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Natural Cures for Lipomas (Fat Deposits)

Last Modified on Feb 08, 2016

What Is a Fat Deposit?

A lipoma or fat deposit is a slow-developing growth of fat this is usually located beneath the skin and above the muscle. Lipomas are typically easy to identify as the deposits move easily with light finger pressure and feel “doughy” or pliable to the touch. A lipoma is not cancerous and is usually harmless; however, some deposits may be painful or continue to grow. If these conditions occur, it may be necessary to have a lipoma removed.

The symptoms and characteristics of a lipoma are relatively standard. Most lipomas are small from 1 to 3 cm in diameter and can be felt just beneath the skin. The growths typically feel soft and rubbery and cause little pain. Typically, a fat deposit remains the same size or grows very slowly and is not a major health concern. Issues that may cause concern include the location of the deposit as well as the size if it continues to grow or is uncomfortable.

The exact cause of lipomas is unknown; however, obesity is not the root cause of the deposits. Lipomas do typically tend to run in families, however, so the cause likely has genetic underpinnings.

Natural Remedies to Remove Fat Deposits

Fat deposits typically cause little actual health concern; however, the deposits can be unsightly and uncomfortable depending on the location. As such, many individuals prefer to treat lipomas using natural means. Often a change in diet – eliminating processed foods and artificial sweeteners and consuming whole foods and products – is an effective change toward eliminating lipomas. Likewise, sage, turmeric, chickweed and thuja occidentalis are supplements that can be taken orally to diminish fat deposits. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle also prevents the further onset of lipomas.

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Apple Cider Vinegar  
43 User Reviews | 3 YEA | 5 NAY | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Posted by Guru (Bangalore) on 11/09/2015

[NAY]  Hi All,

I used Apple Cider Vinegar for around 3-4 months.

I used to take it empty stomach in the morning mixing it with water of 2-3 tablespoons but unfortunately it didn't helped me in any way.

All the lipomas are still present and none of them have shrunk. If any other meds are there, please let me know.

Posted by Raven (Edmonton, Alberta) on 10/05/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have been taking two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every night before going to bed for my lipoma since August 2015 (My mouth is already watering, sigh) but I will admit I have seen some significant changes to the size. I just don't know if it will ever fully go away. Mine is on my upper back shoulder blade. Very visible with strapless and spaghetti strap outfits. I wish I would had heard of this 30 years ago as mine started to grow and I was 19. Thanks.

Posted by Julia (Gardner, Ks) on 12/24/2011

[YEA]  My father has had fatty lipomas growing on his stomach and arms for years. He also has type2 diabetes. His friend told him to take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before going to bed. He has been doing this for a 6wks. His fatty tumors have shrunk half their size and many have totally disappeared. They are even soft when you touch them and they use to be hard lumps. His blood sugars are also regulated and never high in the morning like before. He has made no other dietary or supplement changes. I really believe this will work for you.

Replied by Lee
New York, New York

so far I been trying 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before bed and in the morning and afternoon I drink organic apple cider juice. ( I will reply in 8 weeks to see if theres any progress.) Thanks for the post.
Replied by Rohan
Bangalore, Karnataka, India

I am going to try this too. I just found a dealer in India who has Apple cider vinegar. I am waiting for the shipment. I have more than 120 Lipomas all over my body. Just on my hands I have 25 - 30 each. Have them on stomach, lower back, thighs, forearms.. I have been wearing full sleeves shirts and have avoided boxer shorts since 2 years due to embarrassment.

I will try this for sure and will update my feedback in 2 months. Thanks a lot for the information.

Replied by Mike
Omaha, Ne, USA

How does your father take the apple cider vinegar? Does he take it full strength or dilute it with water? Would you clarify that for me please? I don't know if I can take it full strength even though it is 2 tbls. Please advise. Thanks!!
Replied by Julia
Gardner, Ks

My dad is doing great! His arms and stomach are looking great. He doesnt dillute it but takes 2 tablespoons faithfully before going to bed. I pray this works for you all like it has helped my dad. Good luck!!
Replied by Bobby

[NAY]   I tried this for a month and didnt notice much change in my lipomas. I am going to keep going with it. I am going to setup a blog and I think what I want to do is try to find the common link between all the people that have lipomas.

So I want people to put in their age, their location, and their diet, do they eat dairy. etc. There must be a reason these things suddenly appear, I refuse to believe that for no reason at all they appear.

What do people think about this?

Replied by Akram
Kabul, Afghanistan

[YEA]   Dear Julia, I am male 32 from Pakistan, currently working at Kabul and having 3 lypo lumps in my head. One of them was pluto, whilst the other two were jupiters. It was a real embarrasment for me all the time. I couldn't comb my hair propely. I contacted many physician and they told me that any surgeon shall offer me surgery. But if its not painful, let it be.

I read your suggestion quite long ago but was stuck in my professional thingies all the time. Last night I finally bought the apple cider vinegar bottle of 450cc. I took two table spoons last night and two in the morning. Miraculously, the huge lypos are now the size of mars as compared to previous. I really want to thank you for sharing this with us.

