Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Arrhythmia (Palpitations) - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of arrhythmia (palpitations) generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

An arrhythmia occurs when the heart beats irregularly--either too fast, too slow or with an abnormal rhythm. Symptoms of an arrhythmia include dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath and sweating.

Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Arrhythmia.


There are no acupuncture treatment protocols associated at this time.



There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for arrhythmia (palpitations):

An Shen Bu Xin Wan
Ba Zhen Wan
Fu Fang Dan Shen Wan
Gui Pi Wan

The following (0) acupuncture points may be useful for arrhythmia (palpitations). A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)

There are no associated points at this time.



There are (0) Chinese herbs currently associated with arrhythmia (palpitations). Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for arrhythmia (palpitations). For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

There are no associated Chinese herbs at this time.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Arrhythmia (Palpitations)

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Ba Zhen Wan

Pale complexion, fatigue, low stamina, light headedness, vertigo, palpitations (may be frequent), anxiety, poor appetite, reduced energy for speaking.

The Pulse will be thin and frail or large and weak and the Tongue will be pale with a white coat.

Gui Pi Wan

The formula is used to tonify both the spleen and heart which can be damaged from excessive overthinking, compulsions, etc. along with poor dietary habits and stressful lifestyle.  General indications are anxiety, phobias, palpitations, insomnia, dream disturbed sleep, poor appetite, pallid complexion.

In women spleen and heart deficiencies may lead to prolonged periods with little flow or early periods, heavier with pale blood.

The Pulse will be thin and frail and the Tongue will be pale with a thin white coat.

Tian Wan Bu Xin Wan

Anxiety, insomnia, irritability, night sweats, low grade fever, restless sleep, poor memory, poor focus and concentration, nocturnal emissions, dry stools.

Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with little coating.

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