Heart Palpitations: Symptoms and Natural Remedies

Heart Palpitation Remedies  

Posted by Sintia (Illinois) on 10/07/2013

Hi Ted, I'm in desperate need of your help. I've been having heart palpitations for the past 2 yrs. I've been to the doctor, cardiologist, ER and they done EKGs heart monitors and nothing comes out. I sometimes feel dizzy, nausea and sometimes end up vomiting. My episodes last a few hrs but during the time I'm afraid of dying. Please help me... I am very desperate. Also, according to my doctor my blood test shows everything is fine.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa

Dear Sintia,

I am not Ted, but I don't think he is able to answer posts right now. I have a few thoughts I thought I would share. Heart Palpitations are scary.

If you haven't already, please read people's stories on the Heart Palpitations page:


Sometimes something very simple helps.

Caffeine and MSG are very common triggers. MSG is hidden in so many things - you need to look up "Hidden Sources of MSG" to be able to avoid it.

Blackstrap Molasses has helped people with palpitations and other arrythmias. You can take 1 Tablespoon morning and evening. I think the magnesium in it is what helps. Some people just use magnesium supplements.

Cayenne Pepper, Hawthorne Berry Powder, and Ginger are all excellent herbs for the heart. If my husband has some caffeine and then his heart starts acting up, he takes these herbs and it helps. You can take them daily.

It is encouraging that the doctors have not found a problem, but frustrating not to have a solution yet. I hope you find relief soon. Please be sure to let us know what works for you.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Fifi
Laguna Beach, Ca

I have had heart palpitations and it is scary. I react to foods and my heart palpitates after I eat dairy. You can do an internet search, there are folks that react the same way I do to other types of foods and additives/preservatives. Also, magnesium supplement made my heart palpitate, it was messing up the prednisone I was taking and my heart felt really weird.

Lastly, if you are anemic it could make your heart palpitate.

Look at the side effects for every pill you take too. Prescription medicine and otc meds can cause heart palps. Hope it gets better, it's scary for sure.

Replied by Carly

If the palpitations are due to MSG being eaten... (easy to do, that poison is in almost everything) then take 1,000 mg taurine. Taurine competes with the MSG and helps to clear it from the system.

Also, sometimes palpitations can be caused by being dehydrated, so a good amount of water can help.

I agree with what others have said re magnesium also.... take 400 mg a day of a good mag supplement.

Alkalize, read about it here on EC.

Last, but not least.... Look at electrolyte imbalance. I would eat potassium rich foods, and use a good pink hymalayan (spelled that incorrectly, I am sure! ) sea salt. Lots of minerals in a quality sea salt.

Good luck.... Heart palpitations are scary.... I know.

Replied by Marie
New York

Hi, I started using 500 mgs. of Taurine and magnesium oil and apple cidar vinegar and beet root powder and one tablespoon of olive leaf.. And this has made my high bp come down but still on some medication which looking to wean off of... I also do EFT which lowers my heart rate.. Last night heart was racing a bit but not too severe so I immediately did EFT and took some Apple Cider Vinegar and felt okay.. Oh; I had missed one day of Taurine and not sure if that had something to do with it...

Hopefully will get this right someday.... but it feels like all an experiment until the right formulas are found....

Replied by Mr. Ree

Put 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt in an 8 ounce glass of water and drink... It usually subsides before you finish the glass. If you want, drink another one... Palpitations gone very quickly. Sometimes for good...

Replied by Tom
Fort Worth, Texas

To Marie on Heart Palpitations; What is EFT?

Replied by Debbie


I was getting heart palpitations as well. Rather than take supplements (which may have nasty additives in them) you are better off seeking out natural herbs.

I started taking dried hawthorn berry in a tea form (mixed with other dried teas) and the problem has gone and not returned. Hawthorn Berry or leave is an old renowned remedy for heart problems.

Lemon Balm is also a great herb to take for heart palpitations (grow it fresh rather than buying it).

There are other herbs for the heart you can grow for free in your garden.

