Costochondritis Treatment

| Modified: Dec 18, 2017
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What Is Costochondritis?

A number of heart conditions and causes of chest pain are known today and can be particularly difficult for the affected individual to identify. Costochondritis is one such condition. Inflammation of the cartilage that connects a rib to the sternum, costochondritis causes pain like that of a heart attack and may mimic symptoms of angina and other heart conditions. Known several other names including chest wall pain, costosternal chondrodynia, and costosternal syndrome, costochondritis coinciding with swelling is denoted as Tietze syndrome.

Much like symptoms of angina, the symptoms of costochondritis are fairly typical of any chest or heart problem. Common symptoms include pain and tenderness of the chest cavity, localized pin on the left side of the breastbone and worsened pain when breathing deeply or coughing. While not typical, some cases may also cause nausea, fatigue, and sweating.

While most cases of costochondritis have no finite cause, some potential causes have been recognized. Costochondritis may be caused by injury to the chest, physical strain such as from lifting or strenuous exercising, arthritis, infection in the joint, and tumors.

Costochondritis Remedies and Natural Treatments

As the cause of costochondritis is frequently unknown, treatment often focuses on relieving the pain or symptoms associated with the condition while the costochondritis improves on its own. Many natural treatments are available that assist in both. Goldenseal, olive leaf, grapefruit seed extract, and cat's claw are all effective supplements for treating infection that may be causing costochondritis. L-lysine, multizyme, and dolomite are also effective supplements for supporting overall bone and cartilage health. Additional treatment options include visiting a chiropractor and trying prolotherapy to directly focus massage and healing on the chest cavity.

Calcium Orotate

Posted by Scott O. (Costa Rica ) on 08/06/2017
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I tried Calcium Orotate - bought on Amazon - for about 6 months and it had no effect whatsoever on my Costo Chondritis - Nada! Nothing!

Posted by Cheekio (Ca) on 07/19/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Calcium Orotate for Costochondritis and Tietze syndrome: This has cured my costo. 1100 mg per day. I take it with dinner. The pain is gone, no more shortness of breath, I can lift heavy things like a normal person again.

Replied by Cheekio

Trust me I tried everything under the sun. Google studies on calcium orotate and Costochondritis. You will find in the studies that Calcium Orotate was the only cure even for the most stubborn cases. I thought the last mineral I would be deficient in was calcium but I was so wrong because this cured my costo. It didnt even show up on my minderal panel test. This form of calcium is most bioavailable. Try it folks. You'll get better with one week of taking it because I did. Share your joy with me please! I can lift weights again and work out on my rowing machine. No more pain or shortness of breath. I'm sooo happy 😊

Replied by Rani
Fort Worth, Tx

Where can I get this form of calcium? I have same issues, no results through my treatment team. Thank you, Rani

Replied by Cheekio

I order it from Amazon. There is a medical study that proves it works for Costochondritis and Tietze. The study says Tietze is severe Costochondritis and apparently these are all calcium deficiencies.

Replied by Jeanne

May I ask how long did you have this condition and has it ever come back? Did you try anything else besides the calcium Orotate? I got this condition 4 months ago, please let me know that there is hope out there. This is the worst pain ever. I'm scared to think this is a lifetime ordeal.

Thank you for your feedback at your convenience.

Thank You,

Herbs, Grapefruit Seed Extract

Posted by Jennifer (Atlanta, Ga) on 07/25/2012
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I have had a struggle off and on for years with this malady. I do believe in most cases it is the result of an infection- viral or fungal. The things that help me most are antiinfective herbals. I usually take three capsules of goldenseal and olive leaf TWICE a day for several days. If it is severe, I add six - ten drops of grapefruit SEED extract in water ( chased with juice as it tastes yucky ). These all target a broad variety of infections and usually make a noticeable difference. I also take aleve or ibuprofen, but the herbs seem to GET rid of the problem a lot faster.

Excellent herbal antiinfectives : andrographis, grapefruit seed extract, cat's claw, and olive leaf extract . If you have an infection and want to avoid antibiotics, these are scientifically legitimate and have been studied. I usually have good results with three capsules TWICE daily ( six total ) for several days. For colds, flu, viruses, etc.. These are safe and QUITE helpful!!

My doc has said he thinks costo is usually a viral infection, and these herbs are effective for many bacteria, viruses and fungii. More info on these can be found at Sloan Ketttering Memorial website or Pubmed.

Replied by Mike
Morrisville, Nc

Hello - you shared that you usually take 3 capsules of goldenseal and 3 capsules of olive leaf TWICE a day for several days, And then if it is severe, you add six - ten drops of grapefruit SEED extract in water.

Question: What is the dosage of each goldenseal capsule and olive leaf capsule that you take?

Also, are you taking 3 capsules of goldenseal and 3 capsules of olive leaf... twice a day? That would mean you are taking 12 capsules in one day, correct?

Has this been working for you? You can send your response to my e-mail if you want: mjhoner (at)


Posted by Luz (Anchorage, Alaska Usa) on 01/03/2013
5 out of 5 stars

I take two tablets of 1000mg the first day and than 1 every day until the pain is gone normally 3 days, but it comes back after stress or heavy lifting.

Replied by Lulzim

Hello, I have one question about this Goldenseal Capsule; does it has any kind of other name because I'm not sure if I can find in my country with this name. What does Goldenseal contain.

I greatly appreciate your help.

Thank You

Replied by Timh
2110 posts

L: Goldenseal contains the alkaloid Berberine which is antibiotic. Oregon Grape Root also contains Berberine.

Vitamin D

Posted by Sunshine (Montreal) on 07/25/2016
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Last winter had costochondritis real bad, heavy pain and felt desperate. After a couple weeks of painkillers that did not do much and I hate taking anyway, I stopped to wonder what could be missing. Though in winter I practically never set foot ouside, cause of the cold and realized I was not getting any sun/light. Got the idea to pop open the oily kind of vitamin D and rub it directly on my chest. In two days the pain receded to 2/3 and the third day felt no pain at all. Was amazed! Now I know we're all different, but it's worth trying considering how cheap vit D is.. In any case, the key question remains your best chance at finding out what could truly help.

So what is your body missing?

Posted by Sunshine (Montreal) on 07/25/2016

Forgot to mention the Vit D is 1000 IU that I apply on the chest.