Protocol for A-Fib


From the Life Extension Foundation:

Acetyl-L-Carnitine 1.5 – 3 grams

Angelica 15-30 drops, 1-3 times a day (14 anti-arrhythmics,  1 CCB)  Suggest: juicer: angelica, carrots, celery, fennel, garlic and parsnips; add water and spices. Celery is CCB.

Bromelain 500 – 1000 mg daily

Omega-3 fish oil – 2-5 grams a day

L-arginine – may help prevent PAC’s and PVC’s

Kyolic Garlic 1-2 grams a day

Gingko 120 mg a day (good for arteries, but may increase arrhythmias)

Hawthorne berry 250-900 mg a day

Perilla Oil 6 1,000 gram caps a day (this is ALA)

Magnesium up to 1.5 grams (NOTE: Increase magnesium intake from 3 capsules/day to 6 capsules/day over a 2 week period. Do not supplement with magnesium or potassium if you have any kidney disease or problems. If loose stools develop reduce magnesium intake.)

Olive leaf extract 1-2 500mg 3 times a day

Potassium (w/ care) especially if on ACE inhibitors – 300 mg 1-4 times a day

Taurine 1.5 – 4 grams a day

Bugleweed 30-40 drops TID

CoQ10 200 – 1200 mg a day

Selenium 200 – 400 mcg a day

More supplement information regarding heart effects:

Sophora falvescens (decreased V-tach and increased Heart Rate Variability)

Magnesium decreases post-op A-fib

Taurine (a CCB)

Berberine: increases contractility and anti-arrhythmic

Saponins in Panax gensing decreased arrhythmias of ischemia





Vitamin D (fat soluble vitamins)

Cordycepts sinensis

Crateegus oxyacantha

Grape seed

Green tea



Normalize thyroid (T3 is anti-arrhythmic)


Lemon balm

Lilly of the valley (Convalleria): Fratellone: emergency A-fib 1-3 drops


Scotch broom


Unstable blood sugar – eating a high carb diet will cause hypoglycemia which triggers a sympathetic response

Check for heavy metals

Viral infections

Causes of dilated CM and A-fib: 1. alcohol 2. viral …. heavy metals

Alcohol triggers: pesticides and fungicides in some wines

Biochemical Individuality – no 2 A-fibbers alike – is it VAGALLY or Sympathetic mediated?  Are you VAGALLY dominant or is the ADRENERGIC or SYMPATHETIC nervous system dominant in both triggering your A-fib and in your normal state of  cardiac tone.

Depletion of Magnesium:  alcohol, sugar, and STRESS.

Water for hydration

What is INTRA-CELLULAR magnesium?


Hiatal hernia

Alkalanize the diet w/ vegetables and fruits

Calcium is excitatory to cells; magnesium calming

Clean organic food free of pesticides, toxins, and preservatives; “natural” flavorings like MSG is a huge problem.

Artificial sweeteners

Organic wine, organic coffee

Cold drinks can be a trigger vs. room temp

Paleo Diet that eliminates all grains, with the possible exception of brown rice.

Gluten (wheat) and casein (dairy) can be very irritating.

Food allergies can be delayed and trigger heart rate increases spontaneously hours or days after ingestion.


Magnesium deficiency is associated with heart rhythm changes including atrial fibrillation and flutter.8 Correction of magnesium deficiency provides anti-hypertensive, anti-atherosclerotic, and anti-arrhythmic effects.9

Intravenous magnesium is used in conventional medicine to prevent and treat various types of cardiac arrhythmias.10

TAURINE is an amino acid known to have anti-arrhythmic and blood pressure lowering effects. It also retards cholesterol-induced atherosclerosis, stabilizes platelets, and improves the ability of heart muscle tissue to contract.9,11 Taurine supplementation is reported to improve premature atrial and ventricular contractions by regulating the excitability of the heart tissue, and protecting against free radicals damage.12 Using animal models, researchers have shown that taurine supplementation significantly diminished the incidence of irreversible ventricular fibrillation, premature ventricular beats, and ventricular tachycardia during ischemia and reperfusion.13

BERBERINE is an alkaloid constituent found in several botanicals. Berberine has anti-arrhythmic activity, increases the strength of heart contractions, dilates blood vessels, and decreases heart rate.14 One study showed that in patients with congestive heart failure, berberine supplementation improved the ability of the heart to pump out blood, lessened the frequency of premature ventricular contractions, and decreased ventricular tachycardia.15 Another study showed that in subjects with ventricular tachycardic arrhythmias, berberine supplementation suppressed ventricular premature contractions (VPC) by 50 percent or greater in 62 percent of the subjects and suppressed VPC by 90 percent or greater in 38 percent of the subjects.16

Constituents from Panax notoginseng have also demonstrated anti-arrhythmia, antioxidant, and blood clot reducing activity.17 Studies indicate that this herb exerts anti-arrhythmic activity on ischemic and reperfusion arrhythmias in animal models, provides a protective effect for atrial fibrillation and/or flutter,18 and increases the ventricular fibrillation threshold.19

Sophora flavescens has been shown to reduce the incidence and delay the onset of experimentally-induced ventricular tachycardia.20 One of the constituents, oxymatrine, reduces both atrial and ventricular premature beats.21 In one study, Sophora flavescens demonstrated significant lowering of blood pressure, heart rate, left ventricular pressure, and increased the ventricular fibrillation threshold.22  (Product: CardioRhythm)