Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Adrenal Fatigue Connection
- Aloe Vera
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Lime
- Avoid Artificial Sweeteners
- Avoid Lactic Acid
- Avoid Msg
- Avoid Multivitamins
- Cardiac Ablation
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Shower Therapy
- Eliminate Gluten
- Food Triggers
- General Feedback
- Ginger Tea
- Hawthorn, Motherwort
- Magnesium and Omega 3 and 6 Oils
- Magnesium Oil
- Magnesium, Eating Less
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil Pulling
- Orange Juice
- Potassium and Magnesium Citrate Electrolyte Solution
- Reader Warning
- Remedies Needed
- Techniques to Reset the Heart Rhythm
- Vitamins B1, B6 and B12
12/25/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa: "Also, Taurine regulates heartbeat and can smooth out tachycardia. It also helps alleviate other cardiac issues such as MVP and MI. It can also protect against cardiac side effects from drugs. This is a link to a non-selling page, with technical information on taurine's effects..."
Our readers offer information and opinions on Earth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by anyone on this site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.
Blackstrap Molasses for Heart Palpitations
Home Remedy Ingredients
- Blackstrap Molasses - 1 Tablespoon
Blackstrap molasses (more concentrated than most grocery store offerings) is rich in iron, magnesium, and other nutrients that can help in proper heart functioning. Add a tablespoon of molasses to your daily diet for continued heart health.
[YEA] 03/11/2008: Wilma from Murrieta, CA: "I am 37, and my Grandfather used to give me BSM when I was younger. I have returned to using it since I have heart paplpitations and dizziness due to very low iron. I feel much better, and as one reader stated "the moons are back in her fingernails" so are mine.
I also drink Tonic Water around the cold/flu season to divert an oncoming cold."
[YEA] 03/11/2008: A.C. from West Midlands, England, United Kingdom: "I've been taking a tablespoon of BSM daily for Heart Palpitations (which worked by the way). When cutting my nails yesterday, I noticed that the white, half moons at the base of my nails (I've forgotten the name for these) reduced in size by half within one week! I'm completely amazed! I heard these were due to mineral deficiency but I'd been taking supplements and had just given up. Thanks Earth Clinic!"
[YEA] 07/02/2007: Renee from El Dorado, Kansas: "Just finished my second "normal" period thanks to BSM. Fairly certain that any fibroids are reducing in size as the pressure I've been feeling in a couple of places is now much less... but still there somewhat. Plus, 99% reduction in heart palpatations - and they were bad ones, very scarey."Replies
11/26/2009: Bella from Scottsdale, Az, USA replies: "I have the same problem with palpitations at night. I will try the sourgum and mollasses.
I also wanted to mention that all the soy here in this country is genetically modified. In fact, Japanese parents who have kids here going to college send them soy from Japan. They will not allow them to have the soy grow here because of the way we grow it. It also is not supposed to be good for women. It supposedly causes breast tumors and other female related tumors. I would investigate that if I were thinking of eating more soy. When I went on the LA weight loss diet several years ago(their diet is very heavy on soy products,) I developed nodules on my thyroid. It causes man boobs to. Thanks for the info.
Back to the palpitations. When you wake up at night, with them, what do you take and how quickly does it work? I'm pretty weirded out when it happens and I've been taking xanax an additional O.O5 when it happens. I've been trying to get off the xanax.
[YEA] 06/07/2007: Renee from El Dorado, Kansas: "I too found Molasses an instant treatment for my heart problem. Every night my heart has a delayed beat (confirmed with overnight monitor) but doctor gave me no treatment beyond giving up caffiene. While that helps, it doesn't totally eliminate it and I admit no caffiene is difficult for me.
After the first day of 2 Tbls Molasses, I sleep through the night with no problems. And this is such a relief as it really is extremely scarey to awaken to no heart beat, over and over and over."
09/11/2011: Sil from Greenacres, Florida: "Hi To everyone, I do understand how hard is dealing with this I had taquicardia couple years ago and from there everytime I fell my heart running I get so scaried about what is going to happend to me. I did pass for the same of you guys lot of doctors and test and they keep saying my heart is in an excellent condition and need exercise. What I can say 100% sure lot of times this symptoms coming from anxiety or stomach. My stomach is so sensible I can't spice food, caffeine, nothing so acid, and a banana a day is so helpfull for me. Coffee dicaf and tea dicaf, 0 strees Life is so beautifull to live everyday dealing with problems, in every bad thing is always something positive try to think in this way!!! Helps me a lot.
Also when I start feeling my stomach funny I take a teaspoon with baking powder in a cup of water and works so good. Everybody is different wish we can have an answer that can fix everyone problems but I believe if you start study your own body and all reactions to what you eat everyday and take less problems will be an excellent solution.
Hope this can help someone!!! Take care and remember in every bad thing is always something positive!!!"Replies
[YEA] 11/13/2011: Brian from Brisbane, Qld Australia replies: "I havnt had a-fib (heart palpations) for about 6 months now after being hospitalized about 8 times. I stopped taking warfarin and blood thinners without my doctors consent and started eating healthy and taking supplements. I now can eat anything since leaving out the rat poison (warfarin) Let me tell you what I eat and what supplements I take. Breakfast consists of oat bran, oatmeal, flaxseed, mixed nuts, cocoa powder, black berries, turmeric powder, cinnamon powder, mixed with milk of your choice. Supplements include coq10, magnesium, chromium picolinate, resveratrol. I don't know what cured my A-fib but I will carry on with what I'm doing. I also have arthritis and diabetes. My arthritis has disappeared I no longer take cellebrex. My sugar levels are under control. I feel so good and healthy. I also believe Apple Cider Vinegar is good for heart palpations which I was taking but stopped, will start again. I wonder if anybody out there can recognize what has cured my palpations. I do know that the turmeric and cinnamon cured my arthritis. I've given up the idea about commiting suicide. Hope this helps someone, since I know how bad a-fib can be. Life's good now."
