A Natural Approach To Health
Living With a Baker’s Cyst
I had a question the other day about a Baker’s cyst.
A Baker’s cyst is a pocket of fluid forming a lump behind your knee.
It’s also called a popliteal cyst.
A Baker’s cyst is caused when excess joint fluid is pushed into one of the small sacs of tissue behind your knee.
When this sac fills with fluid and bulges out, it’s called a cyst.
The excess fluid is usually caused by conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis that irritate your knee.
It can also be caused by an injury.
Often a Baker’s cyst causes no pain.
When symptoms occur, they may include:
>Tightness or stiffness behind your knee.
>Swelling behind your knee which may get worse when you stand.
>Slight pain behind your knee and into your upper calf. You’re most likely to feel this when you bend your knee or straighten it all the way.
Sometimes the pocket of fluid behind your knee can tear open and drain into the tissues of your lower leg.
This can cause swelling and redness in that part of your leg.
A Baker’s cyst may go away on its own, or your health care provider may drain it.
To deal with a Baker’s cyst it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water every day to hydrate your cells.
*Alfalfa and kelp contain essential minerals and may be helpful.
*Boswellia is important for reducing inflammation. It also helps to restore blood vessels around inflamed connective tissue. Boswellia can also be used topically, in cream form, to relieve pain.
*Ginger is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects.
*Eat more sulfur-containing foods, like asparagus, eggs, garlic, and onions. Sulfur is needed for repair and rebuilding of bone, cartilage, and connective tissue, and it helps with absorption of calcium. Other beneficial foods include organic fresh vegetables (especially green leafy vegetables), nonacidic fresh fruits, whole grains, oatmeal, brown rice, fish, soybean products, and avocados. Be sure to include these foods in your diet. Also, tart red cherries can relieve pain and inflammation. Eat about 20 cherries each day. If you can’t find fresh cherries, the frozen variety is fine.
*Consume foods containing the amino acid histidine, including rice, wheat and rye. Histidine is good for removing excess metals from your body.
*Eat fresh pineapple frequently. Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, is excellent for reducing inflammation. To be effective, the pineapple must be fresh, as freezing and canning destroy enzymes.
*Eat some form of fiber, like ground flaxseeds, oat bran, or rice bran, daily.
*Reduce the amount of fat in your diet. Don’t consume milk, dairy products, or red meat. Also avoid caffeine, citrus fruits, paprika, salt, tobacco, and everything containing sugar.
*Avoid the nightshade vegetables (peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, white potatoes). These foods contain a substance called solanine, to which some people are highly sensitive. Solanine interferes with enzymes in the muscles, and may cause pain and discomfort.
*Breathe deeply to oxygenate cells.
*Try hot castor oil packs (apply white cotton dipped in warmed castor oil, cover with plastic wrap, cover with heating pad if desired for up to 2 hours).
*Maintain a healthy weight.
*Test for heavy metal toxicity.
*Try Kombucha Tea.
*Consider liver support and/or a liver cleanse.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners because they’re neurotoxins.
*EZ-Gest between meals may be helpful to ease inflammation.
*Have chiropractic or osteopathic evaluation/treatment.
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