Replied by Jenny
Asheville, North Carolina

Dear Cinthia, I suggest eliminating your food and drink one by one. I get heart palpitations after eating a certain amount of vinegar, usually 1/2 half hour after eating food with vinegar or even drinking water with apple cider vinegar. Then the palpitations can come and go for another 24 hours. I agree, it is scary! Let us know what you discover! Best of luck.

Replied by Andrea C

I use Cayenne peper for this, it's a well known remedy for ANY heart complaint's, half a tea spoon in warm water, and drink straight down. It works right away, or in less than a minute. Love Andrea C xxx

P.S Google Dr Christopher and Cayenne Pepper. This Man is consiered the World's leading Exspert on Cayenne Pepper Cure's although he passed over year's ago. And he loved Cayenne pepper as it's an amazing spice with zillion's of great cure's proven by it's use. Love Andrea c xxxxxxx

Replied by Marie
New York

@Debbie from Australia - Thank you but for now I am on prescription medication for hbp and unfortunately it interacts with Hawthorn and some other herbs so I can only take what doesn't interact for now.. I do use astragulus and hibiscus tea and some other things.

Replied by Marie
New York

EFT stands for emotional freedom technique.. Its tapping on certain points or meridians on the body and getting relief from your ailments... Check some utube videos.. And follow along.. It looks strange at first but it surely works... Hope this helps.

Replied by Debbie

Marie, have you tried going wheat and gluten free. Research reviews for the book Wheat Belly or look on youtube. Many people have reversed blood pressure after eliminating wheat and gluten.

The herb book I have by Isabell Shipard (wonderful book-google it) says that in controlled medical studies Hawthorn Berry was able to dilate the arterties and bring down blood pressure. It will also stop palpitations. It is one of the best herbs known from antiquity for the heart. High blood pressure is treatable. You just need to be under a Doctors supervision. Doctors don't want you to get off the medication as it is a lifelong money spinner.

Many people have been able to get of HBP medications by taking herbs.. Google it. You are responsible for your own health.

Replied by Debbie

One other thing Marie. Sometimes bowels can affect heart palpitations. If they are blocked they can push in the heart area and cause palpitations.

Replied by Marie
New York

Hi.. Thank you and yes I am pretty much wheat and gluten free.. Funny you should say bowels because I am having what feels like gallbladder issues so working on that also but was told cant do a gallbladder flush taking medication.. Don't know why?

NO doctor unless its a naturopath would help me use herbs instead of medication so I need to find one. Not many practice where I live and to get an appt. takes months..

If herbs would help me get off medication then that would be great.. But I am afraid to do it without supervision.. I am at a loss now unless I find someone who cares..

I do have some lemon balm which I tried tonight. I forgot the man in health food store gave it to me.. I also use magnesium and iodine.. Thank you

Replied by Kt

Hidden sources of MSG can be anything processed from corn (citric acid or citrate). I had very scary palpitations, referred to cardiologist, diagnosed with PVC (premature ventricular contractions) but found out it was caused by the magnesium CITRATE I was taking. Stopped taking the citrate formula and went back to regular magnesium and the palpitations went away. I still drink coffee with no problem and if it had not been for the kindness and friendship of the managers of the truthinlabeling campaign, I would have never known. It has been over a twenty year piecemeal learning endeavor that has saved my life. You have to read labels and, in addition, pay attention to the binders and fillers in any vitamins and/or supplements.

Replied by Beberobozo
New York

Wow I use magnesium oil and it seems okay but I am now wondering if I am allergic to shell fish.. One time I had some crab in a restaurant and I got the palpitations at night.

A few days ago I ate about four shrimp and my pulse raced a bit. Not too much but a bit.

Could I have an allergy now to shell fish? The rest of my diet is pretty much wheat, gluten free and mostly organic .. it's a pretty healthy diet... I read labels and rarely take in any chemicals if I can help it like msg and the like.... Thank you

Replied by Bette With A Pebble
Nj, Usa

Aloe vera gel softgel capsules taken as directed on the bottle is said to have stopped palpitations within 24 hours according to the latest Dr. Whitaker newsletter in the "works for me" section.