11/14/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Brian, heart palpitations are listed as a magnesium deficiency so maybe it was the magnesium you are taking. The magnesium also will help with arthritis and even blood sugar levels as well. Magnesium also is good for depression."
11/15/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Brian - I would guess that you have built up your health to the degree that the heart palps you were having just went away. Good on you!
If I were to guess on what was the most valuable to you for making it so I would guess it was the magnesium. Not to say it might not have been something entirely different, but I am a firm believer in Mg.
Also - I would look into taking 3mg of boron (good for bones and some arthritis) a day as well if I were you, and maybe something for added potassium. All these things along with D-3 work in unison. Google them if interested.
Glad you have found the answer to your issue, and that you feel like sticking around on this lovely planet for a while longer! ;-)
Best! ~ Carly"
11/16/2011: Jessica from Ridgecrest, Ca replies: "I had PVCs from MVP (preventricular contractions from mitral valve prolapse... messed up heart contractions) all my life until I started taking very large doses of Magnesium."
11/17/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Thank you for taking the time to share this Jessica!
It truly amazes me that doctors don't know to try magnesium on their heart palp patients.
I went in with the dreaded heart palps years ago and was put on the holter (spelling probably wrong there) monitor. More money in that than telling me to try a five dollar bottle of Mg I am willing to wager.
The "health" care system in this country is really just "dis-ease" management. Shove a pill at 'em and get 'em out the door asap. (my opinion).
Thank GOD for this website!
10/16/2008: RON B. from TAVERNIER, FL: "IN 1985 I HAVE MY FIRST PALPITATIONS. I WENT TO THE EMERCENCY ROOM AND THE DOCTOR KIND OF BRUSHED IT OFF AND THAT WAS THAT, IT WENT AWAY. IN 1986 WHILE DRIVING MY CAR IT HAPPENED AGAIN AT WHICH TIME I TOOK MY CIGARETTES AND TOSSED THEM OUT THE WINDOW DONE FOREVER. THE PALPITAIONS CAME ON AT CERTAIN TIMES THEN WENT AWAY AND I THOUGHT LITTLE OF THEM. IN 1995 THEY GOT WORSE AND I HAD A MONITOR PLACED ON ME AND THE DOCTOR WAS NO HELP.IN 1996 I GOT THEM REAL BAD AND WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND BECAUSE I HAD INSURANCE I WAS HOSPITALIZED WITH WIRES GOING TO THE NURSE STATION. I WAS RELEASED BUT WITH NO INFORMATION OTHER THAN SOME DANGEROUS MEDICATION WHICH I LATER FOUND OUT WAS VERY BAD. I HAVE SINCE FOUND THERE IS LITTLE THAT THE MODERN MEDICAL INDUSTY CAN DO OTHER THAN TAKE YOUR MONEY AND FEED YOU DANGEROUS DRUGS.AFTER A COUPLE MORE TIMES IN THE HOSPITAL AND ALMOST HAVING A STROKE TWICE I HAVE REALIZED I AM THE MASTER OF MY BODY AND NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS BECAUSE THE MDS ARE CLUELESS. MY CONDITION NOW IS CHRONIC I HAVE PALPITAIONS ALL DAY EVERY DAY. I TAKE ACV,MASSES OF VITAMINS AND MINERALS,WAS TOLD THE ADRENALS CAN HAVE AN AFFECT SO I AM WORKING ON THE ADRENALS. MY NEXT STEP IS JUICE FASTING WITH MINERAL AND VITAMIN SUPPLEMENTS AS WELL AS A COLON CLEANSE, A LIVER CLEANSE, AND A KIDNEY CLEANSE. I SUSPECT THE ADRENAL CONNECTION, I ALSO SUSPECT POSSIBLY A PARASITE OR CANDIDA CONNECTION AND OVER ACID BODY.I AM GOING ON A TOTAL RAW FOOD DIET AND ELIMINATING EVERY THING CAN POSSIBLE BE A SOURCE OF THE PALPITATIONS. ALL THESE THINGS I AM WORKING ON IN AN ATTEMPT TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM. TOO BAD OUR SO CALLED MEDICAL INDUSTRY IS SO CLUELESS AND EXPENSIVE.IT SEEMS THAT THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY CAN BE INCOMPETENT AS WELL AS PROFITABLE. I DID A HAIR SAMPLE MINERAL TEST AND FOUND I WAS HIGH IN ALUMINUM CADMIUM, AND OTHER DANGEROUS METALS THAT MAY BE AFFECTING THE ABSORBSION OF GOOD MINERALS. I WAS LOW IN CALCIUM, MAGNESIUM AND OTHER MINERALS EVEN THOUGH I SUPPLEMENT WITH QUALITY MINERALS. I NOW ALSO DO THE CHELATION TO RID MY BODY OF THE BAD METALS. I AM WORKING HARD ON THIS AND AM DETERMINED TO ADDRESS THE TRUE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM."Replies
10/19/2008: Marinette from Cleveland, Ohio, USA replies: "This is in reply to Ron B. I have had problems with heart palpitations in the past, and had very good success with Peppermint tea. The tea is also very good for digestion and possibly the palpitations are linked to faulty digestion. You mentioned also that you suspect an overly acid system might cause this. I suffer from this also, and take DeSouza's Liquid Chlorophyll which helps a lot. Chlorophyll is great for alkalizing the body. Any brand would probably work, but I notice other brands have added ingredients besides the chlorophyll that I would rather not take. I cannot take ACV because I become too acid from it. You mentioned also that you take a lot of supplements. I would go off of everything and just try the peppermint tea, at least 2 cups a day. Also, 1 tablespoon of the chlorophyll in an 8 oz. glass of water once a day. Also, an excellent remedy for nerves is liquid Celery Seed Extract. You can put 12 or more drops of this in the peppermint tea if you feel that nerves are also linked to the palpitations. I suggest going off of everything you are taking now while trying the peppermint tea, liquid chlorophyll and liquid celery seed extract. Something you are taking might be causing the palpitations to be worse. Once you feel better, you can always introduce the supplements back slowly. I hope this helps you, Ron."