With love and thanks, Akram

Replied by Khan
Phoenix, Arizona

Akram, thanks for the suggestion... I am gonna try vinegar treatment today and hoping to see results :) Thanks again and God bless! Khan
Replied by Dietz
Waterloo, Ontario Canada

I have lipomas all over my body also. They have grown to about 2 to 3 inch in size in some areas of my body. I was wondering how long that your father took the Apple Cider Vinegar. Was he doing anything else to his diet? When he stopped the ACV did the lipomas come back? Has he tried anything else to prevent the lipomas?
Replied by Parm
Vancouver, Bc

Hi Guys, I brought organic Apple Cider Vinegar from local store and it is easy to take with water. This is just one week now and my lipoma are getting soft. I will post update next week and seems like this is working for me.
Replied by Naresh Jain
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Hey All!!!! Looks like we are not alone!!!!! Me suffering from Lipoma for good 10 year and it started to multiply at rapid pace for last year and half... My Dr. Say no way out for lipoma but will give a try to turmeric (Haldi) paste with olive oil and ACV two tea spoon bed time. Will also Pray to god that It works.

Also wanting to know if anyone is suffering from Ulcerative Colities also with Lipoma ( yes me blessed with both Ulcerative colities and 40 odd lipoma)

Cheers all. Naresh Jain

Replied by Jessie
New Jersey

I have a Lipoma on my left side that is also giving me ulcerative colitis. It's actually giving me so much grief and I went to the doctor last night and he just kept saying, surgery, surgery, surgery. Wasn't compassionate at all!! It is very painful at times and it is so unsightly!! Yuch. I purposefully actually gained weight so the fat could hide it. :( It's right in my oblique area. I will try the apple cider vinegar. I am praying this works because I have no insurance to which the dr told me last night, well this is a problem. Duly noted, jerk. Thanks. :(
Replied by Kim
Walnut, Ca

I have a lipoma growing on my neck below right ear and now one the left ear area, gettng painful to turn head and sleeping is such a discomfort, antibiotics didn't help much and just bought apple cider vinager and turmeric.......... Very good to see apple cider has helped some, anything orgainc that is working, can't go wrong with that.... Best of luck to all!
Replied by Katt

[YEA]   Wow I wish I would of read this before I let the dermatologist do a biopsy it was just a small area, but it still hurt months later it was deeper than what she thought anyhow the lab said it was just lipoma . I think that the biopsy was unnecessary I had couple more of these lipoma fat deposits on my lower back so I started ACV and they are disappearing. We're vegetarian and we eat tons of organic nuts I wonder if the fat deposit comes from nuts so I cut back on them.
Replied by Neil A
Los Angeles

Hi. Thank you for sharing this. I have been taking apple cider vinegar for one week already after reading this post. Also, I got to read one comment that she was taking kombucha tea. I also bought and I hope it works. I have a lot of lipomas, I can't wear short sleeved shirts nor boxer shorts because I also have a lot on my thighs. It is really disgusting. I will keep you posted if apple cider and kombucha tea, combined, could help.
Replied by Karan
Chennai, India

Hi All, I have many lipoma all over my body. I want to cure without surgery, so can any one tell how to use apple cider vinegar???? whether to mix with water or ???? Pls suggest any other treatments?

EC: You can mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with water or drink it plain.

Replied by Nyla

Lipoma is fat deposits that are hiding toxins and chemical waste in them and happens from eating (non natural foods -i.e. Chemicals or other Toxins) when the body is not able to remove junk through elimination. The job of the fat it to protect our organs from being attacked by these toxins by forming itself around toxins. ACV helps clean up the toxins and therefore the fat will dissolve as the toxins are taken out the body from the use of this vinegar. However, we must also clean our diet so the toxins or lipoma or fat don't come back. THREE major source of toxins: 1. eating processed foods, 2. eating vegetables and grains that have been sprayed by chemicals like pesticides and that were grown by chemical fertilizers. 3. eating meat that has been given antibiotics and non natural feed. 4. and most unknown by people is COOKING IN OIL. vegetable cooking oil is a "freak of nature". at hot temperature when cooked in metal pots, oil looses an electron and becomes TOXIC!!!!!


If you are vegan or vegetarian then if able please ask the older generation, (great grand mother) how they cooked before 1911. may be using a clay pot and not heating the oil too much may be an option??

Best, Nyla

Replied by Dave Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc


re Lipoma.

Do you happen to know how a Lipoma differs from a sebaceous cyst? Would you treat them the same?

Replied by Sam

You can find how to remove lipomas yourself on YouTube. Other than that good luck in finding a cure. It doesn't exist.
Replied by Bob
San Jose, California

Use caution trying Apple Cider Vinegar I tried yesterday and had a Big side effect - - it sped-up my heart rate - - due to high levels of vitamin B - which as I found out is a stimulant.

I felt like yesterday that I drank: 5 to 6 cups of coffee after taking the Apple Cider Vinegar.

Replied by Jill

Hi Everyone , 43 . 5 /8" and about 30lbs overweight .

I've have just recently noticed these lumps on around my ribs and stomach and I think some on my upper arm. I changed my diet to 80 % raw veggies not all organic with a little protein and 100 whole grains. no sugar or white breads. I changed my diet because I had a scare with thyroid nodules I found one day. went and had biopsy and test and changed diet while waiting to see if I had cancer. No cancer! Then after all that I started to notice all these lumps all over ribs . most all small like pea size to larger big peas to almond size. I had my primary doctor examine me and he thinks they are lipomas .

I still kinda want to check them out more just to be sure its not something else . don't know what else they could be , but like everyone I don't like them, some kinda hurt while laying down. I think I'm getting more of them. I feel like there are about 30 of these things so far.

so I've been reading alot and noticed that alot of people that have these lipomas seen to have a somewhat veggie diet ??? not all people . makes me wonder if it is eating pesticides or chemicals from vegetables. Like I said I just changed eating from more of a 50% raw veggie to 80 % juicing , and whole veggie with a little animal protein and whole grain and not all organic.

