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Natural Cures for Cardiac Arrhythmia

Last Modified on Oct 08, 2015

While it is normal to experience an increase in heart rate due to excitement or even physical exertion, a periodic flutter or skipped beat in your heart’s rhythm may be more than just a normal reaction. If you experience these or other irregularities in heart rhythm, you likely have what is considered heart arrhythmia. While treating heart conditions is sensitive work, natural cures, such as magnesium, apple cider vinegar, cayenne, can support cardiac health and remedy common issues such as arrhythmia.

What Is Cardiac Arrhythmia?

Cardiac arrhythmia can be defined simply as heart rhythm problems. The issue occurs as the electrical impulses that control your heartbeats are interrupted or don’t work properly. This interruption may cause your heart to beat too fast, too slow, or irregularly such as with a skipped beat.

While arrhythmias may cause few to no signs or symptoms, some identifying factors are common (but don’t necessarily mean you have a more serious issue). Fluttering in your chest, a racing heartbeat, a slow heartbeat, chest pain, shortness of breath, lightheadedness, dizziness, and fainting are all indicators of arrhythmias.

What is Mainstream Medical Care for Cardiac Conditions?

Mainstream medical care includes a variety of treatments for cardiac issues, including irregular heartbeats. These treatments include antiarrhythmic drugs, anticoagulant therapy, calcium channel and beta blockers, pacemakers, and radio frequency ablation.

What Natural Treatment Options Treat Irregular Heart Rhythms?

While you should consult a doctor to oversee even natural treatment for irregular heart patterns, you should be able to manage your condition quite well using natural treatments. Arrhythmias respond to a variety of different options, but three of the best are magnesium, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne.

1. Magnesium

Magnesium deficiency is one of the key causes of arrhythmias, so the condition can be treated effectively with a daily magnesium supplement. This treatment helps stabilize the electrical impulses in the heart and prevents irregularities.

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV helps remove toxins from the body that may be contributing to arrhythmias. Additionally, ACV also contains important nutrients such as magnesium and calcium, which help control nerve impulses and blood flow.

3. Cayenne

Cayenne helps stimulate blood flow throughout the body. As the rate of flow is more regulated, so is the overall functioning of the heart.

Even though a cardiac arrhythmia is common does not mean it is safe to ignore. Below, our readers share what cured their cardiac arrhythmia.

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ACV, Molasses, Magnesium, Cayenne   2  0   

Posted by Keith (Carson Valley, Nv) on 04/09/2015

[YEA]  I'd like to add to the information and my condition and recent remedies and success.

I'm 64 and have suffered occasionally from arrhythmia since my 30's. During these years the arrhythmia only lasted at most 2-3 days. I'd only have an attack maybe 2-3 times a year and they were never really bad.

About 6 weeks ago I had the worst episode I've ever had. This one really scared me. I had the racing, skipped beats, weak beats, shortness of breath and low energy. As before, I expected it to end in a couple days. Well it's been 6 weeks and it's pretty much been going on since it started. It's been mostly mild to bad; and everything in between. I've had days without symptoms, but they were few and far between.

My flare-ups generally start when lying down. This last week, I almost dreaded going to bed, knowing that I would most likely have a bad episode. Being able to get a good night's sleep has been difficult.

I've been putting off going to the Dr. because, as many have indicated there's not much help to be gained and like most have said, I'd end up on drugs with unacceptable side effects or even worse surgical procedures or pace maker. I'm just not ready for that.

So I began my quest on the WWW and found this website along with others. However, this site is by far the most informative. After reading I decided to try some of the remedies others have had success with.

My only regret now is that it took me so long to search for and find relief.

I stopped at the grocery store yesterday after work and bought ACV, molasses, magnesium and cayenne. I'd had arrhythmia all day and was feeling miserable. I got home, took two tablespoons of molasses, two teaspoons of ACV, 200mg magnesium and cayenne.

In less than an hour I was feeling better! By bedtime almost all symptoms were gone and I had a normal heart beat and only a skipped beat here and there. I got my first good full night's sleep in a long time. I'm going to have to work with the cayenne though, the dose was too much, at least for me, and I had some diarrhea.

This morning I woke up feeling better than I had for several weeks and no symptoms. Before leaving for work, I took two tablespoons of molasses, two teaspoons of ACV and 200mg magnesium. I've gone the whole day and never once had an arrhythmia episode. I even had coffee as normal this morning.

I'm thankful I found this site and hope that others will find help here as well.


Replied by Sam
Miami, FL

Congratulations! Now you have to figure out what has actually worked. I bet it is magnesium. While other 3 are beneficial for general health, I doubt they provided such a fast relief. Cayenne increases circulation and is a vasodilator. Molasses is great source of minerals, but watch your serum ferritin levels, 40-60 is optimal. Apple cider vinegar is almost a panacea, it changes your blood reaction toward a healthy one, but it takes time.
Replied by Rosemary
Essex, UK

Can you tell me what ACV is, please? I really want to try the remedy you mentioned! Sorry I've forgotten your name. As soon as I'd hit Reply, it went out of my head!

EC: ACV = organic, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.

Replied by Rosemary
Essex, UK

Thanks Keith, I have now found out that ACV stands for apple cider vinegar! I have just gone out and bought some organic blackstrap molasses and cayenne. I already had apple cider vinegar in the house, and also I have a spray magnesium which you either rub into your skin or spray in the mouth. You didn't mention how much cayenne to use, so I tried a small amount, and it nearly blew my head off! I will use just a pinch next time. I will be thrilled if I have the same results as you with the heart stuff.
Replied by Keith
Carson Valley, Nv

Sorry for the late reply. I take 530mg cayenne/garlic 3 times per day with food. I've also added potassium. I've done more research as I've had a couple recent occurrences. I've found that, as others have, alcohol seems to be a contributing factor. I thought back about the correlation as others indicated and it seemed to be the same for me. I'm abstaining from alcohol and see if that helps. I have a feeling I'll be giving up that cold beer. I've found in reading that my symptoms are; a beer or two, the evening before and the next day I have a arrhythmia onset that lasts a couple days. Most of the indications are that alcohol depletes essential elements and dehydrates the body. At age 64 I guess some things are bound to catch up with you. I'll post more when I've had time to test my alcohol theory.
Replied by Sandy


Can you or anyone who is reading can please tell me how much of ACV, mollasses, cayenne, and Magnesium you have mixed. What form of Mag. you have used. I went to store today, but got confused, There are so many types of Mag. availale. Please help. I feel very low energy with the symptoms of uneven heartbeats.

Replied by Sharon

Try the combination Cal/mag/Zinc - or Cal/Mag/D3. however, I can't take D3 at night. Too energizing. Many times they have two types of Magnesium in the combination. Magnesium Oxide and Magnesium Gluconate is what is in the brand I got. The Brand was Best Naturals. It had a high rating. Get a high rated brand on amazon, or another place. CALM with Calcium also seems to help me. It's a powder you put in hot water. I add a touch of juice so it will taste better. Be sure and take a tsp or 2 of apple cider vinegar (with mother) (brown stuff at bottom) with water, and try 2 TBL of Molasses too. Can't hurt. Filled with minerals.
Replied by Oldchief
Cedar Creek Texas

[YEA]   Am 70 years old and developed some cardiac arrhythmia's over the last 8 months. Really disturbing since during the rapid heart beat sessions I wasn't sure whether or not "this was it." Have HBP which I am taking prescription meds for - Diovan and Atenolol.

I Googled "natural cures for cardiac arrhythmia's and found this site. We had "Calm" in the house but I never took it. After reading this blog, I decided to give it a try. All I can say is after a month my arrhythmia has all but disappeared. I am doing the ACV and molasses regimen as well. Doing 4 - 6 grams of C with Lysine. Got some "MagTech" caps with triple magnesium. Take 4 of those a day. Also recommend Astaxanthin too.

The Old Chief

Replied by Sharon

To Old Chief- in Cedar Creek, Texas. So glad it my comment on CALM w/ Calcium may have re-confirmed that helped you!! I would like to know if you are taking the 3 heaping tsps. it calls for, or just 1 heaping tsp. I'm still having problems almost every night right now, and don't know whether to increase the CALM dosage to 2 or 3 (like it calls for)..... those PVCs have me really going tonight. Brought on by adrenalin surges from "something!! " or lack of minerals needed in my body- or lack of something needed. The Cal/Mag/Zinc pills don't seem to help much if you take them at night- maybe don't have time to get into the system. But the CALM w/ calcium gets right in. If you take too much, can cause some loose stools. But I'll settle for that anytime- over PVCs!!!! I have not tried the C w/ Lysine. But I'm willing!! I'm taking the ACV twice a day, and usually take a tbls or so of molasses. I'm also on beta blocker- Sectral twice day, and Klonopin a couple hours before bed. My Dr. said to take it during the day too. Perhaps I should start earlier in the day with the Klonopin to get my body more relaxed for the upcoming night.

