Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Adrenal Fatigue May Be a Cause
- Alkaline pH
- Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
- Cayenne and Garlic
- Coconut Milk
- Coleus Forskohlii
- Diatomaceous Earth
- Foods to Avoid
- General Feedback
- Magnesium Water
- Motherwort and Hawthorn
- Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Remedies
- Pots Syndrome
- Remedies Needed
06/12/2009: MzM from Chicago, IL: "If your tachycardia is due to an insufficient due to not eating properly its probably because your iron intake is low. good sources for iron intake are red meat or dark leafy vegetables high in Iron. Multivitamins or even iron supplements (Slow release iron) is helpful. Iron is responsible for carrying and binding oxygen to red blood cells. Low Iron = low absorption of oxygen = your heart needs to beat faster to supply your body with oxygen."Replies
03/31/2013: Chris from Raumati South, Wellington, New Zealand replies: "It's not true that if you have palpitations it's (only) because your iron is low. This is one case but not all. I suffered from palpitations for years and I eat a very healthy diet. I have since found out I have SVT. No extra iron helps me. Food avoidance is key for me e.g. oils, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, etc. Also supplements which are aimed at "heart health" can have bad effects on tachycardia sufferers e.g. Co-Q10 will trigger an SVT episode for me & I have found others the same. Magnesium is the same too. I have to avoid multivitamins with too much magnesium in them."
[NAY] 08/15/2013: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "I ate two spinach salads in the last 48 hours and I had an episode (my first one that was noticeable). Spinach has a lot of iron."
[YEA] 07/03/2007: Rick from New Bloomfield, PA: "No particular ailment, but I have been interested in Magnesium supplementation ever since I had a couple of "racing heart" episodes several years back, and discovered that I could calm things down by taking Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) in water... awful taste and also a powerful laxative. I began to wonder how I could get the same effect in a more palatable way, without the laxative effect. Eventually I found the"Magnesium" webpage and learned the following:
How to make your own Magnesium water [like the 'Noah' water being sold by a certain company, which bottles water from a spring that is naturally rich in bicarbonates of Magnesium].
The assumption is that we could all use more magnesium in our diet, which may help reduce blood pressure, reduce the likelihood of kidney stones, etc.
Here's how to make your own Mg-rich drinking water:
Buy a bottle of Carbonated Seltzer water - NO SODIUM, just carbonated "fizz" water, unflavored. Refrigerate for a couple of hours.
Get another, larger bottle, and pour 2/3 of a capful of PLAIN (no-flavor) Philips Milk of Magnesia (which is Magnesium Oxide, an alkaline laxative) into the large bottle. (The bottle comes with a plastic measuring cup which is what I mean when I say 2/3 capful.)
Now quickly open the bottle of carbonated water (water carbonic acid) and empty it into the large bottle containing the 2/3 capful of Magnesia.
You will have a bottle of milky/cloudy liquid which is in the process of neutralization between the carbonic acid and the magnesium oxide-- leaving a neutral salt, Magnesium Bicarbonate.
Let the cloudy mixture sit for a while at room temperature, until the liquid clears; there will be some white precipitate at the bottom. Shake again and let sit again. When clear, refrigerate. THIS IS YOUR MAGNESIUM BICARBONATE CONCENTRATE. Unlike the chalky taste of straight Milk of Magnesia, or the biting-fizzy taste of seltzer water, your concentrate will have a strong, sweet, slightly "soapy" taste. You will be DILUTING it in water for drinking purposes.
When it has chilled, pour a small amount into an empty 1 liter bottle (approx. 1/2" of concentrate at the bottom) and fill the rest of the bottle with pure drinking water.
You have now created a sweet-tasting, Magnesium-enriched drinking water, and you're also getting your Bi-carbs without all the Sodium you'd be getting from Baking Soda.
I have been making and drinking this Mg water since Nov. 2006 (I write this in July of 2007) and have not had any bad effects from it. I take a bottle to work and sip it during the day. My resting heart rate seems to have gone down and I feel more relaxed in general. I can't say it has greatly improved my high blood pressure, but it has helped some, and I know I am getting enough Magnesium. Probably would be beneficial to supplement with Calcium for balance.
Try it and see what it does for you."
Motherwort and Hawthorn
[YEA] 11/14/2011: Jerry from Seal Beach, California, Usa: "I have found hawthorn and motherwort together to be a reliable cure for my PSVT's (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) in which my heart would race at speeds of 160 to even over 200 per minute.
