Gynecomastia (commonly known as the ‘man boobs’) is the abnormally enlarged condition of male breasts, and there are various non-invasive treatments for breast reduction. Gynecomastia occurs when there is an excessive growth in the glandular and fatty tissues around the male breasts. Male breast enlargement or gynecomastia is a common phenomenon that affects 40-60% of men. This condition not only causes embarrassment and mental stress, but it can also be a sign of (or lead to) liver dysfunction, thyroid disorder, lung or adrenal cancer, or the presence of tumors.


Causes

The cause for gynecomastia is because of hormonal imbalances, the use of marijuana or steroids, fibrosis, obesity, benign tumors in the breasts, signs of other tumors, genetic disorders, Klinefelter's syndrome, heredity factors, medications that include steroids or estrogen, failure of the liver to inactivate estrogen in the body, and more.


Treatment

Treatment of the gynecomastia depends on the cause of its occurrence. For instance, if gynecomastia is caused because of hypothyroidism, then it can be cured by treating hypothyroidism. Finding the cause of the condition is important for treating gynecomastia. Initially, surgery was the only option to remove the glandular tissue under the breasts. However, surgery for this condition is expensive and leaves behind scars (and sometimes is painful).

Alternative non-surgical treatments are available to cure gynecomastia. Male breast reduction is also possible through natural herbal treatments, medications and homeopathy.


Herbal Treatments

Natural herbal treatments help in reducing the fatty tissues around the breast without causing pain or side effects. Herbal treatments for breast reduction are safe and are proven to yield good results. This treatment is commonly known as GYNEXIN™, though these herbal capsules come under different brand names. GYNEXIN™ attacks the fatty cells in the mammary glands directly and reduces its size and the quantity. They also reduce the production of estrogen, which causes hormonal imbalance. Since GYNEXIN™ is a dietary herbal supplement and not a medication, a change in lifestyle is required for its effective working.


Exercise

Natural cures of gynecomastia includes following a healthy diet pattern, exercising and avoiding the usage of steroids, marijuana and excessive alcohol.


Medications

Medications, such as clomiphene and tamoxifen (selective estrogen receptor modulators) and letrozole (androgen or aromatize inhibitors), help in treating gynecomastia. The use of letrozole helps in the prevention of breast cancer in some cases.


Homeopathy

Homeopathic treatments are also available to treat gynecomastia. They are therapies that administer a small amount of the diluted substances that cause the disease. For instance, homeopathy treatments allow the administering of Orchitinum, which is a steroid. Another homeopathic medication called  MERCURIUS SOLUBILIS200 C also cures gynecomastia. Plumbum iodatum and Pineal 6 xs are also recommended remedies for enlarged male breasts.


Herbs

Some herbs, such as turmeric roots, are used to cure gynecomastia. A daily dosage of 20 gms of grated turmeric roots for 30 continuous days yields results, though the success rates vary. While for some it diminishes the enlarged breasts completely, for others it reduces soreness and pain.

Before undertaking any of the alternative treatments for gynecomastia, a consultation with the doctor is highly recommended, as it is essential to find if any of these treatments would hamper with the current medication one is administered with.