10/20/2008: Crista from Pekin, Illinois replies: "One thing about heart palpitations that was mentioned in the definition in the begining is that they can come from anti-depressants. I was on anti-anxiety pills and was not told by my doctor that they were addictive. They said take up to this many a day as needed for anxiety. I took them for about a week on a regular basis, and the when I was feeling fine I didn't take them. I ended up calling an ambulance that night because I thought I was having a heart attack at the age of 27. So by the time I got to the hospital my paliptations had stopped and they just said to take my medicine as prescribed. I looked more information up about my medicine and realized that the withdrawal symptoms of any drug that has benzodiazapines in them is heart palpitations and other. Because I took these for only a week I was addicted and had to take several months to withdrawal off of it slowly so I would not go through the palpitations again. The website with the withdrawal chart was in a manual written by a UK woman doctor. It is on a UK website.
I talked with my doctor telling them I wanted off and told them the steps I was taking. They were ok with it and just said that if I had problems to call and they could help. They also suggested getting on something else after I was done withdrawing from this one. To finally get off I actually had to be put on a different anti-anxiety pill because I could not take the week where I had to come off all the way. These drugs are very scary to me, but may be needed by some. If you have palpitations though see if you are on this type of drug first to see if it could be the cause of this issue. Unfortunately I didn't try any herbal remedies because I had not thought of it yet. I love this website and plan on using it for many things."
09/09/2009: Bubble from Chicaco, Illinois replies: "I was on a benzo for over a year because of heart palpitations. The doc said I was stressed. I working in the heat (outside), I wasn't eating, and i dropped like 20 lbs in 2 weeks. But he gave me that dam pill instead. He told me I could take it when ever I wanted as much as i wanted.Well, because my job is very dangerous and you have to be a little more than alert with chicago driving, i decided that I could not take the whole pill untill i got home. 1mg...yup 1mg of clonazepam or colonapoison I and many others like to call it, It took me 4 1/2 months to tapper off of this drug which I had help from my online friends to do this. Docs are NOT educated on the withdrawal of these dangerous drugs and will try and have you off of them in a month which most of the time gaurantees a trip to the e.r. Those 4 1/2 months I felt like I was dying and then after my tapper 5 weeks later post acute withdrawal hit and I thought I lost my mind. Another 4 months of mind numbing torture. Please do not take the benzos or even anti depressants. The ANTIS, have simular problems. Google OR EVEN LOOK IT UP ON YOU TUBE...S.S.R.I. or BENZO WITHDRAWAL."
[YEA] 08/22/2010: Alpha001 from Vancouver, Washington replies: "I apologize if this is a bit long. I would like to share with everyone who has or currently is experiencing (HP) and the alternative process that I undertook. It was December 8, 2008 when I first experienced HP. It felt as though my heart was going to go through my chest. I thought I was having a heart attack, but without the chest pain or numbness of my extremities. Thank God for that. It freaked me out so bad that I had my wife rush me to the ER. At the ER, they hooked me up to an EKG machine, then took X-Ray, and admitted for an overnight observation. In the morning, I underwent a treadmill stress test. All results were normal. So, I was prescribed Atenolol and Fleicanide. I went to ER more than 13 times from the plethora of side effects from these drugs. I experienced very low BP, blurred visions, internal burning and pain in my gut, which then radiated to my lower back and chest, and I was diagnosed with Barret's esophagus, which is a precursor to cancer. I believe the culprit was the Fleicanide. To combat the very low BP, my cardiologist replaced Atenolol with Deltiazim--that cause severe chest burning. It got so bad that I could hardly eat anything and I was burping and belching all day long. I had to be put on Xanax for anxiety and Valium for the pain. So what did I do?
Most of you have indicated that modern medicine doesn't help. I totally agree. In fact, it only makes thing worse with so many side effects and little benefit, IF any, which was my case. I even under went catheter ablation and thankfully, my cardiologist could not chemically induce the palpitation. So he couldn't burn and scare my heart. I understand that this process makes things worse. A friend of mine took me to her Naturopath doctor. He tested my lungs, heart, stomach and liver and wrote me a prescription to have my blood tested. There were 10 tests that he was looking for. I got the results and my regular doctor said everything was normal. I took a copy of that test results and gave it to my Naturopath. He highlighted 5 things that he found abnormal even though my regular doctor had indicated that they were normal. He immediately put me on 2 weeks nutritional program strictly of organic vegetables; no meats, no sugars, no bread of any sorts, and 8 sessions of colonic hydrotherapy to help speed up the detoxification process. Once the two weeks was completed he re-adjusted my nutritional program for another 4 weeks. He also put me on herbal and botanical supplements. I was on Devacor, Neprinol, Charcoal capsules, and a mixture that consisted of 15 different herbs, roots, flowers, etc. , all precisely weighed and mixed. I have also added OMEGA-3 Fish-oil, COQ10, pre and probiotics. I continue to drink ginger tea made from fresh root and in the process of being part-vegan, I have lost 35 pounds. I say part-vegan because I eat fish and turkey. If I do eat chicken, it must be cage free or organic. Throughout my HP ordeal, I have learned so much about alternative health style. Today, I am very healthy. I still get HP, but once in a blue moon, and briefly, as compared to what I experienced in the past. I continue to eat healthy and learn to appreciate vegetables like it was going out of style. Too much to write, but if anyone wants more information , you may contact me at my email address with the title "Heart Palpitation. " Thank you for reading."