Friends, keep posting what works for you. I need to know. I've fought this for 30 plus years, but the last few weeks it's gotten much worse- esp. at night. There are a lot of changes going on in my life right now. Although, I don't think I'm upset- there probably is anxiety going on.

One other thing I've noticed is; if I feel "bloated", that seems to bring the PVCs on in spades!! Alka-Seltzer can help, but I've also found GAS-X or something similar may help.

thanks for any input!! I'm getting tired of taking hours to go to sleep because the arrhythmias are keeping me awake. I awake in the morning feeling fine (after they finally subside enough to get to sleep)

Apple Cider Vinegar   2  0   

Posted by Sandydmc (Raleigh, NC) on 09/28/2014

Can I know which apple cider vinegar to buy from the store ?

Replied by Charles

While vinegar is good for a lot of things, arrythmia is not one of them. Arrythmia is a sign of low magnesium. Vinegar has no magnesium. Look at the label.
Replied by Love
Arkansas But Lives In Nc Right Now, US

Hey Sandydmc I use Apple Cider Vinegar every morning. I mix a tablespoon of it and a cap full of lemon juice in my water and drink it daily, but if you don't like tart stuff then use a teaspoon of each in a 8 oz glass. I buy the Acv with the mother in it, it is better, I also care for my husband's grandad and he has a time with a sore throat due to he had acid reflux iin the past and it damaged his throat so I fix him a 2 teaspoons of vinegar 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and some honey in a coffee cup with water and heat it as a tea. It soothes his coughing and stops his throat from hurting.

Replied by Ash
England Uk

[YEA]   I hope people are not put off by the suggestion that cider apple vinegar is not worth taking. The huge point is none of us really know exactly how the body uses different foods. If people with heart conditions say it helps them then who are we to say otherwise.. even if we are scientists, we are not so very enlightened that we know it all, otherwise we would have a cure. We are all looking for an answer and I think we can only help each other with sites like this. BRILLIANT to not feel so alone. I know that cider vinegar with mama can't harm and it always makes me feel better when I include it as part of my diet. Through studying what many people have found, cider vinegar appears to help the body soak up some of the poisons in our systems that may well contribute to triggering an arrhythmia. Best we all keep our own fact sheets and post results for other to decide weather to try or not. Namaste everyone.
Replied by Elena

Apple cider vinegar or any raw vinegar, through a complex chemical process shifts your blood reaction toward what it considers healthy. That is why it is almost a panacea. Many through supplements and diet try to alkalize their blood, and this is what apple cider vinegar does for you.

Posted by Diana (Sofia, Bulgaria) on 05/12/2011

[YEA]  Hello,
I have to tell you about this awesome remedy, I made my own apple cider vinegar after I read all the good comments about it :). I am taking one tablespoon in the morning with a glass of warm water. I wasn't really expecting much, but I got a lot :). I was having a heartbeat problem which sometimes was soo bad, but after a month or maybe less it stopped and I believe it is from the vinegar. Also from forever I was having problems with my voice, it would get low and people would not understand me. There was this tightness in my throat, I had to make an effort to talk and if I had to talk longer louder.. O my God. It was affecting my self esteem and I didn;t know what was causing it. And the previous couple of days I noticed that my voice was normal and clear and just wonderful. I am so happy :), I have to put a sticker on my car bumper - I love ACV :)


Apple cider vinegar contains iodine..... People with thyroid issues can experience voice changes and heart palpitations, they are sometimes treated with iodine.... I would have your thyroid checked.
Replied by Catootje

Not sure if above statement is true? I thought ACV depletes the body from iodine?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda   0  0   

Posted by Alan (Toowoomba, Queensland Australia) on 01/28/2012

Hi all, I'm back. I am still taking the A.C.V and Bi-Carbonate of soda also I have been continuiously doing research on Cardio arrythmia. I have discovered a few facts about statins (cholesterol medication ) they have an adverse affect on the muscles of the body paticularly the heart muscle , I have read that the body produces COQ10 naturally when taking the prescribed medications of statins they counteract the the production of COQ10 and now I can say that by taking A.C.V and Bi-carbonate of soda helps the body to become alkaline. The A.C.V has a lot nutriments that help the body such as Magnesium which is also important for the heart the body naturally produces carbonates to make the body Alkaline naturally, by eating a lot of acidic foods the body depletes its supply of carbonates so by taking Bi-carbonate of soda helps neutralise the acids replenish the carbonates in the body which takes a little pressure off the body thereby helping to control the cholesterol, which takes the pressure off the Gall Bladder. I have not taken any medication for six months now. I went to my doctor last week and had across the board blood test cholesterol.

P. S. A Diabetes and so on I went back this week and all was normal except Diabetes was diagnosed as mild but we are all individuals and have different life styles so I have given this information from my experience. best of luck

Replied by Michael Kelly
Termes D Armagnac, France

How much baking soda, and is it mixed with acv?
Replied by Amy
Vancouver, Bc/canada

I just tried half teaspoon ACV in some water after getting arrthymia from walking a flight of stairs and seems to do the trick. I get arrthymia off and on. My question is do I take ACV on as necesssary basis or should I take it routinely daily. Any recommendation appreciated.
Replied by Alan
Toowoomba, Qld Australia

Hi sorry it took so long to get back regarding the baking soda , you need to baking soda daily one level tspoon in the morning and one tspoon in the evening after your evening meal if that does not completely controll the ARYTTHMIA there has been success with taking MMS , I have read the book and it is written that most heart problems arrise from parrasites and viruses I have heard that the MMS eliminates the symptoms after taking MMS 8 to 9 hours a day for seven days, it kills dengie fever in 4 hours I have read , I can tell you now that I have been taking MMS NOW FOR 6 MONTHS it is not dangerous its good for you there are plenty of vidios you can watch on youtube dont just watch it was 3 months befor I started taking MMS after researching it my self , you must take aluminium free baking soda at least 2 times a day you find that after abour two or 3 days you may feel a difference how you feel. Good health :) Alan
Replied by Alan
Toowoomba, Qld Australia

Hi Amy from Vancouver, Hi Michael from Temes: I have stopped adding the baking soda with the cider vineger each time of use I found that may be the baking soda was neutralising the acid in the cider vineger hense making the baking inactive this is only an asumption but it seems to have a neutralising affect of the acid in the vineger otherwise I would not be able to tolerate the bitterness. Does that make sense? the cider vineger has a lot of nutrients so I do take it with the baking soda to get the benefits of the nutrients occasionally I still take the baking soda 2 times a day , a friend had a lot of hip pain after suggesting to take one tspoon of baking soda 2 to 3 times a day alone in a glass she woke up without the pain in her hips , so the dose is 2 to 3 level t spoons after meals in a glass of water , I recomend purchasing Ph strips to test your Ph regularly , Ph should be Alkaline at about 7.3 as alkaline too high can also cause asophical burns too

Can I mention a few points regarding the PH of a number o things. Soil PH 7.3 for healthy plants, 7.3 PH for swimming pools, 7.3 for water in cars by using anti freeze anty boil, PH 7.3 in cosmetics and thats just a few, this is to control the acid so as it does not have an adverse affects so why not get the inside of the BODY PH 7.3 RIGHT Alan

Replied by Paula
North Carolina, US

Alan from 12/15/2012: Alan from Toowoomba, Qld Australia :

Good Day....could you share what MMS is? I understand that "ACV" is Apple Cider Vinegar... It is greatly appreciated......

Replied by Sara

Hi Alan, you mentioned you read a book with this information, what is it called? Thanks! Sara
Replied by Paul

Check out Jim humble - MMS (magic mineral solution), although I think it has since changed it`s name. Jim is the gentleman who created it, I have some at home, a few drop a day keep the doctor away =)
Replied by Charles

I hate to appear so stupid, but what the heck is MMS? As for the soda, I looked up the dosage on the net and it says half a teaspoon daily. Which is right ?????Half a teaspoon or two teaspoons. There is a big difference here. Thanks (chuck)
Replied by Anna

How can I buy magnesium, my doctor did not like me to bring that up. She swears by the meds.

