Gynecomastia

Homeopathic treatment

Homeopathic treatment for gynecomastia is strongly recommended in following cases:

  • Marked pain
  • Tenderness
  • Severe embarrassment or
  • Emotional disturbance

Before delving into homeopathic treatment let us first discuss the conventional or allopathic treatment available.

Allopathic or conventional treatment of gynecomastia involves medical and surgical approach. Medical therapy includes Clomiphene an antiestrogen, is used to reduce breast size but with adverse effects which include visual problems, rash, and nausea. Tamoxifen, an estrogen antagonist, is effective for tender gynecomastia. Tamoxifen is typically used for 3 months before surgery is advised; nausea and epigastric discomfort are the main adverse effects. Danazol, a synthetic derivative of testosterone, inhibits pituitary secretion of LH and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which decreases estrogen synthesis from the testicles. Adverse effects include weight gain, acne, muscle cramps, fluid retention, nausea, and abnormal liver function test results. Testolactone, a peripheral aromatase inhibitor, has been used with varying success rates in doses of 150 mg 3 times per day for 6 months. Nausea, vomiting, edema, and worsening and complaint of hypertension have been reported with its use.

Reduction mammoplasty is considered for patients with long-standing gynecomastia or in persons in whom medical therapy has failed. It is also considered for cosmetic reasons.

Liposuction, gland excision, reduction mammoplasty are surgical techniques.

Complications of surgery include sloughing of tissue due to a compromised blood supply, contour irregularity, hematoma or seroma formation and permanent numbness in the nipple areolar area.

Radiation therapy is sometimes used to prevent gynecomastia in patients with prostate cancer prior to estrogen therapy.

In contrast homeopathic medications have a wide range of use in treatment and prevention of gynecomastia. Remedies are safe and extremely effective in balancing your systemic functioning of the body.

As we know hormonal imbalance is one of the major cause; therefore in this condition medicines will help in balancing the hormonal status of your body.

In homeopathy we treat the underlying cause which leads to permanent improvement in the condition.

Also remedies increase the overall vitality of the patient and thus the body itself deals with the problem which helps in decreasing the size of male breast.

The treatment in homeopathy depends on the history taking of the patient with the help of which the doctor is able to prescribe the most indicated medicine to the patient.

Remedies are prescribed only after taking into account the whole constitution of the patient including his physical, mental and emotional symptoms.

How homeopathy helps

  • Medicine has the capacity to correct the hormonal imbalance (estrogen levels) responsible for the development of gynecomastia.
  • The treatment helps to reduce pain.
  • Medicines help to reduce tenderness.
  • Remedies also act on emotional plane of the patient.
  • Homeopathy helps to alleviate breast enlargement.
  • The treatment also helps to treat bad effects of allopathic medicines.
  • It helps to reduce fatty infiltration in the cells of the body.

There are 20 homeopathy medicines which give great relief in gynecomastia. However, the correct choice and the resulting relief is a matter of experience and right judgment on the part of the doctor. The treatment is decided after thorough case taking of the patient. Thus remedies are designer made unlike allopathy in which all patients receive the same surgery or drugs although trade name may be different.

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What is gynecomastia

Gynecomastia or 'woman-like breasts'.

It is a benign enlargement of the male breast resulting from a proliferation of the glandular component of the breast.

Gynecomastia is defined clinically by the presence of a rubbery or firm mass extending concentrically from the nipples. The condition known as pseudogynecomastia, or lipomastia, is characterized by fat deposition without glandular proliferation. Although it is usually bilateral, it can be unilateral.

It is an abnormal development of mammary glands in males resulting in breast enlargement. It is not normal for men to have breasts and this makes this condition very embarrassing and may causes low self-esteem especially in teenagers.

It is very common in adolescents. It occurs due to hormonal imbalance in the male body between the age of 12 & 18 when estrogen is sometim

Gynecomastia

Causes

A number of researchers believe that in many cases an altered androgen / estrogen ratio causes changes in cellular elements in breast tissue. This could be due to:

  • decrease in production of androgen
  • increase in estrogen formation
  • decrease in sensitivity of breast tissue to androgens

Physiological during infancy and at puberty: Gynecomastia can occur physiologically in neonates (due to female hormones from the mother) and sometimes at puberty.

Refeeding: Recovery from wasting diseases.

Testicular causes

  • Testicular agenesis : failure of testes to develop.
  • Orchitis : inflammation of testes.
  • Tumor of testes.
  • Klinefelter’s syndrome.

