Cysts: Their Meaning, Selfcare, and Prevention
Cysts are abnormal sacs or closed cavities
filled with liquid or semi-fluid morbid matter. The encapsulated material is unwanted in the body. When the usual mechanisms---kidneys,
lungs, and/or skin---cannot or do not dispose of the material, it is stored as a cyst.
For kidneys, lungs, and skin to operate
well, your body needs rest, adequate and healthy nutrition, 8-10 glasses of clean water, protection from pollutants,
and low stress.
Your body is wise. If you overlook your needs, your body may nag at you gently, at first. If you
disregard the message, stronger communication, such as a cyst, is needed.
A condition, such as a cyst, is a communication, a special language, through
which your body speaks. These identifiable conditions often tell us we need to heal from a deeper, often unconscious wounding.
A cyst can grow in a matter of days when we feel controlled or criticized by
others or when we control and criticize others. Anger can result in a false growth, such as a cyst. Old hurts may also
be related to the development of a cyst.
Energy blockages that create
cysts can also result from stress, which might not be negative. It could be that you have a job you love (or not), and are
consumed by it. Believing that money and power are needed to be happy can lead to working in a job that is detrimental to
your health. This can lead to neglect of the need to rest, eat well, avoid pollutants, etc. A cyst can result.
Selfcare, Wellness, and Prevention Approaches for Cysts include:
- Health Care Practitioner Choice
- Holistic Approaches to Investigate
- Stress/Lack of Rest
Acupressure (Gentle) Selfcare approaches
- For superficial cysts, hold left hand on top of
the cyst area and right hand on top of that for at least 5 minutes; more if possible
- Use the hand on the same side as the cyst and Hold the little finger with the 2nd, 3rd
and 4th fingers of the other hand; exert just the right pressure to balance the flow between the fingers and hold
for up to 5 minutes
- Hold the ring finger over thumb or vice versa while
watching TV or riding in a car
- For bigger cysts,
hold these spots:
- on either side of the spinal column at shoulder
blade level until you feel a balanced pulse between the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th fingers
- in the middle of the back of both forearms
- in the hollow
in front of the elbows
- below the shoulder blades
- at waist level
- on the fatty part of both
- at the top of the hips
- middle of the chest on both sides
- under the breasts at
- behind the knees
Selfcare and Wellness Approaches
Louise Hay says that cysts
are due to running an old painful movie, nursing your hurts (rather than grieving and releasing them), and false growths.
Affirmations she suggests for this condition are:
The movies of my mind are beautiful because I choose to make them so. I love me.
I am balanced in my creative flow.
can hurt me.
or write one or more of these affirmations at least 20 times each day. Write them on 3X5 cards and place them wherever you’ll
read them many times a day---mirrors, refrigerator door, dashboard, calendar, etc. (This will counter the negative
thoughts you may have.)
Surgically removing a cyst does not necessarily heal the energy blockage that
created the problem.
Make your surgery part of the healing process by staying with your feelings and accepting them, then releasing them
to the universe to become pure positive energy.
conflict and other feelings require an outlet. Allow yourself to cry about situations that have angered, disappointed or conflicted
you. This can be immensely healing. Give yourself permission to grieve and let go. If you feel no one has ever loved you for
the person you are, cry about that and release the feeling. Spend some quiet time thinking about the blockages in your body.
Cry about whatever has created this block in your bodily function.
Grieve the removal of your cyst and replace the area where the cyst was in your
mind and picture it filled with perfectly healthy tissue.
Diet and Eating Selfcare and Wellness
*Use a diet of cleansing foods such as fresh
organic fruits and vegetables (5-10 servings a day)
*Omit meats, fish, fowl and all dairy products. They clog the body, and meat is associated with
increased risk for heart disease and cancer.
*Avoid the following because they interfere with immune system functioning that helps keep you
- Bleached flour products
- Alcohol in any form
- Glutamic acid found in MSG and other food enhancers
- High fat intake (fried foods, meat, chicken and turkey skin, cheese, whole milk)
- Junk Foods made from non-nutritious white flour and white sugar
- Sodium nitrate
(found in frankfurters, baloney and many other cured meats
- High protein
intake, especially from meat
To strengthen the kidneys so they can
help cleanse your body:
1. Eat polyunsaturated fatty acid foods.
foods to eat include green leafy vegetables, flaxseed (add to salads, soups, yogurt, cereals, or fresh juices), olive oil,
seeds and nuts.
