There are many types of cysts and many locations where they may form on (or in) the body. In general, cysts are benign, noncancerous, and harmless. But some can be irritating and unattractive, and some internal cysts can grow dangerously large. Cysts can form on the neck and upper part of the back; near joints, such as the wrists and knees, and in the ovaries, vagina, and breasts.
Cysts are usually caused by fluid that gets trapped and collects under the skin, often near joints or glands. They can cause swelling and irritation and, if they break, can be quite painful. Ovarian cysts may cause irregular menstruation and abdominal pain, and vaginal cysts can be irritated by sexual activity and can quickly become infected.
Cysts often have few symptoms and go away naturally over time. However, you can help them go away more quickly. Large cysts should probably be drained by your doctor so they do not continue to grow or rupture.
High dosages (8001600 IU) of succinate (dry) vitamin E for periods of six months will greatly reduce cysts of all kinds. Tocotrienols are best, but try rotating them, so your body doesn’t get used to the same product. Vitamin E thins your blood, so don’t be alarmed if any cuts bleed a little more during this time. After the cyst shrinks away, reduce your dosage to 200 to 400 IU/day.
If you have cysts in your breasts, do not drink caffeine. Caffeine is known to cause painful breast cysts and lumps, especially after menopause.
If jointrelated or vaginal cysts become irritated, ice packs can reduce the pain and slow growth. Any infection should be treated with topical antiviral and antibacterial extracts. Ovarian and cervical cysts usually go away on their own. However, if they become very large, consult a health care practitioner.