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Heart palpitations are an abnormality or irregularity in the heartbeat, characterized by a feeling like your heart is fluttering, or beating too slow or too fast. This can last from just a few seconds to as long as hours.

There can be various causes of palpitations, including external stimulants, psychological factors, and hormonal or biological conditions.

Anemia, overactive thyroid, an electrolyte imbalance in the body; low blood sugar, high levels of adrenalin due to stress or anxiety; strenuous exercise, excessive intake of caffeine, nicotine or alcohol; and use of illicit drugs like cocaine and marijuana are some of the most common causes of palpitations.


Moreover, pregnant women and those who suffer from panic attacks are more prone to this problem. Certain prescription medications may also cause the same.

Palpitations are actually a symptom in themselves. However, they may accompany other symptoms, such as shortness of breath and a sensation of constriction in the throat.

In some cases, heart palpitations can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition, especially when accompanied by symptoms like dizziness, fainting, blurred vision, chest pain, sweating, nausea and vomiting.

Do consult your doctor if you experience these symptoms, especially if they worsen or occur frequently, or if you have a history of heart disease.


In most instances though, palpitations are harmless and resolve on their own. Some simple lifestyle changes and home remedies can also be helpful in relieving the problem.

home remedies for palpitations

Here are the top 10 home remedies for palpitations.

1. Valsalva Maneuver

This ancient technique can help restore a fast heartbeat to normal. It causes physical intervention that stimulates the 10th cranial nerve (vagus nerve). This in turn leads to slowing of the heart rate.

do valsulva maneuver to prevent palpitation

First, pinch your nose, close your mouth and then try to breathe out forcibly. This will accelerate your heart rate, and then slow down your heartbeat.

Note: If you have heart disease, do not use this remedy.

2. Coughing

Coughing vigorously for a few minutes can help break the pattern of a palpitation. It causes pressure to build up in your chest, which puts your heart back into a normal rhythm.


coughing for peart palpitations

This is not a preventive measure. Use this remedy only when you are having a palpitation.

3. Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is one of the best ways to deal with heart palpitations. It helps ease anxiety as well as a panic attack and, in turn, helps normalize your heart rate. Deep breathing also helps relax the body and increase the oxygen supply to the brain.

  1. Sit comfortably in a cross-legged position.
  2. Take slow, deep breaths through your nose, allowing your belly to expand with each inhalation.
  3. Breathe out slowly through your mouth.
  4. Repeat for a few minutes until your heart rate slows down.

You can also regularly do yoga and meditation to prevent heart palpitations.

4. Cold Water

As a decrease in fluid intake can make the heart more prone to irregular heartbeats, try drinking a glass of cold water to help restore your normal heartbeat. It will also help reduce stress, anxiety and dizziness.

Splashing cold water on your face can also work well for palpitations and panic attacks. You can also take a cold shower. Cold water helps shock your nervous system to help get your heartbeat back to normal.

5. Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses is a simple solution to control palpitations. Being rich in potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium it helps prevent these deficiencies in the body that can cause palpitations. It is particularly good for treating anemia, one of the leading causes of heart palpitations.

  • Stir 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses into 1 cup of water and drink it.
  • Another option is to mix 2 teaspoons each of blackstrap molasses and apple cider vinegar in 1 cup of water.

Follow either of these remedies once daily.

6. Increase Magnesium Intake

Magnesium deficiency in the body can also cause heart palpitations. This mineral ensures smooth functioning of the heart and the nervous system as well as better blood circulation in the body.

  • Eat magnesium-rich foods like spinach, kale, Swiss chard and other dark green vegetables; nuts like almonds and cashews; seeds like sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds; quinoa; oatmeal; peanut butter; cold-water fish; avocados; bananas; dark chocolate and low-fat yogurt.
  • You can also take magnesium supplements, 350 mg daily. However, talk with your doctor to be sure you take the correct dosage for your condition.

Medic for Palpitations was last modified: August 28th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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16 thoughts on “Medic for Palpitations”

  1. I had palpitations as a premenopausal symptom and I treated myself with hawthorn tincture (20 drops in a wine glass / 3 times daily). It does take some time to work as all natural remedies but it is godsend.

  2. Hello
    Thank you for very informative information about our health. I am greatful and bless that i am like to click page.
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  3. Dizziness n 3 falls since 3/14,last one Thanksgiving got out of car with cane felt myself falling backwards on hard parking lot cement. Called my nieces name and fell did not thank GOD hit my head. Bruised tush scraped elbow. two neighbors parking their cars came over. Luickly one from fitness gym put my 2 arms. Around her neck n got up n im my apt. Other falls b4 March fell backw a rds on cement Home Depot parking lot.fell right in front of my drs office.fell over rug in my apt bloody nose as had glasses on. Fell in my kotchen when reached for bowl for cereal for bkfst.i am so tired of this have meds fr primary care. just took blood test maybe that will tell what the heck is going on. Went from fully capable walking person to disablef with walker as afraid of falling. Stopped one of my meds as nightmares about falling n finally cracking open head with blood all over cement.lost in new york subway 9 11 n could not know which subway train to take to port. Authority. Getting ready to give up meds n try home remedies
    Now 2 times a week physical therapy n get dizzy there on certain excerises. Whatever as people worse off then me n i am not a quitter. no problem. faith.family.love n help one another. Happy holidays to all

  4. Thanks for your infos guys. Im a 22 y/o male. I keep having attacks like my body is cramping up… My blood pressure os 120 over 60… First thing i do i get a paper bag and breath deep… It should keep away what your feeling to find the nearest hospital to get your self checked…

  5. Comment: this is for loveline.. Google pranayama. it’s an ancient technique of breathing exercise that’s a part of yoga. get a DVD or something. do search also for Baba Ramdev..and Patanjali

  6. I’m having chemo for secondy cancer,it is what is,I been doing this treatment for 3 months,in the beginning I was getting through it,however the last lot of chemo left me with Heart palpatations,i am convinced this chemo has caused this,although its not recognisable as a symptom.this forum has helped me greatly,i have tried the different techniques that is recommended and had some relief.I do hope this helps some one. Phil.

  7. Quite often i get the irregular heart beat at night. I took one banana at 4am and mashallah the beat was normal in minutrs. My experience shows mosquito repellant coil smoke, bad stomach ( diareah ) were major causes other than dehydration ofcourse.

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