Replied by Kt

This post needs to follow my post about the "magnesiun CITRATE" because it was correcting Beberobozo's misunderstanding about my post, thinking I was referring to "magnesium".

Magnesium is an essential mineral. "Citrate" is more than likely manufactured from corn. MSG can be created as a consequence of manufacture. Citrate is such a product. It seems like double trouble when using GMO's to "manufacture" the binders, fillers and capsules. As far as the magnesium oil, I don't know anything about that. I had been advised that any "extract" can be a hidden source of MSG because in the extraction process MSG is created. Oil is an extract.

Was your shellfish breaded or did you use a sauce that is not used on other food? I would have bouts of hay fever even as an adult until I learned what I was eating was breaking down my ability to tolerate different foods so I have a different opinion about all these "food allergies". There are so many variables.

In addition, there is a substance manufactured called mycoprotein that is fake meat/fish. It has been textured to resemble meat and is sliced, diced or shredded and used in restaurants.

By the process of elimination over the last twenty-plus years I have learned so much about how our food supply has been making us sick and the medical profession seems to be focusing on finding cures and/or quick fixes instead of acknowledging and eliminating the cause. The genetically modified food is harder to digest and even the "organic" produce is no longer safe. Not sure about this but the fungus in that soil may even be similar to the fungus used to produce the mycoprotein. I don't think anyone has full knowledge of what has happened to our food supply.

Replied by Beberobozo
New York

Hi, As far as the magnesium I use the oil transdermal and seems to be fine.

My first fish which was breaded and was crab must have had something on it like a sauce I never had before. Not sure what it was as it was in a restaurant.

The second shellfish was some raw shrimp which was plain and nothing on it but I have no idea where it came from.. It was only four so I assumed it was okay but from now on going to stay away from shellfish. Thank You.

Replied by Jim
Ny Li

Hi all, on bing.com search how to make magnesium oil put it on skin 8 squirts = 100 mgs of magnesium. Walmart has the distilled water under a $. God Bless

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Posted by Misti (Westport, Ct) on 06/29/2013
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A remedy my grandmother used to swear by was drinking a glass of ice water whenever she had heart palpitations. I tried it last night and it works. Yea Granny!!


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Posted by Lani (Philippines) on 08/05/2014
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I have a symptomatic Mitral Valve Prolapse with mitral regurgitation so palpitation is like a daily thing for me plus chest pains and fatigue. I learned about magnesium on the net and tried it right away and since then I no longer have palpitations and it also cured all the other MVP symptoms including insomnia. Just 400mg daily before bedtime. I've been taking it for 5 years now.

Replied by Nathalie

Please advise which type of magnesium helps with palpitations?

Posted by Jay Jay (Emerald Beach, Nsw Australia) on 11/15/2012
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My friend had severe heart palpatations that had me driving him to the hostpital one time after he had sat there for 8 hours with an irregular heart beat! The hospital did what they knew to do but nothing worked for him and gave no really useful advice.

For another issue he started taking magnesium and a little zinc. He didn't really notice that he hadn't had a heart palpatation until one day he forgot to take the magnesium. His heart went irregular by about 2pm. He started to get worried.

He remembered he hadn't had his magnesium tablet and within a few minites of taking it the palpatations had completely stopped!

Reading other posts, I wonder if that's why molasses has worked for some people as it has a good supply of magnesium?

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa

Taurine regulates heartbeat. Taurine competes with cysteine, so be sure you don't have high cysteine levels.

Posted by Jackie (Cape Coral, FL, USA) on 12/19/2008
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Magnesium for heart palpitations/panic attacks: I thank God for this site. I was having scary heart palpitations at night, and I knew it was panic attacks. The only course my doc offered was xanax, and as I was rushed through the visit there was no time to talk alternatives. I am not one of those people who thinks happiness is a pill away. I did my own research, and decided to try a magnesium supplement. The FIRST NIGHT I was heart palpitation-free. I can't believe doctors would rather throw a dangerous pill at you rather than discuss the effects of diet, exercise, and soda (caffeine&aspatame) on your body. Try Magnesium first, and make sure you are getting your potassium too!