2. According to several studies, fish oil may reduce high blood pressure, prevent the development
of proteinuria (protein in the urine) and minimize any kidney lesions. To insure these effects, take fish oil capsules daily.
a high soy and vegetarian diet and include flaxseeds. A report in the American Journal of Kidney Disease reviewed the recent
findings from dietary intervention studies and found that soy and flaxseed both protect the kidney.
4. Increase your
intake of garlic. It can protect the kidney cortex (Free Radicals in Biological Medicine) and stop kidney damage in chronic
kidney syndrome (Molecular and Cell Biochemistry).
5. Drink a pint of raw carrot juice
mixed with one pint of raw spinach juice daily. It would be best to purchase a juicer because the juice must be made fresh
daily and drunk immediately.
to eat the following foods more often. They are considered kidney tonics in Chinese Medicine: chestnuts, cinnamon, cloves,
dill, fennel, fenugreek, lobster, pistachios, raspberries and strawberries.
7. To balance negative thoughts, say or
write one of the following affirmations 20 times every day:
* It is safe
to grow and be joyful
The right action is always taking place in my
* All things
good come into my life
8. Hold your hands just above your waist on your back and say, "Phew!" 25 times. This will bring cleansing
circulation to your kidneys.
9. Avoid concentrated sugars, dates, raisins, lots of protein, beet greens, cooked spinach, rhubarb, chocolate,
coffee, tea, sugar and alcohol.
Exercise Selfcare and Wellness Approaches
Gentle exercise such as walking or Tai Chi may be best. Large
cysts have been known to rupture with strenuous activity.
Herbs : Selfcare and Wellness Approaches
Dr. Vaillancourt suggests a castor oil pack to rid the body of hardened mucus in the body which
may appear as cyst, tumors or polyps. Castor oil packs can also help heal the area after surgery. The castor oil goes right
through the skin, healing, lubricating, and drawing out toxins.
- Take a piece of wool or cotton flannel or
a baby’s cotton diaper, and fold it into four layers thick, keeping the overall size big enough for the area to be treated.
- Place the folded cloth in a glass dish and pour high-grade castor oil
(available online or at your health food store) over it until it is well saturated (can be used for up to 6 weeks)
- Wring out the saturated cloth so it is wet but not dripping
- Place the cloth over the area and cover with a larger piece of plastic and then a small dtowel
- Cover with a hot water bottle and then a heavy towel to keep the heat
in for 1-1 ½ hours
- Repeat for 4 days, then for three days rest,
then repeat the process, continuing until good results are achieved.
clean the oil off the body, use a solution of two teaspoonfuls of baking soda to one quart of warm water
- Do not spill any on clothes, bedding or rugs; use baking soda/water to clean if you do spill
can be used instead for the poultice; it is a healing herb
1. Milk thistle (Silymarin) is a liver cleanser herb with no known side effects. Start with 1 capsule a day or
use a tincture and follow the directions on the bottle.
2. Lecithin (made from soy)has been known to dissolve cysts. Take at least 2 1900 mg caplets
a day. Follow the directions on the bottle. (See Sources/Resources below for how to obtain these supplements)
Care Practitioner Choice
3. Listen to your inner guidance and choose a health care practitioner who values and respects you and your
inner wisdom. You are the expert in you and your body. Only you know when you are tired, in pain, need to rest, are joyous
and enjoying your life.
Holistic Approaches to Investigate
Find a calm spot and spend 10-15 minutes picturing the cyst dissolving
Use a very gentle, rolling motion and massage all aspects
of the big toes and the middle of the sole of the feet.
Massage the feet for only one or two seconds per spot to start. Build
up to longer periods of time after massaging for only several seconds for the first few times. You do not want to overload
your body with toxins when you start out. Use whichever hand works best for you.
Stress, Especially Work-Related, and Lack of Rest
Work may be loved, but when the need for rest is neglected, a cyst may result. Working more hours
than the body tolerates can lead to a cyst.
Consider living a simpler life so large amounts of money are not required.
Find work that nurtures and feeds you.
Allow yourself to play and enjoy yourself. Feed your playful, right brain more often: draw, dance, play with your children
and avoid lectures/lecturing others, and intellectual tasks at least two days a week.
To obtain supplements
and herbs, go to your local health food store or go to
Mildred Carter. Helping Yourself with Foot Reflexology
Betsy Ruth Dayton. High Touch Jin Shin
Workbook I. http://www.hightouchnet.com.
Heal Your Body, The Mental Causes for the Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them.
The American Holistic Nurses' Association
Guide to Common Chronic Conditions: Self-Care Options to Complement Your Doctor's Advice, Wiley, 2003.
Ronald J. Vaillancourt, MH, PhD. Simple
Earth Solutions: Powerful Paths to Health and Healing Through Natural Remedies