08/27/2010: Emerald from Somereset, U.k. replies: "Hi I also suffer these palpitations, no reason found. Medication made it worse. But I have noticed that whenever I am on supplements or medication they return. There must be a link here somewhere. I had not had any for a year, but doc. put me on antibiotic and steroids for a lung infection, said I would feel 100% better in morning. In the morning I was in hospital! With 125 heart rate beat! This knocked me out physically for days, I have no strength after these episodes. But then took supplement next day with plastic type capsules containers. Again palpitations. Needless to say I threw out the anti-biotics and steriods that the doctor said I must take as I was so ill. Guess what after I had recovered my strenth the lung infection went away within 24 hours. So I am now keeeping off medication again and also supplements, they have so many additives, etc. Anyone else care to comment?Thanks."
08/19/2011: I Don't Know What To Do from Unioncity, Nj replies: "Hi im only 16, my palpitations occured about a month ago. Before then I noticed my heart rate went up, but about a month ago I had a really bad attack and had to be rushed to the hospital. My mom said my heart reached 143 beats pr minute. They say it was over stress over a boy but I think its more then that. They ran a cat-scan and they didnt find anything. They said I should just try to relax and not let anything stress me out. Iv tried to relax and its helped some but I have major migrains, idk whats going on or what to do. My family doesnt take it too serious since they think its caused from stress. Could someone give me some advice as to what could be wrong?"
08/19/2011: Lisa from Rabat, Morocco replies: "Heart palps can be scary, can't they? I get them often, too, and they used to really scare me. Since they checked you out pretty well, I wouldn't worry that it is anything serious. The anxiety they cause can make them worse, so try to just let them pass and don't focus too much on them. Do you take magnesium? Sometimes this can help. Have you had your electrolytes checked? It could be that you have a deficiency in that area. At your age, it could be just your hormones as you get migraines."
08/19/2011: Donna from Drexel Hill, Pa replies: "When I was in my 20's I started having strange heart palpitations. I'm now in my 50's and was diagnosed with Superventricular Tackycardia. Don't know what your symptons are, but maybe if you google this it might help you. Good luck and hope you are feeling better real soon."
08/20/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "It could be magnesium and or potassium deficiency. As you get migraines have a look into magnesium. I started getting migraines as a small child and the Dr told my mum that I was putting it on as young children don't get them. Well he was wrong! About 10 years ago I worked out it was lack of magnesium that caused mine. I have not needed a hospital visit for at least 9 yrs nor have I been to the Drs for an injection or prescription for them. I too start to get palpitations (although very mild), a couple of years ago, and yes was under a little extra stress. Since starting to do some alkalizing and taking some potassium and magnesium have not had any more. Maybe you could have a look at EC's page:
You are the person who knows your body best, if you feel it is not stress causing it then keep looking until you find what works for you. We are often told stress causes this and that but maybe it is closer to the truth that it aggravates things or it could be that it causes your body to use up certain nutrients thus leaving you with symptoms from a lack of the same nutrients. All the best in finding your answer and keep searching and asking till you do."
09/08/2011: Malikitheguy from Kc, Mo, Us replies: "Hi, a lil while back I was trying magnesium citrate which I had found in a lemon flavored powder at a gnc store. The first time I used it, it worked great for what I was using it for, the second time I used it that night I had heart palps got real light headed and it became difficult to breath. The symptoms stopped after but I was wondering why? A coworker of mine is a nurse and she had said that magnesium supplements can be hard on your heart if abused? But I had only taken the dosage it said a lil under in fact..."
[YEA] 09/13/2009: Leah from Nyc, Nyc: "I started getting heart palpitations every day for the last month or two. They are very scary. I was told to cough hard to get the heart back in rhythm. That worked for a second or two. I then took Black Strap Molasses (1 teaspoon) and a 1/2 hour later I drank water with 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar. That combo usually stops the palpitations for 1/2 a day.
HOWEVER, I started OP (Oil Pulling) every morning on an empty stomach (1 teaspoon of either virgin olive oil or 1 teaspoon of sunflower oil) and since I've started, I've had no palpitations at all! It's amazing!
If you want to try this, please read up on it (on this website) first.
EC: More about oil pulling: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html
[YEA] 12/25/2008: Roy from Spokane, WA: "I was surprised to learn that yogurt may cause heart palpitations. However I know from my own experience that I would sometimes develop an irregular heart beat after eating this product. Orange juice or an orange can help reduce my heart palpitations along with calcium and magnesium supplements. Other people have also told me that an orange or the juice works for them as well. I've not tried the apple cider vinegar but will do so to see if it may work for me. I've had nuclear stress testing and apparently do not have coronary artery blockage thus far. I have learned through personal experience that high blood pressure meds (once took mycardis) may cause heart palpitations even after a year or more of use."
Potassium and Magnesium Citrate Electrolyte Solution
[YEA] 11/23/2007: June from Ks, Ks: "I have read in several different places Ted's recommendations for taking potassium citrate and magnesium citrate for a variety of problems. The latest was a cure/prevention for heart palpitations. I've suffered from heart palpitations (HP) for 10 years. The severity of the palpitations has varied over the years but lately, for some reason, they had become extremely troublesome.
This problem runs on my mother's side of the family and I know my mother and her sister's solution has been to take prescription drugs, regardless of their serious side effects. The Rx approach has never worked for me so I am always looking for alternative remedies. I had used hawthorn to treat my heart issue and avoiding sugar and alcohol are also important. But lately nothing was working. I have taken CoQ10 in the past, but it is very expensive and difficult to take continuously because of the price.