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
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Hi Jackie, Welcome to the world of reality. Your doctor doesn't tell you a lot because of the AMA which is the strongest union in the USA. When they get wind of someone recommending anything that medicine doesn't have control of, they start hollering "Quack, quack" and trying to put them out of business. Psst! Ever hear of that site called "Quack Watch"!? Not many doctors want to run that risk with all the debt from medical school hanging over their heads or even after that debt is paid. It also explains why the big pharmaceuticals, AMA, and other allies making a living in the health field are so interested in closing down the health food stores, making vitamins, minerals, herbs and supplements available by prescription only. I hope & pray that this current attempt will be such a flop that they will never try it again. But play it smart and go buy you a few good books on recognition of and uses of our local herbs that most people call weeds. That way, we might not be able to get herbs from other countrys but we can surely find enough in our own localities to still be winners healthwise.

I am cheered up by people like you and the other one I just read in EC that figured out that mixing powdered blood root (which is a very easily recognized wild flower) with DMSO for skin cancer on her own. YEA! EC readers & sharers, keep using those heads for something besides a hat rack! We can all learn from one another and enjoy better health, and better health starts with what you eat & drink.

I was just reading something about Michigan, which first started fluoridating the public water, supply is now rethinking on the wisdom of this, because of so many reports of connections to bone cancer and other unwanted problems from this toxin produced as a byproduct of producing aluminum which could only be sold for pesticide or rat poison, before somebody got the idea of forcing it on the people on the public water system. I also read where Maryville, Tn. finally got it removed from their public water supply in the past couple of years. If
people keep wising up, our health is gonna increase likewise. But winning the battle with FDA, AMA, MSG, aspartame and the others isn't going to be easy.

Replied by Chachazoom
Sutton, Ontario

Regarding heart palpitation and magnesium supplements... It is important when using magnesium supplements to keep daily intake of maganese under 2 mg. Too much manganese crowds out magnesium uptake and causes an irregular heartbeat.

Check vitamin and all supplements to make sure there is no more than 2 mg a day

Replied by Florie
San Francisco, California

There is a wonderful book, "The Alternative Medicine Guide to Heart Disease, " that covers all of this. It is brilliantly laid out, and the information is extremely helpful. Magnesium is included, of course. I highly recommend it. It saved me.

Replied by Pjdez
Birmingham, Alabama

I went to the ER today because for the 3rd day in a row my palpitations were occurring too often and this time around I had chest pains. The ER doc ran all kind sof tests and the old ticker is fine. He also said both potassium and magnesium were fine. He mentioned that I don't treat with anti-arrythmic drugs because they tend to do worse things since palpitations are a defense mechanism that kicks in when the electric signal isn't working right.

Replied by K
Hartford, Ct
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What happens when you try a magnesium supplement (mag. Oxide) and you get a rash in reaction to it? Should you try other kinds? Or are you allergic at all?

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Posted by Lucinda (Belmont, Sw, Nod) on 04/15/2013
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Re: Heart Palpitations:

Take magnesium. Google: Dr. Carolyn Dean Magnesium and heart palpitations.

Take EFA's. Google: George Eby Heart Palpitations

Monitor your Omega 6 and Omega 3 Fatty Acid intake. The ration of 6 to 3 must be NO MORE THAN 4 to 1. Take a good EFA (Omega 3). Spend the money on a good one, to save your sanity and your heart. (See: selfnutritiondata.com for the ratios of Omega 6 to 3 in many foods. ) Good Luck to us all. Lucinda

