Tachycardia Remedies and Natural Cures

| Modified on Aug 09, 2023
Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil
Posted by Beth (Oxford, Ohio) on 05/06/2021
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I developed a racing heart and high blood pressure instantly one morning. For about an hour I practiced deep breathing and drank water. Didn't help. I didn't want to go to the hospital for all the fears one can image (it is nicknamed ‘kill ‘em and hide ‘em) so grabbed my essential oils book, which recommended Ylang-Ylang.

Two whiffs and all went back to normal instantly never to return again.

That was in 2016! Ylang-Ylang travels with me always.

Magnesium, Potassium
Posted by Gee sangha (Ontario ) on 03/10/2021
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I have had no serious health issues all my life approx 59 now

But recently I started getting abnormal heart palpitations to the point where I was getting them even when in bed. I thought eating was the cause as usually, it started after eating. Tried magnesium glycinate with little effect.

Then I remembered I had magnesium calm is what it is called and so after a meal, I took half a teaspoon. I found my symptoms were lessened. That evening I took another half teaspoon I slept without issue and no palpitations.

It works for me the stuff is magnesium carbonate in ionic format. I think you need a larger amount of magnesium in the form your body handles best.

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Gee S. (Canada ) on 03/09/2021

I think my heart palpitations are related to this issue. Could you direct me to any references about this?

Omega 3 Fish Oil
Posted by Bob V (Cincinnati, Ohio) on 10/27/2019
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The mainstream medical literature, and the advice they provide are full of misleading info. But so does many internet sites on the alternative medicine, so be quite careful. You can live a long life with this condition and usually without having surgeries.

I studied alternative medicine for 30 to 40 years as a hobby around the world and published several articles on it. Two fish oil gels for someone with tachycardia is nothing. When it hits u, u need to take about 1,500 IUs minimum of Omega 3, fatty acids (don't confuse that with fish oil, what I mean is the EPA and DHA) with at least 800mg magnesium, 99mg potassium and real garlic grown in the USA.

Lay down while elevating your feet. Fried food, sweets and stress are another concern (salt? caffeine? the jury is still out on it) that may cause pooling and stickiness of your blood at the heart valves or in your arteries. Try to eat food that contains the above mentioned elements. Try to drink wine, reds are better and daily and consume garlic and real, clean ocean fish frequently.

Bob V

Omega 3 Fish Oil
Posted by Johann (Atlanta) on 03/07/2019
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I take Omega 3 for tachycardia and it works.

I take 2 fish oil capsules per day. They have 360 mg EPA & 240 mg DHA. Warning: don't take at night because it activates the brain and may keep you up. Take 30 minutes before you eat for best results.

Posted by cis (Uk) on 02/10/2021

Sorry you had to have surgery for it. There are other solutions!

Lack of magnesium is a well-known cause of atrial fibrillation (A-Fib).

B Vitamins
Posted by Idiot 13 (Dublin) on 01/25/2021
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I had irregular heart beat and I took vitamin b12 and b complex and it cured my heart problem.

Posted by M (Md) on 01/23/2021

For Win re: racing heart

where do you place hand on neck....left side, right side, center? Both hands? Press lightly?
please verify.

Posted by Win F. (Canada) on 05/03/2020
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If you also have a racing heart rate, as I do, well here's a simple remedy for that as well: Whenever you feel your heart racing, you simply put your hand on your neck and for some reason that will slow your heart rate within a very few minutes.

Weird, I know, but it's reduced my visits to the emergency room to nil.

Posted by Win Fuller (Canada) on 05/05/2020

Hi Wendy,

Thanks for your concern and you have every right to feel that way. I know I don't have Afib from the many visits to the ER. Afib is a totally different thing from a racing heart. A racing heart still has a normal heart rhythm whereas Afib is an irregular heart rhythm. I should have clarified that in my original post so thanks for clearing that up.

Posted by Wendy (Columbus, OH) on 05/04/2020

Please be careful with natural remedies for a racing heart without checking with your doctor first.

Back in 2016 I had moments where my heart was pounding, or racing, when simply sitting or laying in bed about to go to sleep. Turns out I had atrial fibrillation, also known as “afib”. I had a friend take me to the emergency room, they did some sort of test, possibly an EKG, I'm not sure. I ended up getting a cardioversion which basically means the doctor shocks your heart back to normal rhythm.

For me, the afib never returned, but every person‘s experience with afib is different. Please check with your doctor.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Mic (Forsyth) on 11/07/2020

Side effects do happen to many. Xanax has side effects of impairment to memory.

