HeartCardiac Arrhythmia (or irregular heartbeat) is quite a common health problem nowadays. As a result of certain changes or damages of heart nerves or muscle, a heart disease or heart surgery, injuries or chemical imbalances in the blood, some people may start having fastened heartbeat (tachycardia), and some may start having a slowed one (bradycardia). However, cardiac arrhythmia can be caused not only by the problems with heart, but also by some health concerns connected with digestive or urogenital systems, problems with thyroid gland or spine. Finally, arrhythmia can be triggered by increased consumption of caffeine, sugar, nicotine and other stimulants, excessive worries and nervousness as a result of stresses, overwork or overfatigue, and so on.

The symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia include various feelings or chest discomfort (like fluttering, feeling the heart pounding, a feeling of skipped heart beats, and many more), dizziness, breathlessness, general weakness, and so on. It is also necessary to mention that every person has own pattern of cardiac arrhythmia: some people have it as a temporary condition, as a reaction on certain stressors or stimulants, and some people have chronic irregular heart beat. Besides, there are various types of irregular heartbeat problem, including premature ventricular or atrial contractions, atrial flutter, heart block, sinus arrhythmia, long QT syndrome, etc. Fortunately, cardiac arrhythmia is considered to be a treatable disease, and there is a number of effective herbal remedies which can help to relieve the symptoms and anxiety connected with arrhythmia.


First of all, to treat this ailment you can use such herbs as Hawthorn (Crataegus gen.) and Calendula (Calendula officinalis). Two table-spoons of dry Calendula flowers should be steeped for 1 hour in 0.5 liter of boiled water, and 100 g of this tea should be taken 3 times a day 30 minutes before meal. You can also use hawthorn tincture, tablets or capsules: this natural remedy assists in lowering blood pressure, strengthening heart muscle, regulating nerve function, improving coronary blood flow, stabilizing heartbeat and decreasing the symptoms of tachycardia.


Hawthorn is one of the best natural cardiotonics and it is used in many tonics and special natural remedies for heart. Cornflower (Centaurea gen.) is another powerful herbal remedy, which can bring relief to those people who suffer from sudden attacks of increased heartbeat. Two table spoons of centaury flowers should be steeped in a glass of boiled water for 1 hour and taken 3 times a day 10-15 minutes before meal.

Besides, if you have heartbeat irregularities in the form of chronic problem, it can be very effective to use herbal remedies which have good relaxing and sedative properties. There are many various teas, tinctures and capsules containing such natural cardiac sedatives as Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis), Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca), Selenicereus Grandiflorus, Valerian Root (Valeriana Officinalis) and other ones. To receive maximum effects, you can prepare the following infusion from Melissa Officinalis: take a table-spoon of Melissa and steep it in 400 ml of boiled water, then let it rest for several hours in a warm place. 100 g of the infusion should be taken 3 times a day. In addition, Horehound (Marrubium Vulgare) flowers can be also used as an effective natural remedy which can correct heartbeat irregularities.


Also, specialists recommend using herbs and plants, which contain certain elements called natural calcium channel blockers. They are considered to be effectuve anti-arrhythmia agents and can be found in celery, garlic or angelica. It is possible to use the juice of these natural remedies, mixed with carrot, apple or orange juice with severalĀ  drops of lemon juice. Finally, in order to prevent possible problems related to irregular heartbeat, you should add more parsley and fennel to your meals. Try using these simple teas or mixtures, and your heart will work like a clock. But, certainly, do not forget to cosult your physician or health practitioner before taking all the above mentioned herbal remedies for arrhythmia.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

13 Responses to “Herbal Remedies for Cardiac Arrhythmia”

  1. siobhan AnthonyNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi there,

    I am a 3rd year biomed student form aberdeen university, I am curretnly writting an essay on cardiac arrhytmias and am interested in conparing pharmaceutical calcium channel blockers and natural calcium channel blockers and was wondering if you had any good references for evidence of natural ca blockers?
    If possible if you do have anything, I have a pretty quick deadline adn your help/advice is much appreciated

    MAny thanks,

    siobhan Anthony

  2. Carla FiscinaNo Gravatar Says:

    Dear Anthony,

    Unfortunately, I can not help you right away with some useful information. I assume, you are writing a serious research and you are interested in serious academic resources. Check out at Pub Med, there should be some good materials for you. Thank you for visiting my blog.



  3. JOSENo Gravatar Says:


    I am a Spanish guy, so sorry for my bad written English.

    The other day I took some Benzodiazepine as I was very hung over and wanted to relax.
    The fact is that from that day ( 4 days ago ) I am having the sympthons related with arrythmia ( sometimes I feel that my heart looses its rythm, in the middle of my chest ).

    I just wonder what could I do, or if this remedies could be worth to try ( I am buying tomorrow some Lemon Balm ).

    Thanks and I really like your Blog!

