Tachycardia Remedies and Natural Cures

Magnesium Water
Posted by Rick (New Bloomfield, PA) on 07/03/2007
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No particular ailment, but I have been interested in Magnesium supplementation ever since I had a couple of "racing heart" episodes several years back, and discovered that I could calm things down by taking Epsom Salts (Magnesium Sulfate) in water... awful taste and also a powerful laxative. I began to wonder how I could get the same effect in a more palatable way, without the laxative effect. Eventually I found the"Magnesium" webpage and learned the following:

How to make your own Magnesium water [like the 'Noah' water being sold by a certain company, which bottles water from a spring that is naturally rich in bicarbonates of Magnesium].

The assumption is that we could all use more magnesium in our diet, which may help reduce blood pressure, reduce the likelihood of kidney stones, etc.

Here's how to make your own Mg-rich drinking water:

Buy a bottle of Carbonated Seltzer water - NO SODIUM, just carbonated "fizz" water, unflavored. Refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Get another, larger bottle, and pour 2/3 of a capful of PLAIN (no-flavor) Philips Milk of Magnesia (which is Magnesium Oxide, an alkaline laxative) into the large bottle. (The bottle comes with a plastic measuring cup which is what I mean when I say 2/3 capful.)

Now quickly open the bottle of carbonated water (water carbonic acid) and empty it into the large bottle containing the 2/3 capful of Magnesia.

Shake well.

You will have a bottle of milky/cloudy liquid which is in the process of neutralization between the carbonic acid and the magnesium oxide-- leaving a neutral salt, Magnesium Bicarbonate.

Let the cloudy mixture sit for a while at room temperature, until the liquid clears; there will be some white precipitate at the bottom. Shake again and let sit again. When clear, refrigerate. THIS IS YOUR MAGNESIUM BICARBONATE CONCENTRATE. Unlike the chalky taste of straight Milk of Magnesia, or the biting-fizzy taste of seltzer water, your concentrate will have a strong, sweet, slightly "soapy" taste. You will be DILUTING it in water for drinking purposes.

When it has chilled, pour a small amount into an empty 1 liter bottle (approx. 1/2" of concentrate at the bottom) and fill the rest of the bottle with pure drinking water.

You have now created a sweet-tasting, Magnesium-enriched drinking water, and you're also getting your Bi-carbs without all the Sodium you'd be getting from Baking Soda.

I have been making and drinking this Mg water since Nov. 2006 (I write this in July of 2007) and have not had any bad effects from it. I take a bottle to work and sip it during the day. My resting heart rate seems to have gone down and I feel more relaxed in general. I can't say it has greatly improved my high blood pressure, but it has helped some, and I know I am getting enough Magnesium. Probably would be beneficial to supplement with Calcium for balance.

Try it and see what it does for you.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 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 04/18/2015

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 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 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 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 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...

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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?

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

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

Thank you!

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.

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!!!!

Hawthorn and Motherwort
Posted by Greta (México ) on 09/11/2016

Do you take besides that any anti arritmia medicación?

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?


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!

General Feedback
Posted by Toni (Abbeville, Georgia [ga] Usa) on 08/15/2011

thank you so much for the postings. I have been going to the doc about the Tachycardia for some time now and I hate taking medication. I was on-line reading the side effects of the medicine I am taking and it is killing me. I have not been taking it very long but it has caused some serious side effects. I am awake now because it caused me to have the shakes, breathing issues, feelings of nausea, anxiety etc. It has been terrible. I can't live like this. I am so glad that I found this site. I have been tired a lot and this medicine will not let me exercise because any exersion makes my heart beat faster and it makes me very tired when I exercise. But I will be trying these remedies that I have found. Once again, thanks and I will keep you up to date on what happens.

Posted by MzM (Chicago, IL) on 06/12/2009

If your tachycardia is due to an insufficient due to not eating properly its probably because your iron intake is low. good sources for iron intake are red meat or dark leafy vegetables high in Iron. Multivitamins or even iron supplements (Slow release iron) is helpful. Iron is responsible for carrying and binding oxygen to red blood cells. Low Iron = low absorption of oxygen = your heart needs to beat faster to supply your body with oxygen.

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.

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.

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Sheila (Crewkerne, Somerset UK) on 03/13/2009
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Indigestion and rapid heart beat:

Hi, this is my second posting - funny how you remember other points just when you send your posting off!! Anyhow - does anyone get problems with very rapid heart rate after a carbohydrate meal. I haved been dragged off to hospital with this many times. The only solution they could suggest if the electrical proceedure. No thanks, as my heart rate is very normal other times. Only increases when I eat a meal of carbos. and then get up to walk or something. Coffee with a nice cake is a definite NO NO for me - the two seem to tighten my chest and rob me of all energy. OK Im allgeric to wheat. But why? This only happened to me after being given masses of drugs to "cure my nu pmonia apologies for dreadful spelling) After each carbo. meal in hospital (I had no choiced) then back would come the reflux and rapid heart rate. Any comments welcomed.