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Orh (Ten Mile, Tn) on 07/14/2020


ORH here, woke this morning and no heart flutter, but I was in AFIB again. Forgot to mention that yesterday, I used my KAATSU BLOOD RESRICTION system on my legs. Began to address my AFIB as I did yesterday and nothing helped. I then went on my KAATSU system and my AFIB was gone by the end of the session.

Years ago I investigated EECP my cardiologist used for heart ailments. It uses a similar technique as KAATSU and is expensive and the FDA will only approve if you can't have a heart by-pass. As all know I's SJS and am excited about what I have learned about getting out of Tachycadia and AFIB on your own.

Yesterday, I was in both at the same time. Am also convinced that the wrong mix of medications can be a factor. For those that have this condition, suggest you research the KAATSU system. By restricting your blood flow, your heart has to work harder and your brain picks that up and it changes things. It is a fascinating story about it's evolution in Japan within the last two decades. Still have the story to tell about COVID 19 testing.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by ORH (Ten Mile, Tn) on 07/13/2020

Hi U OLE PATOOTS,,,,,,,, ORH here, and feel like I may survive.

If all recall, I went to the best electrical Doc in this area to fix this problem with ablation. Problem was my venous vein is crimped and he could not get his welder through to my heart. Out of HS, I was 5'9" and now 5'7" but your veins and arteries don't shrink, they just crimp like a water hose. He now says he can use a stronger wire and force open the kink. If he fails, I die, and he gets to write an article in a medical journal.

My dad had the same deal in the 70's and the solution was for the doc was to come to his house, take a clean handkerchief and try to pull his tongue out of his mouth. If that did not work, then he pushed on his eyeballs and if that did not work, then dad stood at the bed and the doc hit him in his heart as hard as he could. One measure always worked. I was getting to that point today. Problem with my shotgun approach is that I never know which thing did the trick. So later I write the story of the COVID 19 testing.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by ORH (Ten Mile, Tn) on 07/13/2020
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GANG, ORH here, got my mule scared today. Got up this morning and felt like I had been whipped with an ugly stick. Went to the farm anyway and things got worse, so I came home. Blood Pressure and pulse were all over the map. Pulled every trick that I knew and finally it is tolerable after 4 hours of non-stop intervention. PEMF program that I took from low to high, cayenne pepper extract in water, magnesium oil on chest, followed by DMSO, oxygen mask and a Xanax . Have gone to the ER several times when this happens. Their errors have almost put me under twice, so I make my on house calls. Need to hang on as I have a Covid testing story to tell you.


Posted by Pinetreelady (Tucson) on 12/20/2018
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Tachycardia (fast heart beat) can be related to thyroid issues. The thyroid controls the electrical activity of the heart. You most likely could benefit from the use of iodine added to your supplement regimen. Get Dr. David Brownstein's book, "Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can't Live Without It". You start with low dose iodine/iodide of 12.5 mg and work up. Most people in our modern world are iodine deficient because of the depleted soil as well as the addition of bromides to our diet (used in commercial bread making).

Posted by Mitchel (Brooklyn, NY) on 08/06/2018

Be sure to take Lysine if you're taking Arginine. Arginine does indeed allow Nitric Oxide into blood vessels, but it also allows viruses in your system to "express" themselves. Lysine helps to prevent that from happening (which is why people with Herpes take Lysine & zinc).

Thank you all for the very interesting ideas here, rooted in experience. One thing -- do the same treatments apply for Ventricular Tachycardia, as they do for Atrial?

Hawthorn and Motherwort
Posted by Nicole (On, Canada) on 06/07/2018

Thank you for sharing! I m currently in the hosptal for tachycardia and was prescribed Atenolol. It has so many side effects! I took a bit of motherwort when my attack came, but I think I should take it daily for prevention. All the best.

Alkaline pH
Posted by Barbara (Ontario) on 02/14/2018

what was the name of the supplement mineral that you used?

Potassium Chloride
Posted by Jack (California) on 12/30/2017

Btw, Joe Vialls, died of a heart attack in the end, at 66 years of age. Not a particularly long life I might say... considering his proprensity to proffer consipiracy theories, maybe the poor guy was "offed"... and made to look like an illness etc.

Alkaline pH
Posted by Dixia Pasas (Australia) on 08/06/2017

What's the name of the concentrated minerals?

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Bea (Sa) on 07/22/2017

It sounds like an allergy symptom. If your heart rate increases by 10 points after eating certain foods, you're reacting to them in an allergic way. People can be allergic to sugar and get symptoms. Just stay away from those foods because allergy is forever. I also get a sudden heart rate increase, and I know there is something in that food that I am allergic to. Especially if you get headaches or migraines, digestive problems, sinus congestion, asthma, etc after eating these foods. Google allergy pulse test.

