20 Natural Remedies for Ribs Pain

Ribs pain is a common health problem that may affect any age group of person. It is most common among children. Human body has 24 ribs (12 pairs). Ribs are the long curved bones which form the rib cage in human body. The ribs (pasli) provide protection for vital organs in the upper body, including the heart and lungs; they help to breathe. The ribs also help to protect major vessels in the upper body and give shape and support to the chest. They also protect other organs like- stomach, spleen and kidneys.

Ribs pain (Pasliyon me dard)Ribs pain (pasliyon me dard) may be felt at or below the chest or above the naval point. This pain may be dull or sharp. It may occur due to injury like- pulled muscle or bruise or any other reason. It may also occur due to affected lungs with severe cold or accumulated mucus (chest congestion). This problem is very common during winter. If you are feeling pain in your ribs when you sneeze, cough or breathe deeply, it may be due to chest congestion or excess formation of mucus. There are some natural remedies to cure this type of pain before seeking medical help. But if the pain is due to injury or it becomes too much to bear, you go to your doctor for thorough checkup.

Natural Remedies for Ribs Pain:

1. Dry Ginger for Ribs Pain:

Ribs pain can be cured by using dry ginger decoction (kadha). To get rid of ribs pain, take 25 gm dry ginger (sonth), crush it and boil in two glass of water till it reduces to half. After sieving, divide the water into four doses and consume in a day.

Or simply boil dry ginger powder (6 gm) and jaggery (6 gm) in a cup of water for few minutes like tea. Then sieve it and sip lukewarm.

2. Garlic for Ribs Pain:

To cure ribs pain, take five garlic cloves (Lahsun ki Kali) and peel them. Deep fry these garlic cloves in pure ghee and eat with lunch and dinner; continue this home remedy till you get complete relief from ribs pain.

3. Mustard oil Massage:

If you have ribs pain due to coughing, make massage of ribs with lukewarm mustard oil. Firstly, boil some mustard oil (sarson ka tel) with crushed garlic cloves (lahsun ki kaliyan) till the garlic becomes brown. Let it to be cool and store it into a jar after removing garlic cloves.

4. Mustard Seeds for Ribs Pain:

By applying mustard seeds (Rai or sarson) paste on ribs, you can control ribs pain without medication. Grind some mustard (Rai) with water to make paste and apply it lukewarm on the ribs 4-5 times a day. After applying the paste, wrap it with a thin cotton cloth.

5. Fenugreek Seeds for Ribs Pain:

To treat ribs pain without pain killer, consume fenugreek seeds (methi dana) powder.

  • Roast 50 gm fenugreek seeds slightly on gas and then crush them.
  • Add 10 gm black salt (kala namak) powder and mix well.
  • Now, ingest 2 tsp powder with water twice a day.
  • Continue it for 15 days or till it requires.

6. Asafoetida & Egg yolk:

To cure ribs pain, mix 1 gm asafoetida (heeng) powder with one egg yolk (ande ki jardi) and apply on the ribs gently.

Moreover, you can apply asafoetida locally on the ribs; make a paste of pure asafoetida with the help of warm water. Now apply this paste on the ribs locally and cover with clothes. Repeat it 3-4 times in a day, you will get relief from ribs pain definitely.

7. Milk with Turmeric:

MIlk with turmeric (haldi) is a traditional pain relieving remedy which cures any type of pain without medication. To treat ribs pain, drink a glass of turmeric milk.

  • Boil a glass of milk with 3-4 cardamom (chhoti elaichi).
  • Mix ¼ tsp of turmeric powder in milk.
  • And drink it before going to sleep till required.

8. Carom Seeds Fomentation:

If you want to treat ribs pain without medicines, tie some carom (ajwain) seeds in a cotton cloth to make swag. Keep this swag on a pre-heated pan and give a fomentation (sake) on the ribs for 5-10 minutes. Repeat this 4-5 times a day, it removes inflammation and pain naturally.

Or simply boil some carom seeds in water to apply warm wet covering on the ribs to relieve pain. It means-

  • Simply, dip the dry cotton cloth or napkin in the preheated water with carom seeds.
  • Wring out the cloth and cover the ribs or affected area with this wet cloth.
  • Repeat this fomentation 4-5 times a day.

9. Carom Seeds Decoction:

If you have pain in your ribs due to the accumulation of mucus, boil 1 tbsp carom seeds in 200 ml of water till it remains 50 ml. Sieve it and consume 2 tbsp of warm decoction before going to bed. With a regular use of 4-5 days, you will get complete relief in chest congestion.

