Natural and Alternative Arrhythmia (Palpitations) Treatment Options

Arrhythmia (Palpitations) Treatment {introduction}

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.

TCM Diagnostic Patterns Related to Arrhythmia (Palpitations)

Listed below are Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnostic patterns that are commonly involved with this western medical condition/symptom. Properly applied, Chinese Medicine (including acupuncture and herbal medicine) treats patterns not individual symptoms/conditions which may better account for the range of symptoms often experienced by individuals. Pattern diagnosis/treatment is a crucial part of using Chinese Medicine for disease prevention instead of focusing on solely symptomatic treatments as is somewhat more common in western medicine. For more on this concept, please read What Does Acupuncture Treat? Or Treating the "Cause" and not the "Symptoms".


Herbal Formulas for Arrhythmia (Palpitations) Available From Our Store

Herbal Formulas

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An Shen Bu Xin Wan - Palpitations, Insomnia Herbal Formula
An Shen Bu Xin Wan - Palpitations, Insomnia Herbal Formula

Uses: Palpitations, Insomnia, Dizziness, Tinnitus. An Shen Bu Xin Wan (An Shen Bu Xin Pian) calms the nerves and promotes natural heart rhythms.  This formula helps to ease anxiety and blood deficiency...



Ba Zhen Wan - Anemia, Heavy Menstruation, Dizziness, Weakness Herbal Formula
Ba Zhen Wan - Anemia, Heavy Menstruation, Dizziness, Weakness Herbal Formula

Uses: Anemia, Heavy Menstruation, Dysmenorrhea (Cramps), Dizziness, Weakness.



Gui Pi Wan - Insomnia, Fatigue, Anemia Herbal Formula
Gui Pi Wan - Insomnia, Fatigue, Anemia Herbal Formula

Uses:  Insomnia, fatigue, poor memory, anemia.  Gui Pi Wan (Gui Pi Pian, Gui Pi Tang) works to build the blood and Qi of the body from a Traditional Chinese Medicine Perspective.  ...



Acupuncture Treatment Protocols

Listed below are articles describing related TCM diagnoses and acupuncture treatment points. These generally require an understanding of basic TCM Theory, however, general readers may find the protocols illustrative of how Chinese Medicine views and treats this condition.

There are no treatment protocols listed for this condition at this time.

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Submitted Case Studies

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Arrhythmia (Palpitations) related articles

Below are articles related to this condition submitted by our practitioner members. See our practitioner member section for all articles.


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Tue, 11/29/2011 - 12:48pm

    Meditation has long been shown to offer multiple health benefits.  What is not well understood, however, is what differences there are between long-term meditators and short-term ones with regards to these benefits.  To help answer this question, Indian researchers from S. Nijalingappa Medical College in Karnataka, India recently conducted a study looking at the short term benefits of meditation and pranayama (breathing).


  • Chad Dupuis's picture
    Contributor ~ Chad Dupuis
    Submitted On Mon, 06/21/2010 - 6:53pm

    This exploration of the heart system is the third in a series demystifying Chinese Medicine Theory for Patients and the General Public. As we learned previously in the Liver and Kidney system articles, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides us with unique and illustrative ways of looking at our health and the relationships between ourselves, others, and our environment.

Forum posts related to Arrhythmia (Palpitations)

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  • ethalfrida's picture
    Submitted On Fri, 12/07/2012 - 8:41pm
    Contributor ~ ethalfrida

    I posted before about receiving acupuncture for arrhythmia. Pleased to say there are fewer occurences although the condition is nowhere near totally gone. But the last time there was a significant event, I noticed that my stomach started shaking...

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    Submitted On Mon, 02/14/2011 - 3:55pm
    Contributor ~ Gecko

    I've just had my second acupuncture treatment (had first one ever a week before this) and I feel terrible. I am normally full of energy after work, zooming around trying to be as productive as possible and feeling pretty positive while...

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  • gfh's picture
    Submitted On Fri, 01/28/2011 - 7:55am
    Contributor ~ gfh

    Does anybody know how to slow down a racing heart with acupuncture or other alternative methods?

    I was diagnosed with LGL in 2003 and sometime my heart start beating over 160 pr. min.

    Lown–Ganong–Levine syndrome (...

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    Acupuncture Points for Arrhythmia (Palpitations)

    Below you will find acupuncture points relevant to this condition. The points listed below are by no means the only relevant points, rather we list empirical or commonly used points as well as those applicable to use with acupressure as a self-help remedy.


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    TCM Herbs and Formulas for Arrhythmia (Palpitations)

    TCM Herbal Formulas for Arrhythmia (Palpitations)

    Listed below are TCM Herbal Formulas related to this condition.
    General Indications Functional Grouping Combinations
    Tian Wan Bu Xin Wan - Emperors Teapills - TCM Herbal Formula

    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.

    Calm the Spirit, Nourish the Heart and Calm the Spirit
    Gui Pi Wan - Restore the Spleen Formula - TCM Herbal Formula

    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.

    Tonify the Qi and Blood, Tonify
    Ba Zhen Wan - Eight Treasure Combination - TCM Herbal Formula

    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.

    Tonify the Qi and Blood, Tonify

    Traditional Chinese Medicine Herbs for Arrhythmia (Palpitations)

    Below you will find Traditional Chinese Medicine herbs relevant to this condition. See our TCM Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no tcm herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Western Herbs and Arrhythmia (Palpitations) Medical Information

    Western herbs for Arrhythmia (Palpitations)

    Below you will find Western herbs relevant to this condition. See our Western Herbal Database for more details.

    There are no western herbs listed for this condition at this time.

    Arrhythmia (Palpitations) - Western Medicine Information

    At this time no Western Medicine information has been completed for this section.