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Herbs for Atrial Fibrillation


Herbal medicines show much promise for helping patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Nao Xin Tong Nang (Brain and Heart Connected Capsule) formula with aspirin, lumbrokinase, and nattokinase are all natural anticoagulants, with varying degrees of evidence supporting their use or potential use in AF patients. The modern Chinese herbal formula Wen Xin Ke Li looks promising for maintaining sinus rhythm in paroxysmal AF patients, as does Shen Song Yang Xin Capsule. Anti-arrhythmic herbs, both for heart rate and for heart rhythm control (as well as preventing paroxysmal AF from recurring), generally usedhistorically and not studied in clinical trials but with substantial supporting preclinical information on their actions, include Leonurus cardiaca (motherwort), L. japonicus (Chinese motherwort), Lycopus virginicus (sweet bugleweed) and related species, Corydalis yanhusuo (Chinese corydalis, yan hu suo), Stephania tetrandra (fen fang jı, han fa ng jı, stephania), Rauvolfia serpentina (Indian snakeroot, rauwfolia), Crataegus spp (hawthorn), and Cinchona spp. (Peruvian bark). The isolated herbal alkaloids berberine and tetrahydropalmatine have shown promise for AF or related conditions. Further research is needed to determine the full potential of these herbs.

Full text: https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/act.2017.29114.eya

Studienautor: Yarnell Eric. 2017. Analgesic Herbs. Alternative and Complementary Therapies 23:6, 246-255.