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Herbal Remedy for Thoracic outlet syndrome


The thoracic outlet region is at the lower part of the neck. It  begins from above, behind the clavicle and  extends all the way to the upper part of the arm. The thoracic outlet is located next to the large muscles which  run vertically to the neck and are  known as the sternocleidomastoid muscle. In front, there is a muscle which  runs back to the neck and is called the trapezius muscle. The lower portion of the thoracic outlet extends behind the clavicle. It is known as the pectorals muscle. There are many nerves and vessels which pass through the Thoracic outlet and supply the shoulders as well as arms.  They are together known as the Brachial plexus and control the muscles and also provide sensation to specific areas over shoulders and arms. The compression of these arteries leads to pain and hence the occurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome occurs. In this article we will mainly discuss the details of thoracic outlet syndrome and how its management can be done in Ayurveda.


This condition emerges due to compression of blood vessels and nerves which are present in the spaces between the collarbone and first rib. It results in severe pain in the shoulder associated with numbness in the fingers. The condition is named after the thoracic outlet which, as mentioned before, is present between the lower neck and upper chest. Most of the blood vessels, as well as nerves, are located in this area. The commonest cause for the syndrome is repetitive injury or a traumatic car accident and certain types of defects. The term Thoracic Outlet Syndrome was first given by RM Peet. 1965.


  • Incidence of thoracic outlet syndrome is common in only 1-2% of the population.
  • It is mostly seen in patients between the ages of 20 to 50 years
  • Females generally suffer from thoracic outlet syndrome more than men.

Sign and symptoms of Thoracic outlet syndrome

Following are the common clinical features that are observed in this condition  depending on the type. It includes

Vascular thoracic outlet syndrome

This condition is  seen in the condition in which veins of the lower neck and upper chest are damaged. The condition generally develops after excessive exercise and common signs like swelling in fingers, arms and hands along with heaviness associated with weakness in arms and neck.

Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome

Neurogenic type of thoracic outlet syndrome is related to the abnormality which is present in the soft as well as bony tissue. It is generally seen in the region of the lower neck. This causes compression and irritation of the brachial plexus. Generally the nerves are responsible for motor and sensory response. This can result in symptoms like numbness and weakness of the hands, the size of muscle is decreased and tingling along with a pricking sensation is observed.

Arterial thoracic outlet syndrome

It is one of the least common types and has higher severity than others. This is the congenital type which means it is  present from birth and mostly seen in the lower neck as well as upper chest. Soreness in fingers along with poor circulation of blood around arms, hands and fingers is commonly observed. Cold sensation in fingers and arms is also common.

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Causes of Thoracic outlet syndrome 

The Exact cause for the thoracic outlet syndrome is not known but it is understood that it is due to nerve compression. The causes for nerve compression can include things like

Poor posture

Holding the head for too long or dropping the shoulder instantly can result in compression of the thoracic outlet area.

Anatomical defects

Congenital defect which is present from birth due to mutation or can be an inherited condition results in abnormal tightening of the fibrous band connecting the spine to the rib.


Trauma can be the result of a car accident or can be due to a fall, damage to the shoulder thus resulting in compression of   nerves or vessels in the thoracic outlet syndrome.

Repetitive activity

Doing an excessive amount of the same action or exercise every day may lead to wearing and tearing of the tissue. Mostly activities like typing, lifting, swimming, or playing basketball can also lead to compression of nerves in the thoracic outlet.

Pressure on the joints

Obesity or being overweight will put pressure on the joints or carrying an oversized backpack can do the same, thus compressing the nerves or vessels in the thoracic outlet.

Risk factors

Below are two factors that may increase the chances of developing this condition. It includes

Sex:- Females are more likely to suffer from the disease as compared to males.

Age:- Adults between the ages of 20 to 40 years of age.

Diagnosing thoracic outlet syndrome

The diagnosis of this condition is generally done by doing examination of the patient and after examination certain scan tests can be guided to the patients

  •  Physical examination showed depression in the shoulder and swelling of the arms.
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • CT-scan (Computed tomography)
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Angiography
  • Arteriography and venography
  • EMF
  • Nerve conduction study

Treatment for Thoracic outlet syndrome

Physical therapy

In neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, physical therapy is the kind of treatment that is usually preferred. The patient is asked to perform certain exercises which helps in strengthening and stretches your shoulder muscles to open the thoracic outlet and hence improve your range of motion and hence improve your posture.


Generally anti inflammatory is prescribed along with some analgesics. Sometimes clot-dissolving medication is also given, they are called anticoagulants.

Surgical options

It is only advised when conservative treatment is not effective.