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Posted by Lori (Long Beach, Ca, Usa) on 05/11/2010
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I have been having heart palpitations for a few months now. I thought caffeine was causing them and cut it out of my diet completely. Didn't solve the issue. I also tried various magnesium supplements, which gave me diarrhea and didn't stop the palpitations. About a week ago I decided to try magnesium chloride which I had bought a few months ago at an aquarium supply store but never used. I made up a 50/50 magnesium oil solution by adding 1 cup of boiling water to 1 cup magnesium chloride crystals and stirring until the crystals dissolved. After the oil had cooled, I slathered about 3 tablespoons of the oil all over my chest and also on my right armpit. I then put on an oversized, button down shirt, leaving it wide open at the top so the magnesium oil wouldn't get soaked in the cloth, and waited about 15 minutes before washing it off. Only 5 minutes into the treatment, I felt my whole body relax and the tense feeling I had in my chest immediately dissipated.

I have been doing this treatment twice a day now for the past 5 days and have not had any more palpitations. I feel so much better now! Hope this helps someone.

Replied by Vandu
Silver Spring, Md

Hi Lori, thanks for sharing. My dad just noticed something was off with his heartbeat and the doctor told him he had an irregular heartbeat. I want to suggest the mag oil to him. Funny I just got a bag of flakes recently. It came with a sample bottle of mag oil as well so I immediately tried it. Didn't notice much yet (i was looking for feeling more calm). Last night I tried it on my leggs (3 sprays). My legs broke out in hives, had to wash it off to get relief and apply emu oil alo vera. Have you head a reaction like that to mag oil?

You posted in May 2010. How has it been going since then? Are you still applying mag oil regularly?


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Posted by Qamrul A. Khanson (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) on 12/08/2009
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A palpitation is an abnormality of heartbeat that causes a conscious awareness of its beating, whether it is too slow, too fast, irregular, or missing in between at its normal frequency. I have been a heart patient for the last ten years and I felt worst from my palpitation.

Every fifth beat of my heart went missing and I felt a noisy gear like sound in my heart. The feeling was anxiety but no pain. I went to ER, blood analysis and ECG were perfect except my Magnesium was a bit low. Doctor attending me gave me a sip of Magnesium solution. I came back home hale and hearty.

The next day, I again noticed the palpitation, this time 15th beat was missing. I went to gym and did my regular yoga, cardio and light weight exercise. The palpitation was gone. Mind you I had not exercised due to flue like symptoms earlier. Since then, I keep Magnesium level to normal, keep exercising and eating less than what I use to eat earlier. I am better and have not felt palpitation yet.

I think controlling the amount and quality of food is key to solve the problem. Always eat and fill 1/3 rd of your stomach. Keep 1/3rd for water and 1/3rd should remain empty. You will live for a long time.

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Posted by Hisjewel (America, New York) on 02/10/2016
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My Racing Heart - Valentine's Day is coming, so I thought I would share a remedy or three for my racing heart. When I climb the steps, and almost every time, After I eat, heart palpitations pay me a visit. It is not like I wasn't two-hundred and twenty pounds before with my five feet four inches of height. And when I was this size before, I did not have palpitations, so I hardly believe it's all a weight problem.

When I was just a child playing in the yard, the racing heart would happen to me now and then. I do not recall palpitations in my teen years, nor in my working years (an exception may be when on a seven day dry fast, I later learned to do those with water, and ten years older than that with water and a little juice).

Now in my sixties heart palpitations have become like a lurking enemy. One day, after a hard day out in the field trying to do some good in the world, I decided I wanted to eat something on the way home. However, I forgot to carry spare magnesium, this and prayer helps me to slow down the heart palpitations. I started to go on home, which was about an hour and a half away. Then I remembered Orange Juice. I bought a small bottle of orange juice, I made sure they listed that potassium was in it, this had rescued my racing heart before.

I know I must choose my food wisely, and I am still working on this. I drank a few sips of orange juice before I ate, and the another ¼ of the small bottle of the orange juice afterwards.

Thank God for Orange Juice. I was able to find something at the corner store to help me safely eat my meal without having a heart attack. I am sure I should probably visit the good doctor; there are still a lot of good doctors. I just do not like going to the clinic or hospital. Therefore, in the meanwhile, I am using prayer, magnesium and potassium to mend my racing heart. I hope this helps your heart too.


