Subject: Herbal Treatment for Lipomas
Answered by: Christine Dennis


Question from: Name not given
Posted on: February 21, 2008

I am female 41 years old and have had several lipomas for many years. About 8 years ago I had several removed from my arms and thighs. I am 5’8" tall and presently weigh 170 pounds. I noticed the first one in my 20s, and still have many. I have 7 children, and I noticed it getting worse with my fourth pregnancy. Several years ago I got a "recipe" for treating them naturally which included lemon balm and yarrow, olive oil massages, hot baths with sea salt. What can I do to stop them from growing bigger or starting to grow at all?

I am curious as to whether you noticed a difference with the "recipe" or if you did in fact give it a try.

This question has been asked before. To see that answer please go to:

http://www.richters.com/qa-search.cgi?search=lipoma

To add to that, lipomas are not something I have had the opportunity to treat in my practice, yet. Having said that, I have three thoughts:

1. Most, if not all, benign growths are signs of the body corralling together/containing material thus removing from the blood system any excesses or "toxins". The body is not able to eliminate these excesses and "toxins" via the 4 main elimination routes - bowels, kidneys, lungs and skin, and as a result is closing off the metabolic wastes and essentially "eliminating" them from continuing to freely circulate around and around and around the body again. Therefore, in the case of lipomas, it would seem obvious at this point that the normal elimination systems functions are essential and I would treat lipomas with this in mind.

2. Lipomas are made of fatty material. This fact makes me then question your bodies ability to properly metabolize and eliminate any fatty metabolic wastes.

3. Since lipoma growths and frequency has been linked to pregnancy and multi lipomas are more likely to occur in men than women, to me, suggests a hormonal component.

Therefore, the basis of my treatment plan would be to improve all the elimination system functions - bowels, kidneys, skin and lungs, increase fat metabolism and elimination and regulate hormones which includes blood sugar fluctuations.

Elimination Issues:

1. It would be essential then that you are having regular daily bowel movements. For ideas on how to improve the ellimination via your bowels please see: http://www.richters.com/show.cgi?page=./QandA/Medicinal/20000313-4.html

2. I would consider doing regular juicing cleanses

3. Artificial flavourings, sweeteners, colourings and preservatives are known to be difficult for the body to deal with. Other chemicals such as pesticides and fertilizers are as well. Foods that slow or "bog down" the digestive system are also implicated here. If the body has a hard time breaking down foods, then they may only get partially broken down and are then labelled as unrecognizable and become difficult to eliminate. Diary products and heavy meats such as red meat are examples. Caffeine is also a difficult food item. Both soluble and insoluble fibre is important as these "difficult" foods items and artificial ingredients can be absorbed by the fibre and then eliminated by the bowels.

4. Pure and wholesome fluids - pure water, unsweetened vegetable and only a small amount of pure unsweetened fruit juices, nutritive herbal teas such a nettles, alfalfa and oatstraw.

5. Deep breathing exercises- no smoking

6. Physical exercise to stimulate the body and therefore the elimination systems

7. Avoid washing with or applying any bodycare products that you would not put into your mouth. If you are not willing to ingest it, do not apply it because you ARE ingesting it.

Fat Metabolism Issue:

1. To improve your fat metabolism, bitter herbs and foods are important. Adding bitters to your diet will improve your digestion and stimulate your liver and gallbladder.

2. Anything that is going to improve your general digestion will also improve liver function - no caffeine, refined foods, sweets, heavy meats such as red meat, bad fats. Instead stick to a variety of whole grains, legumes and vegetables should make up the basis of your diet. Essential fatty acids such as omega 3 would be important - fish, walnut and flax seed oils.

3. 1/4 to to 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar before meals and large snacks to help stimulate good digestion

4. Drink lemon juice added to your drinking water

Hormonal regulation issue:

1. Blood sugar regulation is the single most important aspect for good hormonal regulation. For more information on this please see: http://www.richters.com/qa-search.cgi?search=blood%20sugar

2. Exogenous estrogens and hormones should be removed as well as hormone mimicking chemicals - plastics contain these so foods that are stored or cooked in these would be a source that you would want to eliminate. Pesticides and fertilizers are other sources of these.

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