January 8, 2020
Many of you know the sinking feeling you get when you find a lump or bump underneath your dog’s fur. Any kind of cyst-like bump can cause panic …
… But it helps to know that most are benign (non-cancerous) and are known as lipomas or fatty tumors in dogs.
Obviously, prevention is the best way to deal with fatty tumors in dogs. The trouble is that they can be elusive, appearing almost overnight.
Along with exercise, the following herbal remedies can help the body expel toxins. They also support:
These bitter herbs can help break down fats in the body by stimulating the digestive system. They’re able to clear heat (inflammation) from the body … and they decrease the stagnation of fluids and energy.
Dandelion increases circulation by thinning fluids and supports the lining of the gut. It stimulates the release of bile by the gallbladder to help digest fats. Dandelion is a potent lipoma fighter. This is due to its ability to facilitate the removal of toxins through the kidneys and liver.
Burdock supports the lymphatic system, the liver, and the kidneys. Burdock root, combined with milk thistle (Silybum marianum) makes a great duo.
They help the body rid itself of pharmaceuticals and move heat through the liver. Burdock root helps the gall bladder release bile to support the digestion of fats. Burdock root also cools the inflammatory conditions of the liver and digestive system.
Chickweed moves fluids through the body. It’s good for reducing inflammation and removing toxins from tissues.
As a bonus, chickweed can be used internally and externally, for lipomas.
Caution: Chickeweek is diuretic in nature. It helps export toxins through the kidneys … especially when combined with a lymphatic stimulant like cleavers (Galium aparine).
This herb is often overlooked for preventing and treating tumors. Like dandelion, self-heal is common in yards and treated like a weed. It’s known as a superlative lymphatic herb.
It’s great at moving fluids in and out of tissues downward through the kidneys. Self-heal removes heat in the liver moving stagnant fluids and improving circulation.
Self-heal is safe to use internally and externally to redistribute and break up fatty tissue.
Turmeric is a popular anti-inflammatory that increases blood flow with its warming nature. It improves digestion and soothes intestinal muscles. It also protects the liver and stimulates bile secretions from the gallbladder.
Turmeric caution: Use cautiously with dogs that can’t control their body temperature. If adding turmeric causes your dog to pant, discontinue.
Violet is one of the best lipoma herbs and it’s also safe for long-term use. Violets dissolve hard and soft accumulations in the body using the lymphatic system.
They’re cooling so they work especially well for hot conditions like fatty tumors. You can use violets internally and externally.
Herbalist Juliette de Bairacli Levy uses violet leaf as a poultice … along with an infusion of the leaf and flower to remove any type of cyst or lipoma.
To make a Violet infusion:
Or you can use a tincture and give 5 drops for every 30 pounds twice a day.
Note: General guidelines for using these herbal dosages is …