Today we’ll be discussing how you can treat ovarian cysts. Of course, for the more serious treatment options, as well as for medication, you need to talk with a doctor. But in addition to that, there are a few simple things you can do at home – to control the progress and growth of ovarian cysts. And those are what you will be looking at today.
Let’s start with…
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Home Care
This is one condition that requires treatment and medication from the doctor. This is because there is no simple cure for the condition. In fact, even with medication, the doctors usually aim to control the symptoms – and then you need to wait for your body to heal naturally. And here are the ways to encourage your body’s natural healing tendencies to take over:
- PCOS is most common in women who are overweight – and the extra fat releasing estrogen is one major cause for the cysts. So lose the extra weight.
- Follow a balanced diet. And by balanced diet is meant lots of fruits and vegetables, whole and fibrous grains and low fat or non fat dairy.
- Get used to a daily workout. It will not only help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, but also make you feel better.
- And of course, smoking is a huge contributor… so if you smoke, get rid of the habit today.
Besides these, the doctor may prescribe medication, contraceptive pills or hormone therapy.
And now to take a look at other kinds of ovarian cysts – not necessarily pathological ones – and finding out how to treat the discomfort related to these.
Treating painful ovarian cysts
Ovarian cysts are most of the time benign. In fact, cancerous cysts are most commonly seen in post menopausal women. However, when you reach middle age, you will probably find that cysts tend to appear sometimes, and these are associated with pain, generally or during bowel movements, intercourse or menstruating. They can also cause pressure on the bladder or the rectum, and in some cases can induce nausea and vomiting.
Overall, these cysts need to be taken into account and care needs to be taken. And here are some natural remedies that can bring you relief:
- Heat is usually beneficial in reducing abdominal pains. For this you can use a hot water bottle or a heating pad that you place on the pelvic area and just relax for 15 minutes or so. It gives quick relief.
- Another thing that brings considerable relief is an Epsom salt bath. The high concentration of magnesium sulfate in Epsom salts, along with the lukewarm bath helps to relax your pelvic muscles and reduce pain. For this mix in a cup of Epsom salts and a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a warm bath. Stir in and then sit in the bath for 20 minutes to half an hour.
- Chamomile tea is also another natural sedative that can help to relieve the discomfort and pain. Steep 2 tsps. of dry chamomile leaves in a cup of water (hot) for 5 minutes and then drink. You can have 2-3 cups a day.
- Ginger is another natural remedy. The juice of fresh ginger root has surprising anti-inflammatory benefits. And by reducing inflammation, it also reduces pain. In fact, by increasing body heat, it can also induce your periods – which could have been interrupted by the cysts. Now to have ginger you can either juice a 2-inch piece along with 2 stalks of celery, ¾ of one pineapple. And then mix in half a glass of fresh, unsweetened apple juice. However, ginger juice can reduce nausea if taken as a tea. You can have up to 3 cups of the tea in a day.
- Almonds are rich in magnesium and therefore help to reduce cramps and discomfort associated with menstruation and cysts. You can either have almonds as they are, or you can use sweet almond oil in a glass of hot milk. You can also use it mixed in with a carrier oil to massage the pelvic region.
So much for relief… now let’s take a look at the cure. Here are a few natural means to help your body to naturally remove toxins and/or shrink the cysts:
- Castor oil – This first remedy is not meant for pregnant women or those trying to conceive. For the rest, castor oil penetrates deep and helps to remove the excess tissues of the cyst by breaking them down and encouraging the circulatory and lymphatic systems to eliminate them as waste. For this remedy, take a long and wide piece of flannel into 3 layers. After folding, the cloth should be large enough to cover your entire abdomen. Now pour 2 tbsp. of castor oil over the flannel and fold it so the whole cloth soaks up the oil. Now place it over your abdomen while you lay down on an old and discarded towel. Cover the flannel first with a plastic, then with an old towel, a hot water bag and finally with a blanket. This pack needs 30 minutes, 3 times a week to work. Repeat for 3 months, and you are sure to see that your ovarian cysts have dissolved.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – Being high in potassium, apple cider vinegar can reduce cysts caused by potassium deficiency. The cysts are slowly dissolved with repeated usage. In addition, this therapy can relieve bloating and cramps during periods.Start by adding a tbsp. each of pure organic apple cider vinegar and black strap molasses to a glass of lukewarm water. You can have up to 2 glasses of this daily, for as long as required.
- Flaxseeds – these help to regulate the balance between progesterone and estrogen in the body, thereby the size of the cysts. Their high fiber content also helps to remove toxins, wastes and cholesterol from the body.You can either have a tbsp of flaxseed powder in a glass of warm water, or you can add the same amount to your soups, smoothies, salads or yogurt.
- Beetroots – they are rich in a compound that increases the liver’s ability to detox. This compound is called betacyanin, and in the long run helps to reduce cysts. They also help to reduce some of the discomforts associated with ovarian cysts. To get the best results you need to make a beetroot drink and have it on an empty stomach before breakfast for as long as it takes for your cysts to shrink. Start by juicing some beetroot till you have half a cup of juice. To this add 1 tbsp. of aloe gel and a tbsp. of black strap molasses.
- Increase fluid intake – this last one is beneficial for much more than clearing up ovarian cysts. It clears out toxins from the body and encourages it to heal itself. You can drink plain alkaline water, filtered water, water flavored with citrus juices, coconut water or juice from green vegetables. However, avoid sodas, coffee or alcohol.
When you follow the above guidelines, you will find that the discomfort associated with ovarian cysts will slowly start to subside. In all likelihood, a USG will show that the cysts have also reduced. However, it is advised that you do check with your doctor to make sure that you do not have any serious pathological cysts that require specific treatment and care. In that case – your doctor is the best person to guide you.