Turmeric Treatment for Lipomas

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Turmeric Treatment for Lipomas

Turmeric, a common spice in India, has been used in India and throughout Southeast Asia to shrink lipomas or fat deposits. Turmeric is part of the ginger family and has been long touted as a natural remedy for many ailments.

Turmeric contains curcumin, which is an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Curcumin is commonly used throughout the world to alleviate arthritis and to reduce inflammation in the joints.

How Do I Use Turmeric to Treat Lipomas?

Topical Turmeric Ointment

Mix 1 teaspoon of turmeric with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, flaxseed oil or olive oil. Mix well and smooth a little of the mixture onto your lipoma. Cover the lipoma with a bandage or gauze to protect your clothes. Turmeric will stain clothes!

Turmeric Supplementation

Turmeric can also be taken internally daily to help shrink lipomas. Because turmeric has the ability to stimulate bile acid, it helps cleanse the liver. Some holistic practitioners believe that lipomas form from a liver imbalance and have their patients take curcumin supplements to detoxify their blood and liver. Dietary changes like avoiding soy, MSG and artificial sweeteners are also recommended to soften and shrink liipomas.

Continue reading below to learn how our readers fared when they tried turmeric for their lipomas! Please share your feedback if you have tried this remedy.

5 User Reviews

Posted by Ada (Hong Kong) on 11/14/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Turmeric + Aloe Vera worked like magic on my lipoma: 3 days!
I found this tip from some Indian naturopath: Mix a bit of turmeric with a bit of aloe vera gel and wrap thick layer well over lipoma with bandage and leave on lipoma for approximately 6-8 hours a day/ night (mine was on back of ear, around 1 cm big, had it for over a year- it was quite difficult to affix bandage with mixture there, but not impossible).
Day 2: I could feel it is getting "inflamed" and started being painful and warm- I was as worried to develop abscess on my head, as I was aware that inflammation is probably the only way to drain that gross growth which look horrible.
Day 3 was quite painful, very warm even part of my face, so I realised I can try to squeeze it- and it burst and I drained it VERY WELL and bye bye gross growth!
Note: After I remove T+AV mix, rinse and splash bit more aloe and leave it.
Wound after care (oh yes was super worried to not cause some major infection): Saline water rinse, tea tree oil and (once it closed a bit) more aloe on wound.
This worked like magic- today is day 4: Mini wound is healing great. I am free of lipoma.
Indian naturopath said it takes 7 days, but it was 3 for me to get it off...
Love natural healing.

Posted by Baleswolf (San Diego) on 10/07/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I found a fatty growth over one of my ribs the size of a 50 cent piece. I take about 3,000 mg of turmeric per day for general inflammation. I made a paste with olive oil and a capsule of turmeric and applied it to the fatty growth daily and completely covered it with a band aid. I continued this for 7 days. I would remove band aid and clean area and immediately reapply so that it was continually in contact for the 7 day period. After the 7 days it was gone.

Replied by Muru
(Dallas, Tx)

Thanks for the details. Can someone confirm if consuming 3000 mg of Turmeric for inflammation works? I have lots of Lymphomas, around 30 of them. There are few on forearms that I can try The Turmeric paste with olive oil. Appreciate your response.

Posted by Mala (Trinidad) on 07/05/2015
5 out of 5 stars

If you make a thick paste with dried turmeric (we call it saffron in Trinidad) with olive oil and paste it over the lipoma, it totally disappears and leaves no trace. (You can cover it with tissue or a plaster), My friend did it on his ear and I did it for my daughter who is 10. Both of them were told they had to undergo surgery. I am ecstatic to report no surgery needed. My daughters lipoma was 2.2cm. 2015 July 05

Replied by Michael
(Grove City, Ohio)

How long did your daughter and your friend wear the tumeric paste on their lipoma? Overnight? Several days? Did they have their lipomas a long time? Could you supply any other details? Also, did it stain their skin for a few days? Thanks so much and God bless!

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)


Re Turmeric poultice...

It will stain skin for about 3 days...and permanently stain clothing with which it comes into contact.

Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Dave, see my post below re ringworm treatment It is only permanent on some silks and special weaves. But on cottons and blends it does disappear.

Namaste, Om

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

Hello Om;

Turmeric stain has stayed on my cotton shirt...maybe I'm not using a good enough soap or soaking the stain long enough. What do you use?


Replied by Om
(Hope, Bc Canada)

Hello, Dave ---

Don't throw that shirt out. You may have to wash it three times, hang wet to dry. There was a reply from India a few weeks ago and she said it disappears when exposed outside. With their usage of haldi I would think it should work .

I find Sunlight bar soap or something similar would work. Avoid bleach.

Good luck, Namaste, Om

Replied by Kevin

The mixture of turmeric and olive oil should be applied for how long? And olive oil should be edible or any special kind of? Please guide me... Thanks

Replied by Gail O

Just curious, anyone in here have their gall bladder removed?

Replied by Debby

Yes. Been told that is partly way the body can't eliminate the fatty tumors.

Replied by Nikang
(Itanagar, India)

How long to keep this paste over lipoma??

Posted by Trey (Nj, Usa) on 04/07/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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
1 out of 5 stars

Response to Trey: I have tested this technique 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 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..