I am 30 have had arrhythmia for over two years and am constantly in the E.R. every month or two months. I have trouble because I take warfarin and my choices in treatment are limited. I have had my medications changed and, though they work for a while, lose their effect.

Replied by Myway
Delaware, Usa

Anna, follow Dr. Carolyn Dean - have your magnesium RBC checked. Her site explains why most people go into afib.
Replied by Charles

Hi Anna,

Magnesium chloride is magic mineral. It can cure or prevent many diseases.

Avoid Excessive Potassium   1  0   

Posted by Chris (Lincoln City, Or) on 02/20/2015

[YEA]  Excessive Potassium for Arrhythmia:

I have had Arrhythmia issues for years, never knowing what would bring it on. I recently went on a high fat diet that included avocados and nut and seed butters all high in potassium. My arrhythmia came back strong so it would come on whenever I went to bed. I tried all the things mentioned here and they didn't help. Then I found out about Hyperkalemia, top much potassium in the blood. I looked up the potassium content of the foods I was eating and cut out all the high potassium ones. My arrhythmia didn't appear that evening and hasn't since. It's only been about a week but I think that was what was causing mine.

Replied by Mohd

Hi Chris,

Magnesium oil and Sodium Bicarbonate would be good.

Black Salve, Magnesium Oxide, Exercise, Sorghum   1  0   

Posted by Ron (Salt Lake City, Utah) on 03/12/2009

[YEA]  Arrhythmia heart troubles: What I find that works for me is to take black salve twice a day to thin my blood. Then take magnesium oxide twice a day. I also walk 3 miles a day. I also snowshoe 3 miles a week in the winter or hike 5 miles a week in the summer in the mountains.@ 12 hour before I go out hiking I take two tablespoons of sweet sorghum to control the arrhythmia. This type of a routine keeps enough oxygen in my blood to keep me going and not feeling tired.

Bran Flakes   1  0   

Posted by Bhop (Dublin, Ireland) on 07/03/2012

[YEA]  I've had Arrythmia on and off for years but the worst bout has been for the last two weeks - I've felt weak, had trouble sleeping and when I did the nightsweats were dreadful. I tried the usual ACV/Bicarbonate of Soda and all the other remedies suggested here and this time nothing helped. So more because I was too exhausted to cook than anything else - I bought Bran Flakes for something easy to eat and would you believe within minutes I am completely back to normal. After investigating online to see what could have made Bran Flakes work when nothing else would - the only thing I can conclude is it's the Magnesium content. And although I'd already tried Magnesium supplements without success - whatever it is about Magnesium in Bran Flakes - it worked almost immediately.

Hope this helps others.

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa

Bhop, when I eat bran flakes I experience increase energy and other good effects but attribute nothing to vit/min content. Thanks for your post as this hypothesis may have some credibility. "Bran Flakes" is usually a mixture of oat, wheat, or other grain cereals that are relatively high in hemi cellulose and some cellulose fibers. These woody fibers travel down the intestines where they are not completely digested because of their woody structure. Somehow, as a bi-product of this incomplete digestive process, a medium chain fatty acid called Butyric Acid or Butyrate is formed. The number one fuel source for the colon is, guess what? Butyric Acid. So, eating foods that contain these woody fibers simply supercharges the colon. Two common foods that contain pre-formed Butyric Acid are eggs and butter. That little bit of rotten smell associated w/ these foods is the actual B.A. Commercial grade B.A. has historically been used as "stink bombs" for such radical activities as bombing anti-abortion clinics.

Anyway, two slices of whole grain wheat bread toasted and smeared w/ real cream butter gives a good boost for the colon. If correct, you should also experience better bowel movements; and somehow the health of the colon effects the heart, according to this hypothesis.


I suffered from arrhythmia for years until recently. Now that I know what I know, it doesn't surprise me that high fiber has helped others. The only thing that helped me was changing to a diet rich in plant fiber (from fresh vegetables and beans -- very little bread) with much less meat, minimal dairy, low salt and no white sugar or processed foods. I now eat huge salads, piles of beans, lots of fruit and nuts and seeds every day. When I get a craving for something sweet and satisfying, I throw some nuts, fruit and water into the blender and make a huge "milkshake", as my 5-year-old son calls it.

Aside from the arrhythmia vanishing, I am losing weight, my blood pressure is way down, my blood sugar has dropped, my dandruff and acne have cleared, my constipation has resolved and my hemorrhoids have all but disappeared. Consider reading Eat to Live. It changed my life.

Calcium Magnesium   1  0   

Posted by Brian (Arlington, Texas) on 11/17/2013

[YEA]  Had bad heart arrythmia last 3 years. Afib three times. Last resort I started taking calcium/magnesium supplements 400mg magnesium per day. Within 4 hours my arrythmia stopped. I've had perfect sinus heart rythm for 4 months now. Take it every day. Gold label. Calcium Magnesium with vitamin D3. Feel like a kid again. Best thing I've ever done. No more cardioversions. No ablations.(which was next) Told the cardiologist and he seemed disinterested. Can't believe he would put his profits above someone's health and quality of life. Not a doctor and not an expert, but I'm telling you it's true!

Replied by Kate

Hi. I am very interested in the MAG/CAL vitman D3 result. How long before you notice a change? I have been having episodes every day (started two days ago when my heart rate when to 120 for over an hour and back up and down between 90-100-120.) I also get it alot when I eat certain foods. I do have heart conditions but in hindsight I have been doing good. I haven't been on any heart meds since I was an infant. I have had heart problems all my life. How long did you notice the change? I am almost willing to take these beta blockers. I am tired of dealing and being worried I am going to have an episode. I am looking for a natural route to go. I remember the first time I had an eposide it was New Years day of 2013. I ended up in ambulance and they told me I had SVT. My heart Dr says arrhythmia. I do need valve replacements but there is nothing phyiscally saying I need it immediately. I have had this issue for so long without any symptoms. I am hoping that if I do this Cal/Mag it will stop the paliplations. I just can't feel like this anymore.
Replied by James

Brian, well that's the way MDs get paid. And don't be so harsh on them, it's not their fault they are not trained as Nutritionists, but drug pushers. So they really do believe they have our best interest at heart. Good for you on self converting. Incredible the amount of $$ in the AF treatment world now, $20 billion a year. See why they don't like MG and other cheap supplements?
Replied by Charles
Texas, US

I looked up magnesium on the net and it says to be careful taking magnesium. It is toxic in large doses and it builds up in your system if it is not eliminated by your body quickly enough. I would be careful recommending it without some caution to the user. It could possibly harm someone with kidney disease that does not eliminate waste as quickly as a good set of kidneys.
Replied by Fred
Kewanee, Il

All minerals have a deficiency, safe range, and toxic level.

If you take over 800 mg of mag. a day from all sources, including food, for over a week, you may start to experience weak muscles, a sign of toxicity, cut back to using a 400 mg supplement per day.

Replied by Sharon

I thank you for the info. about things that have worked for all of you regarding arrhythmia problems. I've recently started getting them badly at night - guess when my body is depleted and tired. CALM w/Calcium powder (put in hot water) seems to help me a lot. The regular CALM doesn't do it for me (???) Anyway, thanks to your post, I have ordered a high rated type of Cal/Mag/Zinc by best naturals. I did not want to get the D3 included, because I've noticed if I take that too late in day, it can make me hyper (making arrhythmias worse at bedtimes - esp. a high dosage) So I take a 400 mg D3 in the mornings. That seems to work for me. I am 59 years old, and I have dealt with this problem since age 29, originally brought on by stress and hereditary. But these recent night time bad arrhythmias have been keeping me from going to sleep...until I get up and take the CALM plus Calcium. I also take 1/5 mg of Clonzepam- prescribed by the Dr. for anti-anxiety. These usually work if I'm under a stressful event, but don't seem to work as well late at night. To sum it up, I think it's a depletion of minerals at night, as well as tiredness. One more thing that might help a few is Motherwort tincture. It can ease palpitations. Oh, I am also going with the ACV (apple cider vinegar- with mother) and will try the 2 TBL of Molasses a day. Can't hurt. Don't forget to add water to the ACV!! THANKS! Love to hear others overcoming this!!
Replied by Patti
Ridgefield, Wa, Usa

Sharon in Tennessee... I strongly urge you to look into the side effects from benzodiazepine drugs. The Clonazepam that you're taking for anxiety is a benzo. I have had my own experience with heart arrhythmia and finally figured out that my symptoms were caused by the Ativan (another benzo drug) I was taking for anxiety and insomnia. Your body develops a tolerance to the dose you're on, needing more and more of the drug. It's terribly addictive and can be VERY difficult to get off of. They cause your GABA receptors in your brain (and elsewhere in the body) to become down-regulated. You have to taper off of benzos very slowly and carefully, and even then there can be difficult withdrawals. But anyone on one of these drugs will eventually end up in the "tolerance" state. Long term use is associated with all kinds of awful health effects and a marked increase in Alzheimers. PLEASE look up "benzodiazepine withdrawal" and try to find the Ashton Manual online which is extremely helpful.