I will also try the apple cider . I am also applying a turmeric, olive oil and organic yogurt mixture all over ribs. I look like a big bird weirdo but who cares If it gets rid of these things. I leave it on about 15 min. or dry. turmeric stains so beware.

I mix 1 heaping tbs of turmeric, 2 heaping plain yogurt, and 1 tbs of olive oil and maybe a little flax seed oil. mix it up and use paint brush and paint it on thick.

I've also read you have to be careful with turmeric because it is a blood thinner. So I'm not eating it yet.

On another site I read that a thick mixture of honey and flour mixture gets rid of them too . but you have to leave it on for like 8 days and cover the paste up with bandages . then re-apply it every 36 hours and til the 8 days its up ... yikes!

I will also reply back if this stuff works.

Replied by Joann
Lasalle, Quebec, Canada

I have suffered with lumps for years! Could you tell me what kind of apple cider vinegar did he use??
Replied by Chance

[NAY]   Does not work.. I challenge anyone to prove it.
Replied by Pam

Lipoma, from what I'm reading, comes from Hypothyroidism (which most Americans have a low efficient thyroid because pre-made/fast food options). I've had them for several years especially when I became pregnant with my first child. They have multiplied but their size have remained the same (like a small marble). I do go out to eat quite often but eat very healthy at home. I love my veggies especially the greens. I cook with only olive oil and eat only real butter. I take herbs on occasion when needed. I'm not on any kind of pharma (chemical) medication and haven't for many years now. So I wonder...why do I have these. I have been told more than once by my natural healthcare specialist that my thyroid is not functioning full force...which I rotate herbs on and off for that. I've started drinking apple cider vinegar with ginger root water hoping that will make a if I could only quit eating out so often that might be the answer!!!
Replied by Sam

No one was able to figure out lipomas yet. A body is unable to break down fats and remove it for some reason, so it encapsulates and stores it. Few videos on YouTube how to remove it at home. I had one removed at doctor's office, piece of cake, it pops out easily from a tiny incision.
Replied by Cindy Vr
San Diego

You are probably Iodine deficient. Eighty percent of Americans are. Read Dr. David Brownstein's book "IODINE: Why You Need It Why You Can't Live Without It" He recommends Ioderal or Lugol's solution to cure it.
Replied by Robyn
Cape Town

I have lipomas on my arms. I get spells of dizziness which was diagnosed as 'crystal disease' the formation of crystals on inner ear. They dislodge and cause dizziness and eventually get absorbed or something. A Scio machine diagnosed fatty liver and apparently that can cause the formation of the crystals which might be fatty crystals on the inner ear. I used a liver enzyme called LiverChol and the dizziness went away. Now after many months it is back and the product is no longer available I will try the Apple Cider Vinegar and see if it helps my ears and the lipomas (my mum also as lipomas) . Thanks for sharing your experiences. I am a 56 year old vegetarian, I eat mainly organic, don't take much alapathic medication, probably consume too much sugar and not enough greens, never use sweeteners and only use olive oil or grapeseed oil or coconut oil. I suspect gluten is a problem but not sure how that relates to to fatty deposits and liver, if at all.
Replied by Balaji
Bangalore, Karnataka

[NAY]   I using the American apple cider vinegar and two week but not reduce to fatty tumors and please you tell me any information is there.
Replied by Abhinav
Delhi, India

I am 20 years old from india. lipomas on my body started which I am 18 years old. After 2 years, it is now on my whole boy including my hands, thighs, back, stomach around 20 in total.I have a strong family history of lipoma, my father having it when he is in 40's, my grandmother having it when he is in her 60's but why I am getting it in my teen age. Required help. Any suggestions will be thankful.
Replied by John
Dallas, Tx

[NAY]   I am 64 years old and I have had fat deposits for over 30 years. I have one between my neck and shoulder the size of my fist. They are in my rib cage, arms and in my back with several next to my spine. I would have the larger ones removed, but the root system of them embed themselves into muscle and I can follow the root system under the skin to where they are all connected/attached to each other. I probably have over 100 in my chest, back and arms. I have one under my arm the size of a golf ball. I have tried apple cider vinegar to no avail. Doctors are no help and only offer surgery, but claim since mine are so deep, healing will be a real issue. My father had 2 or 3 small ones, but had them removed. He complained about his, until I showed him all of mine.

Some of mine are painful but nothing I can not live with. I am open to other suggestions beside the vinegar.


Replied by Clint
Saint George


I wish we could find somthing that would work, that would take them away,

I have had a few of mine removed over the years. I have found that when I get a little over waight they will grow faster and more of them. I have to many to count.

In my opinion, sugar speeds them up very rapidly . When I stopped drinking my favrite drink in the world, (Pepsi ) and quit 2 scoops of sugar in my coffiee, they stoped coming,

If your mom or dad had them you will get them! But if you keep your body fat down and little to no sugar, I know it slowed them to a crawl.

Change your diet, no sugar, at least a little exercise , and save up for Liypo or one big operation, thats what I am doing.

good luck!!!

we all know how you feel.


Replied by Rana
Bhilai Mp

I have lipoma in body. How should I take apple cider vinegar, two tablespoon concentrated or diluted?

EC: Hi Rana,

Most people dilute apple cider vinegar - 2 teaspoons in a glass of purified water.

Replied by Bp
Atlanta, Ga

Limpomas are SYMPTOMS of a larger issue. Limpomas are an effect, not a cause.

Just like w cancer, limpomas have not invaded the body, they have been produced BY THE BODY as a sign or result of some CAUSE.

Apple Cider Vinegar, ginger, garlic etc etc etc work to detoxify the body & the help it perform its regular maintenance & repair.