Imbalance of sex hormone: Imbalance of estrogenic and androgenic hormones causes gynecomastia.

Drugs: Digitalis, Spironolactone, Phenothiazine and so on. Approximately 4-10% cases are due to drugs. Spironolactone is a common cause, inducing gynecomastia in 10% of those receiving it as a treatment for heart failure. Digoxin and furosemide are also reported to cause gynecomastia.

Certain medications can promote breast growth. They interact with the natural levels of testosterone and estrogen, and upset the balance in some manner. Gynecomastia is a common consequence of estrogen treatment in patients with prostate cancer.

Drugs that may cause it include:

  • Hormones (androgens, anabolic steroids, estrogen agonists)
  • Antiandrogens or androgen-synthesis inhibitors
  • Antibiotics (isoniazid, ketoconazole, metronidazole)
  • Anti-ulcer medications such as cimetidine
  • Cancer chemotherapeutics, especially alkylating agents
  • Cardiovascular drugs, such as captopril and digitoxin
  • Psychoactive agents, such as diazepam and tricyclic antidepressants
  • Recreational drugs, such as alcohol and marijuana
  • Penicillamine

Alcohol and drugs can cause gynecomastia by mimicking estrogen and stimulating androgen production. Steroids and other excess androgens are sometimes converted by the body into estrogens and consequently cause male breast problems.

Men over the age of 50 tend to produce fewer androgens such as testosterone or gain fat tissue that converts androgen into estrogen. In 3 percent of reported cases, gynecomastia can signal lung, liver, or adrenal cancer. Tumors can secrete estrogen, upsetting the hormonal balance.

Breast prominence due to excessive adipose is often termed pseudogynecomastia or lipomastia.

Cirrhosis of liver, rheumatoid arthritis, leprosy is associated with it.

Any of the conditions that interfere with normal testosterone production, such as Klinefelter’s syndrome or pituitary insufficiency, can be associated with gynecomastia.

Aging: Hormone changes that occur with normal aging can cause it, especially in men who are overweight.

Tumors: Some tumors, such as those involving the testes, adrenal glands or pituitary gland, can produce hormones that alter the male-female hormone balance.

Hyperthyroidism: In this condition, the thyroid gland produces too much of the hormone thyroxine.

Kidney failure: About half the people being treated with regular hemodialysis experience gynecomastia due to hormonal changes.

Liver failure and cirrhosis: Hormonal fluctuations related to liver problems as well as medications taken for cirrhosis are associated with it.

Malnutrition and starvation: When the human body is deprived of adequate nutrition, testosterone levels drop, but estrogen levels remain constant, causing a hormonal imbalance.

Gynecomastia in bodybuilders

Some bodybuilders who abuse steroids develop it. It is often hidden behind the well developed chest muscles, but in later life, when the athlete becomes less active and the muscles become less prominent, the gynecomastia effects show up.

Signs & symptoms

  • Enlargement of breast
  • Pain in breast
  • Tenderness
  • Severe embarrassment or
  • Emotional disturbance

Classification

  • Puffy nipples is among the most common forms of gynecomastia. This glandular tissue accumulation is concentrated under and typically confined to the areola, or can be slightly extended outside the areola forming a dome shaped appearance to the areola.
  • Pure glandular gynecomastia is common in bodybuilders and is thought to be a result of the use of anabolic steroids. In this case it is known as anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) induced gynecomastia. Due to excess testosterone levels from steroids, which is converted to estrogen, bodybuilders and other athletes are sometimes afflicted with gynecomastia in its purest form. Gynecomastia in lean men is usually only a breast tissue gland with little to no adipose tissue.
  • Congenital or hereditary gynecomastia is typically evident by the ages of 12 to 18 in boys. Thirty percent to sixty percent of young boys suffer from large male breasts. As many as thirty percent may live with enlarged male breasts for the rest of their lives, but in other cases it will recede with age. However, severe forms of adolescent gynecomastia may require an intervention, in consultation with the patient, the parents, and child development professionals.
  • Pseudogynecomastia is typical of enlarged diameter and or excessive areola projection. However, it is not composed of glandular tissue, but of adipose tissue. It looks much like typical gynecomastia but requires different treatment. Exercise and diet may be effective in combating pseudogynecomastia.
  • Unilateral / asymmetrical gynecomastia occurs when only one breast is larger due to gynecomastia, the other breast is typically normal in both size and shape. Bilateral asymmetry occurs when it is present in both breasts.