I am still suffering withdrawals more than two months after taking my last dose but am hopeful that my arrhythmia and other symptoms will eventually go away. I just couldn't not say something! I hope you don't mind.:) It's just that I know from experience these drugs end up causing more anxiety than you had to begin with, along with other things. There are all kinds of natural ways to approach anxiety. Best wishes...

Replied by Sharon

Thanks Patti. I have just recently started taking the 1/2 mg of clonazepam a couple hours or less before I go to bed, because the Dr. thinks that it's anxiety causing the PVCs. Many nights, I wouldn't take it at all, and about 2:00 am, I would go ahead a reach for at least 1/3 of mg, to try to get to sleep. I've not taken these every day until lately. The Dr. actually wants me to take them twice per day, but like you, I don't want their effect to become addictive an unuseful. Clonzepam is the only anti-anxiety med that has helped me over the last 25 years. Xanax or Ativan did not help. Right now, nothing is seeming to help at night. I guess I should try to take 1/3 mg about mid afternoon, and then another 1/3 mg about an hour before bed. Perhaps the mid afternoon one would already have me in a relaxed state. I thank you for your input and will try to take less dosage, and not "more", I'm also on beta blocker- Sectral, which helps the speed of the heart, and blocks some adrenalin, but not enough to keep it from skipping.

Claire Weeks has some good books out (very old ones) about the heart being "sensitized" from anxiety or stress, and once it gets that way, it takes weeks or sometimes months to get it back to relaxing, not releasing the chemicals in body. I need to re-read those books. I am going through a lot of changes in my life right now. Not the woman "change" though- I'm 59. But several others in my life....that could have brought these on at night- when my body is tired. I've had problems with insomnia for months or longer, but did not usually have PVCs with it....

Thanks again. any other comments highly appreciated!!

Cayenne   2  0   

Posted by Geri (Dothan, Alabama) on 06/21/2009

[YEA]  Cayenne pepper effects on heart racing and arrythmia...

I have been using cayenne pepper for several months for racing heart and arrythmia. Within less than a minute my heart is back to normal!! I use 1/2 teaspoon in warm water, less than a cup, one teaspoon in 8oz is recommended, but I get the results from 1/2 tsp., also I use cayenne pepper liberally on most of my food, like salads, baked potato, omlets, etc.. I have tried MANY natural cures, but never had one work so fast. The Phamaceutical companies will probably try to get this miracle cure declared illegal! If people could try it, doctors and drugs would lose billions! I don't mind the heat at all for the results I get. It IS a good idea to have some food in your stomach, though. Wonderful site, Earth Clinic!!

Replied by Jt
Salisbury, Uk

I used to purchase small gelatine capsules from the pharmacy and fill them with cayenne. Much easier to take that way.
Replied by Patty
Newport Beach, Ca

[YEA]   Thank you so so much for this post! My heart has been out of rhythm for months and I too have felt moments of impending doom! I have been taking the cayenne in capsules because it was too difficult on my throat. I have had a regular rhythm for the first time in months! I too do the magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, omega's, and vitamin C. I also have added herbs from the Tao of Wellness store for heart and blood in addition to acupuncture. Thank you again and Happy New Year!
Replied by P J
Alpharetta, Ga

[WARNING!]   Be careful about the dose of cayenne. As a vasodilator, a large dose can seriously drop your blood pressure. This happened to me, after I took 2 - 500 mg capsules on an empty stomach. I started seeing black and almost passed out but was able to lower my head over the side of the sofa to allow blood flow to my head and my heart rate to settle down. Follow the recommendations on the bottle.
Replied by Robyn
Woodburn, Or

I have to agree with the writer of this post! I have A Fib, and have been in it for several hours now. However, I juiced 2 grapefruits, 3 oranges and 1 lemon, 1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and green magma barley grass and my ticker went back into normal rythm. I also took 12.5 mg of Atenolol. I am trying to go all RAW in my diet and I juice veggies and fruits twice daily. I highly recommend Green Magma Barley grass.
Replied by Bruce
Florida, US

I have occasional afib but it usually goes away in a couple of hours. However, two days ago it started so I decided to try the cayenne pepper treatment--unfortunately no success. But, I decided to give it another shot a day later and my afib stopped immediately. Maybe there is something to this treatment...

Colloidal Gold   1  0   

Posted by Gail (Wheelers Hill, Australia) on 01/27/2009

[YEA]  I was diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia 27 years ago this was something that I would not only hear in my head but would also feel in my throat. 2 months ago I started taking colloidal gold ( 1 full dropper full once per day) I now have had a constant regular heartbeat for the past 2 weeks. It is an amazing feeling . The colloidal gold is also credited with cleaning out the veins.

Replied by Robin
Boulder, Co

I too feel it in my throat. It starts as skips and goes into afib where I feel it less in my throat. Did you continue using this and are there any side effects?

EDTA Chelation   1  0   

Posted by Robert Henry (Ten Mile, Tn Usa) on 04/04/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Well, it's me again and I am still searching for a way to address my heart situation. After a visit to two Knoxville, Tn cardiologists, I am at a loss as to what to do next. First of all I have been doing EDTA Chelation for over a year just to avoid just what is happening. I have been with over 300 heart by-pass folks and no way will they do another by-pass or stint. They don't even go to a cardiologist anymore. They use chelation to keep their arteries open.

My tests show that I have both a restriction and arrhythmia. I continue to do chelation but my cardiologists insist that I have a cardiogram and stints and bypass as they deem necessary. I refuse and they refuse to address my irregular heart beat. It pisses off heart doctors if you do chelation. There is no big money for them. Chelation cost's $ 3000 and by-passes are in the hundred of thousands.

Not only that , it pisses them off if you have an Anti Aging Doctor who does hormone modulation or supplements as I do. You got to do big pharma's stuff. You got to stay sick and visit them every few weeks.

At 73 , I thought I was in good shape. Upon reflection it appears that my heart damage was done when I was younger and in job stress as well as when I had Sleep Apnea. I will do better in the next life, if I don't come back as a goat.

Doctors don't like for you to challenge them. Just be a good little boy or girl and follow orders. It's a GOD thing. As a card carrying Redneck, I don't do that. They can kiss my grits.

Excuse my vent, but I had to or explode.

Replied by Saba
Mentor, Oh

I have read some good things about CAYENNE PEPPER and heart health. Maybe it will help you too. God Bless.
Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines

1182 Posts
Hi Robert...Although EDTA chelation therapy clears plaque from within the smaller blood vessels, current research has found that it does not have much effect on the bigger arteries near the heart.

A relatively new discovery, recent research has also found that dilute solutions of hydrogen peroxide -- by way of chelation IV therapy -- DOES successfully clear plaque and obstructions near the heart.

There is a therapy called CHELOX THERAPY that combines both the EDTA and Hydrogen peroxide chelation therapies which has been quite successful. See this link here:

As well -- regarding your heart arrythmia problems -- you might like to try three further protocols:

* Taking magnesium supplements -- such as Mag Chloride, Mag Citrate or Mag Gluconate.