Pots Syndrome
Posted by Joy (Norcross, Georgia) on 06/07/2017

I have POTS due to Lyme Disease and my B12 is actually in the higher end of normal. POTS is autonomic nervous system dysfunction and actually doesn't have much to do with the heart itself at all.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Judy (California) on 06/01/2017

Take FOOD GRADE only Love this stuff

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Susan (Nyc) on 05/30/2017

I believe the Diatomaceous Earth needs to be Food Grade for consumption.

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Joalie Davie, Md (Santa Fe, Nm) on 03/25/2017

There several possibilities for your post carbohydrate symptoms of tachycardia. One is that you have a dip in your blood sugar one to three hours after the high carb meal which causes adrenalin to stimulate your heart and make it beat faster and stronger, and you feel tired. Thyrotoxicosis can also cause tachycardia.

A rare possibility which is actually quite serious is a rare disease called hypokalemic periodic paralysis which causes the potassium in the blood to decrease to dangerously low levels and cause severe fatigue and sometimes partial paralysis or extreme weakness. It is easy to diagnose. Treatment includes avoiding high carb meals.

Foods to Avoid
Posted by Nicole (Cover, Pa) on 01/17/2017
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I put virgin coconut oil in my hair and on my skin and I had tachycardia for 3 days. I did not know beforehand that it is a stimulant energy booster. I have a mild heart condition to begin with and boy did that get my heart racing

Posted by Patricia (South Bend, In) on 12/15/2016
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I had several bouts with tachycardia, two of which sent me to the emergency room as they lasted hours, rate was over 200. Chocolate will set it off...but then so does other things that set off Gerd. Comes when I bloat up....so milk products are out. When I start to get one, you can feel it, I take GAS-X and water. I have a theory that it's the acid reflux affecting the Vegus nerve. Last bad episode was in May....belched big after three hours and heart slowed down. It's pressure in there. BTW, may also be hyperthyroid a bit.

At 5'8" I can't keep weight on, always weighed 120 since high school but weight has dropped to under 110. UGH! Trying to keep it on without overeating is hard.

Hawthorn and Motherwort
Posted by Sensitive Creature (Tx) on 11/01/2016

Hi Joan!

There are a lot of people that do the ablation for tachycardia. Some people it helps a lot, some it sets off a new set of problems. Please just be sure and do your research before jumping into doing that. If it was your first and only incident, check for food or medication allergy or sensitivity.

Please keep us posted!

Hawthorn and Motherwort
Posted by Joan (Barrington. Illinois) on 09/15/2016

I was just diagnosed with psvt. Was on a monitor and had twenty minutes of over 200 beats per minute. I have not tried any of the remedies yet but I will go to health store tomorrow. Any suggestions as to what I should try first?Also my cardiologist referred me to an electrical cardiologist who can evaluate me for ablation. Has anyone had it and did it help?


Potassium Chloride
Posted by Katie (Northport, NY) on 08/03/2016


Do not give potassium chloride to your animal without speaking to your vet about it first. I'm not sure that a vet would even recommend this. Potassium chloride is used in ice melts. Potassium is one of those minerals that most doctors will tell you should be getting from food, not a supplement because it is very easy for the blood levels to get too high which can be very dangerous. Potassium needs to stay in balance with the other important heart minerals such as calcium and magnesium.

The people reading this post most likely have animals who are already on meds or animals with serious heart conditions. And it is really important that they know that potassium chloride can have serious interactions with many heart meds such as enalapril and many of the diuretics. Combining these meds may significantly increase potassium levels in the blood in your animal and high levels of potassium can develop into a condition known as hyperkalemia, which in severe cases can lead to kidney failure and cardiac arrest.

Also, if you have kidney problems you cannot take this – it can be very dangerous. For those who are interested, Dr. Sinatra's website gives an expansive list of recommended foods which are high in potassium, magnesium and calcium which he recommends to his heart patients to help bring down their blood pressure.

Potassium Chloride
Posted by Patricia (Downsville) on 08/03/2016 42 posts
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This is in answer to a pet post but I believe it should be put in the human section also. If the moderator will do so I think lots of people can benefit from Joe Vialls story of potassium chloride as vital for life.