Diet

  • Green tea can effectively tone down your breast. According to recent studies, people who took green tea on a daily basis tend to burn more chest fat faster than who didn’t drink it.
  • Flax oil is a very effective appetite suppressant; means it makes you feel satiated. As a result you consume less food and there will be less deposition of fat on your body.
  • Stop taking all recreational drugs, such as marijuana.
  • Stop taking all nutritional supplements or any drugs you are taking for bodybuilding.

Exercise

Gynecomastia is a problem affecting more men in society today. There are several causes of man boobs which could include hormonal imbalance and excess body fat. In addition, medical studies have shown that breast enlargement can be due to certain health issues or medical drugs. Diet and exercise along with homeopathy is one way to treat gynecomastia and in most cases are excellent alternatives to surgery.

If you have gynecomastia or man boobs, then it means that you have chest fat. Some people think that surgery is the only cure for the problem, but there are a couple of great chest exercises for gynecomastia. Most likely, the fat will be on your lower chest, so it is best to perform a chest exercise that will target your upper chest.

An exercise recommend for this is the incline bench press exercise. In this exercise, you need an incline weight bench. Most flat benches can be made to incline in case you didn’t know. To perform the exercise, you should lie on the incline bench and raise the weight bar vertically towards the ceiling. To complete one repetition, lower the weight to your upper chest and then raise it again. Try to complete 6 to 8 repetitions with each set, and try to perform 3 sets whenever you do the exercise. You should also adjust the weight such that 6 to 8 repetitions are achievable in each set.

A modification of this exercise is the incline dumbbell press in which dumbbells are used instead of a weight bar. Dumbbells have the advantage of allowing you to work each side of your body independently. When we use weight bars, our body’s stronger side tends to do more work while the other side gets shortchanged.

A treatment doesn’t get any more natural than this. Performing these exercises a couple times per week will have the effect of making your gynecomastia decrease over time along with homeopathy remedies.

Prognosis

Gynecomastia is not physically harmful, but in some cases can be an indicator of other more serious underlying conditions, such as testicular cancer.

Growing glandular tissue, typically from some form of hormonal stimulation, is often tender or painful.

Furthermore, it can frequently present social and psychological difficulties for the sufferer.

Weight loss can alter the condition in cases where it is triggered by obesity, but losing weight will not reduce the glandular component and patients cannot target areas for weight loss. Massive weight loss can result in sagging tissues about the chest, chest ptosis.

Studies

In a Flemish study of 1679 adolescents, aged 14-15 years, Den Hond et al investigated the effects of pollutants on sexual maturation. Their data indicated that higher blood levels of lead increased the risk of gynecomastia in the study's subjects, while higher serum levels of hexachlorobenzene decreased the risk.

Ramadan et al assessed breast vascularity in 54 male patients, aged 11-27 years, with gynecomastia. Using ultrasonographic scanning, the authors found a strong correlation between the progression of breast development and that of arterial and venous blood flow. They concluded that vascular structures ought to be considered a component of gynecomastia.

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Anuj Gupta
Jul 23, 2018 4:36 pm Reply

Sir im 18years old.my breast looks little bit odd.I looks like bigger than normal man boobs.After i serch this prob in youtube, max it says to surgery.bt i dont want surgery, rather i want homeopathy medicnes.I also cant recognise wheter it is chest fat or gynovomestia.Can u help me sir to ovrcom this prob

Yubaraj Ghosh
Jul 15, 2018 10:36 am Reply

??? breast ????????

Pitabash Sahoo
Jul 11, 2018 4:48 pm Reply

Gynocomatia problem from 5 years.please help me.

Ravi Sharma
Jul 10, 2018 12:32 pm Reply

my age is 22 , weight is 98 and 178 cm . From my teenage I suffer with nipple puffiness and when I was 20 went to gym . I gave most importance for chest workout and I felt that my chest muscle strengthening but still puffiness over chest . Recently I heard about R19 homeopathy medicine for this case . I went to take further advice regarding this medicine by consulting a homeopathy doctor . He didn't give a great motivation to use this because my problem is not searious and also I don't have any discharge and pain in my nipple . Finally he prescribed R19 because of my emotional combeltion . Now I completed one bottle , don't feel any difference in my chest . Soo what should I do ?? Should I continue the same drops ? How many bottles should use to get result ? Is there any side effects by using this ?