* Taking baths with two cupfuls of Magnesium chloride or Epsom salt crystals. This method uses transdermal absorbtion by the skin of the body to absorb the Magnesium. I also use a simple garden sprayer -- 8 oz of water plus 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salts -- and just spray it all over my body after a shower and let it dry and be absorbed. This is the fastest, safest way to get your magnesium levels up. See this link:

* Take mega-doses of vitamin C. Linus Pauling, a double winner of the Nobel prize went on to study vitamins. He has proved by research (which the medical profession has completely ignored), that taking 4-6 GRAMS of Vitamin C with 4-6 GRAMS L-Lysine, an amino acid, removes plaque and heart blockages. Pauling also referred to the arterial plaque as "Arterial Scurvy". See these links here:

The two magnesium protocols I've mentioned also got rid of my regular episodes of racing heart. I also found that I could sleep much better, and it raised my energy levels. I'm over 60 y o bye the way. My determination of my own problem was that my calcium intake was both too high and unregulated because of low magnesium in my body.

Magnesium is very important for your body and is involved in over 300 major enzyme processes. It is also involved in the regulation of calcium in the tissues(think arterial plaque) and magnesium is also critical to the heart muscle(or heartbeat) -- being the important part of the relaxation process.

Replied by Mikec
Iloilo, Philippines

Bill, Will magnesium malate work for arrythmias?
Replied by Bill Donate

San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines

1182 Posts
Hi Mikec...I can think of no reason why magnesium malate should not work for arrythmia. The malic acid from ACV is converted to sodium malate salt when Baking Soda(Sodium Bicarbonate) is added to ACV in solution. Malates will provide more energy for the cell Kreb's cycle. The magnesium part should act in the normal way to relax the heart muscle more as well as help balance any excess calcium, acidity and tension created in the heart muscle.

The more usual magnesium forms to supplement are mag chloride, mag citrate and mag gluconate. I have seen and bought magnesium gluconate from GNC in SM Mall in Baguio and Manila. I have also seen various magnesium supplements at Healthy Option shops in SMs like Asia Mall.

I found that both taking Magnesium Bicarbonate water and absorbing magnesium sulphate(Epsom Salts) in solution transdermally was the best way to get rid of my own arrythmia problems. I bought a large milk carton of Epsom Salts crystals from Healthy Options recently and it cost only 99 pesos. I put a couple of tablespoonfuls of Epsom Salt crystals in a garden sprayer and, after my shower, just spray myself all over and let it be absorbed transdermally. This is the most economical way to absorb larger amounts of magnesium than supplementing -- and with this method there will be no intestinal problems.

Replied by Ron
Tavernier, Fl

I just want to thank the person that mentioned Vitamin C Therapy and Linus Pauling. It appears Mr Pauling had the answer years ago and the drug and medical industry has spent years trying to keep it a secret. My doctor told me " It doesn't matter what you do, you will never correct this problem yourself without medical treatment." Of course by medical treatment he meant to shock the heart, pacemaker or some other medical witch doctor baloney and of course the dangerous and deadly drugs. Here take this drug it will calcify your arteries, cause cancer and you can bleed to death but at least you will not have a stroke. Some choice.

Vitamin C Therapy is the answer to all of your problems with the heart. Take my word for it because I had A fib worse than any of you, it was a 24 hour 7 day a week problem with a heart beat of 155 beats a minute. In the mornings, I would wake to a heart beating out of the chest, not sometimes but every morning... Once again my thanks to the person that posted the part about Linus Pauling and I want to thank you for saving me from this problem as micro nutrient therapy is the answer to the riddle I was beating my head against the wall trying to find. No thanks to the dangerous and deadly incompetent medical industry with their dangerous chemicals and primitive medical practices.

Replied by Tom
Regina, Sk

To all: The entire cardiovascular and cancer research pretty much, done by Dr. Linus Pauling (d. 1994) and his less well known co-researcher Dr. Matthias Rath who actually was Dr. Pauling's mentor in Vitamin C therapy after he retired at 65 in order to pursue this, can be found in a few key documents on Dr. Rath's site here:


Among the discoveries made by Dr. Rath the following rank highest:

1. The discovery that atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes are an early form of scurvy caused by a chronic vitamin deficiency of the vascular wall. Read about it in Dr. Rath's book 'The Heart'. (PDF, 1. 43 MB)

Looking at the TOC inside, Arrythmia is in CH. 6, on Page 96. This has been freely available online since 2001, and the Pauling scientific studies were released in the early 1990's just a few years before Dr. Pauling died. But some slides are like an open-face book, there are two pages per slide. So in the PDF doc, if you put 96 into the page box and expect to get there, you'll note there are only 96 pages or slides total, so you'd be on the very last page. The correct number to put in the box above is '48'. This gets you to Chapter 6 Arrythmia. In here is the case studies, dosages and frequency, etc. For the various supplements, minerals, Vitamin C and amino acids!

Replied by Richard
Menlo, Iowa

I Would like to hear from Ron from Tavernier Fl To see how the vit. C therapy is Working for him. And also from Jane to see If the Iodine is still helping her with this nightmare. Or from anyone else that's having luck controling there AFIB. Thanks. Richard
Replied by Anne
Chicago, Il Usa

Richard, I developed arrythmia issues last year and was put on 25 mg Toprol, which I have recently stopped taking (didn't like the side effects and slowly reduced the amount). I researched it and from this website learned that lactic acid can build up in all our muscles (including the heart).. And can cause the arrythmia. I believe that I had exercised so much, was eating yogurt (has lactic acid in it), and the combination of electrolytes being down, the lactic acid from both working out and the yogurt, could have contributed to the arrythmia.

I have recently read a book call The Magnesium Factor by Seelig and Rosanoff which has explained how most Americans are seriously low in magnesium. Since stopping the Toprol and reading the book, I take 1 tsp of magnesium powder before going to bed (I use a product called CALM I found in the health food store, not sure who makes it... ). I'm having a 48-hr halter monitor test Thursday and Friday this week (cardiologist was upset when I told them I gradually stopped the Toprol on my own... They say people don't usually go off it. I didn't want to stay on it for life! ). Not sure how old you are, but some of us remember Jim Fixx who got Americans running, and then up and died of a heart attack one day, which was pretty confusing to the masses. It could be that lactic acid & low levels of magnesium (an electrolyte) contributed to it. By the way, I also don't drink coffee and instead use a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses (has potassium) in hot water as a drink at work. Hope this helps...Anne

Replied by Richard
Menlo, Iowa

Thanks Ann, I hope you test goes well. I received a very nice e-mail from a Woman named Candy about a site that sells non toxic Iodine. I think I'll give it a try along with mag, vit. C and fish oil. Still hoping to hear from Ron from Tavernier Fl. and June who had great luck with Iodine.
Replied by Anne
Chicago, Il Usa

Thanks, Richard. I also wanted to mention you should look under the 'Ailments' tab at this site and click on arrythmia. Some interesting info There (see June from Cincinnati's post on12/28/09 using 'real elemental iodine'). I also learned somewhere on this site that apple cider vinegar is helpful in cases of arrythmia. Will like to hear about how your situation improves. I live in a high-rise and have developed tinnitus noticeably more at home.. am wondering if all the 'waves' in my building could be an issue for both the tinnitus and arrythmia....Anne
Replied by Pattie
Lake St. Louis, Mo

[YEA]   I would just like to say; I love your site. I believe God first in all things. Luke was a Dr. So we have need of caring for ourselves at times while the Lord works out all of our issues and promises to heal us by his stripes. He does and sometimes we can play a part in it.

I had bad heart arithymia about 8-9 years ago.

I was at the point they were going to put the pacemaker in, as I was in filbilation all of the time. A new heart Dr.Was added to the practice and he told me lets try something they had been working on at the university. So I had two weeks to get better basically (from what I remember), he put me on slow magnesium 2 pills a day. My heart before the end of the two weeks started to beet normal. However if I don't take it for several months the fililations returns. I for some reason am normal to low on the blood test, but they don't know why.

In some states and countries you may have to get the slow mag from the pharmist, you have to order in st. louis and then pick it up but it saved my life.

Replied by Jo
New York

Pattie, Please tell me the exact name of the supplement, the brand name and the total amount you took. Also, please tell me the name of the Dr. you worked with (who is doing studies at the university). I have a family member who has had this for 4 years and trying to get off medication. Please help. thank you.
Replied by John Thomas
Salisbury, Uk

I am trying out Angioprim, oral chelation. See their website for scores of previous users all over the world that you phone up and ask about their experiences.
Replied by Jt
Salisbury, Uk

Following surgery for a blocked carotid artery, I found out about ProArgi-9. Wonderful stuff for clearing arterial plaque. You simply take a scoop each morning and night in a glass of water. Much easier than chelation systems I have tried.

Please do Google it and find out about Dr Prendergast, the inventor. My surgeon has never heard of it and does not want to know about it!!!