First, I use a liquid extract, alcohol free if possible. I used to use an alcohol extract but it did not work anything like the alcohol-free. After experimenting with different manufacturers I settled on Nature's Answer alcohol-free hawthorn and Nature's Answer low-alcohol motherwort. These people are based in Hauppauge, New York, and I have no connection with them whatever except as happy user of their products. After a couple years, Nature's Answer turned their hawthorn into hawthorn berry (which it was originally), leaf and flower. On the Net I found this combo supposedly reinforced the properties of the hawthorn berry. I found it had no different ability to stop my cardiac arrhythmia. Same speed.
Nature's Answer motherwort is about 15 percent alcohol. Some experimentation with different manufacturers years ago made it clear you can't put motherwort in solution without using some alcohol, or it will come out of solution. Even so, you still need to shake the motherwort extract to get it evenly distributed.
This stuff can get rid of an attack of PSVTs like lightning. I keep a quarter ounce bottle with glass eye dropper on me at all times, mixed with a 50% hawthorn-50% motherwort mixture. That 50 percent is by volume, not weight, say a full level teaspoon of each. And I shake each one thoroughly before adding to the mix.
Once in a while I will get a warning jump in my chest saying my heart could go into fast heartbeat. I will sit down as soon as possible, take out my bottle of herbs, shake it well, and fill the dropper about 1/3 to 1/2 full. I always sit or lie down whenever I get a heart incident so I don't have any strain on the heart, and I will stay down for maybe ten minutes.
If I have gone into full tachycardia, where my heart is beating 160-200 beats a minute, I don't care where I am, I lie down. I get my bottle of herbs out, shake it thoroughly, and put a dropper full into my mouth. How fast is it? Once when I couldn't lie down, I was in my car on the freeway, I parked it as soon as I could and took my dropper full. I couldn't get the dropper back in the bottle fast enough to beat my heart getting back to normal. It took one second for my heartbeat to resume normal beating.
This remedy has NEVER failed me. I have gotten into the habit, over the years, of taking 1/3 dropper full after breakfast, 1/3 dropper full after lunch, and 1/3 dropper full after supper. I have noticed that scars that seemed to be getting deeper with age began to disappear, to where they are barely noticeable nowadays. I am 81.
Symptoms that might accompany this remedy being more effective: the tongue is red compared to a fresh cut pork chop. The left pulse between the wrist crease and the head of the radius tends to be weak, perhaps weaker than the pulse at any other position.
I can't guarantee this will work for you. I can tell you it is greased lightning working on me. My incidence of heart palpitations has dropped from several bouts per week to perhaps one every two to five years. I NEVER leave my hawthorn-motherwort on the dresser at home. It is in my pocket at all times.
If you need any further info, I'm at jerrmar1(at)verizon.net"Replies
11/15/2011: Donna from Drexel Hill, Pa replies: "Thanks Jerry from Seal Beach, Cal. I have had episodes of Tachycardia for close to 30 years and I really appreciate the advice you gave on Motherwort and Hawthorn. I will have to do a little more research into these two herbal treatments but it sounds like a good answer to my heart palpitations. Right now I use cayenne pepper in warm water to help slow down my racing heart. Thanks again and God Bless!"
[YEA] 06/27/2013: Mike from San Francisco, Ca replies: "Thank you so much for this tip. My palpitations lasted sometimes for hours. I am convinced that motherwort which I take under the tongue at the first sign of a flare up is as helpful as you describe. I had been doing many other things, including rubbing myself with magnesium oil, eating smaller meals, and so on, too. Thank you very much. This is the first time in my life that I have ever commented at a forum like this."
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Remedies
08/23/2013: Clare from New Jersey: "I have used your site for many years now to treat a myriad of ailments. However, when I needed information to help my postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, there is no information. I would really appreciate a tab being opened where new information on how to help those of us with this condition gather knowledge.
Thank you, did I mention I love ec? I love your site and am thankful it's been a ton of help"Replies
08/23/2013: Toourlady89 from Ca, Usa replies: "One reason this could possibly happen is when someone is hypertensive and is taking diuretics. Diuretics pulls out body fluids which could lead to dehydration. So if and when you stand up and feel tachycardic (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia), it could be telling you that you need fluids. Coconut water is one of the best fluid replacement for dehydration from diuretics, or from losing fluids thru exercise, etc. Magnesium supplementation would also be a good idea to relax your heart and prevent rapid heart beats. Mg Glycinate is a good form of Mg, without laxative side effects."