10. Flax seeds Poultice:

To make flax seeds (alsi) poultice, grind some flax seeds with water and heat it in a pan slightly. Apply this poultice lukewarm on the chest at night and wrap with a thin cotton cloth. It removes inflammation and controls rib pain naturally. Flax seeds are good to clear congestion; in Unani system of medicine, it is used as phlegm expectorant and chest cleanser. (1)

11. Wheat Flour Fomentation:

Make a thick chapati of wheat (gehun) flour; bake it from one side only and remove from the pan. Apply hot mustard oil over the unbaked or raw side and tie down on the ribs. It helps to remove pain within minutes.

12. Honey and Limestone:

Honey and limestone (chuna) are also effectively cure ribs pain. Make a paste of a pinch of limestone and 2-3 spoon of honey (shahad) and apply on the aching ribs; you will get relief within some time.

13. Camphor Oil for Ribs Pain:

a. Whenever you have pain in your ribs due to accumulation of mucus (chest congestion), massage gently over chest and ribs with camphor oil. You will get relief within few minutes. Camphor oil can be prepared at home or you can purchase it from market.

For making camphor oil at home, put some cubes of camphor in coconut oil (nariyal ka tel) and keep it into a airtight jar. Within few hours, coconut oil will absorb the properties of camphor.

b. Moreover, you can use turpentine oil instead of coconut oil. Mix some camphor in white turpentine oil and rub over the ribs in every 2-3 hours. Don’t forget to cover the ribs after applying oil.

14. Honey and Vermilion for Ribs:

To cure ribs pain, apply sindoor (vermilion) and honey topically over ribs; it gives instant relief.

  • At first, mix some sindoor in honey and paste it over a small cotton cloth.
  • Then, fix this cloth over the aching ribs (pasliyan).
  • Now keep a cotton cloth on a pre-heated pan and give a fomentation (sake) on the ribs for 5-10 minutes. You can purchase sindoor (powder) from grocery shop.

15. Tulsi (Basil) for Ribs Pain:

To cure ribs pain, prepare basil leaves decoction with ginger, black pepper and cloves.


Basil Leaves (Tulsi)                              4-5

Cloves (laung)                                       2

Black Pepper (kali mirch)                      2

Ginger (adrak)                                      10 gm

Rock Salt (sendha namak)                    1 gm

Crush all the ingredients and put into a glass of water. Boil this water till it remains half and ingest lukewarm after sieving. It is a good home remedy for ribs pain but don’t give it to children.

16. Nutmeg for Ribs Pain:

Nutmeg or jaiphal is good to cure ribs pain; it is also safe for small children. Rub the nutmeg with water on hard surface and put the paste in a spoon. Heat it slightly to make lukewarm and apply over the ribs. Repeat it 2-3 times in a day.

You can even ingest jaiphal (1/4th tsp) by rubbing on hard stone in similar way. Dosage will be half in case of small children.

17. Cumin Seeds Water Fomentation:

To cure ribs pain, boil 2 spoons of cumin seeds (jeera) in a glass of water. Dip a cotton cloth in this preheated water and squeeze, then give fomentation (sake) by covering the ribs to relieve pain. Again dip the cloth and apply over the ribs. Repeat this fomentation 4-5 times a day.

18. Piper Longum:

Piper Longum or Long Pepper is very good to cure ribs pain.


Piper Longum (Pippali)                                           5 gm

Black Pepper (Kali Mirch)                                       5 gm

Dry Ginger (Sonth)                                                 5 gm

Cloves (Laung)                                                         5 gm

Grind all the ingredients to make fine powder and keep into a jar. Now ingest half tsp of this powder with honey twice a day. It will help to clear chest congestion and give relief in ribs pain.

19. Raisin with Black Pepper:

To cure ribs pain due to chest congestion, ingest raisins (Munakka) and black pepper decoction (kadha). Boil a glass of water with 5 raisins and 5 black pepper till it remains half; sieve it and ingest lukewarm.


All the above ingredients of home remedies like- dry ginger, mustard oil, mustard seeds, asafoetida, flax seeds, wheat flour etc. – are available in almost all grocery shops or supermarkets like- big bazaar, reliance fresh, D-mart etc..

The information given above is for knowledge purpose only; they are not the substitute of medical treatment or diagnosis. Though all the home remedies are quite safe and simple because all the ingredients used are part of spices available in every kitchen. But if you are allergic to any spice, don’t use. Or if you are not getting any relief, consult your doctor immediately.