What is palpitation of the heart?

Palpitations of the heart are a condition in which the heart beats different from the normal – by this, it could mean fast beats, beats that are too hard, occasional skipping of the beat, or any other such change that one may experience. While this is common after a long run, intense workout, anxiety, or stress, for some it may be much more frequent and this is something that has to be cured.

While it is always good to get it checked with a medical professional, once you are sure that it is just because of stress or any other harmless condition, you can use natural remedies to find a cure. Even if you are under medication to treat the condition, these remedies can help to find a natural cure for the long run.


Palpitations could be due to any medical condition pertaining to your heart. While a medical professional will take the respective course of action to remedy this, below are some of the key reasons for heart palpitations which are non-heart related.

  1. Panic attacks and fits of emotion or stress.
  2. Excessive exercise or physical activity.
  3. Side effects of certain medications and pills.
  4. Alcohol and drugs.
  5. Elevated levels of electrolytes.

The below remedies not only treat problems like stress and anxiety, but they are also effective in strengthening the heart. These are thus good remedies even if you have palpitations due to any underlying heart condition.

Effective home remedies to treat heart palpitations

Grape remedy


  1. Soak three or four green grapes in half a cup of hot water for an hour.
  2. Take 8 – 10 leaves of holy basil (Tulasi).
  3. Grind the tulsi leaves and squeeze well to get the extract.
  4. Mix this extract in the hot water.
  5. Drink this like a tea and chew on the grapes.

You can follow this remedy every day without side effects.


Drink water

Dehydration is one of the reason for heart palpitations.

Oak gall remedy

Oak gall is commonly used in Ayurveda and Siddha to cure various ailments. It is also found effective in treating palpitations of the heart and to make the heart stronger.


  1. Take one dry oak gall and grind it with a grinding stone.
  2. Use milk to grind – into a fine paste.
  3. Consume just half a gram of this paste once in the morning.

Warning: Consumption of oak gall paste more than the recommended dosage may cause giddiness in may. Hence kindly stick to the dosage recommended.


Pear remedy

Pear has been found to be effective in treating heart palpitations. Pear contains good amounts of potassium and its properties help to reduce the causes of palpitations.

Consume one pear daily and you will notice results within a 4 – 6 weeks.


Holy Basil (Tulasi) and Honey remedy


  1. Take a handful of holy basil leaves.
  2. Grind the leave with aa grinding stone.
  3. Boil water in a vessel.
  4. Add the ground leaves to the boiling water.
  5. Once the leaves extract is obtained, switch off.
  6. Allow to cool a bit and add a teaspoon of honey to the tea.
  7. Stir and drink once daily.

You have to continue this remedy for at least 48 days and you will notice the reduction in the frequency of palpitations.

Holy basil cover

Magnesium-rich foods

Foods that are rich in magnesium can reduce palpitations to a great extent. There are a number of vegetarian choices for magnesium. Some of the key sources of magnesium are:

  • Greens
  • Leafy vegetables
  • Avocadoes
  • Beans
  • Yogurt
  • Bananas

In addition, fish is also a very good source of magnesium.

Make all these a part of your everyday diet. Keep your diet balanced and include a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Other remedies

Eating figs regularly can help to reduce palpitations. Both dried and fresh figs are good for the heart and can also strengthen your heart.

Include oranges in your regular diet – as a snack or as part of your breakfast.

In addition to these, regular breathing exercises have been seen to help a lot.


Pranayama is the regularised breathing in and out following a pattern that helps to cure a variety of respiratory disorders. Pranayama also improves overall health and reduces stress. Regular pranayama in the morning (preferably outdoors) can help to treat heart palpitations.

Learn pranayama from a professional and make it a part of your daily routine.

Ramya Srinivasan, PDGBA, earned her Master’s degree in Business. As a result of her passion in native medicine, she got her Diploma in Traditional Siddha Medicine from Bharat Sevak Samaj registered under the Indian Planning Commission. She is certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.