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

The Chinese Medicine treatment of 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).

A palpitation is characterized by an irregularly fast or hard heartbeat or the sensation of the heart fluttering or skipping a beat. Several different factors can cause a heart palpitation, most of which are not problematic. These include high emotions such as fear or stress, strenuous activity, hormones, certain medications or drugs, and some medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism and anemia. Sometimes, however, palpitations can be the symptom of an arrhythmia, which causes the heart to beat too fast, too slowly or irregularly. An arrhythmia can be the sign of an underlying heart problem such as heart failure or heart attack.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Palpitations.


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 palpitations:

An Shen Bu Xin Wan
Chai Hu Long Gu Mu Li Wan
Sheng Mai Yin Wan
Si Wu Tang Wan
Suan Zao Ren Tang Wan
Tian Wang Bu Xin Wan
Wen Dan Wan

The following (12) acupuncture points may be useful for 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 (5) Chinese herbs currently associated with palpitations. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for 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.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Palpitations

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
An Shen Bu Xin Wan

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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.

Sheng Mai San Wan

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Shi Quan Da Bu Wan

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Suan Zao Ren Tang Pian

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Wen Dan Wan

Anxiety, depression, insomnia, palpitations, vertigo, dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, insatiable hunger, chest oppression, seizures, bitter taste in mouth, slight thirst.

Pulse will be rapid and slippery or wiry depending on the level of phlegm and the Tongue will be greasy with a yellow coat.

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