Home Remedy to Slow Heart Rate

Updated July 19, 2017

A fast heart rate is commonly called heart palpitation. This gives the feeling of your heart pounding or racing in your chest at a high or irregular speed. A normal heart beats at a rate of 60 to 100 times per minute. Tachycardia is when your heart beats over the normal beats per minute. There are several home remedies to treat this condition.

Herbs and foods

Spikenard is an Indian herb that may be used to stimulate the normal beat of your heart. You should take this herb daily by adding two to three grams to your food. Grapes are very effective in slowing down your heart beat. You should drink pure grape juice daily to relieve the symptoms of tachycardia. Honey should be taken as soon as you begin to experience heart palpitation. This will relieve your symptoms within an hour. An average dosage of two teaspoons should be taken. It is important to add the proper amount of magnesium to your daily diet. Magnesium helps to balance the levels of calcium in the heart's muscle cells by aiding in the control of the enzymes that release calcium. This is important because your muscle will contract in the heart when calcium moves into the cells. You can add nuts and soybeans into your diet to incorporate magnesium into your diet.
Potassium is another essential mineral to relieve heart palpitations. Certain fruits and vegetables such as bananas, tomatoes, peanuts, carrots and spinach are all high in potassium. This is important because it reduces the irritability of the muscle fibres in your heart.


Your heart beat is regulated by the vagal nerves and the sympathetic nerves. When you are experiencing heart palpitation you should stimulate your vagal nerve to calm the rate of your heart beat. You can achieve this by taking deep breaths, this will begin the chemical process that controls your heart beat.
Another way to stimulate the vagal nerve is to massage the right carotid artery. It is important to talk to your doctor before performing this manoeuvre so that you know how much pressure to put on this artery.

Things to avoid

You should avoid coffee, diet pills, caffeinated beverages and chocolate because they stimulate your heart which promotes heart palpitation. If you skip a meal or overly indulge in sweets regularly your pancreatic enzymes will account for the increased sugar intake by speeding up. This action will stimulate your adrenal glands which will affect your heart beat.


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Nicole Murray is a full-time freelancer in Chicago, Ill., who has been writing since 2004. She has published articles in "Stone Magazine,", "Reservoir Magazine," "Canadian Builders Quarterly" and She has her undergraduate degree in creative writing and marketing from Columbia College.