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.
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).
The following patterns may represent the underlying contributing factors for the development of palpitations:
The following herbal formulas are potentially useful in the process of treating palpitations. For a complete list from our store with more details see our palpitations formula section.
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Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)
The following (5) chinese herbs may be useful for palpitations. In most cases, however, treatment with Chinese Herbal Medicine is done with herbal formulas based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting herbs by function alone. When available, relevant formulas will appear below and/or in the store listings above.
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.
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.
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.