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A lipoma--or fatty tumor--is a lump that develops underneath the skin. It doesn't turn into a cancerous growth, but it can cause congestions and discomfort. Typically, a lipoma must be surgically removed. But herbals treatments exists which not only prevent the development of lipomas in the first place, but also combat existing lipomas. These include chickweed, lemon juice, cedar ointment, and the inclusion of bitters in your diet.


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Chickweed has been known to help treat a lipoma. Chickweed tincture can be obtained from any herbal store. Take a teaspoon of chickweed tincture, three times each day. It may be more effective to use a chickweed ointment, also available at most herbal stores, which can be rubbed directly onto the affected area of the skin. Apply the ointment once a day. If the tincture or the ointment doesn't produce results--the elimination of discomfort or the shrinking of the lipoma itself--cease the use of chickweed and try another herbal remedy.


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Bitter herbs and foods greatly increase your body's ability to digest fats--which is essentially what lipomas are. The bitters help speed up your fat metabolism by stimulating the gallbladder and liver. Thus, regularly incorporating bitter foods and herbs into your diet will not only prevent the future development of lipomas, but also combat any lipomas you currently have. Bitter herbs include yarrow, wormwood, gentian, golden seal, rue, southernwood, centaury, and boneset. Bitter foods include olives, citrus peel, dandelion greens, and unsweetened chocolate.

Lemon Juice

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Consider adding lemon juice to the water that you drink. Lemon juice works to eliminate toxins from the body by stimulating and strengthening the digestive system and purifying the liver. Because of its toxin-eliminating properties, lemon water will help prevent and even treat fatty tumors, or lipoma.


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Try applying a cedar (Thuja occidentalis) ointment on the affected area of the skin three times a day. Combine five drops of cedar extract (available along with the ointment at herbal stores) with a couple of teaspoons of water and drink three times a day. Then massage the ointment into the skin of the affected area.

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