Finally, I came back to earthclinic to do some further research and read where Ted said he had treated a woman with HP using potassium and magnesium citrates to replace electrolytes. I had already searched for these products from my supplement companies I use and could not find them and was wondering how to replace my electrolytes without drinking the sugary sports drinks that claim to replace electrolytes. I found the solution at a local pharmacy this week where I had gone to purchase iodine (another home remedy suggested here). I happened upon a $4 bottle of generic brand pediatric electrolyte solution used for preventing dehydration. The ingredients include: water, dextrose, citric acid, potassium citrate, sodium chloride, sodium citrate and benzoic acid. It's the closest product I could find to Ted's recipe. I figured I would give it a shot.
The result has been very positive. My HP almost immediately ceased upon taking the first dose. I've only had a few mild palpitations since I began taking the product 3 days ago. Even though I had several (mildly sweet) desserts during the Thanksgiving holiday (and two beers) I did not have the normal reaction of terrible HP that I could have previously expected before taking the electrolyte solution.
I know the best remedy is to avoid sugar and alcohol all together. And while I closely monitor my intake of those items it's not realistic for me to give them up completely. I will always want to enjoy a dessert on occasion and a beer once in a while.
I do hope the electrolyte solution continues to work for me. The taste is not unpleasant and is of citrus. It seems like there is only enough dextrose to make it palatable. There were two bottles to choose from, one was clear and the other was colored orange and contained acesulfame potassium, an artificial sweetener I try to avoid. I chose the clear product.
I hope this information helps someone else. And thanks to Ted for the suggestion on an electrolyte cure for HP!"
11/24/2007: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "To June from Ks (ll/23/07) google MSG, aspartame-read unwanted side effects of both- make a list of names they hide them under & then go to your kitchen and look for them in the ingredients in the foods you are eating. Trying to get rid of them isn;t easy. My niece says it takes her 4 hours longer to grocery shop now that she is looking for them in the ingredients before she buys foods containing them."
11/28/2007: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Thanks for the feedback!
I know the best remedy is to avoid sugar and alcohol all together.
Yes, in case the sugar is unavoidable, take plenty of water, such as one full glass. For example if one glass of solution contains 10% sugar, taken an extra glass of water would reduce the sugar concentration by 5%. A sugar level of 2% is generally benign and 5% is tolerable over the short run, but not recommended which is about the same as the concentration of urine sugar in a healthy individual.
Most problems of the heart is the electrolyte imbalance. In one instance when nothing can be found, a simple sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon is helpful too. Sometimes I found a heart palpitation is initiated by a long term low grade fever from cavities in the teeth of all places. In case of a low grade fever and a low level septicemia, frequently an aspirin 250 mg dissolve in 1/2 glass of water, will digest the low grade fever once the aspirin dissolved in water reaches the blood stream.
As a footnote, a famous comedian, Paul Lynde, who was a regular at Hollywood Squares and Bewitched died of a heart attack in 1982. His heart looked like an 80 year old man even though he died at the age of 56. The reason was the alcohol he drinks excessively. Alcohol tends to destroy the liver function and the nutrients in the liver could not supply food for the heart to beat, and this destroys the heart.
To further support heart function, 1 tablespoon of granulated lecithin will help and some weekly dose of vitamin B50 complex and vitamin C sodium ascorbate. It SHOULD BE noted that the most frequent deficiency I seen is the electrolyte, vitamin B50 and vitamin C, all these are water soluble and all these are related to heart problems. It is no wonder why people have heart attack, water soluble nutrients get depleted fairly quickly and we get deficient just as fast.
Drinking alcohol may also increase the free radical iron, and a green tea with no sugar and no milk will bind most of the free metal iron that tends to accumulate in the heart.
Still, electrolyte solution is still the best for most heart palpitation problems. The major electrolytes that is important is sea salt, magnesium, and potassium. The use of citrate is important to alkalize the body and permit healing."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 11/01/2009: Will Jones from Batam, Indonesia replies: "After getting horibly short of breath and sometimes even distressed after a sudden bout of heavy exersise (e.g. climbing a few flights of stairs), an ECG reported that I have AF (Atrial Fillibration). I am a 59 year old male who eats of high plant low meat diet but drinks too much coffee and beer.
The local Indonesian doctor who found the AF issue, suggested a typical Big Pharma regimen of nasty drugs. I recalled a friend who said he had dealt with bad heart palpitations using Mg (Magnesium) plus other minerals and vitamin supplements.
Before coming here to EC, I researched the topic and found that in emergency rooms, Mg is often introduced intraveneously to control bad cases of AF.
While visiting Australia last week, I bought some large bottles of Mg Ca K supplements and made up mixture of Epsom Salts (Magnesium Suphate) and water in a nasal spray bottle, which I spray into my lungs.
All this has helped. but it seems that if I let the amount of daily supplemented Mg drop too much, I too easily go into AF after heavy exercise. In other words, I have yet to find the right daily dose."