Anshad M
Jul 2, 2018 9:03 am Reply

My age 25 gynecomastia problem Plase help me

Daya
Jun 17, 2018 9:16 pm Reply

Suffering from gynomaestia in right chest after use o testosterone based steroids during weight lifting. Allopathy is working but there is recurrence. So please advise some homeopathic medicine to get rid of this.

Sidhartha Biswal
Jun 9, 2018 5:27 pm Reply

I have a problem ,my chest is looking abnormal,plz suggest me.

Amit Tiwari
Jun 8, 2018 9:17 pm Reply

i m suffrung with gynikomesitia

Mohd Salman
Jun 7, 2018 7:30 pm Reply

Approx. how long does it take to completely cure gynecomestia grade 2 for 29 years old male.

Angshuman
Jun 3, 2018 10:33 am Reply

Chest fat

Raushan Kumar
May 27, 2018 10:22 pm Reply

Sir, i am 32 years old and suffering from gynecomastia at the age of 5.i want to cure without operate.

Koushik
May 1, 2018 2:07 am Reply

Sir I am 37 years old and suffering from gynecomastia from teenage . please help me.

Mrutyunjay
Apr 16, 2018 11:22 pm Reply

Sir I am 38 years old and suffering from gynecomastia. I want to go through operation. Is it possible to diagnose it. Dear sir, not only me but my son 13 years old is getting same symptons. Kindly educate me for the treatment.

Ashwini Pandey
Feb 26, 2018 10:34 pm Reply

My age is 34 I have gynaecomastia . I want to get rid of this naturally pls help

Gaurav Chhabra
Feb 24, 2018 7:01 pm Reply

I have gynecomastia problems what a medicine that cure it

Chandan Singh
Feb 24, 2018 3:04 am Reply

My 14yrs son chest is inlarge,just like girls,what medicine in homeopathy.sir plz help me.l

Mansoor Ali
Feb 20, 2018 5:26 pm Reply

minimal glandular components noted in breast in the retroareolar region(L>>R) --BI-RADS-2 IS ABOVE WILL CURE WITHOUT SURGERY SIR,,

Rajalakshmi
Feb 16, 2018 12:19 pm Reply

Gynocomastia

Mohammad Ammar
Feb 15, 2018 12:54 am Reply

regarding small breast size

Suhani
Jan 28, 2018 4:10 pm Reply

Chest fat age 21

Md Gaus Alam
Jan 5, 2018 7:32 pm Reply

I have severe gyno, since the age of 16.. what kind of medicines should I start of from.. I'm turning 23 soon

Sam
Jan 1, 2018 1:50 am Reply

I would like to know that how much time does it take to get rid of gynecomastia with Homeopathy medicine . And also want to know the over all cost for that.

Shaik
Dec 20, 2017 10:56 pm Reply

Sir I have gynecomastia can I remove this without surgery

Sahil Kumar
Dec 12, 2017 10:11 pm Reply

Sir,I am 21 year old. I have been suffering gynecomastia for 8 years. I do not want to go for surgery.I feel embarrassed.Please prescribe me some medicine which can cure it.

Manish Kumar
Oct 27, 2017 12:07 pm Reply hii i'm suffering from same how u get ride of it plzz tell Sonu
Dec 21, 2017 2:02 pm

Sir i have puffy nipples. I had liposuction surgery but my nipples looks like before no improvement please help me

Dharmesh
Oct 20, 2017 1:02 pm Reply

hello sir, i have a gynacomastia problem only on the left side of a chest. i have this problem since 8 to 10 years, i have visited a doctor also but he said to under go with a surgery, i dont like to get it done, im looking for a natural solution for this problem. please help

Mohammed Aziz
Oct 17, 2017 10:24 am Reply

How can I reduce my breast ...as its GT larger..as I used to take meftal for period pain,nd I pill ..i.e. birth control pill for three times

Mousumi Banik
Oct 14, 2017 10:38 pm Reply

Sir I am suffering from Gynecomastia.Till the age of 15 I was a normal guy but after that my chest was started developing ...I am now 23 years old ..i u can cure then please help me

Sarosh Qaiser
Sep 29, 2017 9:08 am Reply

Hello doctor. I am suffering from gynecomastia since childhood.now im 25 years old.it's my biggest disaster of my life.I had really missed many moments due to this condition .I had do lot of exercise but always fail. I want to tell you that i am overweight from childhood. Please reply me soon what could be the cause of mine condition of this gynacomastia and how can i cure it with homopathy ?? Please help me to get rid of it.

Kumar
Aug 30, 2017 12:47 am Reply

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