Replied by Beth

Hi Jewel...same thing for me years ago...was diagnosed as having PAD (peripheral artery disease)...turned out( years later) it was a large HIATAL HERNIA...the pressure causes the stomach to press onto the vagas nerve ...causing the PALPS, ......Havent had them in years....Must eat smaller amts...take digestive ENZs with every meal and never lie down after eating, , , I eat main meal by 2 pm and have fruit usually an apple.in slices and hot tea at 6pm...am 78 yrs old...on NO MEDS! Blessings, Beth

Replied by Hisjewel
America, New York

Thanks for responding Beth!

This is very helpful. I have never heard of a Hernia causing heart palpitations before.

Replied by Jen

Beth, my mom has heart palpitations and hiatal hernia. I'm thinking that has something to do with the palpitations. But now I'm getting them! I used to get them as a teen and then they went away. Now I'm 43 and started getting them after my meals or in the morning. It's so exhausting and the only thing that helps is lying down. I'm wondering if I might have hiatal hernia also?


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Posted by Hilary (Va) on 11/21/2017
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Molasses works great for my heart palpitations. But I am convinced there is more to it than just the potassium. I eat a healthy diet, take vitamin supplements and drink coconut water, which is higher in potassium than molasses. But during one particularly bad day of many lengthy atrial fib episodes (and 2 glasses of coconut water), I tried 1Tbs of molasses in hot water. Before I was finished with the cup, my a-fib was gone. I will continue taking the molasses every day. It's far better than what my cardiologist wants me to do.

Posted by Hisjewel (America, New York) on 10/04/2016
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Greetings to All,

Blackstrap Molasses is awesome in potassium which helps to calm heart palpitations. I use the un-sulfured blackstrap Molasses. One tablespoon is all you need. Straight from the spoon is mighty tasty, or you can mix it in water, or other food like oat-meal. The company I buy from has 320 mgs of potassium in one tablespoon of un-sulfured Blackstrap Molasses.

Posted by Car5902 (Prospect, Ky) on 11/16/2014
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Oh my goodness, I have been suffering from palpitations for years! I was on propranolol 20 mg qd PRN which helped but I was sick of taking meds. I decided to look up natural remedies after I quit meds and continued in agony with palpitations. I tries BSM today and am amazed at the instant results. I couldn't be happier! Thank you so much!

Replied by Kenny
San Antonio, Texas

What do you mix it with, and how do you take it?

Replied by Kathy

Just making sure I didn't miss what BSM stands for, is that the baking soda and molasses mixture? Or is it a separate remedy from a former conversation? Needing help with palpatations also.

EC: BSM = Blackstrap Molasses

Replied by Marcin
Toronto, Canada

I just read that Chinese Medicine uses licorice/liquorice for heart palpitations. You might want to look it up.

Posted by Tosin (Lagos/Nigeria) on 07/19/2013

Pls l am having palpitation for over one yr all medication proved abortive. Pls what is molasses and how can I get it.

Replied by Rachel

Hi, molasses is a food product made from sorghum I believe. It can be found in most grocery stores.

Replied by Eliza P.
Zamboanga City, Philippines

I got heart palpitations Aug 19 this yr I admit for 3days in hospital I have med take till now for kind but when I take that med I feel weak. I am 41yrs old med I take vastarel, platexan, co q10, carvedilol so pls help me what remedies to take me d.if ever I get heart palp.just to stop palpited

I want to stop take this med.I just take if ever got pappited

Posted by Kellie (Frisco, Tx, Usa) on 03/10/2010
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Heart Palpitations, Molasses