I don't know about heart murmurs but potassium chloride seems to cure everything heart related. This man, Joe Vialls, cured himself of 25 years of hi blood pressure and angina by ending life long potassium deficiency. Here is his story:


Personally I had begun to have rapid heart beats maybe once a month for a few seconds only. Still it was scary. I read Joe Vialls article and his story fascinated me and purchased Now Foods potassium chloride on the web http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Potassium-Chloride-Powder-8-oz-227-g/777

This was many years ago so I don't remember how or how much I took but the rapid heart beats are long gone. I moved two years ago and don't know where my potassium chloride disappeared to.


Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Lainie (Nyc) on 04/14/2016

I have a case of DE as my mother used to use it for bedbug prevention around the apt!

I will try it tonight and order motherwort. The Dr. took me off of hawthorn which I thought was strange as I really don't think it caused the racing heart. My blood pressure is normal since going on the Eat to Live diet by Dr. Fuhrman which is vegetarian.

Progress & peace, they belong to you. Hope you find relief without resorting to medication that leaves you too exhausted to do anything.

Posted by Nurona (Indonesia) on 03/20/2016

How many doses a day? Once or twice a day. My BP 105-106 and this is not good for me

General Feedback
Posted by Felicity (U.s.) on 03/17/2016

I've been told that putting ice water on your face could stop tachycardia, too. They say put your face into ice water, but an ambulance driver who has tachycardia told me you can also soak a cloth in ice water and hold that to your face. I haven't had an episode since then (heart rate was around 210 last 3 episodes), and the other Valsalva maneuvers I tried wouldn't stop it (coughing, bearing down), so I'll definitely try ice water next time, probably on the face for me, but might try drinking it.

Magnesium, Potassium
Posted by Joanne (Az) on 03/12/2016
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Yes a deficiency in magnesium can make your heart rate higher. I had that internal shakiness The feeling went way and my heart rate went down after taking magnesium ultra 200 mg a day. Also upped my potassium by drinking low sodium tomato juice and coconut water.

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Misty (Georgia ) on 03/11/2016
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This works too for me. Started taking 1 heaping tablespoon for extra silica hoping to ease tendonitis. Noticed after a couple of days my high heart rate was lower. With this I also feel calmer, less anxious. Will continue taking.

Posted by Ruth Turner (North Myrtle Beach, Sc) on 02/20/2016

Can't wait to try. Is it over the counter

Posted by Tera (Canada) on 02/11/2016

Have you ever heard of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome? Dizziness and increased heart rate upon standing is a major symptom especially chronic headaches and many more. I'd look into it :)

Posted by Fgingles (Raymore, Missouri) on 08/09/2015
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I don't really like posting anything but I know how frustrating it can be to have tachycardia or arrhythmia and taking really hard medications is not really good for our bodies. I have SVT type of tachycardia and have ongoing attacks all day long. I have used Beta-Blocker for 10 years and just recently started taking Tambacor. I've also have had 3 ablations and the last one I had, made me develop a new rhythm in another part of my heart. I've tried every type of natural remedied that is listed in this forum..

My husband experienced a head injury and the doctor recommended him using Melatonin because he needed to have better sleep at night. I decided to start using it too and at that time I was taking tambacor and experiencing dizzy spells from it. I decided to go off the Tambacor. When I went off this medication I didn't have any tachycardia episodes I've been taking Melatonin for 6 months now and I can honestly say I have not had one episode. I take one 5mg pill at night, and it seem to do the trick.

The Melatonin has changed my life, I no longer rely on hard horrible medications to control my arrhythmia. Plus I get a better sleep at night and no side effects.

I hope this information will help someone, that's having to rely on using these horrible medications.

Alkaline pH
Posted by Patricia (Missouri City, Tx) on 08/07/2015

I just read your post. I am very interested in what green supplement your dr advised. I am in the hospital right now with what could be a permanent tachy. Rx side effect. I was told the only way to "fix" it was more rx. I refused. I am eager to hear from you. Tricia

Diatomaceous Earth
Posted by Tiffany (Tennessee) on 05/30/2015

Hi, I am having similar problems, I notice after I exercise, my pulse is very high but my bp is almost at hypotensive levels?

Wonder if DE might work for me? Can I buy DE at my local health food store? I love to exercise and have done it for twenty years!!! I don't want to give it up!!!!

Posted by Mr. Ree (Usa) on 04/19/2015

Bee, you're likely getting niacinamide not niacin...As for serrapeptase and the other supplement it's your choice...Good luck...

Posted by Bee (New York) on 04/19/2015

Mr.Rhee.. sorry to bother you again but do you think its also a good idea to take Nattokinase or serrapeptase in addition to the other things.

