Last Modified on May 04, 2016
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. They can also be cosmetically discouraging to those who are plagued with them. While some people have just a few lipomas, others have dozens or even hundreds of them.
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. Our readers have share with us some natural remedies for lipomas and important dietary changes that have caused their lipomas to shrink or disappear altogether.
Home Remedies for Lipomas
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is our most popular reported cure for lipomas. Drink 1 glass of water with 1-3 teaspoons of raw, organic apple cider vinegar 1-3 times a day. Start with less and increase the amount over time to make sure this remedy suits you.
Liver and blood purifying herbs have been useful for the reduction of fat deposits. Burdock root, turmeric root and dandelion root are all good choices. It is easy to add these supplements to your diet. Burdock and dandelion roots can be found in capsule form. Take 4 capsules twice a day with meals for at least a month. Turmeric is a common remedy for many ailments and can be taken in capsules, like dandelion or burdock root, or a teaspoon can be added to a glass of milk or water and consumed once or twice a day. When you are taking purifying (detoxifying) herbs, always take them with plenty of water so that your body can eliminated the toxins easily. One theory about lipoma causes is that these fat deposits are caused by toxins, making detoxifying herbs a good choice.
Our readers have made some interesting connections between diet and lipomas. While anyone dealing with a chronic health condition will do well to avoid artificial sweeteners, MSG, sugar and processed foods, there are a few other considerations for those who suffer with lipomas. Soy seems to be linked to lipomas. One or our readers found that dairy consumption, especially ice cream seemed to increase lipoma formation.
Natural Topical Treatments for Lipomas
Castor oil is useful in removing a variety of growths from the body. Massage castor oil onto the areas of the lipomas before bed. Castor oil is greasy so use old pajamas and sheets when you use this treatment.
DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide) is another natural topical treatment for lipomas. Apply DMSO to clean skin with clean hands. DMSO is a solvent. Avoid chemicals in clothing and on your skin when you are using DMSO as the DMSO can "carry" the chemicals into your body.
Turmeric can be used topically for lipomas as well as internally. Turmeric can be added to coconut oil or castor oil and applied to lipomas at night. Turmeric will stain skin and clothing. Add about 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder to 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil.
Iodine can be used for lipomas. Earth Clinic contributor Steve from Nevada was able to cure his wife's lipoma by painting iodine onto the lipoma twice a day with a Q-tip.
Essential Oils for Lipomas
Essential oils can be used for lipomas. Essential oils are very concentrated natural medicines! They should be diluted for topical use.
Sage, tea tree, and frankincense essential oils can be used for lipomas. Add 1/2 teaspoon of one or a combination of the above mentioned essential oils to 1 tablespoon of a carrier oil (Coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil or castor oil) and apply to lipomas twice a day.
How Long Will it Take to Cure Lipomas?
Because lipomas can take time to shrink and disappear completely, do stick with your remedy (or remedies) of choice for at least a month. If you see no change at all, consider adding another remedy to your treatment plan, or try a different remedy. Everyone is different, so what works for one person is not the solution for everyone. But don't give up. While it is common to hear that the only "cure" for lipomas is surgery, our readers tell a different story, but usually their story includes perseverance and faithfulness to a remedy in terms of weeks or months instead or one or two applications of a remedy.
Have you tried any natural remedies for lipomas? Please share your experience with us! And continue reading and you will find interesting cures and commentaries from our readers.
Remedies for Lipoma
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[YEA] Apple cider vinegar for lipomas - just take two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every night before going to bed. Follow this treatment for about 3 to 5 months - make the bump go away. 2 to 3 times a day, morning and night.
[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.
[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.
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Posted by Katt (La) on 01/10/2014
[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.
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.
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YEA (1) 50% NAY (1) 50%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?
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YEA (1) 100%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.
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YEA (1) 100%Posted by Yoyoma (Texas) on 04/01/2016
[YEA] I am, by NO means an expert, but I do read a lot, and I have been desperate to get rid of 2 lipoma's on my face. The main one was on my forehead by the hairline and it was the size of well smaller than a grape, but large enough that my husband noticed it even though I have bangs. I ordered some bentonite clay powder. I mixed it with water two nights ago and applied it just on the lipoma like a facial mask, and then rinsed it off once it was all dry and flaky. The cyst is noticeably smaller, but not gone. I spoke to a friend last night and asked her if she had heard of that, she acted like I was a late bloomer or something. She told me that she mixes hers with apple cider vinegar to make the paste (the ACV must have Mother in it). I'm going to try that tonight. Just wanted to let you guys know, since I saw a lot of people asking, but without a lot of answers. The bentonite clay has many uses and is very affordable. Hope that works for you!
BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Sophie (Pleasant Hills) on 08/19/2015
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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
YEA (1) 20% BETTER BUT NOT CURED (4) 80%Posted by Seth (Arizona) on 01/27/2016
[YEA] 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.
Posted by Greg (Baton Rouge, La) on 12/05/2015
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 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.
Posted by Clint (Saint George) on 07/30/2015
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Hi,
I wish we could find something that would work, that would take the lipomas away,
I have had a few of mine removed over the years. I have found that when I get a little over weight 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 favorite drink in the world, (Pepsi ) and quit 2 scoops of sugar in my coffee, they stopped 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.
we all know how you feel.
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
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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.
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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.
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