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Homeopathy for Pain in Ribs

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Written by Dr. Manisha Bhatia

Pain in ribs or rib-cage is defined as pain or discomfort, which occurs in the ribs and is felt in chest or back. It can caused due to various medical conditions.Causes of pain in ribs and chest pain, its diagnosis and treatment including homeopathic remedies.

rib pain, pain in rib cage, it's cause and treatmentPain in ribs or rib-cage is defined as pain or discomfort, which occurs in the ribs and is felt in chest or back.  It can caused due to various medical conditions.

Causes of Pain in Ribs

Injury or trauma – any kind of injury or trauma or chest injury can cause mild to severe rib pain along with inflammation.

Fracture rib – caused due to any accident or severe injury results in intense rib pain.

Arthritis – it include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoporosis – due to abnormal thinning of the bone tissue along with reduced bone density, bones become weak and which result in to rib pain.

Costochondritis – There is inflammation at the junction of ribs and sternum.

Pleurisy – caused due to inflammation of the lining of the lungs and pleura, pain worse by deep breathing.

Pneumonia – it is a common cause of rib pain or chest pain.

Tuberculosis – bacterial infection which mainly affects lungs, can cause rib pain.

Cough – Excessive coughing can cause pain in ribs. It is a kind a trauma.


Diagnosis depends upon cause and medical condition related to pain in ribs. Some important diagnostic methods include:

Physical and general examination of the patient including history of injury or trauma

Blood test – including complete blood count, rheumatoid factors etc.

X-ray chest

Computed tomography

Sputum cytology.

Treatment of Pain in Ribs

Treatment of rib pain entirely depends upon cause of pain and condition of the patient.

Homeopathic treatment of pain in ribs or rib cage pain

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which a patient is suffering.

The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat pain in ribs, but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility of the patient. For this patient’s current symptoms, past medical history and family history are taken into account. There are many homeopathic remedies which cover the symptoms of chest pain and pain in ribs and can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the pain. For individualized remedy selection and treatment of rib pain, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies  for the treatment of rib pain are given below:

  • Arnica mont. – pain with sore and bruised feeling. Worse by slight touch. History of blunt trauma.
  • Ranunculus b. – A good remedy for intercostal rheumatism, sharp stitching pain in the chest along with Dyspnoea.
  • Rhus tox. – Pain is worse by initial motion and cold-damp weather, better continued motion and warmth. Good remedy for pain in ribs arising from injury.
  • Kali carb. – Stitching pain which gets worse between 2-3 A.M
  • Actea racemosa – Pain worse on the right side.
  • Rumex c. – Sharp stitching pain through the left lung, often with dry cough, worse in winters.
  • Bryonia – Pain is of stitching, burning and stabbing in nature that is worse by slight motion and better by rest and pressure.
  • Stannum – Knife like stitches, worse on bending forward and left side.
  • Aconite – Pain due to pneumonia of first stage along with anxiety and restlessness.
  • Phosphorus – Violent tickling cough pain due to tuberculosis or pneumonia of lungs along with oppression of the chest.

About the author

Dr. Manisha Bhatia

M.D. (Hom), CICH (Greece)
Dr. (Mrs) Manisha Bhatia is a leading homeopathy doctor working in Jaipur, India. She has studied with Prof. George Vithoulkas at the International Academy of Classical Homeopathy. She is the Director of Asha Homeopathy Medical Center, Jaipur's leading clinic for homeopathy treatment and has been practicing since 2004.

She writes for Hpathy.com about homeopathic medicines and their therapeutic indications and homeopathy treatment in various diseases. She is also Associate Professor, HoD and PG Guide at S.K. Homeopathy Medical College. To consult her online, - visit Dr. Bhatia's website.


    • I get pain in rib bones while walking first time in the morning around 9am . And goes half a hour.
      CT scan done nothing unusual found. Please suggest medicines.

  • Thanks dear author your information is very good guidance for homeopathic students. Can you please explain about chest pain during emotions and excitement and its relation with blood pressure.

  • Dear author, your contribution is highly educating. Please what responsible for occassionally unpleasant movement from lower rib catilage?

  • Hi. Thanks for all the info. Kindly allow me ask. Can one conclude it’s pneumonia with only a stitching pain on the left upper back.? It’s Bn there for atleast three months. Chest X-ray didn’t Show any inflammation. Pls help.

  • kindly advised me which medication can i use I tried several doctors and I can’t get help I have a savere pain on my ribs both sides but it more painful on my right side the other doctor diagnosis me with gastritis but still I didn’t get any better now I leave with my pain killers please help regards

  • Good morning, pls my brother has a chronic pain on his ribs when he seats down and that has been on for like 8 months now, it makes him grow thin, what could be the cause and the possible solution, though he has been to th hospital and nothing was actually dictated.

  • मेरे भी पीछे की तरफ बाई फसली में दर्द है ऊपर की तरफ तो क्या उसका इलाज हेम्योपेथिक से हो सकता है

  • Respected Mam, can you please suggest any effective medicine for stiff neck pain due to occipital neuralgia.My daughter is only 16 yrs old and her left side from neck to foot are in severe pain, kindly suggest what should i do.She also cannot bend her neck in up and down and also from left to right, and she cannot bend her left hand and having severe back head pain.
    Totally left sided pain from neck to foot and in the back side of head. Please help me Sir since my daughter is a student of class 10 icse board 🙏.

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