I just realized that if I take the Bcomplex twice a day I am getting at least 200 mgs. of niacin.. Thank you so much

Posted by Bee (New York) on 04/18/2015

Mr. Rhee. I try very hard to stay away from sugar and yes I love to walk .. I also do the magnesium but a bit more than you suggested..

The Niacin I tried but got the flush and didn't like that.. I do have a B12 complex with 100 mgs. of Niacin in it. Not sure that is enough..

Oh; and I do find breathing exercises very helpful. I found some Chi gong that I did and loved it.. Thank you very much

Posted by Diamond (Ma., US) on 04/17/2015

Here is some information that might help you, what it's saying is: if your heart rate is high so would your wrist's pulse be the same rate.


Posted by Mr. Ree (Usa) on 04/18/2015

Hi Bee, Stay off high test sugar...Walk daily about 20 minutes and breath deep and slowly while you're walking...You can also try niacinamide at 200 mgs/day or more. You have to experiment with what works for you...And drink lots of good water...Magnesium will also help if you are not already taking it...Take at least 400 mgs/day...

Posted by Earthling (Usa) on 04/18/2015

Cayenne is not for everyone. I see it recommended here over and over again (often, in copious amounts! ) and anyone who suggests its use should include the caveat that it should initially be taken in VERY small amounts--i.e. sprinkle some on food.

I know someone who took a Cayenne capsule and had a stroke! I read the same written by someone here on EC of a friend who had made tea using a half teaspoon of Cayenne.

For me, Cayenne raises my blood pressure, so I am only able to sprinkle a very small amount on my food each day.

Many tend to think that because it is a spice (vs. a drug) that it can't possibly harm you. It absolutely can harm you and anyone who suggests its use should do so responsibly, making certain to suggest starting with very small amounts, slowly working up to the higher amounts if they find they tolerate the small amounts well.

Posted by Bee (New York) on 04/17/2015

Yes, thanks Mr. Rhee. I already do the apple cider vinegar and I was doing the Arginine morning and night..

I love cayenne but when I was using it was raising my blood pressure but I do keep some by my bedside just in case as I have read good things about it.. Not sure I can use it on a regular basis as I said it raises my blood pressure.. so any ideas?? Thank You

Posted by Mr. Ree (Usa) on 04/17/2015

Bee, I'd go with 500 mgs L-arginine 2x a day...Once in the morning and once before bed...Also add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar 2x a day...Take it with honey if you don't like the taste...The other supplements are your choice...If you're so inclined you can add one cayenne capsule a day as it will open your capillaries and help your heart...Cayenne will also stop a heart attack in less then one minute with a teaspoon in a glass of warm water at the onset of a heart attack...Everyone should have cayenne in their house...EMT's should carry it as well.

Posted by Bee (New York) on 04/16/2015

Mr. Rhee. Mr.Rhee... thank you and yes

I just started L Argenine last week.. right now I am doing 1,000 a day but will cut down to 500 a day ..

But I also take taurine and L carnitine.. is this too much. I do have high blood pressure and I was experimenting but now do not know if I should cut out something.. I was going by Dr. Stephen Sinatra and metabolic cardiology. He says to use Magnesium, CoQ10, L carnitine and D Ribose. I do not do the Ribose.. basically all for prevention..

Posted by Mr Ree (Usa) on 04/16/2015

Hi Bee, L-Arginine will slow your pulse down...It makes the endothelial cells, which line all you blood vessels open up and produce nitric oxide which relaxes your veins...The other is L-Citrulline..Start the L-Arginine as directed on the bottle and increase if you have to...Both are very safe supplements...L-Citrulline does the same thing...Your choice...They're not expensive and you can buy them at a health food store or Swanson's.com I find has the best prices..

Posted by Bee (New York, US) on 04/15/2015

High Pulse rate.

I took a drug for two years (beta blocker) for high blood pressure.. All it did was make me sick and give me palpitations and rapid heart beat.. I then weaned off .. It took me a year and It was a nightmare.. Anyway; I needed to find things for when my heart rate went up so I started using Hawthorn and Motherwort.. works really well..

I also am doing Magnesium but I had been doing that already.... You can also try Black strap molasses.. what works really well too if heart rate goes bonkers is some sea salt in water.. Palpitations go right down... I experiment a lot on myself lol

Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 04/15/2015

Shadel... Re...your high pulse rate... Consider first taking magnesium. 500 milligrams of magnesium citrate. The lack often is the cause of arrhythmia styled problems.