Having discovered the site in Jan and using Earth Clinic to cure my chronic sinus infections, I checked opinions for heart palpitations. Ever since going on a lot of medications 1 yr ago for my allergies (which I never had prior to 1 yr ago), about 6 months ago my heart would skip beats. It was very very scary! It usually occurred in the afternoon or evening. I dealt with it for 6 months and then looked up cures on Earth Clinic. I immediately used what I had and tried Ted's solution of baking soda and lemon juice (1/4 tea soda and 5TB lemon juice in a large glass of water). 30 minutes later they seemed better, but I was still having them. The next day I bought some Organic Black Strap Molasses. That night the palpitations started again and I drank another glass of lemon/baking soda and 2 TB Molasses. 15 minutes later they were gone!! I have been so scared for 6 months and such a simple solution solved my problem! I did not have another palpitation for a week! Then I had a few and immediately got out the molasses. 2 TB later and they were gone for a week. I just took another 2 TB tonight, which is my 3rd week. I notice each time they come back they don't occur as frequently or seem as dramatic. Each episode is less severe. The molasses is a simple/easy solution and I can't thank Earth Clinic enough for this great forum and the people who contribute!!! THANK YOU!!!

Replied by Aw
New City, New York

Does this drink really work? I have blackstrap molasses, baking soda and lemon. Does this stop your palps? If so, how? Is the acid/alkaline balance really behind the reason for, or at least an antagonist, the palps? Why would the molasses work, because of the copper content? I have read where a-fib people are low in copper and this helps them. I've been told by a doc that I needed more copper. Is a copper deficiency perhaps a cause? I'm also curious about learning more about iodine. Another scary element that we are all deficient in. Just a note, I never started getting palps (though they said I had WPW since the day I was born) until I was living on the zero carb high protein diet for years. I was pretty acidic. Any insight would help. Thanks, AW

Replied by Bill
San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines

Hi Kellie... What can generally cause heart arrythmia and tachycardia problems can be an imbalance of certain electrolytes as well as lack of iodine. Therefore calcium, potassium and magnesium all will have an effect on your heartbeat since these three minerals are so important for the nerves and muscle. Calcium is usually found in excess in our diets, whereas both magnesium and potassium are usually defficient. Magnesium itself is the guvenor or balancer of calcium and potassium minerals within our cells.

Iodine/iodide is also deficient in our diets and is another element that can effect our hearts. I've been finding my own level of iodine -- and for me this has worked out to between 2-4 drops Lugol's per day. But I have taken up to 50 mgs per day to get my iodine levels up quickly. I now take far more(over a 100 times more) on a daily basis than the RDA of 150 micrograms recommended for iodine intake. In the most current independent reasearch on iodine -- The Iodine Project -- they have successfully used between 50 - 100 mgs daily intake of iodine for acute diseases like fibrocystic breast disease and upwards of 150 mgs for chronic diseases like breast or prostate cancer. Having experimented myself with Lugol's Iodine, I now regard iodine as extremely body friendly - even in large amounts. In my own research on iodine, I also found that the Japanese have a daily iodine intake of at least 13. 8 mgs per day through eating alot of seaweed with every meal. The Japanese also have some of the lowest incidence of breast, prostate, uterine and lung cancer because of this fact -- this can only because of their relatively high (as compared to the US RDA) iodine intake.

I had heart arrythmia, and just took magnesium gluconate or magnesium chloride everyday -- 400 mgms -- plus I also used a small garden flower sprayer with 2-3 tablespoons of Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) dissolved in water -- I just sprayed my torso with it after showers and absorbed the magnesium that way transdermally. This got rid of my arrythmia problems fairly quickly. At the time, I was also taking Ted's lemon/lime and BS alkalizing remedy and using natural sea salt, so I was getting enough potassium everyday. My problem was lack of both magnesium and iodine in my diet.

Replied by Tx Kel
Frisco, Tx, Usa

AW and Bill, Sorry it took so long to reply. I forgot about my account. AW... Yes I still use BS Molasses for my heart skipping. I've tried vitamins and other supliments, trying to guess which supliment I'm missing. Finally I gave up. It's so cheap and easy to just swallow 1 TB of BS Molasses a couple times a week. I notice I need it more around cold season or when I'm stressed. I'm sure my body uses more of whatever I'm missing at that time. Hope it works for you..

