Palpitation, a common problem, is a state in which the heart beats forcibly and, maybe, irregularly. It enables the person to become aware of the action of his heart. It is a distressing condition but is not always serious.
Thumping feeling in the chest, pulse rate increases
The main symptom of heart palpitation is a kind of 'thumping' feeling in the chest. The patient feels a real discomfort in the front of the chest. The pulse rate may become faster than normal.
Anything which increases the work load of the heart, nervous persons
Palpitation of the heart may occur due to a variety of factors, most of which may not be related to the heart itself. Anything which increases the work load of the heart may bring on this condition. Some persons may experience palpitations when lying on the left side, because the heart is nearer the chest wall in that position. Many nervous persons suffer from this condition.
Although palpitations do occur among other symptoms in serious heart disease, the vast majority of cases are due to anxiety and have no direct connection with heart disease whatsoever.
Overful stomach, flatulence, constipation and excessive smoking
Other causes contributing to this condition are an overful stomach, flatulence, and constipation. Excessive smoking may also give rise to this disorder.
Home Remedies for Heart Palpitation
Palpitation treatment using Grapes
Grapes are one of the most effective home remedies for heart palpitation. The patient should take the juice of this fruit at frequent intervals. This will relieve the condition.
Palpitation treatment using Guava
The use of guava is another effective home remedy for palpitation of the heart. The patient should eat a ripe guava daily on an empty stomach. It is especially beneficial if this disorder caused by nervousness and anaemia.
Palpitation treatment using Snake Gourd Leaves
The leaves of snake gourd have been found beneficial in the treatment of palpitation of the heart. The juice of these leaves should be extracted and given in doses of one to two tablespoons thrice daily.
Palpitation treatment using Honey
Honey has proved valuable in overcoming this condition. Honey is considered to be an excellent food for the heart being easily digested and assimilated. The patient should take a glass of water, mixed with a tablespoon of honey and the juice of half a lemon, before going to bed.
Palpitation treatment using Indian Spikenard
The herb Indian spikenard is also beneficial in the treatment of palpitation of the heart. It stimulates the action of the heart. It should be taken in doses of two to three grams with the addition of a pinch of camphor and cinnamon. It can also be taken as an infusion in doses of 30 to 60 ml, three times a day.
Palpitation treatment using Aniseed and Dry Coriander
A mixture of powdered aniseed, dry coriander, and jaggery can also be used beneficially in the treatment of this condition. Equal quantities of each of these three substances should be powdered. About six grams of this mixed powder should be taken after each meal by the patient suffering from palpitation of the heart.
Fresh fruits, raw or lightly cooked vegetables
The patient suffering from palpitation of the heart should take a simple diet of natural foods, with emphasis on fresh fruits, and raw or lightly cooked vegetables.
Avoid tea/coffee, alcohol, chocolate, soft drinks,
He should avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, chocolate, soft drinks, all white flour products, sugar, food colourings, chemical additives, white rice, and strong condiments.
Take fruits, milk, steamed vegetables, wholewheat chapatis and a glass of buttermilk etc
He should restrict his diet to three meals a day. He should take fruits, milk, and a handful of nuts or seeds for breakfast in the morning; steamed vegetables, wholewheat chapatis and a glass of buttermilk for lunch in the afternoon; and fresh green vegetables salad, sprouts of alfalfa seeds and mung, and cottage cheese or a glass of buttermilk for dinner.
Other Palpitation treatment
Meditation, relaxation, swimming, skipping, and cycling
The patient must learn the art of meditation and relaxation. Shavasana is ideal for this purpose. The patient should also undertake some form of active exercise such as brisk walks, swimming, skipping, and cycling.