Posted by Shadel (Nebraska, US) on 04/15/2015

Would anyone be able to tell me what causes high pulse rate? Most of the time my pulse is between 45 and 50. Today it is 80 and I just feel drained of energy. Is there some information on EC to explain this? Thanks to anyone who helps.

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Elena (New York, Ny) on 03/17/2015

I have noticed too that after eating carbs (sandwich especially, even healthy avocado/chicken version) - I am also experiencing heart palpitations! Thank you for sharing; it is no coincidence and I'm sure has correlation.

Posted by Planetary Herbalist (Nw Arkansas, US) on 10/14/2014

aspirin and cayenne both thin the blood, taking them together could thin the blood too much.

Coleus Forskohlii
Posted by Laura (Seattle, WA) on 07/24/2014

And if you hadn't taken the Coleus Forskohlii capsule what would BP have been an hour later?

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Mr. Ree (Usa) on 04/05/2014

Get some pure magnesium powder and take 1/4 teaspoon 3 times a day with meals and 1/2 teaspoon before bed...Don't take any other kind of magnesium. If your heart starts to race any time during the day drink a glass of ice water in hard heavy gulps.It will stop the racing immediately...Also a glass of water with 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt stirred in will stop the racing before you finiish the glass..

Alkaline pH
Posted by Bess (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) on 04/04/2014

I don't think Wendy from Barrie has responded about the "concentrated mineral supplement" she took.

However, I'm wondering if it is ConcenTrace (you can get it from health food stores, as well as Amazon). The bottle says "full-spectrum body-balanced ionic minerals and trace elements" and states you are to take 10 to 20 drops up to twice a day in water or liquid. Some people have to work up to that level due to the laxative effect it may have on them. People also use it to re-mineralize distilled or reverse-osmosis water.

This product is quite popular so perhaps it's the one she used. Hope that helps! Best of health to you and yours, Bess

Alkaline pH
Posted by Pat R (Osceola, Indiana) on 04/04/2014

Did Wendy from Barrie, Ontario Canada ever write back to let us know what was the concentrated mineral supplement was that she used?

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Pat R (Osceola, In) on 04/04/2014

I have also noticed a connection between my stomach, just the act of eating or even sometimes drinking water, and tachycardia (SVT I think). What would one do if they had the gastric - cardiac syndrome mentioned by Dr. Margret Holland? When I mentioned this connection before to my doctors, they just ignored it. I am so tired of my life as it is right now, I want to get better but do not know what to do.

Magnesium, Potassium
Posted by Dave (Fountain Inn, Sc) on 12/16/2013

To Sonya,

Re your question about fast heart rate and how magnesium and potassium helped you...after the good news that your heart rate went way down after starting back on those two and the pressure at work seemed more manageable...you ask: Could the lack of the two (magnesium and potassium) have caused you to be LESS able to handle the stress?????

VERY perceptive, Sonya and the answer is absolutely YES. Having enough magnesium and potassium enable the system to handle stress much more efficiently and you can easily "roll with the punches" if your system is fortified with those two miracle working supplements.

In the "olden times" our great grandparents would joke that if a person was tense and agitated then that anxious individual "needed his salts" meaning a long series of soakings in "Epson salts baths" which is Magnesium sulfate. Multiple baths ( two cups of Epsom salts ) poured into a very warm bath and the person soaks for twenty minutes therein; such to be repeated four or five times in the following ten days until a slight bit of the salts remains on the skin indicating that the magnesium saturation is met. But also one should consume the tables orally too as you said you do.

The point is you are right in your question; Life is just flat out better with consumption of magnesium and potassium and the heart works better too. Any Afib problem...90 of them...are magnesium and potassium depletion related. (Add natural ...NOT synthetic Vitamin E...only found in a health food store, not drug store...and the cardio problems diminish greatly.)

Magnesium, Potassium
Posted by Sonya (Dfw, Tx) on 12/16/2013
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I have been increasingly stressed at work lately, such that when I log off the computer (when working from home) I go upstairs and lay down in my bed to 'hide' from it. I have been having tight chest, mild- to medium anxiety attacks, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and most recently, tachycardia.

This weekend it was the worst. I just couldn't catch my breath all weekend, and finally I decided to take my pulse. 108 bpm! Crazy, it's never that hight and all the symptoms going with it are very unusual for me -- until about a month or two ago, this kind of thing was something I only thought happened to other people since I have always been 'text book' in the pulse / blood pressure / etc departments.

