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DERCUMS DISEASE (Adiposis dolorosa)


Dercums disease

Lipomas are non-cancerous lumps caused by an overgrowth of fat cells. It is a slow-developing growth of fat this is usually located beneath the skin and above the muscle. The exact cause of a lipoma is unknown; however, obesity is not the root cause of these fat deposits. Most lipomas are symptomless, but some are painful on applying pressure. Lipomas that are tender or painful are usually angiolipomas (Dercum's disease). This means the lipoma has an increased number of small blood vessels.

Dercum's disease, also known as  adiposis dolorosa or fatty tissue rheumatism, was discovered in 1892. It is a very rare condition characterised by painful fatty lumps and nodules, called lipomas accompanied by noticeable weight gain and pain.


Pain may be caused by the lipomas pressing on nearby nerves or by insufficient blood supply to the area and may be extreme and intense, continuous (lasting for hours), or may come and go in spasms. Patients may also experience more diffuse pain throughout fatty tissue. The condition is progressive and becomes worse over time.


Dercum's disease patients may also experience sporadic swelling, especially in their hands; easy bruising; fatigue; headaches; irritability; stiffness after resting; depression; memory or concentration problems; and a tendency to get infections. The cause of the disease is unknown.


It is hereditary in some families, passing from parent to child, but it appears unexpectedly in other families. Dercum's disease patients are often misdiagnosed for years, according to the Dercum Society. Patients report that doctors viewing this array of symptoms often treat patients for normal obesity, recommending diets and exercise regimens that are only partially effective.


Symptoms are usually first seen in adults, and the disease is less common in children and teenagers. The disease is most common in overweight postmenopausal women. However some patients who develop the disease are not obese.


The cause of Dercum's disease is not clear. Some evidence suggests it may be an inherited condition, but many cases have been reported that do not seem to involve genetic transmission from a parent to a child.


Not only can lipoma develop on internal organs, but lipoma lumps can also lead to bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract as well as ulceration and painful blocking. There have also been cases where lipoma lumps have turned malignant so it is worth changing your diet immediately to avoid future complications.



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Internal natural remedies for dercum's disease and lipoma


Dietary clean-up is the basis of natural therapy for lipoma and dercum's disease. Excess saturated fat and hydrogenated oils must be eliminated. Only use cold pressed oils. Coconut oil is one of the most beneficial to use instead. Consume less meat and more fish, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Stay away from substances that can cause cell damage such as:

The following foods all have properties that can help to treat dercum's disease and lipoma.

Consume one tablespoon of psyllium husks per day in a large glass of water or sprinkled onto meals as it has powerful properties that can support  digestion and excretory processes.


Barley grass is one of the rare plants to contain vitamin B12 so is a useful addition to the diet of those that limit meat intake.


Lemon juice, stimulates the liver to work more and detoxify the body.


Omega-3 fatty acids, which are highly beneficial in helping to treat these conditions, can be found in the following foods:

Highest sources of omega-3 fatty acids in milligrams per 100 grams

  • Krill oil 36000 mg

  • Flaxseed oil 22813 mg

  • Chia seeds 17552 mg

  • Walnuts 9079 mg

  • Caviar (fish eggs) 6789 mg

  • Cloves (ground) 4279 mg

  • Oregano (dried) 4180 mg

  • Marjoram (dried) 3230 mg

  • Tarragon (dried) 2955 mg

  • Mackerel 2670 mg

  • Herring 2365 mg

  • Salmon (wild) 2018 mg

  • Lamb 1610 mg

  • Basil (dried) 1509 mg

  • Sardines 1480 mg

  • Anchovies 1478 mg

  • Soya beans 1433 mg

  • Trout 1068 mg

  • Pecans, sea bass 986 mg

  • Pine nuts 787 mg

  • Bell peppers (green) 770 mg

  • Oysters 740 mg

  • Radish seeds sprouted 722 mg

  • Purslane 400 mg

  • Basil (fresh leaves) 316 mg

  • Rabbit 220 mg

  • Kidney beans 194 mg

  • Wakame seaweed 188 mg

  • Alfalfa sprouts 175 mg

  • Brussel sprouts 173 mg

  • Rocket 170 mg

  • Cauliflower 167 mg

  • Spinach 138 mg

  • Broccoli 129 mg

  • Raspberries 126 mg

  • Lettuce 113 mg

  • Blueberries 94 mg

  • Summer squash 82 mg

  • Strawberries 65 mg

  • Milk 75 mg

  • Eggs 74 mg

  • Chinese cabbage (pak choy) 55 mg


Herbs and spices can help the body to eliminate fatty deposits and should be consumed daily. For more information about each one visit the Herbs and Spices page.


Common herbs (to be consumed as often as possible daily in meals or as teas) are: basil, cardamom, coriander, cloves, dill, lemongrass, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, safflower, sage, tarragon and thyme.

Spices (to be consumed as often as possible daily. Can be added to teas also): are: cardamom, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, cloves (three ground), cumin, coriander, ginger, Himalayan pink salt crystals, nutmeg, paprika, peppercorns (all colours), sea salt (pure unrefined) and turmeric.


There are many medicinal herbs that can help to treat dercum's disease and lipoma such as: angelica pubescens, borage, burdock root, black seed, cnidium monniera seeds, common stinging nettles, damiana leaves, dandelion, devil's claw, drumstick, elecampane, false unicorn, golden seal, ginkgo biloba, gotu kola, horsetail, hydrangea, Japanese or Chinese knotweed, jasmine, kudzu root extract, huang lian, lavender, liquorice root, lobelia, maca root, milk thistle, motherwort, noni, oatstraw, pan pien pien, passion flower, periwinkle, pine needles, Queen of the meadow, red clover, rock-rose flowers, saffron, saw palmetto, schizandra, scutellaria, slippery elm, yellow dock root, valerian, and wild strawberry leaf.


Turmeric: A teaspoon of turmeric should be consumed daily due to its powerful healthy compounds. Sprinkle on to egg, fish and vegetable dishes or on brown rice and other grains.

Only eat the following fruit and vegetables if they are organic because of the risk of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides :

  • Apples

  • Asparagus

  • Aubergine

  • Avocado

  • Bananas

  • Bell peppers

  • Blue berries

  • Canataloupe

  • Carrots

  • Cauliflower

  • Celery

  • Cherries

  • Chilli peppers

  • Cocoa beans

  • Coffee beans

  • Collard greens

  • Courgettes

  • Cucumbers

  • Grapefruit

  • Grapes

  • Kale

  • Kiwi fruit

  • Lettuce

  • Mange toute peas

  • Mangos

  • Mushrooms

  • Nectarines

  • Onions

  • Oranges

  • Papaya

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Pineapples

  • Plums

  • Potatoes

  • Raspberries

  • Runner beans

  • Spinach

  • Spring onions

  • Squash

  • Strawberries

  • Sweet corn

  • Peas frozen

  • Tomatoes

  • Watermelon


Also try the following pages to help treat these conditions:

The best foods to juice raw and consume daily are: apples, beetroot, cabbage, carrot, celery, grapefruit, lemon, lettuce, orange, pineapple, papaya, radish, spinach, tangerine, tomato and watercress.  


External remedies for dercum's disease and lipoma


Castor oil applied topically on the lipoma, as many times a day as possible. Repetition is crucial for the treatment to work.


Turmeric can help to eliminate lipoma lumps. Apply a topical mix of turmeric powder and olive oil three times a day. This mixture will make them softer and smaller.


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