Please find presentations such as A Quest for the Cure, Truth About Global Cancer & others. They have tremendous resources throughout.

***Medicines NEVER cause harm. Poisons do that. Medicines heal, or they are not medicines.

I have had approx 20 of these limpomas removed over past 6 years via incisions. Only recently have a been better informed on what I CAN DO to help treat the CAUSE. :)

Replied by Bonnie

I question the validity of the claim that lipoma comes from toxins in food. I am now 68 and have been eating ONLY organic fruits & vegetables for 45 years. I never eat processed foods and I have avoided meat & chicken raised with chemicals, I eat only fresh caught fish. I have more lipomas than I can count and they continue to increase. Doctors of all disciplines tell me they are hereditary. I do not believe it is related to eating fatty foods (which I do not do). My body weight is below normal, I have exercised rigorously 5-6 days a week for 45 years but still I have fatty tissue deposits. I think it's in our DNA. I will try cider vinegar and help this natural method helps.
Replied by Timh Donate


Bonnie: It is well known that wild fish catches, particularly in areas with much industry or agriculture and also particularly in downstream rivers or reservoirs, are to some degree toxic w/ a variety of heavy metals &/or zenobiotics including synthetic hormones. Only fish from pristine and mountainous areas are considered safe.

Toxicity involving fatty tissues are common where there is a deficiency of antioxidant nutrients. Vit-A, Vit-E+Selenium+CoQ10 will detoxify lipid environment like fatty tissues. Some of the super berry complexes like Noni, Mangostein, Acai, Blueberry, and Cherry are all (specifically taken together) very good antioxidants which often produce weight loss of stubborn toxic fat.

There may also be some infection in chronic conditions like you report so herbs like Garlic, Oregano, Oregon Grape, and Echanacia may help.

Sweat treatments like Hot Mineral Baths, Saunas, or Steam Rooms often produce positive effects for skin or fatty conditions, especially in combination w/ thermogenic herbs like Caffeinated Coffee and/or Green Tea, and maybe a Cayenne/Ginger combo capsules.

Despite what may be considered a very healthy diet, chronic conditions may appear from poor quality indoor air and/or water and nutritional deficiencies, so a very good Multivitamin/Mineral will often, by itself prove to be excellent at restoring vitality and optimal health. Almost all Naturalpathic Physicians recommend a Multi atop a healthy diet.

And yes, the ACV will likely help and hope to hear a good report from your results.

Replied by Greg
Baton Rouge La

I have had these things for a number of years too ( since 1985). At first I had them removed and checked. No problem. Then more came, since then I have gone through quite a few lifestyle and diet changes. The only thing that had any effect was when I cut out the carbs. So it might be the bad sugars, or the insulin, or ...... But they definitely started going away when I cut out ALL carbs. I did not stick with it because I like a some of that stuff.

FYI I also eat gluten free because of my wife. But that did not seem to have an effect.

Replied by Maria
Sun Valley

I've had a sudden increase as well with them ..I'm like totally a clean eater
Replied by Linda

PLEASE RESPOND.I have 2 MRI on Wednesday. I have a blood disease and heart issue. I am so scared I have cancer. Is there ANYTHING TOPICAL.I can put on a lypoma .I have 2 - 1 onemy ankle causing it painful and shocking to walk .the other on my left shoulder. Both on my left side.
Replied by Constance
Vancouver Island

Thank you for bringing the truth vegetable oil is NOT a healthy oil to this conversation. As well as the "why" of Lipomas. Vegan's and Vegetarians can cook with Coconut Oil or Avocado Oil, both stable at high heat.
Replied by Seth

I started getting a single lipoma in my side under-arm and had never had one before. The only thing I was doing differently was eating ice cream more and more big glasses of milk. I was scared and gave up milk and ice cream for almond milk. It has shrunk to almost nothing and I am convinced that it is the milk.
Replied by Mayank

Hi Rohan,

Did you see any benefit of using it, As I am in the same condition, I am also having more than 50 of lipomas in my body.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric  
7 User Reviews | 1 YEA | 1 NAY

Posted by Trey (Nj, Usa) on 04/07/2011

[YEA]  Re lipoma's, I had two on my back for two years. Two months ago one started getting large and full and a bit annoying. A doctor suggested that I get it surgically removed (for asthetic purposes). I then discussed it with the wonderful owner of my health food store who suggested turmeric as a possible remedy, so I bought a bottle. I dont know if he had expected me to take the turmeric internally, but all I did was prick one capsule with a pin and put a dab of the turmeric oil on each lipoma.

Coincedently, however, I simultaneously started taking raw Apple Cider Vinegar the same day, and the following night I put a diluted dab of the ACV on my lipoma instead of the turmeric. Hense, I cant be sure which one 'did the trick', but to my surprise, within 2 days (when I reached back to 'scratch' my itchy lipoma) it opened up and emptied out quite a lot of a white substance! I then helped the process along that night by gently applying pressure w/ a tissue against it to empty it even more. They are both now flat and barely visable at all, so... Surgery was avoided! (Yay! =o) However, I can still feel an occasional 'tingle' or 'itch' from the area, so whatever caused the lipoma's in the first place may still be 'alive and well'. Perhaps I will put some more turmeric and/or ACV on the area again and see what happens. Anyway... Hope this helps others looking for non-surgical solutions?

