A lipoma is a slow growing benign tumor composed of fat found in the subcutaneous tissues, just below the skin. Lipomas are most often found on the torso, neck and upper thighs and arms where there is plenty of fatty tissue. However they have also been found growing inside body organs such as the heart, brain and lungs. Lipomas are soft fatty lumps that grow under the skin. They can grow anywhere in your body and are generally harmless. Lipomas only need to be removed if they are causing problems or if their diagnosis is not clear.
Lipomas occur in 1% of the population and can occur at any age, although most arise around middle age, and are seen predominately in women.
Lipomas are typically:
- soft and ‘doughy’
- small (1cm) but can grow larger (5-10cm)
- moveable under the skin
- slow growing
- painless, but can become painful if they grow larger.
Most lipomas can be removed in the doctor’s office or outpatient surgery center. The doctor injects a local anesthetic around the lipoma, makes an incision in the skin, removes the growth, and closes the incision with stitches (sutures). If the lipoma is in an area of the body that cannot be easily reached through a simple incision in the skin, the lipoma may need to be removed in the operating room under general anesthesia.
But there are ways to get rid of your lipomas naturally. These following natural remedies will help you do that:
Honey and Flour
Mix some raw honey with some flour and apply the mixture directly on the skin lump. The thickness of the application should be 1/2-1 cm in depth, so make sure the mix is fairly thick.
Cover the lump with a paper towel or a bandage to keep the creamy mixture in place.
Keep the mixture on for a day or up to 36 hours, then remove it and repeat.
Repeat this method five times, and make the treatment last for about a week. This treatment will help fatty deposits under your skin to disappear.
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.
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.