How to Manage Costochondritis(Chest Pain) in Ayurveda? – Natural Treatment
Have you ever encountered pain in the thorax region and said oh my God! it’s a heart attack….actually whenever there is a pain in the chest region the thing that usually comes to the mind is our heart is affected or it is the lungs. If the pain is present externally then the possibility is more of ribs being affected but there is someone who is present there and acts as a support and plays a very important role in holding the ribs and protecting the internal organs. They are the costal cartilage, which connects each rib to the sternum. A painful condition affecting these cartilages is costochondritis.
WHAT IS COSTOCHONDRITIS?
Costo represents costal cartilage, and chondritis means inflammation in the osseous matter that is the cartilage. Costochondritis is a painful condition which involves swelling of the costal cartilages. Due to its pain, it is mostly mistaken for a heart attack or heart-related abnormalities. This condition is also known as chest wall pain or costosternal chondrodynia.
As per Ayurveda, this condition is related to vitiated Vata and shoola that is pain is one of the main characteristics of the Vata diseases, and bones, as well as cartilages, as they are considered as asthi dhatu are related to Vata in a reciprocal relation which means as Vata increases asthi dhatu decreases.
LET’S KNOW THE CAUSES OF THIS CONDITION
This condition doesn’t have a specific reason for its manifestation or occurrence but still, some actions can become the cause of this disease. These can be overexertion of the muscles of that region; strenuous exercise causes vigorous movement and can create strain in the thorax region; severe coughing also creates high pressure and exertion; infection in the costochondral joints can cause pain and can make the joint weak; cancer can also be the cause like benign tumors in that region or malignant tumors from nearby internal structures like heart or lungs or even from breasts can travel and affect the joints; another condition that can affect the costochondral joints is arthritis, this condition makes the joints painful and weak.
LET’S KNOW SOME SYMPTOMS TO IDENTIFY THIS CONDITION
The symptoms are sometimes linked with some other pathological conditions like cough or other lung ailments which include intense or severe coughing that causes pain. Very severe and sharp pain in the chest region and in the area where the cartilage joins the rib. Infection in the area where the ribs joining the cartilage can cause pus formation and pain, it is one of the main symptoms. Tenderness in the chest is also a major sign as this can also mean that the person is afflicted with this condition.
SOME NATURAL REMEDIES TO FOR A HEALTHY CARTILAGE
Costochondritis is a condition in which the cartilage joining the ribs are affected so including certain things in the diet can make it strong and healthy. They are green tea, this nourishes the cartilaginous cells and helps in regeneration, having fish also makes it stronger as it has omega 3, this nourishes the chondrocytes and makes it strong, broccoli and citrus fruits are also healthy for the cartilage. Pomegranates are rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which decrease inflammation and pain. Nuts have high magnesium content and also helps in increasing hyaluronic acid which helps in maintaining elasticity of the cartilages.
AYURVEDIC REMEDIES BY PLANET AYURVEDA
Ayurveda is a science that has been prevalent among people since ages and treats every disease keeping in view the prakriti of the individual. Planet Ayurveda brings supplements that help you to come out of the painful clutches of the ailment costochondritis and lead a healthy life ahead. The supplements are prepared with utmost care and attention under the surveillance of expert physicians and researchers. The Herbal Supplements for Costochondritis includes Boswellia Curcumin, Osteo Plan, Sinhnaad Guggul, and Hakam Churna.
1. Boswellia Curcumin
The main components of this supplement are Shallaki(Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). These herbal plants have anti-inflammatory properties which help in curing this condition. Curcumin has a lot of medicinal properties and has been a part of a lot of formulations. It decreases pain in the thorax region and cures any infection if present. It nourishes the joints and makes it healthy. It also has an analgesic property.
Dosage: 2 capsules twice a day with warm water after meals.
2. Osteo Plan
It is a supplement made of herbal plants that relieves pain and reduces inflammation. The drugs used in this supplement are Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Hadjod (Cissus quadrangularis), and Arjuna(Terminalia arjuna). This supplement supports bone and cartilage and helps in strengthening them. It helps in maintaining healthy and good lubricated joints. Ashwagandha has a lot of properties like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-analgesic, etc which are very useful in curing this condition and reducing the main symptom of the disease, which is severe pain.
Dosage: – 1 capsule twice a day with warm water after meals.
3. Sinhnaad Guggul
This supplement consists of Shuddha Guggulu (Commiphora wightii), Shuddha Gandhak, Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica) as main contents. This supplement has a lot of therapeutic use, it is useful in curing cough, pain and swelling. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in curing costochondritis. Guggul which is one of the main constituents has a lot of medicinal properties and helps in maintaining the body as a whole.
Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with warm water after meals.
4. Hakam Churna
It consists of medicinal herbs like Chandershoor (Lepidium Sativum), Kalonji (Nigella sativa), Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum) and Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi). The supplement helps in lessening the inflammation and joint pain. It balances the doshas in the body and maintains an equilibrium.
Dosage: 1 teaspoonful, twice a day with warm water after meals.
The supplements of Planet Ayurveda are prepared with the view of giving the most effective effect in the individual. These supplements have a lot of medicinal use, it not just helps the individual from getting relief from the disease but also helps to maintain a very good health.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
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