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Alleviating palpitations with homoeopathy

Palpitations are unpleasant perceptions of strong pulsations or increased heart rate. This condition may constitute a disease in itself, or simply be a symptom of a much more complex pathology, in which case only a medical consultation will allow the physician to identify it.

Symptoms linked to heart palpitations

Heart palpitations can be of various origins, although most of the time they are caused by a slight dysfunction of the nervous system. Palpitations are disturbances in the heart’s proper functioning and are usually accompanied by an increased heart rate, a sensation of ill-being, feelings of choking and dizziness, profuse sweating, paleness, facial erythema, irregular pulse rate and various aches.

Anxiety, strong emotions and climate variations can lead to this cardiac dysfunction. But the consumption of stimulants like coffee, alcohol or tobacco can produce the same effects. Some medications are also known to cause palpitations. However, heart palpitations may be symptoms of other conditions such as anaemia, glucose deficiency in the blood or hyperthyroidism.

Homoeopathic remedies of palpitations

To relieve heart palpitations, one must first identify their origin. Several homoeopathic remedies can be used to treat palpitations according to their symptoms. Thus, Ignatia is strongly recommended to alleviate palpitations that are linked to the patient’s state of anxiety. The appropriate dosage consists of 3-granule doses, of which 3 daily intakes are required right before meals. It is a remedy that can be used in combination with Hawthorn. In regard to unstable patients that are often prone to stress, it is advisable to resort to Argentum Nitricum. Ambra grisea is recommended for palpitations that are caused by hyperemotivity. In the same range of products, one can include Gelsenium sempervirens, Aconite, Coffea cruda, Nux vomica, Phosphorus and Spigelia.

When palpitations occur at night and the affected individual is subject to deep anxiety, it is then advisable to take a daily 5-granule dose of Aconitum napellus 9 CH. If the palpitations are accompanied by facial flushing, it is better to take 5 granules of Glonoinum 7 CH per day. Finally, when the heart rate is very high, opt for a daily 5-granule dose of Lycopus 5 CH. It is also noteworthy to mention that all of these remedies can be administered when crises occur.

All of the homoeopathic remedies that are indicated to treat palpitations improve the irrigation of the heart muscle by lowering the heartbeat. For maximum therapeutic effectiveness, the individual subject to palpitations must imperatively avoid coffee, alcohol, tobacco or any other stimulant in general. Walking is also recommended for people that are affected by this disorder since this kind of activity helps to strengthen the heart muscle.

When should you consult a doctor regarding heart palpitations?

Palpitations are signs that indicate that the heart muscle does not function normally. This dysfunction may, in time, result in significant damage to this sensitive organ. It is therefore very important to seek a doctor’s advice from the onset of the first symptoms in order to determine the cause of the disease and the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “palpitations”

Associated treatments

•    Aconitum Napellus
•    Ambra Grisea
•    Argentum Nitricum
•    Coffea Cruda
•    Gelsemium Sempervirens
•    Glonoinum
•    Ignatia
•    Lycopus
•    Nux Vomica
•    Phosphorus
•    Spigelia Anthelmia

Associated pathologies

•    Anxiety
•    Anaemia

Good to know: To optimize the effects of homoeopathy in the treatment of palpitations, it is advisable to have a healthy lifestyle. This implies proscribing all forms of stress from one’s daily life, as well as the consumption of stimulant and fortifying products and other forms of medication that could weaken the heart muscle.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.