11/03/2009: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Generally speaking Calcium is antagonistic to magnesium. So taking a supplements of calcium is generally counter productive. The other problem is there is a supplement that sells magnesium, but the ingredients are useless, which consists of magnesium oxide, magnesium carbonate and magnesium stearate. Firstly magnesium oxide is poorly soluble in water, magnesium is weakly soluble, while magnesium stearate is more like a wax which prevents the tablets from being easily dissolved. I would also not use calcium since it encourages blood clots in presence of high magnesium and worsens the heart as it is, besides calcium being antagonistic to magnesium. I therefore would likely use two forms of magnesium, magnesium chloride, or magnesium citrate. Some other marketing companies sells magnesium aspartate. That's counterproductive as it is an excitotoxins. When taking the supplements, it's also taken along with magnesium citrate (500 mg), may also include CoQ10, iodine, potassium citrate, and sodium bicarbonate. Electrolyte imbalance has to consider not just magnesium, but potassium and sodium bicarbonate. That being, vitamin B50, is important and it's effect is noticeably improved, at least in one case who was about to go into a heat attack, stopped within 15-20 minutes after taking the vitamin B complex, in form of B50, which are mostly 50 mg of each of the B vitamin, with exception of folic, B12, and biotin, which are often in microgram doses. I believe two most important onces for this condition is the magnesium and the vitamin B complex. A third runner up is the CoQ10, and followed by a natural Vitamin E 200 i.u.
I have a few cases who actually benefited from aspirin 500 mg, dissolved in a cup of water (taken only when there IS a problem) and iodine (lugol's supplement) taken at 2-4 drops plus 1000 mg of vitamin C taken at the same time, preferably in the form of sodium ascorbate. It tends to be warming the heart area when an iodine is taken, assuming that there is subclinical iodine deficienc of course. The iodine of 2-4 drops is taken in the form of lugols's solution, in a cup of warm water, along with the vitamin C. Whether a vitamin C 1000 mg or 500 mg, depend on individual needs, for me iodine seems to work better if 1000 mg of vitamin Ci is taken so that possible side effect of a mild headache does not occur, whenever an iodine is taken. However, if iodine lugol's solution is mixed in one liter of water, the problem of mild headaches doesn't occur as it is diluted one liter, and taken over the course of a day. Still the vitamin C 1000 is needed, but individual preference may prefer 500 or 1000 depending on the size and weight of the individual."
12/28/2010: Neal from Wilmington, Nc Usa replies: "This worked for me, One gm taurine and one gm of lysine three times day. Sounds too simple. Neal Turner"
12/29/2010: Neal from Wilmington, Nc Usa replies: "Oops, I meant to say one gram of argenine instead of lysine. Neal"
[WARNING!] 07/10/2007: Pat from Burlington, Vermont: "Although many of you believe you have been cured of angina by taking garlic and flaxseed, I am afraid that is is not true and you are in a dangerous situation. These supplements are very useful and strong if used correctly...as prevention. However, they cannot unclog arteries. Please be good to yourself and reasonable. Use all available treatments and advice together! There are plenty of wonderful cardiologists who have a holistic approach."Replies
09/29/2008: Alex from Aventura, FL replies: "ever thought of uncloging your tubes with oral chelation, hydrogen peroxide food grade etc.."
05/05/2009: Vijay from Sunnyvale, CA replies: "I have seen the best way to remove the clogging is to take cayenne pepper. Please take a t-spoon of cayenne pepper & dissolve it in hot water & sip it slowly. This will be a good remedy before the paramedics arrive. I have heard, read & seen many benefits cayenne pepper has on the body.
It removes stickiness in the arterial walls, removes clogs to some extent etc. Please do consult a doctor as these are remedied to prevent severe strokes & some measures to be taken before the doctor arrives."
05/05/2009: Karen from Newport, Oregon, USA. replies: "Vijay, must tell you that my mom at 85 yrs had a stroke & was "gone" by the time I got her out of the bathroom & into the bed. Had to really hurry & find cayenne powder which I mixed with a few drips of water then swabbed her tongue & mouth heavily inside with it. Next, Ran into the pantry, found my habinaro oil & proceeded to swab her tongue & inside of her mouth with it also.( it was much more hot!)The doseage was approx. a tsp of cayenne powder & enough water to make a quick paste. for the habinaro oil I put about a 1/4 tsp all around in her mouth. Then, her eyes opened! She was back- no brain damage observed then or now. She didn't feel the heat of the hot oils or remember them at all. It works & it's immediate."
07/17/2012: Ryle from Sta. Rosa, Laguna, Philippines: "Hello! I wanted to get someone's opinion, seeing as to how helpful this community seems. It's about my mom's condition. She's 44 years old, doesn't drink, doesn't smoke, and isn't overweight. She always seemed fine before- couple occasional migraines hit her hard, as they do everyone, and palpitations sometimes.
However, last week, her palpitations began to get fairly severe to the point that she almost couldn't breathe. She went to get a check-up and had tests done- ECG, 2D Echo, blood chem, thyroid exam, chest X-ray. They all went pretty fine. Heart and lungs were clear and of normal size, thyroid was okay, cholesterol wasn't of concern, potassium level was okay. I can't remember if she has slight anemia. I don't know if it would be correct to assume that, since my brother and I have it, she has it as well - please correct me if I'm wrong. The 2D Echo test revealed that she had irregular heartbeat and that a valve in her heart was thick (I'm not sure which one). She had a stress test done as well but she was stopped after no longer than 10 mins because her heartbeat was already spiking.
She's taking prescription drugs right now and her Holter monitor test results won't be out until next week. I've noticed she's beginning to tire more quickly now and her palpitations & dizziness have become more frequent and out-of-the-blue. She drinks coffee but the doctor told her to quit it cold turkey so she did, though she always gets headaches when she doesn't take her usual one cup a day. She does housework which can be very hard to do especially since we have no house help, but we've told her to not force herself to do all of it everyday (she's a bit OC when it comes to cleaning).
