If you ever experience sudden chest pain, always get it checked out by a doctor to make sure your heart is healthy.

Chest pain isn’t always due to heart troubles. It could be caused by a condition called costochondritis, an inflammation around your upper ribs. According to a study, it is found that 30% of people who complain of chest pain suffer from costochondritis. The article discusses the disease called costochondritis, the causes, symptoms, and herbal treatment as provided by Planet Ayurveda.


Costochondritis is defined as an inflammation or swelling around the cartilage in the rib cage. It affects the cartilage where the upper ribs are attached to the breastbone, or sternum, also known as the costosternal joint. It is also known as chest wall pain or costosternal syndrome.

Costochondritis is a common cause of chest pain but there are other factors like injury, physical strain, respiratory infection, chest wall infections, tumors, or rare conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis, may also cause chest pain.

Mostly, costochondritis affects both children and adults. Chest pain caused by costochondritis varies from mild to severe. Mild cases cause your chest to feel tender to touch or one may feel pain when you push on the area of your chest cartilage. The pain usually goes away within a few weeks, but some cases may require treatment.

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  • Costochondritis usually happens on the left side of the breastbone
  • Feels like aching or pressure
  • Causes rib area to feel heavy
  • Worsens on constant coughing

CAUSES of Costochondritis

 Costochondritis usually has no clear or exact cause. However, costochondritis may be caused due to


A blow or trauma to the chest, such as blunt impact from a car accident or fall.


Strenuous exercise, Lifting heavyweight at the gym, or the job site can lead to chest pain, as can overuse of your arms, like carrying a baby and severe coughing can cause costochondritis.


Costochondritis is linked to specific problems, such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other conditions that affect your cartilage.


Certain viruses or respiratory conditions, such as Bacterial infections, especially in people who use IV drugs or have had surgery near their upper chest, Fungal infections (in rare cases) tuberculosis and syphilis, aspergillosis — can infect the rib joint and can cause joint inflammation.


Noncancerous and cancerous tumors can cause costochondritis. The cancer spread from joint to another part of the body, such as the breast, thyroid or lungs, when cancer spreads to the chest area, it can cause pain and inflammation which leads to costochondritis.

SYMPTOMS of Costochondritis

  • Pain in the chest wall
  • Feeling of tenderness in the chest
  • Strain while coughing.
  • Signs of inflammation near the chest area.
  • The pain usually lasts for a few weeks or months, but some cases require proper treatment.

DIAGNOSIS of Costochondritis

Usually, it requires a physical examination of the chest area, doctor examine by pressing on your chest to check for areas of tenderness. Tests are done to assess the risk for coronary artery disease, a blood clot, or any respiratory infection, your doctor may order additional tests like a chest X-ray, echocardiogram, and blood tests. These tests will help to rule out the exact cause of chest pain or Costochondritis 


In minor cases, there is no specific treatment required and can be managed by home remedies. These home measures include pain killers, avoiding heavy and strenuous exercises and weight lifting, and doing some stretching exercises, ice packs, or heat packs. In severe cases, proper treatment is required to prevent any further damage. In this condition usually people want to opt for natural methods that do not have any long term side effects and treat the condition effectively. Ayurveda is the answer to this natural method of treatment where the ailments are treated with natural herbal remedies and natural methods. This is the ancient medicine system of India in which herbs and natural therapies are used to treat the diseases naturally.


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1. Boswellia Curcumin

These capsules are prepared from the mixture of two herbs, Sallaki and Curcumin (the active compound of turmeric). Both these herbs help in relieving the pain and inflammation and treat the condition naturally.

Dosage - Take 2 capsules twice a day after meals with plain water.

2. Osteoplan Capsule

These amazing capsules are a herbal mixture of Hadjod, Ashwagandha, Shatavari, and Arjuna that works effectively for bones, joints, and cartilages ailments. It helps in relieving the pain, swelling, tenderness of the affected part which helps to reduce the pain.

Dosage - Take 1 capsule two times a day after meals with plain water.

3. Sinhanad Guggul

These tablets are prepared from the best quality of herbs. The herbs used in its preparation are Triphala, Shuddh Gandhi AK, and Shuddh Guggulu. This wonderful herbal formulation magically works to treat pain and swelling of the affected area and provides strength to bones and cartilages.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets two times a day after meals with plain water.

4. Hakam Churna

It is prepared from the herbal mixture of Chandershoor, Kalonji, Methi, and Ajwain. These herbs work effectively to treat inflammation of joints, bones, and cartilages hence also help in relieving the pain in the affected area.

Dosage- Take 1 tsp twice daily after meals with plain water


Costochondritis is an inflammatory condition that can be treated naturally with herbal remedies. Using these herbal remedies from Planet Ayurveda helps to make joints, bones, and cartilages stronger to prevent any future problems. Planet Ayurveda provides a wide variety of herbal and natural products.

All the remedies are 100% natural and safe to use as these are herbal products with no side effects. These products from Planet Ayurveda are made of natural herbs enriched with knowledge of Ayurveda of ages hence help her to cure the condition naturally and in a healthy manner. These products are prepared under the strict guidance of ayurvedic experts; and are prepared according to ayurvedic principles.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) is an expert Ayurvedic Doctor based in Chandigarh, India, and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic, and Krishna Herbal Company. For more info visit our website: www.planetayurveda.com