What is Gynecomastia?

According to Ayurveda, gynecomastia is a condition that is part of another major condition- obesity. It defines that increased breast size doesn’t occur independently. Moreover, the breasts enlarge due to ati sthooltha  or sthaulya (Obesity).

Know more: Causes of Gynecomastia

Apart from breast enlargement, Ayurveda identifies the following signs and symptoms of Gynecomastia-

  • Asymmetry in the areola diameter and chest tissue
  • Tenderness of the male breasts
  • Milk discharge secreting tumor 
  • Enlargement of any of one of the breasts 

Know more: Stages of Gynecomastia

Ayurvedic Medicines for Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia causes a massive impact on the psychological as well as social aspects of an individual. Furthermore, it dampens an individual’s self-esteem as well as interferes with his morale. Here are some medicines that Ayurvedic doctors recommend to reduce gynecomastia fast- 

  • Tribulus Power

One of the major causes of developing gynecomastia is a hormonal imbalance in the body. Sometimes, there can be an overproduction of estrogen in the bloodstream that leads to the puffiness of the nipples. In such instances, taking Tribulus Power capsules can help. 

The main ingredient of this ayurvedic medicine is Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris). The ingredient encourages testosterone production as well as improves premature ejaculation. Not only premature ejaculation, but it also cures erectile dysfunction. These are available in the form of capsules. The usual dosage of Tribulus Power for adults is taking two capsules two times a day after meals.

  • Arogyavardhini Vati

In gynecomastia, there is growth excess tissue around the breasts that leads to overall enlargement of the chest area. This mainly occurs when the body is unable to metabolize food properly which leads to deposition. Arogyavardhini Vati boosts up digestive health and helps to absorb the nutrients properly. Hence, this Ayurvedic medicine ensures that there is no fat accumulation.

The ingredients of the Patanjali Arogyavardhini Vati include-

  • Shudha Mercury 
  • Shudha Gandhak 
  • Louh Bhasma 
  • AbhrakBhasma 
  • Tamra Bhasma 
  • Shudha Shilajatu
  • Shudha Guggul 
  • Chitrak Mool 
  • Kutki 
  • Neem Patra Ras 
  • Harad 
  • Baheda 
  • Amla 

Moreover, this medicine also contains Shilajatu that also increases testosterone production. In addition to all these benefits, this medicine also treats constipation, bloating, digestive issues, liver ailments, skin diseases, etc. 

  • Hakam Churna 

Ayurvedic doctors recommend this medicine for the overall enhancement of the body. This medicine works by curing all the three doshas hence, it is also known as “Tridoshin Rasayan”. Talking about its benefits for treating gynecomastia, this medicine works similarly to the Arogyavardhini Vati. This medicine also stimulates better digestion and maintains liver health. As it cures all the three doshas, it ensures proper functioning of the entire body including hormone production. Some of the key ingredients of Hakam churna include-

One should take 3-5 gm of Hakam Churna powder with hot water twice a day to reduce the enlargement. 

  • Guggul capsules 

Guggul is found from the guggul trees which are very common in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc. In Ayurveda, guggul is used widely for the preparation of various medicines. Guggul is a plant extract that can be very effective in losing weight as well as lower the risk of cholesterol. These capsules act as lipid regulators and hence can normalize hormonal imbalance. Doctors also prescribe this medicine to reduce dark spots on the skin

Ayurvedic herbs for Gynecomastia 

There are various herbs that are effective in treating gynecomastia. Furthermore, the combination of these remedies reduces the puffiness around the nipples. 

Herbal Remedy 1:

Gather the following herbs-

Haritaki or Harad or Karakkaya or Yellow Myrobalan or Chebulic Myrobalan (Terminalia chebula)100 g
Aksha or Thanikaya or Vibhitika or Beleric Myrobalan or Bastard Myrobalan (Terminalia bellirica)100 g
Amla or Amalika or Usirikaya or Indian gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica)100g
Shonti or Sonth or Dried ginger100g
Black pepper or Miriyalu or Kali mirch100g
Long pepper or pippali or pippallu (Piper longum)100g
Rock Salt or Sendha Namak or Saindhava Lavanamu100g


Grind these ingredients and mix them. Store it in a cool place. The dodge is taking 3 pinches of this powder twice a day with a teaspoon of honey.