Herbal formulations by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a leading Ayurvedic firm which deals with the manufacturing of herbal formulations. These formulations are prepared using potent herbs which are really effective in managing many conditions. The formulations prepared by Planet Ayurveda do not contain any kind of adulterants, dyes, additives, fillers etc. These medications are too potent to manage many conditions and are very fruitful hence giving positive noticeable results. The medication or formulations offered by Planet Ayurveda for the management of thoracic outlet syndrome is as follows

  1. Yograj Guggul
  2. Boswellia Curcumin
  3. Aamvatantak Churna
  4. Vrahat VatChintamani Ras
  5. Bone Support



Product Description

1. Yograj Guggul

Yograj guggul is prepared using herbs like Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Pippali (Piper longum), Kulanjan (Alpinia galanga) and many others. The formulation  helps in providing strength to the body and muscles as well. The formulation helps in nourishing the thoracic outlet area. Along with that, it will remove the ailments like pain, stiffness as well as numbness of the bones and muscles.

Dosage: Two tablets twice daily with water after meals

2. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia curcumin is prepared from two very excellent herbs, Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). This is very effective in decreasing inflammatory changes in the muscles and hence increases movement of the area. This herbal formulation is no doubt very good for the patient who suffers from thoracic outlet syndrome.

Dosage: One capsule twice a day after meals

3. Aamvatantak Churna

The formulation is available in Churna or powder form and helps in getting rid of the inflammation and stiffness from the joints as well as the muscles. It contains herbs like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), methi (Trigonella foenum graecum), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), haridra (Curcuma longa) and many others. It is very effective in removing pain and tingling sensation from the affected part. Moreover, it helps in pacification of vata dosha which is mainly responsible for various types of pains in this condition, especially the pricking ones.

Dosage: Two teaspoonfuls twice daily after meals with water.

4. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

The formulation has ingredients like Swarna bhasma, Abhrak bhasma, Loha bhasma, Mukta bhasma and many more. Vrihat vatchintamani ras is very effective in enhancing the movement of muscles as well as bones by improving the circulation of blood vessels and veins. It also helps in pacification of vata dosha which is responsible for nerve compression. Moreover, it having rejuvenating and anti-aging properties.

Dosage: One tablet twice a day after meals with water.

5. Bone Support

Bone support is made from herbs like Shudh Laksha (Laccifer lacca resin), Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Mukta (Pearl calcium), and many more. This is one of the best ayurvedic combinations for improving the health of the bones and promoting circulation to the muscles. It is very effective in treating any kind of bone or muscle defect. This formulation helps in improving bone density especially in osteoporosis, paget’s disease and many others.

Dosage: Two capsules twice a day with water after meals.

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Thoracic outlet syndrome is a very rare known condition but can have a serious impact on one’s life. Generally patients present with complaints regarding restriction of movements along with pricking pain in the shoulder which radiates to back, arms, hands and towards the sternum. As mentioned the thoracic outlet is located in the back of the lower neck and no doubt compression of nerves affect the movement of the neck also. The formulations which are being suggested by planet ayurveda are totally herbal and are effective in managing this condition. They do not contain any kind of adulterants or additives like dyes and colors. In case of any query kindly visit

Why impotency issues increasing these days? What is its herbal management?


The modern world is full of technology and sedentary lifestyle. But with increase in luxurious lifestyle, lack of physical exercise and overload of work is there which results in stress. Stress and lack of physical movement are the major cause of many diseases. One of such diseases is impotence in men. What is impotence? How is it caused? What are its symptoms? What is the best treatment? After reading this article you will be able to get answers to all these queries.


Impotency is also known as Erectile Dysfunction Impotency means that a person is unable to get or maintain erection. In some cases, penis is not that much hard enough to have sexual intercourse. Sometimes there is no fullness or swelling of the penis. Both can have a serious effect on sex life of that person. It can happen to people at any age. Increases with age risk of erectile dysfunction also increases. But age doesn’t cause Impotency. There are 4 phases considered in male sexual cycle. Libido, Erection, Orgasm, Penile flaccidity.

Psychogenic and Reflexogenic mechanisms play its role in erection. Psychogenic Erection is activated in response to imaginary, visual, olfactory and auditory stimuli. Reflexogenic erection is conducted by stimulation of sensory receptors on the penis. The blood flow to erectile tissue is increased during an erection. Squeezing the venules and limiting venous outflow. And resulting in full rigidity.



