Sage – This versatile plant comes in several varieties and is also used in natural treatment approaches for its ability to thin the blood. According to herbalist Matthew Wood in “The Earthwise Herbal,” sage has a natural affinity that attracts it to fat. It is for this reason, he explains, that sage extract applied externally over a lipoma may help it dissolve. Wood continues by adding that Anthony Godfrey, a naturopathic doctor in Toronto, explains that sage helps in the balance of fluids in the body. A collection of fatty tissue may indicate an imbalance, which may be relieved by the administration of sage.
Turmeric – The herb turmeric contains a substance known as curcumin that, according to Dr. Demian Dressler of the Dog Cancer Blog, has been found to reduce the size of lipomas in dogs. Dr. Karen Herbst of MDJunction explains that the effect of curcumin isn’t limited to dogs. She adds that curcumin applied as a topical mask has helped some individuals decrease the size and recurrence of lipomas. ~Keep in mind that turmeric’s yellow coloring will cause a yellow dyeing of skin and clothing, so if you want to avoid this effect on clothes, cover the paste with a bandage.~
Chickweed – Chickweed is an herb commonly used in natural medicine for its ability to loosen excess mucous produced when you have a cold or flu. Dr. Marilyn Tucker of DrMT explains that chickweed is also used to draw excess water from the body, which can occur with cardiovascular disease. Chickweed, she adds, may also help to reduce accumulations of fat in the body, including lipomas. Chickweed is available at your local health or natural food store.
Cedar – Cedar is used to treat growths both on and under your skin. According to Dr. S Chidambaranathan of Dr. Cheena, cedar is a commonly used homeopathic approach to treating lipoma. Thuja is sometimes used in conjunction with other, adjunctive, natural treatments and dietary changes.
Be aware that natural treatments may take some time to be effective. It may take 1-3 months to see any reduction in size.