Replied by Evita

[NAY]   Response to Trey: I have tested this fake for a week. I think this what you have was not a lipoma. After using the ACV and Curcuma my Lipoma looks like an big yolk.
Replied by Ray
Il, US

How much did you dilute cider when you applied it on skin? How much did you take orally?
Replied by Pam
Sd, Usa

Sounds like maybe molluscum contagiosum. I've just started treating that condition in my daughter with ACV..... So we will see!!
Replied by Sharon

Thank you so much for this information. I plan to follow your advice and hopefully this will help avoid anymore surgeries. If you don't mind I would like to keep you posted. God bless you!
Replied by Michee
Las Vegas Nev

Hello I've suffered with lipomas for the last 20 years. I've had many surgically removed and some I've applied chickweed and other numerous topicals. I've never experienced any that leaked anything. Are you sure it was a lipoma, or perhaps it was some type of cyst?
Replied by Migs

Sounds more a sebaceous cyst..

Apple Cider Vinegar, Turnips  
3 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Nitesh (Victoria, Bc Canada) on 11/18/2012

Hello everyone. I am also suffering from Lipoma. Its started when I was 16 years old and growing till now. Its all over my body, arms, stomach, thighs. I am very frustrated from these. Now I have reached the stage where I no longer wear shorts because of these stupid lumps. Really need help on these. its all the time in my head and bother my alot.

please do reply me with some suggestions, I tried homopathy, other medicines too but of no use.

Replied by A.k.
Kabul, Afghanistan

[YEA]   Dear Nitesh, If you want fastest results that work within hours. Here is the miraculous tip.

Get some Turnips, boil and fry them and eat them with spoon in your dinner. Add the taste of your choice, (chilli sugar etc)

Before going to bed, take a couple tea spoons of apple cider vinegar. If by chance you happen to wake up in the night (or rather set and alarm / reminder) eat as much turnip as you can.

I'm sure you shall be praying for me after you see those lipomas shrink fast.

Re-do the task till results are as per your desire.

A.K.Afridi-Kabul Afghanistan

(Source: Personal Experience)

Replied by Nitesh
Victoria, Bc Canada

Thanks A. K. I'll definitely try the method you told in fact I get hold of apple cider vinegar too near by. thanks for the suggestions. i pray for all those are suffering from these freaking lumps that they all get rid of these asap.

Dietary Changes  
15 User Reviews | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Posted by Arusha (Goa, India) on 06/21/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I'm 32. I had my first lipoma on my arm ages ago. I ignored it. Recently I have been getting more. I'm almost certain that they are the result of poor metabolism/extremely imbalanced eating habits/overload of carbs & fats & sugars/sedentary life.

In any case, over the past 2 months, I have finally switched to a healthy diet: no processed foods, only olive or coconut oil, no sugar, no dairy (except curds), no white flour (in fact i'm keeping off wheat), no caffeine, no processed foods, plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts and some fish/egg, and I have reduced the amount of grains I consume.

I try to stop consuming grains by 5pm. After that I only eat fruits/vegetables/legumes/nuts/protein. The idea is that by the time I sleep, my body will no longer be digesting and can start healing.

I also do yoga every day, and make sure to get exercise.

Finally, I have started taking a little apple cider vinegar before sleeping.

So... these lipomas are still here, but smaller and softer. I am curious to see if they will eventually go or not. But I think this lifestyle change has helped. It seems there are no clear-cut answers to lipomas, their causes and their remedies (from what I read online any way). But perhaps we can think of them as imbalances, or signs of imbalance, and pinpoint the root cause of imbalance in ourselves.

In my case, disordered eating habits have been the cause of all my imbalances, and perhaps by addressing those, helping my metabolism to speed up, not taxing my liver anymore, and helping my body cleanse, this has helped. Perhaps for someone else, it would involve another set of changes. Along methods such as the apple cider vinegar of course.

Good luck to everyone else here, Arusha

Replied by Kathy
Lv, Nv

I read if you take Diatomaceous Earth it shrinks the lipomas.
Replied by Ashish

How is the treatment going arusha? I have more than a thousand lipomas all over my body

Posted by Matt (Ithaca, NY) on 06/19/2013

My personal belief is that the lipomas at least for me may be caused by excessive consumption of soda/carbonated beverages, or possibly a combination of soda, red meat, and foods with preservatives or processed foods (think bags of chips, campbells soup, etc). The scientific research of lipomas suggest that they reproduce on their own. What I have noticed is that when I drink soda, this is when my nerves seem to pinch, so my thinking is that when I drank the soda, it caused the bump to grow, therefore making it more likely to pinch a nerve. I have not tried any of the suggested cures yet but will begin seeing what works. Other suggestions for remedies include sage oil, alpha lipoic acid, coenzyme q10, MSM, and acetyl-L-camitine. Alpha Lipoic acid would make the most sense, but hopefully someone comes up with a viable answer. Sage oil was recommended because chefs use it in cooking to reduce fat content, so the theory was that if sage oil is applied to the skin surface where the fatty tissue is, the skin would absorb and then shrink the tumor. I have heard that surgery may remove the tumor temporarily but I'm thinking if my theory is correct in eating unhealthy, that may be whats causing them to grow back. My theory is that fat content from unhealthy food is creating the fatty tissue, and caffeinated products like soda and coffee cause the fatty cells to go into hyper mode causing growth and reproduction. But, this is just a theory. If anyone has scientific tools to evaluate this theory, please follow up. Thank you.