Impotence presents differently in different individuals. Some common symptoms of Impotence include:

  • Unable to achieve erection
  • Unable to maintain erection
  • Reduced sexual desire


Some physical causes of impotency include

  • Diabetes: Diabetes is the most common cause of impotency. Diabetes is responsible for the dysfunction of blood vessels and nerves.
  • Reduced Blood flow to penis: Over the age of 40, blood arteries become narrowed. Flow of blood through arteries to penis gradually decreases which is not enough to cause an erection.
  • Hormonal cause: Testosterone is the hormone mainly produced in men by the testicles. The main function of these hormones is to control the process of erectile function. Previous head injury is also the major cause of low testosterone levels. Because all hormonal functions are regulated by the pituitary gland which is present in the brain.
  • Nerve damage: Parkinson’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis etc. These diseases can damage nerves going to the penis.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse: Heavy use of drugs and alcohol can cause impotency.
  • Venous leak: It is the increased outflow of blood through the vein from the penis.
  • Side effects of certain medicines: Some medicines such as Antidiuretics, beta blockers, antidepressants and many other medicines sometimes may cause impotency.
  • Injury to the nerves: Various injuries such as fractured pelvis, spinal injury, genital area radiotherapy etc. may cause erectile dysfunction.

A person may get anxious after sexual intercourse when he can’t get or maintain an erection. This performance anxiety can lead to impotency. Some psychological causes of Impotency include:

  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Anxiety


In Ayurveda, this disease is correlated with “kalevya Roga”. The vitiation of Shukra Dhatu (the last body tissue to be formed in sequence). Shukra dhatu in modern context can be correlated with semen, male sex hormones (testosterones) and their precursors i.e. Androgens. This disease leads to decreased libido and sexual ability which ultimately leads to failure in reproductive efficiency.

The four types of Kalevya is described by Acharya Charaka is as

types of Kalevya

  • Vijopghat janya napunsakta (Congenital Impotency): In this type, Impotency present from birth.
  • Dhvajopghat janya napunsakta (Traumatic or Infective Impotency): Impotency as a result of trauma or an infection to the male sex organ (Penis) such as STDS (AIDS, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea etc.)
  • Jara janya napunsakta (Senile Impotency): This type of Potency occurs due to decreased strength with advance age.
  • Shukrakshaya janya napunsakta (Seminal deficiency impotency): It occurs due to loss of semen.

Acharya had mentioned various formulations and herbal remedies under the topic “Vajikaran” (Aphrodisiac therapy) which are the gold standard of treatment and preventive measures for these impotency and related conditions.

Lifestyle modification

Potency is also the result of lifestyle choices. So people can reduce the risk of Potency by lifestyle modification. It includes

  • Avoid smoking
  • Avoid the use of drugs (Heroin, Cocaine etc.)
  • Reduce the use of alcohol
  • Increased physical activities
  • Minimized the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
  • Reducing anxiety, stress and depression
  • Follow a healthy diet


Planet Ayurveda provides natural and effective medications such as “Impotency Care Pack” to prop up the healthy reproductive system of males and also helps in maintaining Tridoshas. Planet Ayurveda’s products are safe effective and 100% vegetarian. These products are also free from preservatives, binders, Chemicals, colors etc.

Herbal remedies proposed by our experts to manage Impotency

  1. Shilajit Capsules
  2. Ashwagandha Capsules
  3. Tribulus Powder
  4. Atirasadi Churna

Alternative Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Alternative Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction

Full description of herbal remedies proposed by our experts

1. Shilajit Capsules

Shilajit (Asphaltum) is also known as “rock sweat”. These capsules contain pure extract of a single herb. It helps in the treatment of male infertility or low total sperm count. It contains several Minerals and Vitamins.

Dosage– 1 capsules twice daily with plain water after meal

2. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) is called as Indian ginseng. It is used to increase the level of testosterone. It is also helpful in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Dosage– 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meal

3. Tribulus Power

Gokshura is the common name of Tribulus (Tribulus Terrestris). Acting as a non-hormonal bio stimulator, this herb increases the level of endogenous testosterone. It is also helpful to manage erectile dysfunction by enhancing penile erection.

Dosage– 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meal

4. Atirasadi Churna

It contains more than 10 herbal ingredients such as Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus), Safed Musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum), Semal Musli (Salmalia Malabarica), Varahi kand (Dioscorea Tuberosa) etc. This churna is beneficial to increase sperm quantity as well as sperm count. Level of testosterone is also enhanced which further increases blood circulation to the genitals.

Dosage– 1 Tablespoon twice daily with plain water after meal


In the end of this article, we know that Impotency can occur due to various physical and psychological causes. So, to treat or prevent this disease Impotency Care Pack is recommended by Planet Ayurveda should be used along with proper lifestyle and diet as mentioned in the article.