Replied by Mike
Stockton, Ca.

I was having angina, I already have a double bypass, Atherosclerosis, a pace maker, and VA could only offer nitro as a cure. I thought, I am going to die. So I started researching homeopathic cures, and found basketfuls on the www & YouTube, and tried a bunch of them with a 95% turnaround in two months, no angina, no high blood pressure, clear arteries, no diabetes, no COPD, no body cramps.

I would now recommend two great products, Serrapetase removes anything nonliving from your system and arties, scarring from heart attacks, etc. And Nattokinase will remove blood clots. I am waiting on my first order of Nattokinase to arrive, and I just quit Serrapetase as I feel my system is super cleaned now. I want to see what affect the Nattokinase will have on arteries in the brain and possible headache cure and varicose veins. Doctors in Europe & Japan are using these instead of doing by-passes, angina, etc. I used the Serrapetase for about six months, and will use it occasionally in a lower 1/2 dose and maybe every 3 months, I will use it for a month.

I want to calm some fears for pacemakers & wires and stints, Serrapetase had no affect on these items in my veins or heart. I didn't short out or anything. BUT it did a job on plaque and I can tell the difference. I went from a 1/2 block a day to 2 miles, and can run up and down my stairs like a 16 year old. I am 68.

I thank Arginine for giving me strength. weight lifters use it too! ACV & Highlands pills for stopping leg cramps. Good tip. Take along some highland leg cramp pills when you walk. Your legs won't feel tired. And dilate before you go.

Just a WARNING!! Don't use these if you recently had any surgery or getting ready to have surgery. They can stop healing.

A good morning drink to clean arterys & end hardening, is to use 1 8oz warmed glass of water, add 4 tbsp lemon juice & 2 tbsp. honey.

A good night drink, 2 tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar in 4-6 oz of water. Ends those night or early morning leg cramps forever!! If you feel any body cramp durning the day, use this method. The cramp is saying give me calcium, magnesium & potassium, one of those is deficit.

Wish you well!!

Replied by Marcia
London, Uk

Hi Mike from Stockton

I have fairly high blockage on descending arteries and get breathless easily, was 65% after NO intervention during an exam. That was 6 yrs ago. I continue along my merry way without stents etc and do Yoga, take nutrition and the occasional glass of wine weekly. I am trialling EDTA powder orally and, other than clearing out the bowel, can't assess any other benefits over 3 weeks. Take about 1500mg in divided doses over 24 hours on empty stomach.

You mention Serrapeptase - taking it for 6 months. How do you evaluate the blockages have cleared - you mention running etc. Did you have an angiogram to confirm?

Would you share the amount you took, and similarly for Nattokinase.

Many thanks.

For the user who mentioned homeopathic remedies I would love to know the names and dosages that worked for you. Understandably its different for each person but seeing a Homeopath may help me also.

Replied by Prioris
Fl, Usa

Have you tried Molasses? It has 4 YEAS.

EDTA has been historically used to clean the arteries. Nattokinase has obsoleted EDTA. Unless there is a blood flow problem, I wouldn't think this would work for Arrhythmia.

Replied by Mt
Ottawa, Ontario

See info about grapefruit juice/ rosemary and thyme on
Replied by Roman
San Jose, Ca

Recently Dr Mercola published few studies that found that both marathon runners and long distance runners have arrhythmia. He claims also that researchers found that long continuous exercise is not as beneficial as short high intensity bursts, lasting only 20 min or so he calls it (HIT). I also wanted to add that I personally developed arrhythmia at age 58, shortly after completing my cross country trip on a bicycle in the year 2000. It supports of what Anne from Chicago said, about strenuous long term activity and possible "lactic acid buildup". I did not have any issues beforehand. I still have the AFIB, my pulse is very low (well conditioned athlete) but the hurt rate is irregular and the Drs for long time wanted to put me on blood thinners (for the last 13 years, but I refused). So far so good, but would like to get rid of the AFIB, now I'm 70 and still bicycle a lot. Taking Mg glycynate (400Mg) but not sure if it helps.
Replied by James

Roman, I was a jogger of 6-8k 4 times a week when I came down with AF at 56. After 4 years of several cardios/EPs treating symptoms and Meds that never work or lose effectiveness, Im med/allopathic medicine free. Its not any one activity/diet etc that brings on arrhythmia, but any and all including raising LA in our bodies that depletes the number one mineral our hearts crave, Magnesium. Strenuous exercise is moving up the ladder, however it has a long way to go to catch 1.Alcohol and 8. Caffeine as Mag depletors. Your Mag intake is too low. 400mg is fine for normal people, but were not normal. Plus, gylcinate is very difficult to absorb and hold in, possibly only getting 100mg in your blood. I take on average, 800mg along with a few other things and increase that to 1200-2000mg depending on heart feeling and getting back to NSR. I use Mag Malate and Mag Oil.

I also am back to drinking moderately, mostly wine a few times a week and drinking coffee 1-2 cups in the morning. Just know I have to load up on the Mag when I do this.

Replied by Bruce

Hi Roman and James, I am also a runner, for over 20 years now, age 56. I have had irregular heart rate for about 10-15 years now. Mine is slow and irregular. It happens about every 2 weeks and lasts for up to 24 hours. Then it goes away for another 2 weeks or so with an occasional irregular beat here and there in between. I feel like I've tried cutting out just about every food I can, alcohol, caffeine, dairy, glutamate, etc. I've also tried many supplements, potassium, magnesium, taurine, all the vitamins and still have it. Even took a month off of running just to see if it mattered. During the days after an episode I can eat anything and do anything without an episode. But for some strange reason I seem to be on a schedule of every 2 weeks. Sometimes I will go back to back some weeks but usually it's every 2 weeks. Sometimes it will only last 12 hours but usually it's closer to 24 hours, never more than that. I been to the doc, did the ekg, echo. They say my heart is fine and recommend the usual blood thiners, etc. I also have little to no dizziness, chest pain or other symptoms. I wish I knew what to do to get rid of it. I'm a little concerned with going overboard on the magnesium but am also tempted to try more. Currently I take about 300 mgs of supplements also eat foods high in magnesium like spinach, nuts, etc. I use to run alot, like 70 miles per week, now more like 40 mpw, have run over 100 races along with 7 marathons. I also sweat a ton when I run except in the winter it isn't too bad. Just wish I could figure this out. I'm worried one day my heart's just going to stop, I mean at a young age, relatively speaking.

As I'm writing this I'm in afib now. Should be stopping soon, it's been about 23 hours. When it happens my hr gets as low as 37 bpm. Normally it'a about 48-60, lower at night, higher during the day. Not sure if the cayenne or other remedies would work for me. Probably will need a pacemaker at some point. Just hope I figure it out before that. If there's an answer that is. Do either of you think I should try to double my magnesium doses, maybe up to 600 mgs a day? A little concerned about too much. Maybe I worry too much. Oh well good luck to all you folks. Hope to hear back from some of you. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by Carly
Pnw, US

Hi Bruce.

Info Fyi...54 Year old, not super fit, not super unfit, non smoking woman here. Average person, average weight. Moderate drinker.

I get low heart rate (48 BPM) and heart palpitations. It's weird, when my BP is high, I have a low heart rate, when my BP is low....the opposite. I notice that my heart rate picks up if I eat something. Maybe it is a blood sugar issue?

Since I began taking 40,000 units of Serrapeptase about ten days ago, my blood pressure has been WAY lower, and NO palpitations! From what I have read about Serrapeptase, it makes the blood thinner, and helps clean out the arteries by consuming fiberin. Something you may want to google....Serrapeptase.

I have also been upping my magnesium, (Threonate and Malate) and taking at LEAST 500mg a day. As a man, I believe you could safely take 200mg more than that, until you have loose stools, which is the most reliable way to know you have reached your limit. Mg is also complimented by vitamin B6. Read up on that too if interested. There are Many co-factors for magnesium.

Another thing...consider chiropractic for the Vegas Nerve. I also started getting my upper back (C7) adjusted two weeks ago after reading that may help some people with AFIB. My upper back has been a source of misery for me for decades....and I was thinking...even if it didn't help the palps, maybe I could get some back relief. It is helping both, I believe.

Just some alternative type of things to consider, and possibly "Google". I know how awful palpitations are, and hope you figure yours out! Good luck!

