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Continuous chest pain? Natural remedies and supplements may help

Saturday, November 16, 2013 by: Fleur Hupston
Tags: chest pain, natural remedies, nutritional supplements

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(NaturalNews) Many people experiencing chest pains, tight or swollen chest muscles, a dull chest ache or even stabbing pains when pressing on the sternum may be feeling the effects of a condition known as costochondritis. While a health care professional should be consulted when it comes to any severe chest or lung pains to rule out a more serious condition, in the case of costochondritis, rest, supplements and a good diet may help alleviate the pain.

Causes of Costochondritis

The cartilage that attaches the ribs to the breastbone may become inflamed as a result of infection, trauma or disease. Sometimes the cause is unknown. Some people try to ignore the pain and may continue to work physically, which may worsen the condition or prevent a recovery.

This kind of chest pain manifests itself as a constant, dull ache, and there may be pain in the shoulders, arms, neck or back. Generally, pressing on the sternum or ribs feels painful, and an individual may also experience sharp, stabbing pains in these areas. Sometimes it may seem as if the problem has resolved itself, but a sufferer may find that something as simple as twisting around to pick up a heavy object or knocking into something can jar the chest, and then the pain flares up again. Costochondritis may come and go in this way. In many cases, it disappears in 6 to 12 months, but for some it remains a chronic condition.

Natural Remedies for Chronic Chest Pain

Taking supplements and eating foods that ease inflammation have helped sufferers to cope with costochondritis. This includes ginger root, bromelain, evening primrose oil, vitamin C and omega-3 oils. Immune-boosting supplements such as echinacea and antioxidants are said to help.

Noni fruit acts as an anti-inflammatory, and many sufferers have found relief for their chronic pain after taking noni for just a short period of time. Care should be taken, however, to purchase pure noni fruit juice that has not been mixed with filler juices or sugar.

Serrapeptase is a natural plant enzyme which is said to reduce pain and inflammation with no side effects. Many costochondritis sufferers have responded well to this enzyme, which is derived from silkworms.

Massage therapy and warm baths or showers are also said to be good remedies for alleviating chest pain. Patients should also get plenty of rest and reduce physical activity, especially during flare-ups.

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About the author:
Fleur Hupston is a professional freelance writer. She is passionate about living as natural a life as possible and reducing damage to the environment wherever possible. She spends a lot of time researching and writing about alternate medicines and healthy, green living, and manages to find the time to home-school her two daughters.

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