A lump growing on your body may scare you off the first time you see it but not all lumps are a dangerous sign. One of these lumps is called lipoma. Lipoma is a lump that can appear at any part of the body but the usual appearance site tend to be the upper body, arms, thighs, or neck.
What is Lipoma?
Lipoma is the lump that is caused due to the accumulation of fat cells. As these fat cells start gathering and form tissue, they appear in the form of rubbery and soft lumps. They usually appear under the skin and due to their soft tendency, they may show slight movement when pressed.
According to doctors, a lipoma isn’t something dangerous. Although they are called tumors, they are not cancerous and are benign, which means they will not culminate in cancer.
The causes behind the appearance of these lumps are still unknown. Where it is speculated that they might be caused because of any trauma or accident, it is also said that they might run in the family, a condition that is known as Familial Multiple Lipomatosis. Moreover, they usually appear in middle-aged males and females.
There are some medical conditions that are also associated with the appearance of lipoma. These are mentioned below:
- Gardner’s Syndrome
- Cowden Syndrome
- Madelung’s Syndrome
- Adiposis Dolorosa
Lipoma appears as a noncancerous tumor and can be found anywhere around the body. Usually, these lumps are painless, they are soft in touch and when pressed, they may move under the touch. They appear in the same color as the skin and grow slowly.
At times, lipoma might become painful especially if they appear in the places like joints or nerves. Lipoma that is formed deep inside the body may lead to painful symptoms to the nearby organs. If they become painful, you need to consult a doctor to remove them.
- Natural Oil
If the lipoma is present on the outer surface of the body, it can be treated through the use of natural oil that is made from herbs and natural plants. The oil can be applied to reduce these lumps. Two types of effective natural oils for this care include:
Neem Oil: Neem tree is part of the herbal world for a long time. Neem leaves and oil extracted from them is used for several facial and health purposes. Since neem has contracting properties, the oil can be applied directly on the lumps to reduce them.
Flaxseed Oil: Flaxseed oil is another natural oil that can be used to cure the lipoma found on your body. Flaxseed is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and both of these nutrients have anti-inflammatory tendencies. Therefore, these two can be used on the lumps. However, be sure that the oil doesn’t have metal traces in it and is entirely pure.
- Chickweed with natural oil
Chickweed is a herb which can be used to reduce the inflammation and the lump caused by lipoma. Chickweed has the potential to reduce the extra fluid from the body. It also reduces extra water from the body and inhibits the accrual of fats. This is the reason why chickweed can be used to lessen these lumps.
Chickweed can be used in several ways. It can either be mixed with natural oil and an ointment can be made or it can be mixed with cooled green tea to form a paste, which can be applied on the affected area(s). There are also medicines made of this herb present both in stores and online that can be used for treating lipoma.
- Turmeric ointment
Turmeric is one of the most famous spices which is not only used in cooking but has tremendous health benefits and one of those benefits is that it helps against the occurrence and treatment of lipoma. It has been used in the medicinal field for a long time. The active component of turmeric is curcumin. It helps in the treatment.
Turmeric can be used in form of paste and can be directly applied to the affected area. You can both mix turmeric with olive oil and apply on the lumps, or you can also mix turmeric with neem oil or flaxseed oil and massage the concoction on the lump. Wrap a bandage after the application so that your clothes aren’t stained from turmeric.
- Apple cider vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) showcases a list of health benefits associated with it. It has been used for reducing and cutting down the fat for a long time. ACV can be mixed in salads and can be taken in water to clear the excess fat from the body.
Apple cider vinegar has acetic acid, which is known to assist in fat burning and reducing properties. Other than that, ACV also yields other healthier benefits to your body. Due to the presence of acetic acid in ACV, it needs to be taken in diluted form.
- Consume more omega-3
Flaxseed was recommended due to the reason that it has a high amount of Omega-3 Fatty acids in it. This is also the reason that the consumption of omega-3 is highlighted when it comes to treating lipoma. Instead of consuming unhealthy fats, it is important to divert your diet towards healthy nutrients.
Omega-3 is famous for improving overall health and acts as a good anti-inflammatory agent. Therefore, it will also help in reducing the accumulation of fats which causes lipoma. It is also found that it not only reduces inflammation but works to lessen the formation of inflammatory agents. You can get your fill of omega-3s from sources such as cold water fish. These include salmon, herring and others. More omega-3 enriched food items include walnuts, flaxseed, chia seeds, and hemp seeds.
- Thuja occidentalis
Thuja is another prominent name, which is used for the treatment of lipoma. This herb is greatly used in homeopathic treatments works against any sort of growth that occurs on the outer or the inner surface of the body. Similarly, usage of thuja reduces the lump growth, which happens because of lipoma.
Thuja can be used by mixing its extracts with water and applying the mix to the area. Alternatively, you can prepare a paste and applying it. However, it is important to consider that this herb demands several dietary changes and should only be used your doctor recommends it. You can use thuja by asking for a prescription from any homeopathic doctor.
Another herb and equally important natural remedy used for the treatment of a lipoma is sage. Sage is the herb which is used for multiple purposes including cooking and medicines. This herb has the tendency of thinning the blood. It also eliminates the gathering of fat or excess fat from the body by extracting it.
This is the very reason that sage can be applied over the lump so that it can not only reduce the fats that are gathered but it can also help with maintaining balance in your body. You can make a balm by mixing sage with neem oil or flaxseed oil and apply it on the lipoma.
- Castor oil
Lastly, castor oil is used for the treating purposes of lipoma too. Castor oil has the natural tendency of reducing and shrinking any growth that appears on the skin. Thus, it positively affects benign growth as well. This is the reason that castor oil can be used for reducing lumps.
You can soak a cotton ball in castor oil and apply it to the affected area by keeping it there for a few seconds. Finally, place a bandage over the affected area. Leave it overnight and repeat the process till the lump is treated.