01/28/2013: Anon from Anon, USA: "Looking for wisdom, guidance, and help for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.
01/29/2013: Connie from Slc, Utah, USA replies: "Hi Anon; There's only a little info about this, but POTS [Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome] is associated with B12 deficiency.
Personally, I haven't been diagnosed with POTS, but I've had severe orthostatic intolerance, vertigo, and tachycardia from B12 deficiency."
06/01/2012: Cindy from Anywhere, U.s.: "My mother was diagnosed with paroxysmal supra ventricular tachycardia. Doc says meds or surgery for it. Really don't like either option! My mother is later 70's in age. Bill or Ted what do you think? thank you"
01/09/2012: Amin from Mumbai, India: "Dear Sir, I'm having tachycardia MVP since last 22 years. I was well under controlled with quinidine sulfate 200 mg regularly and then on sos basis but, now last 3 years, tablet is out of date. I am facing a huge problem. Kindly suggest an alternative- beta blockers or magnesium citrate tablet so I can buy from medical.
01/12/2010: Shane from Sydney, Australia: "hi, my best friend has tachycardia, are there anyways that can regulate her heart rate and make her feel better, if you could, my life is in your debt, because i deply like this person and my love for her is unlimited, i need your help as she performs on stage and her heart can do things to stop that, so please i need your help,
EC: There's a whole page of remedies for tachycardia: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/tachycardia.html
Other pages that might also have interesting feedback are:
09/05/2010: Sharon from Norfolk, Virginia, Usa replies: "I have been experiencing the same thing for almost 6 years. I have had racing heart so many times, been to the ER so many times that I had almost given up. Recently discovered The Schwarzbein Principle website addressing Adrenal Burnout. A rare symptom of it is racing heart. I fully believe that is what I have. A site called northwest health center addresses the racing heart issue of adrenal malfunction. Hope this helps.."
11/15/2011: Jerry from Seal Beach, California, Usa replies: "On stopping tachycardia: please read my submission on motherwort and hawthorn and try it. As I said over and over, it has been a miracle for me."
08/21/2009: Margaret from Chicago, Il: "Recently diagnosed ventricular tachycardia (& sinus)
I am 57, about 40 lbs overweight, and 2 months ago started walking, about 3-4 miles a couple of evenings a week and 5-6 miles on the weekend. I started feeling faint about the same time, and noticed palpitations. They got worse and after 48-hour monitoring I had 47% of heartbeats in tachycardia (fast beats), mostly sinus (upper part of heart) but also ventricular (lower part of heart). I had lengthy runs, i.e., 22 beats at 172 bpm for sinus and 26 beats at 128 bpm ventricular. This is all very scary to me. They put me on 25 mg Toprol 2 days ago and I'm having a cardiac MRI this Monday since they don't know what's causing this. I passed my echo stress test, which is good. My blood pressure is generally low, so initially when I felt faint I just thought it was that, but I've even felt faint while driving, had the monitor on at the time and it showed a long run of tachycardia (wacky waves) just before I recorded feeling faint while driving.
Since having breast cancer (chemo/radiation) 20 years ago, I've been fairly good about nutrition, but also erratic. I have gone through 'raw' stages, fasted for a month, cleansed, etc. I can't tell you how much I appreciate all the information you have recommended here. It seems like common sense to me that once I started exercising more, this started happening more, even though all the docs I've seen say they don't see a connection. I need to concentrate on juicing, more raw foods, will try the magnesium, salt, fish oil, molasses this weekend and hopefully there won't be structural heart issues found on Monday during the MRI. I hope to keep walking to lose weight and stop the Toprol. Thank you so much. Any other advice is appreciated!"Replies
10/14/2009: Ellie from Kailua-kona, Hi replies: "Tachycardia cure: I had tachycardia for years. Regular doctors thought I was just nervous. Finally diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency anemia after went to a natureopathic doctor. My blood work showed enlarged red blood cells. Started weekly B12 shots and after second week my tachycardia is gone. Feeling more energy. Will test blood again in a few months to see if cells have returned to normal size."
07/19/2011: Clint from Glendale, California replies: "This is in response to the racing heart/svt thread. I have been diagnosed with SVT. I am having an ablation later this summer but in the meantime, what works for me to stop it is to splash cold water on my face. It stops the racing heart cold and returns it to a normal rhythm."