I'm really worried because I've never seen her get tired and dizzy so quickly and frequently. And she says her palpitations have become more frequent and sudden too. Our family, especially her side, has heart disease history. Her dad and all of her dad's siblings died from cardiac arrest. I'm positive she won't be in the same boat because, like I said (and unlike her dad and uncles), she doesn't drink and isn't overweight. I'm just really concerned as to what the cause of this all is since her tests are pretty okay (I guess) except for the fact that she has irregular heartbeat and the thick heart valve. I don't know, I guess it would be helpful if someone with a similar experience can tell me what their diagnosis was or how they dealt with it or if these are symptoms for something more serious. My mom tells me not to worry but I can't help it since I'm not always around her and I live at the university. Please, if anyone can just give me a clue or something. Thank you."Replies
08/20/2012: Sugarboo from Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States replies: "If you have insurance or can afford it, get your mother to an "Interventional Cardiologist". They can do a cardiac catherization on her to see if the inside of her arteries have any blockages. They will have to put her in the hospital for the day and push a thin tube into her groin vein and then they release a dye and take pictures to see if any of the arteries are getting clogged. This kind of heart doctor can put a stent in or do balloon angioplasty right there as she is on the table. If you go to a different kind of cardiologist, they can do the cath test, but they will have to call another Dr. to do the procedure. All the other kinds of tests showed nothing for me, and my doctor just blew me off.. I went to another Dr. (cardiologist) and he believed what I complained of, and did the cath and he had to put a stent in. All my short of breath went away the next day! I also found out I was anemic and and started getting monthly iron infusions.. It is hard to find a Dr. And a place that has the facility to do this, but they are well worth it. My iron level was 8 and it should be between 13 and about 150.. I get the iron infusions once a month now for the last 4 years. My body is kind of allergic to the iron, so I have to take a benedryl tablet an hour before I go, and they also give me a 1mg shot of Ativan to keep me calm and drowsy. The iron infusion drip takes about one hour to completely drip into my vein. It is well worth it though.. Hope your mom can get the cath test. I am 48 and got the first cath at 44.. With no history of heart trouble, and no smoking and a healthy lifestyle.. So you never know.. But find a Dr. that will do it for her.."
03/12/2012: Randall from Oakland, Ca, Usa: "I am a forty year old, tall man of normal weight. I have been struggling with anxiety and various health challenges for as long as I can remember. Being diagnosed with minor mitral valve prolapse, a dilated aortic root about ten years ago only aggravated my anxiety. Wish I never got the diagnosis and I try to stay away from the medical industrial complex as much as possible. But for ten years I have been struggling with palpitations. Not really fast beats, not really slow beats- just strong beats that cause my ears, neck and chest to palpitate. It is as if someone is hammering away inside of me. I have quit my beloved alcohol because I noticed this aggravates the palps and causes me to suffer deeply all night long. I have quit gluten. But still I have palps- mostly when I lay down to sleep at night. Sometimes they last for ten minutes sometimes they keep me up for hours and hours- short of breath, gurgling stomach, gas and palpitations/pulsations. It sucks. I am experimenting with various supplements- magnesium, aloe, holy basil, L-carnitine, ACV, Tumeric but so far no real significant luck. I am thinking of trying Mangosteen.
I am desperate to be a semi-healthy human being again, free of this internal threat and am wondering if any one has found anything particular that has allowed them to be free from the tempestuous palpitations. This issue is deeply affecting my quality of life- so frustrating and scary. Thank you for any insight!!"Replies
03/13/2012: Candy from Fort Madison, Ia replies: "I read something here from someone else who used two herbs. Motherwort and hawthorn berry. Both in a liquid tincture form. The person said they really worked fast. Just mixed equal portions and put a couple drops in mouth, and they said the palps. stopped suddenly. Hope this helps."
03/13/2012: Deborah from Chino Valley, Az replies: "Hi Randall, Here are two suggestions:
Honey Wine Heart Tonic
*Pour 4 cups of red wine** into a saucepan and add 12 organic fresh parsley stems (leaves and all).
*Add 1 TBSP red wine vinegar and bring this mixture to a boil. Turn down the heat and let simmer gently for 10 minutes.
*Strain off the parsley and stir in 1 - 1 1/2 cup of natural, unprocessed honey. Allow to boil for 4 minutes.
*Strain into a clean bottle which has been rinsed out with strong alcohol as a preservative. Bottle should be kept closed when not in use. Tonic does not need refrigeration.
Dosage: Take 1 TBSP of tonic twice each day, preferably in the afternoon and evening. Most effective if taken away from food.
This is an ancient heart tonic that works WONDERS. Please do not worry about the alcohol in it, this burns off with the boiling.
Try to use only pure, organically-produced wine if you can find it. If you can't, any red wine will do. Cabernet Sauvignon seems to work particularly well.
Also, the enzyme Bromelain seems to be very helpful with palpitations. About 100mg day seems to do the trick and seems most effective if taken with lunch or dinner.
03/13/2012: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "It's usually a lack of potassium or magnesium, you need more as you get older. Best to get it naturally bananas, lemons etc but I've found some good supplements are good as well. It stops quite fast when you're on to it."
03/13/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Randall, have a look at Jerry from Seal Beach's remedy for tachycardia.. Hawthorn and motherwort.
03/14/2012: Steve from Las Vegas, Nevada replies: "Try taking something called Natural Calm magnesium. Really helps quiet down the palpitations. Many hospitals give an intravenous form of magnesium to heart patients for this very issue. If you are having anxiety I would google energy healers as there are many qualified people that can help you with this issue faster than most supplements will work."
03/14/2012: Edith from Townsville, Queensland replies: "I also suffered from palpitations for years and know how frightening thay can be. I started taking magnesium at night before bed which helped a lot but they still occurred. I have been taking 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of warm water each morning after breakfast for the past year and this is working so well that I very rarely suffer anymore, maybe once a month. Hope this works for you too."
03/14/2012: Tina from Houston, Us replies: "Hi, I suffered from symptoms like those you mentioned, and after a lot of testing it turned out to be a correlation between sugar consumed (in the form of sugar, starch from white potatoes, white flour, white rice, honey and from fruits) that were not being processed by the pancreas which were causing palpitations.
