Kidney cysts are small benign fluid filled pouches which are unharmful to the body, however if they swell then they can cause some secondary complications such as pressure, pain or discomfort in the abdominals or wherever they are situated. Many Naturopaths view these cysts as wastes that have not been eliminated properly by the kidneys. If the kidneys are ineffective in removing wastes from the circulation it creates a strain on the lymphatic system and further compounds the problem due to a further decline in health. The kidneys role in the body is to break down wastes, dilute them and then remove them via the urine. An increase in wastes can put a strain on the kidneys and also affect lymphatic function.