How to Treat Gynecomastia
For men and women, chest is the major focal point. However, it works in reverse mechanism in each. While women focus on the breasts or boobs to make it look more pronounced, men do exactly the opposite. For a man, breasts or boobs can be embarrassing. Caused due to an imbalance in the hormones, several men suffer from this condition called Gynecomastia or man boobs.
What is Gynecomastia?
Gynecomastia, also commonly called as man’s boobs is characterized by the unwanted enlargement of breast tissue. In this condition there is excess accumulation of fat on the chest which ends up looking like female breasts. The main cause of Gynecomastia is the hormonal balance of estrogen and testosterone levels in men. In men suffering from Gynecomastia, the testosterone levels reduce in the body thus affecting the breasts. Man boobs are usually irregular in shape.
Home Remedies to Treat Gynecomastia
To a certain extent, there are ways to treat Gynecomastia naturally at home. These home remedies aim to restore the balance of testosterone and estrogen levels in the man’s body. Listed below are some home remedies for Gynecomastia.
Epsom Salt Bath
Epsom salt has detoxifying properties which helps reduce breast enlargement. This is one external treatment for Gynecomastia that is effective and shows quick results. Soak yourself in Epsom salt water for about 15 min and for effective results repeat at least 3 times per week.
To reduce Gynecomastia, it is first important to reduce fat deposition on the chest area. Excess fat increases estrogen production resulting in increase of man boobs. Hence, doing exercise is crucial in the treatment of Gynecomastia.
One of the wonderful remedies for Gynecomastia is cold compress as it reduces swelling pain caused due to Gynecomastia. Wrap ice cubes in a towel and apply this compress on the swollen breasts to reduce swelling.
Male breasts or Gynecomastia is caused due to low testosterone levels in the body. Turmeric is rich in the compound curcumin which reduces inflammation and increases testosterone levels in the male body. In addition, turmeric also helps in burning the excess fat in the chest region. Mix around 1-2 tsps of turmeric in hot water and drink this mixture twice a day. Within few days men are able to see a significance reduction in the breasts.
Red clover is one of the best Gynecomastia remedies for men. Red clovers contain flavonoids which metabolize the estrogen levels sooner. Red clovers help restore the estrogen and testosterone levels in the male body.
Fish oil is an excellent way to treat Gynecomastia. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids that increase testosterone production and metabolize estrogen levels in the male body. Additionally, fish oil contains anti-oxidants that eliminate the toxins that cause inflammation in the body. Fishes rich in anti-oxidants and omega-3 fatty acids are mackerel, salmon, and tuna.
Foods rich in Zinc
The natural treatment of Gynecomastia includes eating foods rich in Zinc like chickpeas, raisins, cashews, lobsters, and oysters. The reason zinc rich foods are recommended is zinc helps in increasing the testosterone levels in the male body. Zinc supplements can also substitute zinc foods.
Vitamin E enriched foods
Vitamin E rich foods contain polyunsaturated fatty acids and anti-oxidants that help eliminate free radicals which are responsible for inflammation in the body. Vitamin E foods also inhibit the action of the enzyme that acts as a estrogen receptor antagonist. This reduces the levels of estrogen in the male body thus reducing man boobs.
Things to avoid while suffering from Gynecomastia
While adopting home remedies for Gynecomastia, it is also important to avoid certain foods that can interfere with Gynecomastia remedies and can further cause enlargement for breasts.
- Flax seeds
- Soy products
- Alcohol and carbonated beverages
- Protein bars and powders
In the initial stages, home remedies can cure Gynecomastia. However, in severe stages additional medical help is required apart from home remedies. Gland excision surgery or liposuction maybe recommended by medical experts. The surgical options also offer promising results and fast recovery.
Yaamini Radhakrishnan:I am a clinic research professional, graduate in biotechnology and post graduate in biochemistry. Have also pursued freelance writing since the past 5 years I am married and have a daughter. I am a native and reside at Bangalore.