  4. Carla FiscinaNo Gravatar Says:

    Dear Jose,

    Thanks a lot for stopping by. I am very glad that I could help a little, but in your situation you should see a doctor, I guess. Arrhythmia can be a serious thing, and it is very important to keep it under control. Certainly, you can use Lemon Balm, it is one of the safest and most effective herbs, but just let a specialist examine you.

    Hope to hear from you again. Take care of yourself.

  5. JOSENo Gravatar Says:

    Thank you very much for the advice.
    despite I feel a bit better, I think I’ll visit the doctor because as you’ve said, it could be serious.

    I bought Lemon Balm as you recommended, and I think that could be the reason that I am feeling a bit better.

    Thanks a lot for the advice!

    All the best,


  6. Jack BroNo Gravatar Says:

    Hey Carla,

    I am being treated for supra ventricular tachycardia. The docs say my condition is a complication of having an enlarged heart all my life. The docs have me on verapimil er 360 mg, and lisinopril 5mg for hbp. My natural inclination is to be free of chemical treatments. My question is : what natural / herbal remedies are available to wean me off of the chemicals? I will coordinate any withdrawal with my docs. I will discuss the teas described above with my docs, so if there is any clinical evidence of substitutionality leading to reduction or elimination of the chemicals please let me know. Thanks

  7. carlos enriqueNo Gravatar Says:

    Carla, hi , For the month of Dec I have been stressed out with work, not getting enough sleep, and dealing with my teenage daughter. I am a single parent. I also do not eat right. A week ago I started having palpitaions especially when I lay down to sleep. Went to the doctor and he took an ekg and said I was having apc’s off the charts. He prescribed propranolol and recommended I see a cardiologist. The pills have not stopped the palpitations. Can I take something naturally to help with the apc’s?
    thank you,
    Carlos Enrique

  8. MartaNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi thanks for making this available. My father has brachardial arrythmia (heart beating <50). He was recommended pacemaker. However, I am hoping there might be other treatment or cure for this, especially natural home remedies/ herbs, etc. Are the ones you mentioned good for my father's type of slow heart beat? Will those work for him? Arrythmia, there are two kinds one, my father's type and the other is Trachardia which the heart beats faster. Therefore it is important to know which herbs are the right ones to work against slower heart beat. Need to be very cautious not to take herbs that might even slow the heart beat.

    Awaiting your answer anxiously.



  9. Carla FiscinaNo Gravatar Says:

    Dear Marta,

    Thank you for reading my blog, I am very glad that my articles can give people a clue where to look for help and relief. As I always say, you should consult your father’s doctor or therapist about his particular situation. With such problem as arrhythmia, it is very important to know everything about individual specifics. I hope you’ll manage to find an effective remedy to alleviate his situation.

    Take care of yourself and your dad.


  10. AllyNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi – I suffer from a very fast heartbeat. I’ve had all the tests which have all been clear. I’m keen to take some herbal remedy to try and slow down my heart rate slightly – is there anything you recommend? Thanks

  11. BoNo Gravatar Says:

    I have an arrhythmia coupled with on and off atrial fibrillation. The A-Fib causes my heart to slow down instead of speed up. I also have 5 thyroid nodules.
    Over the last few years, after being on medication and then stopping it, through much research and trial and error, I have found there are other things that have helped me besides what’s been mentioned. Sometimes, I can’t always tell right away which remedy will help but given enough time and ‘listening’ to my body I will figure it out.
    These are things that have aided me in regulating my heartbeat:
    *Kelp powder (for the thyroid – stay away from Pacific source now because of the radiation fall out);
    *Enzymes (specifically – W-EZymes Xtra 10x) at least one dose a day taken on an empty stomach and then at meals if desired;
    *Green Juice (not the fruity one – the real green juice or better yet make your own with preferably organic leafy greens, parsley, carrots, broccoli, and a very small amount of pineapple or apple for taste if need be. A piece of fresh ginger is good too. Or try adding some fresh garlic and / or a chili pepper if not adding any fruit for flavor. You can use other veggies but the leafy greens and parsley are priority. I will also add a tablespoon or two of raw organic unrefined coconut oil. There’s so many ways to make a heart healthy juice that may very well put your heart back in rhythm. It works for me.
    Occasionally, I’ll drink a low sodium veggie juice that has a lot of tomatoes in it.
    I have found that if I do not ingest enough salt my heart will get out of rhythm, also.
    It can be a chore trying to find the right balance but well worth it when finally accomplished.

  12. michaelNo Gravatar Says:

    doctor said i have sinus arrhythmia… so scared.. i hope it is treatable….anyone with good information should reply me via mail…..:akinyelemichael@yahoo.com…

  13. GretchenNo Gravatar Says:

    I donot have a reply for you, I believe thats the type of Arrhythmia Ive been diagnosed with recently, yes! its scary. I am someone who have always been active, ate organically, a US Vet. I am a nurse who no longer works due to this condition. I have tried almost everything mentioned above, and continue to stay strong and pray for a recovery, not only for myself but for everyone afflicted with this vary depressing condition.