Once I eliminated high glycemic foods from my diet, I noticed an immediate change, and after about 2 weeks when I began adding sugar back into the diet they returned.
Of course, I now stay away from fruits (except lemon, lime and tomatoes), white rice, white flour, and use substitues like brown rice and coconut flour.
Additionally I worked upto 2 teaspoons of Natural Calm powder about 1-2 hours before bedtime sipping gently until I fell asleep. I can now say I am free of palpitations. It is a scary thing to experience especially in the nights so I hope you get better soon.
03/15/2012: Gardengirl from Gallatin Tn, Tennessee replies: "I'm 64 and had heart flutters for about 4 years.... Scary!!! I started taking 200 mg of Co Q10 and acetyl L-Carnitine 400 mg in morning and at night and all the heart flutters WENT AWAY... hope this helps."
03/16/2012: Randall from Oakland, Ca replies: "This is really fantastic (and deeply moving). Thank you all soooooo much for these remedies. I'm not sure where to start but I am taking notes and will try each one until something works. I feel some real relief in just reading through thes potential solutions. Thank you ALL again so much.. from deep in me heart."
03/17/2012: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "An excellent book for those suffering from any type of heart problems is The Sinatra Solution: Metabolic Cardiology. In it this cardiologist discusses the "awesome foursome" - four nutrients absolutely vital for heart health. These are: CoQ10, L-Carnitine, D-Ribose and Magnesium. I just received it from the library yesterday and have found it to be an easy-to-understand and informative book. Cheers, Bess"
11/25/2012: Melissa from Gallatin, Tn replies: "Gardengirl.... I too live in Gallatin TN and have had heart flutters/PVC's for years... I hate them! Can you recommend a good safe brand to take of each of those? Thanks so much!!"
11/13/2011: Andria from Bradenton, Florida: "I am 26 and I have been having palpatations for about 9 months now I have been to the er I have been to my doc which has ordered echo cardiogram a 2d I have had blood work and a ekg they say might heart looks fine. I quit smoking cigs its been 2 months now I have quit drinking coffee and I was stress free for over a month but there has been no relief from these heart palps. Any advice I am a young breastfeeding mom."Replies
11/13/2011: Bess from Calgary, Alberta, Canada replies: "Hi Andria from Florida - I have found taking magnesium (I use "Calm" from the health food store which is easily absorbed as magnesium citrate) every night has helped me with heart palpitations. And magnesium is something incredibly important for your health and that of your little one. North Americans seem to be deficient in that very important mineral.
Also, there is a page here on Earth Clinic which may have some info for you. Just click the link:
Congratulations on being a new mom - and also for quitting the ciggies! Best of luck, Bess"
11/13/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Just having a baby has probably depleted your essential minerals, especialy magnesium and potasium. They say "a baby costs a tooth".. Eating bananas usually fixes the problem but it might be prudent to get a good multivitamin."
12/01/2011: Jerry from Seal Beach, Ca replies: "Andria, check out my Hawthorn Motherwort entry under Heart Palpitations and my Motherwort Hawthorn entry under Tachycardia, and see if they can help. Hawthorn is wonderful for the heart but it takes a while to kick in. With motherwort, it makes a lightning fast remedy for my kind of heart palpitations."
10/24/2012: Patti from London, Canada replies: "Motherwort, Hawthorne- Each of these remedies brought on palpitations for me. It was terrible!!!! Certain foods trigger my episodes (kale, citrus, walnute, almonds, coconut oil, eating after 8 PM). Even applying magnesium oil has caused them to come on tonight. Can't wait until the morning bc will try black strap molasses. Recent blood tests report I have liver issues (took bld pressure med for 3 years---stupid stupid--and ironically, never really needed it), thyroid issues, am not absorbing nutrients. Visit with Naturopath/Auricular Medicine Specialist tomorrow and am praying for help there. Anyone else experienced these symptoms as precursors to palpitations? Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. This is, truly, a wonderful site. Cheers! Patti"
09/15/2011: Mrjansanman from Summerfield, Florida: "I'm a 53 y/o man, I'm a vegan and eat lots of raw fruit and veggies. I started running regularly again about 7 months ago and as my resting heart rate comes down I notice the palpitations becoming more frequent. I have no chest pain or shortness of breath, my bp is about 120/82. It's just a little annoying when I'm just sitting and relaxing. I remember the same thing happening when I was about 36 y/o when I was running a lot. Anyone have any ideas?"Replies
09/15/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Magnesium deficiency is definitely a suspect, you could try rubbing magnesium oil on your skin (chest, abdomen, calves & arms) especially before going for a run. Potassium can be a cause. As both of these are part of your electrolyte balance they can be suspected when the palpitations are happening due to exercise.
B-12, B-6 & Folate deficiency can also cause it. Whilst Folic acid deficiency can be a cause chances are that being vegan you are getting lots of folic acid and excess folic acid can mask a B-12 deficiency."
09/15/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Take a multi vitamin.. Or eat a banana a day.. Its low potassium or magnesium.. It will slowly clear up if you do this. Over 21 years of age you have to replace all the water soluble vitamins and minerals daily. Or drop your sodium intake as to much lowers the potassium. My arrythmia has totally gone due to the Multi vit but before that a banana would do the trick."
09/16/2011: T from Houston, Usa replies: "On the recommendation of my naturopath, I cut out all sugars, sweets, and fruits from my diet. Apparently the excess usgar was causing the pancreas to overwork and this was caushing heart palpitations (in my case). After a few weeks of no sugars, I gradually added a fruit a day and now I am palpitation free.
Please try this, it might help you too."