the neck, trunk and face. They are painless but can become inflamed.
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled and are relatively common in a woman during her childbearing years. They are harmless. Polycystic ovary syndrome also forms cysts which are hormone related. Follicular cysts form during menstruation. Women taking fertility drugs are also at risk of developing large cysts on the ovaries. Ganglion cysts form on the wrists on hands around tendons or joints.
Turmeric & Cysts
Cysts are usually caused due to inflammation of body tissue and treatment depends on the tissues which are affected. Alternative therapies like using herbs such as turmeric are growing in popularity mainly because of their anti-inflammatory benefits. Turmeric – especially its primary pharmacological agent curcumin – is said to be as potent as phenybutazone, hydrocortisone and other OTC medications for inflammation. These drugs when used for long periods cause side effects like formation of ulcers, intestinal bleeding or reduced WBC count. Curcumin on the other hand does not produce such toxic side effects. It is also considered an inexpensive and effective treatment that is well-tolerated by most patients suffering from any anti-inflammatory condition. In fact, studies have found that curcumin can benefit Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
The anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin are because it is able to prevent synthesis of inflammatory leukotrienes and prostaglandins, pro-inflammatory neutrophil and arachidonic acid. Chronic inflammation causes degenerative illnesses. Any simple infection also causes some amounts of inflammation during the healing process. Hence, curcumin can be used for a wide range of medical conditions.
Ganglion cysts could benefit from using turmeric to reduce inflammation and swelling. Sebaceous cyst or cystic acne form painful boils. Turmeric is a multi-purpose remedy for various skin ailments. It is known to heal wounds and boils since it has anti-septic, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory and astringent properties. Turmeric acts by dehydrating boils, draining pus and reduce swelling. It can reduce pain and helps boils heal. Turmeric paste can be applied directly on cysts and boils. Taken internally, turmeric supplements help treat skin conditions from within.
Taken internally, turmeric is said to act as a whole body cleanser and treat conditions like acne, cysts and other painful inflammatory conditions. Turmeric is a way to naturally cure conditions like cystic acne which is formed due to infected or clogged sebaceous glands. Taken internally, turmeric can dissolve such cysts in a few days. It has a blood purifying effect too. To treat sebaceous cysts, use a paste made with turmeric and put it on the cyst. Cover this with gauze to avoid staining.
The usual dosage of curcumin is 400-600mg thrice daily. Adding piperine or bromelain can increase the bioavailability of turmeric supplements. The supplement should contain standardized curcumin extract of at least 95% to be beneficial. Always ensure that turmeric supplements you buy are manufactured according to GMP compliances.
Using turmeric spice in food is usually safe for everyone. Reported side effects are minimal and confined to mild stomach upsets, indigestion, nausea or dizziness. Some evidence is available that long term use of large doses of turmeric could cause liver toxicity. Hence those who are on hepatotoxic medications or have liver cirrhosis should consult their doctor. Some people with skin allergies could develop contact dermatitis if turmeric is used on the skin.
Anyone with gallbladder problems like gallstones, pregnant and breastfeeding women, those taking diabetic or anti-coagulant medication like warfarin are advised to avoid turmeric. Anyone planning to include herbal supplements in their medical regime must consult their doctor first.