Anyways, for some reason I had a flash of an idea -- I am a regular taker of potassium and magnesium, mostly due to muscle stiffness and soreness, but I had run out of potassium several months back, and continued on with the magnesium until about 5 weeks ago when I ran out of that too. I was doing ok, so I figured I would buy some when I got to the vitamin shop. Well - I kept forgetting. I mentioned to my husband to look up magnesium in conjunction with heart rate -- and the second article he found said that heart rate is governed by magnesium (foremost) and potassium (secondly). Then he asked if I had any put away in the emergency box. And I knew I did.

I took 400 mg magnsium, and 198mcg Potassium and within 20 minutes I was down to 86 bpm. Another 20 minutes after that, I was down to 76 bpm. I am normally around 70 bpm, resting, so I was reassured.

I had to take more when I woke up in the morning as I was back up to almost 90bpm, but I know that both potassium and magnesium are cumulative, and I figure I must have been seriously depleted.

Now the interesting conundrum -- was I really as stressed at work as I thought I was? Or was my 'stress' actually a result of depleted Magnesium and Potassium stores? I feel much better today, but only time will tell, I suspect.

General Feedback
Posted by Mr. Ree (Usa) on 11/25/2013

GULP a glass of ice water and your racing heart will go away immediately... In other words drink it hard down your throat.

General Feedback
Posted by Beberobozo ( New York) on 11/25/2013

Stress and Tachycardia: Hello, can stress contribute or be the cause of a pulse that races sometimes or some days being in a stressful environment or is it only a medical situation? Thank You.

Adrenal Fatigue May Be a Cause
Posted by Toourlady89 (Ca) on 09/25/2013

For heart palpitations, another concern to address would be Magnesium Deficiency. Magnesium Taurate is the Mg of choice for the heart. Pls. search : on Rapid heart beats and Magnesium. There is so much info online. I hope you find your answer.

Foods to Avoid
Posted by Fred (Abbekerk, Netherlands) on 09/25/2013

The product advised for tachycardia on Earth Clinic was Coconut water (or milk) and not the oil. The oil that could improve tachycardia is omega-3.

Adrenal Fatigue May Be a Cause
Posted by Ca (Pdl) on 09/24/2013

I agree that in some cases adrenal fatigue may cause the problem, however, when I took adrenal to get rid of my adrenal fatigue it made my heart race over 200 bpm per minute. They had been trying to figure out what caused it to race from December 2006 to November 2012, My racing finally was fixed by an ablation, had to do with the AVNRT, (AVNRT=AV Nodal Reentrant Tachycardia), they said I had a slow path and a fast path and they killed/froze not sure which the slow path. But I did not know for sure, they thought I had SVT, untill they went in to do the ablation and saw it was AVNRT.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Remedies
Posted by Toourlady89 (Ca, Usa) on 08/23/2013

One reason this could possibly happen is when someone is hypertensive and is taking diuretics. Diuretics pulls out body fluids which could lead to dehydration. So if and when you stand up and feel tachycardic (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia), it could be telling you that you need fluids. Coconut water is one of the best fluid replacement for dehydration from diuretics, or from losing fluids thru exercise, etc. Magnesium supplementation would also be a good idea to relax your heart and prevent rapid heart beats. Mg Glycinate is a good form of Mg, without laxative side effects.

Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome Remedies
Posted by Clare (New Jersey) on 08/23/2013

I have used your site for many years now to treat a myriad of ailments. However, when I needed information to help my postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, there is no information. I would really appreciate a tab being opened where new information on how to help those of us with this condition gather knowledge.

Thank you, did I mention I love ec? I love your site and am thankful it's been a ton of help

Posted by Lou (Tyler, Tx) on 08/15/2013
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I ate two spinach salads in the last 48 hours and I had an episode (my first one that was noticeable). Spinach has a lot of iron.

Alkaline pH
Posted by Mary (Illinois) on 07/27/2013

I need to stop my panic attacks... Any more info on the mineral drops etc would be very helpful. I did a hair mineral test and mine are all mixed ip. Help. Thank you so much!!

Hawthorn and Motherwort
Posted by Mike (San Francisco, Ca) on 06/27/2013
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Thank you so much for this tip. My palpitations lasted sometimes for hours. I am convinced that motherwort which I take under the tongue at the first sign of a flare up is as helpful as you describe. I had been doing many other things, including rubbing myself with magnesium oil, eating smaller meals, and so on, too. Thank you very much. This is the first time in my life that I have ever commented at a forum like this.

Coleus Forskohlii
Posted by Galaxy (Boston, Ma, Usa) on 05/19/2013
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Tachycardia: One 400 mg capsule of Coleus Forskohlii lowers my pulse rate by at least 15 beats per minute. I take one just on some mornings when my heart rate feels uncomfortably high. For example this morning my pulse was 95 bpm, An hour after I took the capsule it was 80.

