Turmeric for Cysts

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 the 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 the 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 antiseptic, 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.

Check the detailed article on dosage here


Using turmeric spice in food is safe for everyone. Reported side effects are minimal and confined to mild stomach upsets, indigestion, nausea or dizziness.

That too when taken in high doses for a long period of time. 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.

36 thoughts on “Turmeric for Cysts”

  1. Hi I’m suffering from cyst over my scalp but I went to several doctor they said it’s folliculitise another one said it’s hair root and another one said it’s cyst I don’t know I get confused

  2. I have a cyst in my maxillary sinus cavity. Any recommendations for how to use turmeric in this instance?

    Thank you!

  3. I am having oily skin and I am havingcystic pimples on forehead and area around nose on chin.. they are painfull and red .. will regulr applying turmeric help to remove this pimples and their marks

  4. Hi. I have just recently been diagnosed with a 16x9mm (roughly 1.6cm) cyst on my pancreas. I am 38 Yrs old and this was found during a c.t scan for constant kidney infections. I don’t drink, smoke and I am actively fit and on my feet all day, although I could do with losing a stone. :/ I am really worried about the cyst and I have to go for yearly mri scans. My question Is, will turmeric help and how much should I take? I am not expecting a miracle, but I am willing to try anything.

    • Hi. Please consult a health practitioner with regards to this. You can apply turmeric paste topically to the affected region. Conduct a patch test prior. Mix adequate amount of turmeric powder with olive or coconut oil and apply this to the region affected. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and wash with water. Repeat 2-3 times a day and observe for a week.

  5. I have a large sebaceous cyst, benign per dermatologist, that is now mostly scar tissue inside the dr said. Would a turmeric paste help to shrink it still and stop the pain? I do not want surgery as she suggested. I cannot take turmeric internally due to no gallbladder and the heart burn pain from it is intense and painful. Would using it as a paste be safe with no gallbladder? Thanks

    • Hi. We have not come across specific studies that investigate the role of turmeric and curcumin in relation to brain cysts. But curcumin is a natural neuroprotective agent- it benefits brain health. Additionally its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant property can help in such a condition.

  6. Hi, my father has a cyst on his back, i think almost 5 years already and its getting bigger, and the doctor said that my father will undergo operation to take the cyst, is it possible that we try to use turmeric first instead of operation? How we can apply this?

    • Hi. We recommend taking Golden Paste orally. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds.
      Topical application of turmeric would involve making a paste of turmeric with coconut/olive oil and applying it to the affected region 2-3 times in a day. Please conduct a patch test prior. Without knowing the cause of cyst, we can’t comment to what extent turmeric would help in this case. Please consult a herbalist or naturopath about the same.

  7. I had been diagnosed with cysts on my pancreas, ovaries, liver and cervix will tumic help to get rid of these? How much should I take?

  8. How much do you need to take for ovarian cyst? The last 1 i had was a size of a watermelon an i lost an overy ..they found another on a test .i want stop it b4 its to late i plan pregnancy this year.

  9. I have been diagnosed with a complex liver cysts, 2 of them. One is 3 1/2inches and the other 1″. Will turmeric help in reducing these.. Im not looking for a miracle but help..

    • Hi Reginald. Depending on where the cyst is located you can opt for topical application of turmeric powder. If it is an external lesion such as on skin you can apply turmeric but in case it is on mucosal surfaces then please avoid topical turmeric.
      To apply turmeric topically, mix required amount of organic turmeric powder and extra virgin coconut/olive oil and apply it. Leave on for 30 minutes or till it dries and wash with cool water. Repeat at least 2-3 times in a day and observe for a week for reduction in size. Conduct a patch test prior.
      It is also advisable to take turmeric orally. You can take Golden Paste. Start with small doses such as 1/4-1/2 tsp and if you see no side effects then increase the dose gradually to 1-2 tsp 2-3 times a day over a few weeks. Best taken with food to avoid acid reflux. Avoid taking it at the same time when you take other meds. https://www.turmericforhealth.com/turmeric-recipes/how-to-make-turmeric-paste-or-golden-paste

  10. What is the recommended dosage of turmeric for treating a subaceous cyst on a dog. Current weight 45 lbs? Would a paste made from powdered (store spice) turmeric have any beneficial effects. I am afraid that it may cause the puppy to lick the cyst, which he is not doing now.

    • My friend has used Turmeric for her dogs when they get fatty tumors with great results and her dogs love it. She sprinkles less then a teaspoon on their food once a day until it’s gone. Usually takes a week. If it is near the surface/skin, she will also make a paste by adding a little olive oil and rub it on the area.
      Works the same for people with boils; apply the paste or drink a cup of broth with 1 tsp. turmeric once a day for 3-4 days.


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