Replied by Lin
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Usa

I have 2 lipomas I have had for quite a while. One is on my head and the other on my back. I have been taking Pau 'd Arco every day, it will be a year in July. I have seen some reduction in the size and consistency, still working on it. Also I take Diatomaceous Earth which is suppose to help with that too. Also use Red Raspberry, Red Clover, Nettle, green tea and lemon. A lot of it is caused by diet, the more bad fatty foods you eat, the more it grows, I stay away from ice cream/dairy products, no sodas, not much fast food either. Hope this helps.
Replied by Matt
Ithaca, Ny

A mix of Apple Cider Vinegar pills, coenzyme Q10, and Alpha Lipoic Acid seemed to be working a bit, in addition to eating healthier (No fast food, no dairy, no soda, no meat with high fat content, primarily fruits and vegetables). All the dietary supplements listed I was able to find in the organic section, homeopathic aisle of the local Wegman's grocery store. I am going to start trying Sa-Tan I believe it's called, it's a meat substitute that people seem to say isn't bad for taste. (I know it spells Satan, guess you gotta get past that). I have one lipoma in my chest that seems to have significantly reduced in size in just 3 days, though all others still remain the same. Texture doesn't feel much different, as it does not really feel softer, but shape feels different.
Replied by J
Boston, Ma

Not true because dogs get them. They get the same problems as humans and for the same reasons. You'll never see a raw fed dog have "diabetes". My dog has been raw fed for 8 years which means no sugar, no carbs and no processed garbage. I found this site trying to find herbal remedies to shrink it before it gets any bigger and needs to be surgically removed. Most (if not all) dogs that do have them surgically removed just grow more.
Replied by Amcken3
Wyoming, US

Re: Lipomas and Diet: DOGS DO GET THEM...and when they are taken off a a grain diet they STOP getting them. I'm starting to think they are from GMO sugar, wheat, corn, soy, rice etc.
Replied by Klctrp
Louisiana, US

Have you seen any reduction in size in the lipomas your pet already has? I've recently taken my dog off of grain fed diet.
Replied by Kris
Bradford, PA

I've noticed the soda pop pinch too. I did a 2 and a half day hard fast and it definitely had a reducing effect on the lumps but they are not gone yet.
Replied by Jagannathan


I stumbled on this thread. I am not sure whether any one is still interested. Still I thought this may be useful.

6 out of 9 we siblings have lipomas all over the body after our mother had big ones but harmless and she had a normally healthy life of 90 years.

2 of my brothers had to undergo surgery to remove lumps each a bound in size.

I noticed my growths from the age of 50.Consulted many doctors. All said they are harmless. I gave up. After retiring at the age of 60 I learnt Pranayaam and Ayurved and I am a yoga teacher now.

By 65 I had tiny lipomas all over body. I started reading in detail. My BP/Sugar/Cholesterol/ everything was normal and consistent but I noticed in my annual medical check ups the Triglyceride was going up. I devised and started a self cure.

1 cup of ginger juice+1 cup of Garlic Juice+1 cup of Apple cider vinegar=slow simmered to condense to 1 1/2 cup, bottled and stored in fridge.

Take 1 table spoon with warm water in empty stomach and 1 tablespoon with warm no or low fat with a pinch of turmeric powder, with honey or sugar to taste. Continue 20 days. Repeat once in three months as long as you feel the need.

I did this for a year. My lipomas stopped spreading or growing.Once in a while I repeat. Now I am 73. 30 mts. of yoga/30 mts. walk a day / 6 hrs of writing / 7 hrs. of sleep /pure vegetarian- in excellent health.

Limp nodes can only be arrested they can not be eliminated. But the side benefits of this composition are relief from the sufferings of BP and Arthritis. This is not a cure for these ailments but gives strengths to bear them and arrest their progress.

I hope someone will benifit

May GOD bless all of us.


Posted by Geoff (Las Vegas, Nv ) on 11/27/2012

I have at least 27 lipomas. A couple of years ago, I had a saliva test which showed a soy and casein allergy. I used to be a vegetarian and ate a lot of soy and milk products. Now I never eat soy and have recently stopped eating dairy. I will try the apple cider vinegar treatment.

Replied by Bhavin

Dear Geoff, I am also suffering from number of lipoma, just I want to ask that, the soyabean diat can cases lipoma increasing?

Please let me clear bcs I am eating so much soyabean in a day. Thanks, Bhavin

Replied by Helen
Southern California

Warning! Too much soy can cause thyroid problems!
Replied by Bobbi H.

I had only a couple of lumps and had two or three removed surgically about 20 years ago...but when I had my umbilical hernia repair with surgical mesh. They started coming again and new ones were coming.

Estrogen seemed to make them grow too. But a couple of years ago I wanted to get rid of tummy fat and started the amased diet (has soy)

I went on the almased diet (has soy) and the number of lumps got worse...lots of little ones. and a couple of them really started to grow.

It is all very frustrating....the doctors do not want to even pay attention to them and they are very obvious. I wish someone would take on the challenge to find the cause.

3 User Reviews | 1 BETTER BUT NOT CURED

Posted by Karen (London, Canada) on 05/16/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  My daughter has had a lipoma on the back of her neck at the base of her skull since she was 2 years old. She is now 13. It is just getting painful that she can't sleep on her back. It is also starting to ooze out with substance, and when squeezed a lot come out, but that's too painful to do so I said not to do that. I rubbed DMSO in it a few times and it appears to be half the size now. I applied it full strength with my finger 2 times a day for 3 days. I will now also start the ACV and see if that helps as well.

She is very thin, eats a very healthy mostly organic diet very low in meat and fat. Very low processed diet, so not much I can change there. She takes many supplements and spirulina and chlorella and kefir. very healthy child, not sure why she has this lipoma.