Herbal Remedy 2:

Some doctors recommend the following medicines for 4-6 months in order to treat gynecomastia.

  • A person can take Rohitakarishtha 15 ml twice a day after eating food.
  • Can also consume Hepato corrective drugs such as Tab. Livomyn2 t.d.s
  • After taking food, gynecomastia person can also take Kaishor Guggula 500 mg
  • Prepare a paste by mixing dry ginger powder, 1 ml of Castor oil and 1 ml of glycerine. Apply this paste on both sides of the breast area before going to bed.

Herbal Remedy 3:

Another set of doctors urge their patients to follow the below mentioned set of instructions to help them get rid of gynecomastia-

  • Mix Haritaki, Yashtimadhu and turmeric in equal parts in water and drink it three times a day.
  • Take 2 Kanchnas Guggulu tablets three times a day
  • Massage with mustard oil from the nipple area to the shoulder once a day
  • Practice Dhanurasan daily 

Herbal Remedy 4:

Warm some mustard oil with 20-30 g of camphor, 10 g of powdered black pepper and 10 g of long pepper. Two hours prior to bath, take this mixture and apply it around the nipples to the back.  

Side effects and risks of ayurvedic medicine and treatment for Gynecomastia 

Ayurvedic medicines for treating Gynecomastia are prepared with the combination of various herbs. Hence, these herbs can cause some side effects. Although rare, people have reported some side effects from these herbs. 

  • Arogyavardhav Vati in excess amount leads to the burning sensation, ulceration in the mouth and vertigo. In rare instances, it can cause bleeding. 
  • Guggulu capsules can cause stomach upset, headaches. Some people reported nausea and vomiting while some other people complained of diarrhea, belching and hiccups after taking this medicine. It can also cause skin rash and itching.

How To Get Rid of Gynecomastia Fast?

There is a lack of evidence regarding the effectiveness of treating gynecomastia with Ayurvedic medicines. Moreover, there are so many side effects that can occur after taking this medicine. These can also interact with medicines that a person takes for another health condition. Also, the results are not long-lasting. Hence, a patient has to be completely dependent on these medicines. All these factors indicate that choosing Ayurvedic treatment for gynecomastia may not be very fruitful. 

Read more: Gynecomastia Treatment Without Surgery!

People can consider options such as liposuction and gland excision surgeries for gynecomastia treatment. With the advancement of the latest surgical instruments, both these procedures have become very popular. They incur minimum pain and bleeding. One of the major reasons for its high popularity is minimum visible scars after the procedure. Also, people claim that after these surgeries they recovered fast and the results are also very satisfying. At Pristyn Care clinics, our surgeons can help you with the treatment of gynecomastia. Book an appointment with us today!

Read more: True Gynecomastia VS Pseudogynecomastia


How much time does ayurveda and surgery take to cure gynecomastia?

The ayurvedic treatment takes over months to show any effect on gynecomastia. In some cases, there won't be an effect at all as the medicines focus on holistic wellbeing than targeted treatment on the particular area. On the other hand, gynecomastia surgery guarantees normal chest contour within 2-3 weeks. If you are thinking of a more effective option, then consider surgical option from Pristyn Care.

Can gynecomastia develop again after treating with Ayurvedic medicines?

Yes, ayurvedic treatment for gynecomastia doesn't ensure that the problem won't recur. People have reported that their breasts enlarged again once they stopped taking the medicines. However, gynecomastia surgery guarantees that the results would be permanent. Furthermore, the instructions provided by Pristyn Care doctors during the recovery makes sure that the results are permanent in nature.

Can gynecomastia be treated with medicines?

Unfortunately, the USFDA  has not approved any medicines that can treat gynecomastia permanently. However, several people have been able to subside breast enlargement with Testosterone Replacement Therapy. 

How to prevent gynecomastia from getting worse?

In case you have been diagnosed with gynecomastia and wondering what to do then try to follow a strict diet, reduce drinking alcohol, quit drug abuse or lose some extra kilos.

What happens if gynecomastia is left untreated?

Delaying the treatment of gynecomastia can be a factor in decreasing self-confidence in an individual. If gynecomastia is left untreated for long, then it has a direct psychological impact on the suffering patient as other people around them bully them for their overall appearance. 

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