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Hi, I had the same problem in January 2016. I had quiet a bit of stress and I loaded my stomach the night before with a bowl of sauerkraut and a full dinner. I woke up in the morning, ate breakfast and worried about a few things, and then bent forward to pick something up from the floor, and it started. At that time I fainted. I think it was because I called the ambulance and they told me to walk to a nearby clinic as it would be faster to get help. My pulse then was extremely fast and I felt flutter in my chest. When I got to the clinic with an already fast pulse I realized that, I had to climb up stairs to the second floor. When I got upstairs I fainted. Then they did ECG and it was a little abnormal. They gave me propranolol and aspirin. When the paramedics came to take me to hospital and they tested me again in the ambulance, the ECG was normal. At the hospital it was also normal. And, all my tests came back normal. I think it was a crazy idea to exert myself and climb those stairs with an already fast pulse with palpitations. Sometimes, I also feel this flutter in my throat pit.

The first time I ever got this problem was 3 years ago, when I was on a 6 week fast with with no other food but non-starchy vegetable and fruit. It could have been an electrolyte imbalance. I called the ambulance and they told me to call again in half an hour as all the ambulances were on call :) The palpitation lasted almost 2 hours. It alternated with muscle twitches in my legs. I remembered about a folk treatment with a tsp of honey. I took it and it slowly abated within approx 20 minutes. I did not go to hospital at that time as it stopped after the honey.

I also have this indigestion problem with acid and sometimes food reflux, which could be contributing to my problem if not causing it. Homeopathic Arsenicum 3C, 3 drops twice daily is a great help for that.

One interesting thing for people with atrial regurgitation is to check for the presence of helicobacter pylori. It has been shown to be causing the episodes.

To stop my palpitations and fast pulse episodes, I take homeopathic Crataegus tincture 10 drops on tongue twice daily and Lachesis mutrus 200,4 pills on alternate morning and Coffea cruda 200 SOS for stress. Then when the scary palpitations happen I just take the Crataegus 10 drops and repeat if necessary after 15 minutes, I also take a tsp of honey, and it seems to work. The next episodes if they happen are shorter and milder.

I also noticed that if I drink a lot of water and I pass water too often then the episodes may recur. So, I drink a glass of tomato juice 100% to replace the potassium and I'm safe. Sometimes, I drik two glasses daily or eat beans with tomato paste concentrate. In 100g of tomato concentrate there is approx 1000 mg of potassium. I also eat dried peaches, figs, green beets etc. What is also good for the heart is to eat regularly pumpkin seeds which contain a lot of magnesium. Replacing table salt with Himalayan or Celtic salt is also a good idea as well as drinking up to 10 glasses of water daily.

Posted by Judy (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 11/06/2008
5 out of 5 stars

I just turned 41 & have started feeling the grips of hormonal changes along with having a history of huge fibroids. I had 5 lbs of fibroids removed last yr in a robotic surgery that went terrifically & preserved my fertility :) I still want to have children & decided to take a natural, active involvement in my health. I have always worked out religiously since I was 15 so I've been in great shape & been able to tolerate the pain of those fibroids. But at age 41 I was finding that I no longer could run on the junk food that I liked to eat & was lacking energy along with not having a normal cycle. I wanted so much to have a normal cycle without the complications of a birth control pill. ACV gave me that :) But I was also dealing with more heart palpitations that I just couldn't control with my diet & vitamin taking. Yesterday, it was really getting in my way of life so I ran out & got the molasses. And I'm so happy to report that it made those nasty heart palpitations go away, gave me energy to go play tennis that evening ( in fact, I was burning the court with my energetic plays) & is helping my chronic constipation. I've gone to the bathroom 3 times since last evening to this morning and that's simply wonderful!!! I urge everyone to try ACV & molasses ~ they are TERRIFIC!!!!

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west hartford , ci

what does bsm stand for?

EC: BSM = blackstrap molasses