Natural treatment options for pancreatic cysts
While pancreatic cysts usually do not require much treatment, large cysts may cause pain and discomfort. Although uncommon, some cysts can transition into cancer. Typically, treatment involves surveillance of the cyst and if indicated, surgical removal of the cyst.
Aside from watching and waiting, natural treatment options for pancreatic cysts include watching your diet and maintaining general health. Like with most diseases, including cancer, proper diet and exercise can improve vitality and boost your immune system.
The exact cause of pancreatic cysts is not known, but conditions like pancreatitis can be associated with cyst formation. A low-fat diet, ideally less than 50 grams per day, is best for patients with pancreatic diseases. Smaller, more frequent meals are preferred than large, heavy meals. Also try to include fat-soluble vitamin supplements or eat more food that contains vitamins A, D, E, and K. Some food that are rich in these vitamins are:
- Carrots, sweet potatoes (kamote), squash (kalabasa)
- Spinach, kangkong, petchay
- Whole eggs
- Fatty fish (e.g. salmon, mackerel, sardines)
- Seafood (e.g. shrimp)
- Fortified milk
- Whole-grain bread and cereal
Avoid alcohol and always stay hydrated. Too much alcohol can damage the liver and pancreas, leading to inflammation and decreased function.