Replied by Sophie
Pleasant Hills

I been a organic vegetarian most of my life so I cannot figure where this came from. I have a three small lipoma I had one removed on my back now that area hurts from the scar tissue, so now I do warm castor oil packs on the scar and I noticed the one next to is getting smaller so I put DMSO and little bit of tea tree oil on it this seems to be helping. I think it lipoma are toxins walled off from the body The next step is to juice fast for about 20 days and see if I can get rid of them. I will do an update
Replied by David

I think your on to something, I just finished a 10 day juice cleanse. I lost 11lbs and all my lypoma's softened and shrunk.

I also believe that lypoma's are toxins stored in the fat cells under the skin. I'm going t try a niacin cleanse next. Niacin open the blood vessels in the skin and allows toxins to be removed faster by sweating them out with exercise and/or sauna.

Everyone should google the benefits of niacin.

Good Luck:)


Posted by Victor Romero (Macon, Ga, Usa) on 07/10/2013

If you have only one small lipoma, try ice. Has anyone tried applying an ice pack (like you would for a sprain) directly over the lipoma for about an hour, then waiting for a couple of months to see if it slowly goes away or diminishes? Using an ice pack may sound overly simple, but it has worked for one person that I know who had a lipoma on his elbow that was the size of a lemon. But as a word of caution, do not apply ice to a large part of your body because it can lower your body temperature and cause death or other serious medical conditions and injuries. So take whatever precautions you need to take to prevent skin burns caused by ice or other injuries that may result from applying ice.

This ice remedy to remove subcutaneous fat is based loosely on the same mechanism that is believed to cause "popsicle panniculitis" in young todlers. That is a condition where a todler eats a frozen popsickle, then develops red cheeks followed by localized fat destruction and dimpling of the cheek. Baby fat in the face is saturated fat (it will harden easily when cooled) and the ice cools the fat enough in that area to make it as hard as pad of butter. As I understand it, it is believed by some that the fat cells that were cooled undergo programmed cell death (similarly to what is reported to happen when a plastic surgeon/cosmetic surgeon uses a Zeltiq skin cooling machine to remove fat underneath the skin).

Please note: I am making no claims of safety of applying ice to lipomas to reduce their size or appearance. I am also making no claims that the lipomas will stay away forever. I am also making no claims that the fat doesn't simply move to another area of the body. Finally, I have no idea how this process affects your blood lipid level, your blood cholestrol levels, or your liver functions. So if you try ice on your lipoma, you do so at your own risk.

Kombucha Tea  
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Posted by Reiler (Arizona) on 01/31/2014

[YEA]  Hello everyone, I would like to share my personal experience and solution for lipomas... I had a medium size lipoma on one of my arm pits, and a couple on my back, and what really helped and worked for me, after practically tryng everything without any positive effects, was drinking "Kombucha" tea, it all happend when I started drinking it for the first week only., I noticed that my lipomas were reduce almost 80 percent!! ... I couldn't believe how fast it worked., im still drinking it and I expect full recovery soon!!!! I will post my progress in a couple of weeks.. I hope this advice works for you, Take care, God bless you!

Replied by Missy

How often did you drink the kombucha tea? once a day, all day? thanks!
Replied by Ravi
Mumbai, India

Hello Sir, I have multiple lipomas and would like to get rid of it so plz let me know what is kombucha tea and where can I get in Mumbai?
Replied by Angela

How many times do you drink it a day. I have one on forehead.
Replied by Earlene
Spring Branch, Tx

Did it work? Mine is in my leg. It's 9x7 and it's growing but because of my heart they can't do surgery and it's in my muscles. They are worried about it getting to my kidney. I also have one on my liver so I was wondering, did the tea work? Please thank you and God bless you

Lipoma Remedies  

Posted by Susan (Lakeland, Fl) on 04/23/2014

Six years ago I had a lipoma the size of a large orange removed from my ankle. I was originally diagnosed with arthritis in the MRI but a podiatrist who studied at John Hopkins realized on an ultra sound right away that it was a lipoma. Long story short, it grew until it was cutting off the complete circulation in my leg. it had ingulfed the nerve in my ankle, causing nerve damage and pain and it was blocking the main artery in my foot. When the surgeon went in to take it off it had mestatasized to skin and they had to scrape it tearing much of the was a horrible experience. What was supposed to be a small scar was over 6 inches long. I looked at it and knew immediately he didn't get it all. I turned my ankle this weekend and for some reason it trigured the growth again......I've never tried any of these home remedies and I have two more on my foot....I'm going to try some of this stuff and see what happens...I have nothing to lose. Lyposuction would be amazing but this lipoma is hard and does not move......I'm interested in anything any one has to say that may help me....Thanks so much :)

Replied by Nanowriter
Hotspot, Texas

Research iodine (Lugols solution or Ioderal) and lipomas. Iodine is very useful in treating all manner of abnormal growths.

You may also want to try castor oil packs which are explained in detail here on EC by Mama to Many, I think.

Replied by Gia

Hi Susan,

I hope you are checking back here at the blog because your post caught my eye. I also have what looks like a fatty cyst around my outside ankle bones, especially large on my left foot. I always just thought it was from being overweight with puffy feet and ankles but it's really right at the ankle joint bone on my foot and when I touch it, it feels a little spongy. Recently I've been having tingling, buzzing vibrating sensation on the bottom of my foot on that same side and went to the doctor where she said it looked like a lipoma and I'm going to have an ultrasound next week on both legs and feet. I don't know if the sensation is because I'm having nerve involvement or if it's something like vascular where the arteries are being blocked but in any case, I need to figure out what to do about it. Do you think that lipomas should be surgically removed and have you had any side effects with regard to the sensation in your foot and any impact on your walking??

Thank you.