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Joyce (Joelton, Tn) on 03/15/2009 510 posts

Hi Sheila,

The first thing you need to determine is whether or not these high carb meals contain those two excitotoxins called monosodium glutamate (MSG) or aspartame, which are both known to cause cardiac problems. Matter of fact, good old aspartame (Nutrisweet or Equal)
is suspected of causing sudden cardiac death, according to a lot of literature, much of which is available on line.

If you are sure it is allergies, then you might want to google N.A.E.T. which uses accupressure techniques to cure allergies. I have been thinking of looking into this for my own allergy problems. I have read several good comments on EC concerning this one.

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by JIM (SHOW LOW, AZ) on 03/16/2009




Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 09/06/2011

Its either a lack of Potasium or magnesium in your diet and its probably both. Start eating bannanas, as thats an easily digestable source of potasium. And get a good multi supplement down you, just to cover all bets. If you do this in a few weeks the symtoms lesson and the stress level goes down. The Human body complies with the definition of 'Machine" (a bio Chemical one. )In that it "elevates effort".. if you dont give the machine what it needs its going to start playing up.

Carbohydrates and Rapid Heart Beat
Posted by Debbie (Melbourne, Australia ) on 09/07/2011

I agree with Gavin, it is probably a lack of potassium or magnesium in your body.

When I was getting a fast heart beat a few months ago, I would take some ACV (about 1/8 cup straight) and it would stop almost immediately. I would also take some cayenne pepper in a hot tea like drink.

Also Blackstrap unsulphured molasses is high in potassium and magnesium. You could also take epson salt baths (magnesium sulphate) or swim in the sea (high magnesium amongst all the other minerals).

I was taking high dose Vitamin C at the time so I am thinking it was depleting my minerals at the time.

Also I read recently people having anxiety attacks (fast heartbeat etc. ) stopped their attacks by having a COLD shower.

Colloidal minerals should help you as well rather than trying to pick and choose certain minerals. There may be some lacking that you are not aware of.

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?

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.

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.

Alkaline pH
Posted by Zion (Austin, Texas Usa) on 04/09/2010


I read your post. What was the concentrated mineral supplement you spoke of and where might I be able to get it? I have had problems with my ph levels and being very acidic and having monthly problems with PSVT (tachycardia) and would love to be free of these problems.

Alkaline pH
Posted by Toni (Chicago, Il) on 06/03/2010

What mineral supplement was it?

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!!

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?

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

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

What's the name of the concentrated minerals?

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

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

Adrenal Fatigue May Be a Cause
Posted by Lindy (Reno, NV) on 02/02/2008
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Don't forget adrenal fatigue. I had heart palpitations and tacchycardic states for several months before finally being diagnosed with adrenal fatigue by a homeopathic doc (western medicine docs don't recognize this condition). There are tons of natural remedies, just google adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal Fatigue May Be a Cause
Posted by Audrey (Allentown, Pa.) on 05/12/2009

What are the other symptoms of adernal fatigue besides tachycardia?

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.

Posted by Toni (Las Vegas, NV) on 07/11/2009

I heard you can't take any aspirin with cayenne. You get a bad after effect, I know I did.

Posted by Foodcuresjunkie (Dekalb, Il) on 10/20/2010

Had a friend with Lupus. It took her 5 weeks of eating raw/living foods to be pain free with out medication. Thought you might benefit from hearing that??

Posted by Mawgee (Shelton, Wa) on 07/31/2012

Can someone explain about not taking cayenne with asprin as blood thinner, and want to take cayenne also. Pls advise. Ty

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.

Coconut Milk
Posted by JAY (Phila, pa) on 09/16/2007
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I'd heard that water coconut has been used to balance electrolytes and lower bpm [beats per minute]. It can be found as a"drink" in cans, usually in the international foods aisle or in it's "natural, raw" state in some food markets.

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.

Foods to Avoid
Posted by Lise (Wailuku, Hawaii) on 07/01/2007
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I have used virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons a day with food)from Iherb online store. After about one week I felt my heart racing. I thought it was only hydrogenated coconut oil that would cause problems like that. Can anyone explain that please?

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 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

Cayenne and Garlic
Posted by Douglas (Monticello, FL) on 09/03/2006
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Garlic and Cayenne Pepper cured my rapid heart beat & high blood pressure. Cayenne pepper stops bleeding and heals the wound, even one that the bone could be seen in the heel of the hand. The scar is almost nil.

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