Atrial Fibrillation, Motherwort, Hawthorn
Answered by: Christine Dennis
Question from: Helen
Posted on: November 20, 2008

I am researching the use of botanicals on behalf of my mother and just came across similar subject in questions, 2004. My mother is taking Flecanaide, Diltiazem and Warfarin and self- administering fresh Hawthorn berries and dandelion. She is 75 with persistent afib (tachycardic). She has no other co-morbidities and her heart is still little damaged (but we are worried the drugs will finish it off) exercises daily and eats fresh, raw organic, vegetarian foods often sprouting her own pulses, etc. I now discover motherwort’s possible help in afib. She also uses her own coag check daily as further precaution to her warfarin antagonistic diet! I would be very greatful if you could advise on combining these in relation to her pharma drugs which she is aiming to reduce because of their debilitating side effects.

Yes, hawthorn and motherwort are two herbs that are used for atrial fibrillation and I have used them successfully in my practice. However, your mother is going to require close monitoring by a qualified herbalist when used along with the medications she is currently taking. To find a herbalist in your area of the UK please see: http://www.nimh.org.uk/

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