Replied by Karen

I have those fatty lipomas on both my outside ankles. the right one is pinching my nerves which it surrounds. All doctors I have talked to about removing it said NO, there are to many nerves there and one wrong snip and I would never walk again. I really want to get rid of them as they are hindering my ability to hike & walk with my kids. they hurt terribly and yes they cause the pinching, tingling and hurting in the bottom of my foot. even my achilles have been affected. I have been doing much work on my tendons and muscles of my feet. After a wonderful 10 day vacation around 7 national parks and monuments with my children and grandchild and sister. I ended with planters fasiitis. I have gotten most of the tendons elongated, still need to clean up the ankles. I am going to use the ACV on a cotton ball held by a band aid on the ankle. I am also, using a Royal Rife wave generator every night. Just started that 3 weeks ago. I already drink apple cider a lot to keep me alkaline. I have upped my drinking to 6 oz hot water, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp honey and 2 tbls. ACV with mother. This is also, designed to reset the fat cells and help weight loss. I recommend looking into the Rife Wave generator. I love mine. It kills all the pathogens, bacteria, and parasites that cause all this symptoms in the first place. I am so happy I found this site. I never thought to use ACV for a topple for the ankles and these fatty lipomas. Nameste'

Posted by Abhishek Gupta (Bareilly, U.P., India) on 05/04/2013

I have lots of lipomas in my all body some are getting bigger and some have pain. Plz give me some cure for that.

Liver Detoxing Herbs  
3 User Reviews | 1 YEA

Posted by Giggit (Beaumont, Tx) on 08/30/2012

[YEA]  I tried just about EVERY THING you can think of to rid my self of an UNSIGHTLY lipoma that is located slightly under my right rib. I had been growing this nasty protuberance for 13 years. Because I am a relatively thin female, and the lipoma is pretty large it was like having a third breast. I hated it.

I recently became extremely interested in herbal remedies, and I decided that I would try a liver detox. This detox consists of Burdock, Dandelion Root, Milk Thistle and other liver cleansing/blood cleansing herbs/roots. I feel indebted to God for the fact that my lipoma has gone from about 4 inches (give or take depending on the direction you looked at me) to something akin to 1 inch and still growing smaller. Mind you, it took me about two months to see such a difference, but it was the only thing that actually has worked for me in any way shape or form. I hope this information helps others out there struggling with this problem.

Replied by Grace

I read that lipoma is a sign that liver that needs to be cleansed. A malfunctioning liver that is toxic is storing the toxins in the fat of a lipoma and slowly releases the toxins. So my line of attack after research was the Gerson juice fast, including taking black walnut hull extract for parasites, serrapeptase which dissolves scar tissue and then shifted after 12 days into Airola broth fast because my understanding is that all diseases, inferior tissues start getting burned up by process of autolysis on the third day of juice fasting the body turns on its furnace and focus and goes afte stuff get burned up and cleared out of course you need to be on this fast for a while. Plus I took coffee enemas recommended. I realize this is not for everyone, and time and energy commitment well worth it. Consult with naturopathic or medical doctor before doing this
Replied by Nafisah
Serendah, Selangor

What brand of these herbs should I buy?

Magnesium and Potassium  

Posted by Richard (Rocky Mount, Nc) on 07/16/2014

If your body digests more poisons than it can handle because you don't have enough magnesium and potassium in your system to bind and excrete the poisons, it tells your body to make fat and store the poisons until it can get enough magnesium and potassium. It will do this even if you need energy from your food, giving you fat instead of energy. Lipomas are unnatural fat. I'd rather take magnesium and potassium than lose energy, get fat and lipomas. Also I won't eat the animal fat that stores the poisons of the rats and snakes that they eat.

Replied by Marisa

I'm interested in what you say about the body making fat to store toxins until it is able to get rid of the toxins. I was wondering whether this is your opinion, or whether you've come across evidence which shows this is the cause? Cheers.
Replied by David

Has any one tried magnesium? I was doing some research and I came across some lady saying her doctor told her that she was low on magnesium/deficiency. The doctor told her to take 1500mg of mag a day. In about a week her lipomas went away. She said when she stopped taking them they came back. Wonder if it relates to magnesium deficiency. I also have lipomas and I was healthy. I played sports and always worked out tremendously. All the talk with alcohol and causing lipomas isn't true bc I had lipomas and I never drank alcohol, just to throw that out there.
Replied by Carolyn
Hamilton, On

I have a Lipoma on my low back, over the coccyx area. It has been there since a toboggan accident, when I was 18, 50 years ago. I have always had sciatic problems. but a year ago I had an MRI, had to lay on my back, the pressure on that area was excruciating, my legs went numb and I had difficulty getting up off the table and could hardly move for at least 10 minutes. I still have a lot of nerve pain in that area. I am wondering if it is from the Lipoma. I have done a lot of ice treatments as well as castor oil packs over the years but this hasn't seemed to have made a difference. My doctor has been injecting a homeopathic remedy(they actually use this remedy for race horses) and lidocaine in the sacroiliac joints (which is right close to this Lipoma) because there is arthritis. I started to take serrapetase and curcumin about 2 weeks ago, I hope to see a difference soon. Can I take the apple cider vinegar & water with a bit of honey? I have done in the past and will start it again if I can use some honey in it, I don't think I could do it with out. My diet is healthy, no sugar, wheat or dairy very little grains...lots of vegetables, some fruits some protein from chicken, fish, eggs occasionally. No drugs.
Replied by Steve

My wife had a lipoma on her back and after a bit or research decided to treat it by painting lugol's iodine on it twice per day for a few days with a Qtip. Each day it got smaller and smaller until it was gone! I would consider giving this a try.