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What are some natural supplements for POTS?

Discussion in 'Alternative Therapies' started by Peyt, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Peyt

    Peyt Senior Member

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    Hi,
    Does anyone know of any natural supplements that can help reduce heart rate in POTS?
    I know Magnesium already, but wanted to find some other alternatives. Thanks
     
  2. Learner1

    Learner1 Professional Patient

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    I take a lot of supplements prescribed by knowledgeable doctors and the only thing that helps in any way is Carditone by Ayudh Herbs, which lowers by BP, which goes up significantly when I sit or stand.

    The CellTrend test can identify adrenergic antibodies which may cause it. EBV and other viruses can cause them. Reversing those and getting to the root cause is best, but expensive and inconvenient.:rolleyes:
     
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  3. Peyt

    Peyt Senior Member

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    I don't have high blood pressure,
    My main problem is faster than normal heart rate. And I do get low blood pressure at times.
     
  4. Learner1

    Learner1 Professional Patient

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    There are interventions that can help low blood pressure, too.

    But still, getting to the root of it is the way to go, otherwise you're just managing miserable symptoms.
     
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    I started using schizandra tea last year. Seems to help low BP.
     
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    Groggy Doggy Senior Member

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    Licorice root

    Gaia makes liquid formula that's alcohol free
     
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    It's a bad idea to slow your heart rate down if it's caused by low blood pressure. In that case the increased heart rate is compensating for low blood pressure, and helping to circulate blood. So lowering your heart rate without dealing with the low blood pressure might cause bigger problems.
     
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  8. adreno

    adreno PR activist

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    Anything cholinergic should lower heart rate, if you are decided to try this out.
     
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    Maybe an obvious one, but increasing salt intake. I'm on desmopressin and take salt tablets.
     
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    Like some have mentioned, increasing sodium and fluid intake + other electrolytes.

    I sometimes take DGL instead of pure licorice, it still has enough of the active ingredient in it to improve my OI / POTS.

    Lowering inflammation really improves my OI, when there's little or no inflammation i feel much better. With inflammation my veins swell up and blood starts pooling in hands and feet.
     
  11. echobravo

    echobravo Keep searching, the answer is out there

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    It is my understanding that over time increased output of cortisol (stressors like pain, being sick, emotions e.g. loneliness, PTSD etc) might contribute to many of these problems related to orthostatic intolerance (blood pressure regulation, vasodilation), low blood sugar issues (waking up 04 with heartbeat and high pulse), thyroid down regulation (switch to reverse T3 over T3 production), anxiety (fight & flight, sympathic nervous system activation), lower back pain/tension/anxiety, adrenal hormone depletion (cortisol grabs most of the pregnenolone and less goes to DHEA, dopamin, testosteron etc, hence rendering you with increased risk of tissue damage, depression, low libido aso).

    Relora, tyrosine, theanine, vit C, phosphatidyl serine, GABA, pregnenolone, adaptogens - might contribute to balancing the adrenals and reducing cortisol - as will any lifestyle interventions that reduce stress (walks & movement, yoga, meditation, nature, connection, blue-blocking, sleep aso).

    Any earlier trauma - childhood, losses, PTSD, injuries - might be sources of excess cortisol also (amygdala, the fear centre (?)).

    PS! I used ZRT labs to measure adrenal hormones. Will also try to have my DHEA and cortisol tested during the course of one day (spit test, 4 times).
     
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  12. Peyt

    Peyt Senior Member

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    I have been reading about this but my Blood plasma sodium levels show higher than normal on the lab tests, so not sure if it's a good idea for me to increase my sodium intake. I take magnesium but still sodium is higher than normal.
     
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  13. Peyt

    Peyt Senior Member

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    BTW, Licoric and DLG make me extremely sick. It messes with my adrenals so I don't want to take them.
     
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    The high cortisol theory doesn't work with CFS and ME as many of us have low cortisol. I've had my levels tested by bloods and saliva and cortisol is consistently low.
     
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    Look into Dr Lonsdale and Thiamine.
     
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    That's interesting, I supplement and still come in low-normal for sodium. Is it possible to find a potassium salt as a substitute? I realize that potassium can be a problem for some people too...
     
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    Yes, there are special salts containing potassium along with sodium. For example the pan salt from Finnland.
     
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    I use "No Salt". Found it at the grocery store.

    I mix it with sea salt.
     
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    I have heard the natural midodrine: butchers broom.
    I do well on lechitin which I read do god for POTs.
     
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    Things that significantly helped me:
    -Mirtazapine
    -Thiamine
    -Helminthic Therapy / TUDCA

    Lots of smaller things as well that I forget (mg, etc).

    Thing is, I think that POTS type/symptoms vary significantly between people and treatment needs to be cated to this.
     
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