Gynaecomastia and the plant product "Tribulis terrestris"

Breast. 2004 Oct;13(5):428-30. doi: 10.1016/j.breast.2003.10.013.


Gynaecomastia is the commonest benign breast condition seen in men. It is well recognised that certain drugs that alter the normal sex hormonal profile in the body can induce gynaecomastia. Recently, an increasing use of androgenic-anabolic steroids among young men especially body-builders has increased the incidence of gynaecomastia. We report a case of a young weight-trainer who developed gynaecomastia due to oral intake of a herbal tablet which he used as a steroid alternative for body-building.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Gynecomastia / chemically induced*
  • Gynecomastia / surgery
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mastectomy / methods
  • Plant Preparations / adverse effects*
  • Tribulus / adverse effects*


  • Plant Preparations