Posted by Chris (Raumati South, Wellington, New Zealand) on 03/31/2013

It's not true that if you have palpitations it's (only) because your iron is low. This is one case but not all. I suffered from palpitations for years and I eat a very healthy diet. I have since found out I have SVT. No extra iron helps me. Food avoidance is key for me e.g. oils, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, etc. Also supplements which are aimed at "heart health" can have bad effects on tachycardia sufferers e.g. Co-Q10 will trigger an SVT episode for me & I have found others the same. Magnesium is the same too. I have to avoid multivitamins with too much magnesium in them.

Foods to Avoid
Posted by Chris (Wellington, New Zealand) on 03/31/2013

re coconut milk & palpitations:

saw a lot of comments on coconut oil & coconut milk... The key here is to understand your own condition & what triggers episodes.

I am a long time SVT sufferer. Today during exercise I was having minor heart palpitations and drank some coconut milk to see the effect. It calmed my heart and levelled the palpitations. So now I'll add this to my box of tricks for next time I have an episode. Apples work really well for me too.

I would not try coconut oil because most oils in too higher a dose cause SVT episodes for me e.g. cheese will trigger one (and I love cheese :-(

So again, the key is to report your findings as to how they work for you and for those who read them to take note & try. Everyone is different.

Pots Syndrome
Posted by Connie (Slc, Utah, USA) on 01/29/2013

Hi Anon; There's only a little info about this, but POTS [Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome] is associated with B12 deficiency.

Personally, I haven't been diagnosed with POTS, but I've had severe orthostatic intolerance, vertigo, and tachycardia from B12 deficiency.

Pots Syndrome
Posted by Anon (Anon, USA) on 01/28/2013

Looking for wisdom, guidance, and help for Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome.

Thank you!

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Clh (Pdl) on 11/27/2012

TED DO YOU KNOW HOW TO TREAT THIS. I have been dealing with Tachycardia since 2006, I told my doc's all along it would happen after I ate something, I eliminated lots of things from my diet, I have six years of test, my heart beats would go over 240bpms and I would have to call the ambulance to get them down. I just recently had an ablation, which stoped them from going over 200 bpms so far, however, I did come across a syndrome, called Roemheld Syndrome - Gastro-cardiac Syndrome, however I cannot find a doctor that tests for it where I live. It was discovered by Roemheld syndrome (RS), also known as Roemheld-Techlenburg-Ceconi-Syndrome or gastric-cardia, is a complex of gastrocardiac symptoms first described by Ludwig Roemheld (1871-1938). It is a syndrome where maladies in the gastrointestinal tract or abdomen trigger/cause cardiac symptoms. There is rarely a traceable cardiac source to the symptoms which may lead to a lengthy period of misdiagnosis.

If the heart rate drops too low for too long, catecholamines are released to counteract any lowering of blood pressure. Catecholamines bind to alpha receptors and beta receptors, decreasing vasodilation and increasing contractility of the heart. Sustaining this state causes heart fatigue which results in fatigue and chest pain. I found a doctor on line, but I'm not sure what country she is in. I think it is Canada-here is part of her article on this.

Gastro-cardiac Syndrome - What is it?

By: Dr. Margret Holland, B. Sc. , N.D.

Patients will often come in with a list of symptoms that may include: belching, nausea, heart burn, racing heart, irregular heart beats and/or changes in blood pressure. It is easy to see that some of these symptoms may be related to stomach function whereas others are more related to the heart.

Gastro-cardiac syndrome explains how both of these may actually be intertwined. The vagus nerve innervates both the stomach and the heart and irritation of this nerve can result in abnormal function of both of these organs at the same time.

Another possible etiology for Gastro-cardiac syndrome is through direct irritation of the heart via the diaphragm. If the stomach is not functioning properly, gas may develop, if not released; this gas may actually cause the stomach to slightly displace upwards, putting pressure on the diaphragm. This pressure then refers up onto the heart causing it to change position slightly. Any shifts in the heart's position can result in symptoms such as those mentioned above.

If you suffer from a list of complaints that include both the stomach and heart, you may wish to consider the possibility of this syndrome before beginning a regime of medications.

Foods to Avoid
Posted by Coconono (Los Angeles, California) on 10/25/2012

I got caught up in that cocunut oil hype and discovered for the first time in my life that I had high blood pressure. When I removed the coconut oil, my blood pressure went back down to low normal levels.

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