Replied by Timh Donate


B: Insufficient bile flow which is a condition called cholestasis and/or cholesterol gallstones can and do cause heart irregularities.

It would prove advantageous to broaden the scope of your heart support nutrients w/ advanced nutraceuticals like Carnitine, CoQ10, and d-Ribose. Dr Sinatra goes into some detail on these nutrients in his publications and media presentation; along w/ warnings on the dangers of statin drugs for reducing cholesterol.

If you haven't made the switch from processed salt to Sea or Himalayan Salt, then now is the time to do that. These "real" salts have other major & trace minerals which provide a complete balance to body chemistry.

Replied by Bruce
Massachusetts, US

Hi Carly,

Didn't see a reply button on your post so went to the next one down. Not sure on how this site works just yet.

Anyway, thanks for the reply. I will try another 200 mg of magnesium as you suggest and monitor. Today I took some others advice and bought some ACV and cayenne pepper, just to try. You never know when that one thing may make a difference. I will also look into your suggestion about serrapeptase (never heard of it). I like your other suggestion about the cervical spine. I've had problems in my neck area in the past, mind pain and stiffness, and had considered that to be a possible problem. Sometimes get numbness in my finger tips too. It may be worth checking out and getting an adjustment in that area.

Again, thanks for the tips. I love these kinds of sites. I've solved more problems on the internet. You never know when you'll come across that one bit on information that makes the difference. Think I'll keep visiting this site. I'm always having one problem or another that I would like to improve. Sometimes I have some things to share also. Not sure if they allow links to other sites here. Some sites I've visited claim that glutamate is a big problem. Found a nice lecture video of a Dr Blaylock on this topic, He calls them excitotoxins and in high doses they can penetrate the blood brain barrier and cause a wide range of problems. Let me see if I can post the link. If the site doesn't like them then they can delete them I suppose.

Scroll down this page a bit to get the Blaylock video, pretty interesting:

Good luck to you as well

Replied by Andy
Monterey, Ca

This happens with a lot of runners. You are sweating out all your minerals. There are 60 basic minerals all to be taken in liquid form. Lots of collodial minerals available online. Get the one that comes from Utah. Probably take 90 days to correct. Good Luck.
Replied by Carly
Pnw - Usa

Thanks Bruce!

I am glad you are finding alternative ways of looking at your health issues here. I have been posting and reading (mostly reading) Earth Clinic for years now! Amazing how fast time goes by.

Re E.C.: there are so many people on here that are MUCH more informed on natural cures than I am. We all share what is true for us, and people can either take it, or leave it...the point is sharing our experiences and attempting to maybe help even one other person. Nothing is written in stone for each individual...nor should it be!

Doctor Blaylock is an interesting read. Also, look on youtube for some talks by a Doctor Frank Shallenberger. He has some very interesting lectures as well. Not all will apply to you, but the ones that do, are just awesome.

MSG and glutamates....horrible stuff. Taurine (an amino acid) counteracts MSG. It competes with it in your system. My husband would get heart palpitations after eating a French dip with the au jus at a certain restaurant. I tasted the au jus, and it literally burned my tongue. Not because it was hot...because it felt like so Damned CHEMICAL. So anyway, that was when I looked up what counteracts MSG....turns out is it the amino acid Taurine.

Because my husband continues to eat fast / ie CRAP foods....I make sure his daily vitamins include a 500mg of taurine daily. He has not had another horrid reaction for a couple of years now.

I am rambling...just wanted to say that I am glad you found Earth Clinc, and welcome aboard!

Replied by Bruce
Ma., US

Carly, Glad to be aboard. This seems like a good site. No registration either which I like. Post away, no hassle.

I didn't know taurine counteracted MSG. I found out about taurine on a running site. This runner said it cured his arrythmia. I tried it for a couple of months and continued to have my episodes so I stopped. But recently started taking it again. I have the 500 mg also. I've always thought MSG was a problem for me, a trigger. Whenever I eat chinese food, soups and other stuff with MSG I seem to have a problem. I read all labels now. I'm surprised your husband even goes near it, I don't anymore. But I guess if the taurine cancels the effects then why not. It does add flavor.

Bought some CoQ10 today. I'm trying everything, getting desperate to find a cure for this. I take so many supplements now. I do feel better in many areas since I started taking supplements. I think when you exercise aggressively like I do you lose a lot of nutrients through sweat, etc. I always thought I was getting enough through food but I think I was wrong. I now feel better, sleep better, think better, less stressed, since adding supplements. Just wish the darn afib would go away. Like so many other problems I've had in the past I usually find the answer at some point.

Nice chatting

Replied by Michal


I am 30 year old runner (15 years o training) and I have had arythmia problem for 5-6 years. I have irregular heart beat after end of the training (not during) sometimes when I stand very quickly or lay down from standing postion - my heart stops and beats very slow but very strong and there are some extra heart beats. During the stress there is the same situation. Lot of circumstances when I have it. I tried lot of magnesium - didn't work. Suplementation with vit C B Q10 CAL MAG D, MAG, ZInk, Kelp, selenium, chrom with wanad - most of them from nutrilite. Nothing has changed. My heart beats slowly but very strong after my entrance on the second floor upstaris it stops then it beats irregular- I don't feel tired by my chest is doing everything incorrect. during that I have something like reflux but with empty bubbles of air - nothing else. I also tried Taurin and Argin from about month - nothing changed. Do you have some solutions for me?? I will be very glad and greatful of every opinion. My e mail is: nogaje(at)

Replied by Anon

Potassium you did not list but maybe forgot...msm for elasticity in veins -
Replied by Timh Donate


I'll agree with the first responder to this post, as it appears the problem is in the circulation and not the heart itself. There are several different cleanses you can do for the arteries & veins. For veins take Rutin, White Oak Bark, Horse Chestnut, Butchers Broom. For arteries Cayenne/Ginger, Hawthorn, Garlic, Gingko Biloba, ACV, Lemon Juice, MSM/Vit-C/L-Lysine.

Another problem source to consider is Parasites, especially Ascaris aka Roundworm. If you have indoor/outdoor pets or are around tame or wild animals as a hobby or trade, you are likely exposed to parasites. Ascaris stages are very damaging to arteries and the heart. Someone only days ago posted here on E.C. of a recent heart surgery or ablation and after recovering from that procedure is back to the heart pains which she has now found are caused by parasites (is doing para cleanses now).

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Posted by Mary (Yutan, Ne) on 06/24/2014

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  Hello, I did the 2 TBSP of Epsom salt mixed with 8 oz's of water because I was having what felt like a skipped heart beat. I sprayed it all over my body & did notice that the skipped heart beats stopped within 20 minutes. Also I slept much better than I have in a long time. However the next morning I did have diarrhea. So my question is can a person get diarrhea from spraying the Epsom salt water combination onto their body this way? Not sure if it was from the spray or not. If from the spray then any suggestions on how much to spray in order to get the benefits of the magnesium. Thank you

Replied by Mary

Yes it can. Any overdose of magnesium will have that effect, which is what is in Epsom salts. Similar to Vit C it's best to start low and then work your way up till you find your tolerance level(it helps but has no lose bowels).
Replied by Elena

Don't think the above answer is correct. Magnesium was applied externally and should not have caused a diarrhea.

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Posted by Shane (Palm Beach, Queensland/australia) on 12/05/2011

Hi there. I have heart arrythmia (well HAD it) for about a year. I would have an episode where my heart was beating all over the place or skipping beats about once a week to once every 2 weeks. The episodes could last for most of a day and sometimes longer. They left me worn out and feeling crappy.

Now I am a big fan of oats and would eat them regularly but it seems that oats are not my friend. There came a time when I stopped eating oats for 3 months and for the entire time my heart arrythmia stopped (as did my frequent heartburn). I then ate oats for one week and low and behold both my arrythmia and heartburn returned. That was when I noticed the correlation and so I again stopped eating oats for a few months. The heartburn and arrythmia ceased immediately. Recently I ate oats again and the symptoms returned.

I therefore now do not eat oats. I can eat bread and I eat cornflakes every morning but no oats.

I've asked doctors about this but they seem to discard it and tell me I shouldn't have stopped taking the medication (which I took for only about 1 week as it seemed to make the arrythmia worse), even though I seem to have cured my problems without drugs.

I have found no scientific evidence for my case and have searched the internet for reasons for why it works but there seems nothing. In fact I have found a number of sites recommending oats for heart problems, so I can't explain it, but hey... cutting out oats from your diet to see what happens can't harm anyone so I hope this helps someone with the same problem.


