My Scalp Cyst Story and the impact of Ayurveda:
Below is a list from a U. S. dermatology point of view regarding Pilar or Sebaceous Cysts
Much of what is on the list I can verify as accurate.
Since incorporating some Ayurvedic changes in my lifestyle and diet, the two highlighted points above, I now question.
Scalp cysts run in my family, and I have had several removed over the course of my adult life. Luckily, they have all been benign.
Cysts are not something I’ve ever discussed with friends. They’re kind of gross and ugly in appearance, and an ‘unmentionable’ from my past way of thinking.
I had two cysts removed about 15 years ago. In my follow up visit to the dermatologist, I mentioned that I had yet another cyst right behind my left ear that I noticed was growing some, and I asked him how soon I should schedule to have it removed.
The doctor noted that the cyst was right on the bone and in a rather delicate area to mess with. So, as long as the cyst was covered by my hair and ear, he suggested I let it alone for awhile. I was glad to not have another pending surgery.
At that time, it was about the diameter of a nickel. Over time, the cyst had grown to about the size of a quarter. Each time I had a new hair stylist work on my hair, they’d point it out and ask if I realized I had it. My most recent stylist change was just about a year ago.
When I started doing my slow transition of Ayurvedic dietary changes and more consistent yoga, plus incorporating some meditation in my life, I had no idea what would really happen with my body. I also hadn’t paid much attention in the past to the connection of breathing or my state of mind to my body.
To begin my work with KP Khalsa, just as with any doctor, I had a lengthy consultation and filled out quite a few intake forms for him to review. I also had lab test results sent to him from the past and present year’s annual physical done here in Chicago.
When filling out one of the many forms, I started writing down the scalp cysts as a physical health issue/condition and reached behind my ear to see if the cyst had gotten any bigger.
IT WAS GONE - NO SCALP CYST!
I must have rechecked the area ten times, not believing it myself. I even checked the whole rest of my scalp for any tiny cysts, which I sometimes had a few at a time. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! NO CYSTS!!
Before I started writing this blog, I checked again to make sure it hadn’t somehow reappeared. It is still so amazing to me! Anyone reading this that has a history of these cysts knows how I amazed I am. They've never disappeared before.
Yet, when I asked KP Khalsa about the cyst, he wasn’t surprised at all to hear of its disappearance. He said it was common for cysts to dissolve with changes in diet and lifestyle. Perhaps western medicine doesn’t have all the answers for our health?
He further indicated that everything contributed, from the combination of more consistent yoga, with a focus on breathing, meditation and balance. Plus gradually eliminating many processed foods and changing my eating and drinking habits, based on my Ayurvedic constitution and imbalances had impact.
Everything working together MADE THE CYST DISAPPEAR!
I hope that you will want to follow the journey. I am so excited for the adventure to begin and see What is Possible!
As I prepare for this journey, I am very grateful for the support of KP Khalsa, Sivananda Yoga Retreat and Banyan Botanicals.
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