Replied by Rebeca
Des Moines Ia, Usa

Could it be that you are allergic to oats? You might want to read a free book.... The Pulse Test by Dr Arthur F. Coca Somebody posted it here and it has been a help to my son who was told by his doctor that he is allergic to something.

I hope this is a help to you and you find health.

Replied by Carl
Floridale, Florida

Thanks for your comments. I have also had trouble after eating oatmeal. Many other foods seem to cause V tach, skipping and extra beats too, but usually when trying to sleep. I think sweets and flour products, fried food, beef, gas causing foods, beans, red sauces, tomatos, milk, cake, etc, all contribute. Coffee drives it crazy (Chickory is my substitute- limited amounts). No colas anymore for me. Episodes begin just as I am fading into sleep and last off and on all night. Can't hardly sleep. Gets much worse in early A. M. When heart slows, skips, bangs, wakes me. I was prescribed Toprol, maybe helped some, but won't continue on it for long. Have felt terrible for a year or more, no energy and have battled GERD for years, progressively worse. I think the GERD causes the V tach, maybe the V tach caused the GERD, though. Doctors don't care, just want to treat one, not the other and prescribe only chemicals. I was ordered to stop all supplements by the cardio Dr. I think diet and magnesium and other things on here will help. Right now I will try to eat a lot from about 8am to 2pm, then maybe almost complete fast till bedtime so I can sleep. On of my best nights was after I fasted all day, but I have to eat. I think we need more info / research on the connection between digestive system -GERD- and arrythmia. BTW, ACV helps with GERD.
Replied by Colin
Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Carl, from Floridale, Try eating a red Delicious apple after dinner and also as required during the day for your GERD. I was placed on Nexium (for life) at age 70 because of Gerd and a Hiatus Hernia.

Persevered for a month or so as I had been on Nexium for about a year and was back and forward between apples and pills in that time. Gerd is now resolved and I swear by this method.

Replied by Amy

[YEA]   Hello fellow arrhythmia sufferers!

So happy to have found this website. I have read all the posts of natural remedies and cannot wait to try. I have pac's or ectopic beats everyday and night now. Have been to EP doctor and have had 2 ablations. 1st one did cure the tacchycardia but irregular beats persist. I will try acv with soda, mag, cayenne, molasses, and even giving up the yogurt and oats. I refuse heart meds and truly believe in the gi connection and a vitamin deficiency. God bless all of us to find the cure! Amy

Replied by Ellen
Nh Usa

Have you been checked for Lyme disease? That was the culprit for mine. Find a good LD doc and things will get better. Ellen
Replied by Amy
Illinois, US

Replied by Elaine
London, UK

Possible you are allergic to oats. Corn allergies can also cause arrythmias in some people.

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Posted by Steve (Cleveland, Ohio, United States) on 05/30/2012

I developed an arrhythmia in 1996 two years after a car accident where my stationary car was struck by a drunk driving a 15 passenger van at high speed. In the accident I sufferred some damage to my neck, back, struck my head etc. I have since learned that damage to the vegus nerve can cause cardiac arrhythmia as well as numerous other problems. The doctor assigned by my insurance plan put me on a regimen of 600mg of ibuprofen every six hours for pain, not only in my back and neck, but also for an arthritic knee. Which had been operated on previously. I have learned since, that Ibuprofen and other "nsaids", in high dose (over 400mg/day), can damage the myelin sheath which is the equivalent of electrical insulation on our nerves. I have read that this can cause nerve impulses to leak and activate muscles along the path of the nerve which can result in twitches, spasms, or arrhythmia. Long term use even at lower dosages can also have the same affect.

If a person already has arrhythmia, then I imagine use of these types of drugs may make the problem worse. I also learned that most nsaids cause red blood cells to clump together unnaturally, Which leads to stroke. Especially if one already has an arrhythmia. The first course of action we need to take is to find a physician who wants to cure us instead of treat us with the pharmaceutical industry crap for the rest of our lives which in most cases causes a host of other problems requiring more wonder drugs.

Thanks to my naivete in trusting my doctors I have become disabled, suffered two strokes, developed constant diarrhea, dizziness, temporarily lost the ability to swallow, and temporarily went blind in my right eye. On top of this I developed M.R.S.A. while in the hospital. Western Medicine SUCKS! The criminals at the A.M.A. , F.D.A., the drug conglomerates, Insurance companies, Politicians with price tags around their necks, and the so called JUDICIAL SYSTEM that covers and protects their miserable asses all need to be completely destroyed and rebuilt, with the best interest of humanity as the goal instead of the bank accounts of the scumbags in power.

Replied by Biddy

Hi Steve, Thank you for your contribution. I totally agree that it would be such a treat to find a doctor who is actually interested in healing this Arrythmia instead of dosing you up with as many drugs as possible! I have just been told I may need to have an ablation and I really don't want to go down this road! Having researched Ablation it sounds very invasive indeed not to mention dangerous. It's Magnesium for me and Vit C and no more coffee or chocolate! :-(( Or Alcohol! ) Must try the Epsom salt baths and spray! What a great site! I wish you well and I will also steer clear of Ibuprofen also. I don't take it but now and then I might take a few for low back pain. I hope you are keeping well Ted and I'm sorry you've had to go through so much. Biddy
Replied by Mr. Ree

I had a cardiac ablation from a dr who put me on atenolol.. I had to be wheelchaired into the hospital and 3 days later walked out in perfect health... I had it done at New England Medical Center, Boston... The operation is nothing.. The anxiety before it is not good. But knowing what I do now, I'd have it done in a heartbeat (pun intended. ) Before I went in my resting pulse was 160, if I walked it would go up to close to 200 and I would just about pass out... The punchline is I never even had HBP once in my life.. But a dr talked me into going on it for "preventative reasons. " I was ignorant of the facts back then... 10 years ago and feeling fine.. They ablated 12 places where the extra heartbeats were coming from... The procedure is nothing.
Replied by Sasha
San Fran

I had irregular heart beats, one cardiologist said it was PVC. Sometimes, my heart would beat so hard my body would shake was making me so uncomfortable and scared. The cardiologist said I could ignore it or take medication. I don't function that way so I looked deeper for the cause. Read about possible dental issues causing heart issues,

We hired a dentist that does dental cavitation surgery to open up every extraction site in my mouth. A study showed that 80% percent of these sites have toxins, in them . I also had my root canal extracted, due to my fears that they could be causing this issue. This is personal choice because I wanted to be well The cavitation dentist located a huge infection wisdom tooth extraction site he found gauze left behind from years back, and jaw bone infection, this infection did not show up on the MRI or digital x-rays, low level sepsis! I went on heavy duty antibiotics, after the surgery. Pounding heart, PVC , irregular heart beat whatever you want to call it was gone NO more Heart Problems

Replied by Donna
Hartford, Ct

Sasha, I have been wondering about the 3 root canals I have and thinking they may be the cause of my atrial fibulation problems. Thanks for sharing your story. It makes me wonder if the same can be true for me

Posted by Elwyn (Mt.shasta, California, Usa) on 04/28/2011

How does one safely withdraw from a time-release calcium channel blocker? I want to take only herbal or other natural remedies for my arrthymia.

Replied by Anne
Chicago, Il

Elwyn, I was taking a beta blocker (Toprol) for my arrythmia, and wanted to stop taking it. I just gradually tapered it off myself, using a pill cutter (you can get one at pharmacy). My cardiologist wasn't pleased, but I am off of it and doing ok for over 6 months now. I did ask them afterwards to give me a Halter test, and all was ok. I think they would have kept me on it forever. You might want to figure out what lifestyle changes you should make to avoid the arrythmia; I learned a lot on this site about possible causes. Good luck, Anne
Replied by Elwyn
Mt.shasta, Ca, Usa

[YEA]   Thank you for your advice and for this wonderful site. I backed myself off of Cartia a calcium channel blocker in an extended capsule form~not an easy nor comfortable task. Also refused 2 thallium scans back to back~really don't need the large a dose of radiation! I started using the cayenne pepper and am feeling much better. I have refused coumiden, lasix and another beta blocker. I also take Calm (magnesium in a powder form)~CQ10~Iodine drops~and 300 mg. of resveratrol. My heart is much better and thanks to you wonderful and supportive people I am not scared and depressed like before~thank you and God bless you!

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