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 FAQs Natural Therapies: A-Fib Free with Naturopathy

Complementary & Natural Therapies

Complementary & Natural Therapies

“Have any A-Fib.com readers reported success working with a Naturopathic doctor? Anyone controlling their A-Fib with supplements?”

In May 2014, Kathy Reynolds from Hollister, Missouri, wrote us that with naturopathic assistance she had been A-Fib-free for over 10 months!

After being diagnosed with Lone A-Fib in October 2012, she was on metoprolol ER 50mg daily, and a short four week run of Coumadin, but she never reached a therapeutic level. Frustrated, she decided to discontinue the Coumadin and replaced it with natural supplements with anticoagulant properties like garlic and turmeric.

She continued to make fresh vegetable/fruit juices at home and eat a high nutrient, anti-inflammatory diet limiting most processed foods. Over the next eight months she had six more A-Fib attacks.

In addition she wrote:

“A naturopathic route was of great value to me. After consulting Dr. Laurell Matthews, ND, in July of 2013, I left her office with a renewed sense of hope. Dr. Matthews, a naturopathic physician (practicing now in Fayetteville, Arkansas) was new on staff at Harrison Optimal Health where I was a patient treated for thyroid and hormonal issues. She had successfully treated patients with A-Fib!

She added several supplements to my daily regimen which made a huge difference and I have been free of A-Fib attacks for over 10 months now!

I no longer live in fear of tomorrow, though I do realize that time will tell. With the guidance of Dr. Matthews, I found relief with supplementation. Potassium and magnesium are very important (though none of my hospital blood work showed any mineral deficiencies, and I attempt to eat a high mineral and nutrient diet) but I take no added calcium. (She also successfully reduced her metoprolol dose down to ½ dose every other day.) 

What was added to my growing list of supplements? My daily regimen includes:

• CoQ10 100mg
• Taurine 1000mg twice/day
• Hawthorne Solid Extract 1/4 tsp twice/day
• Convallaria (Lily of the Valley) 8-10 drops in water twice/day
• Magnesium Citrate 200mg twice/day
• High-Omega 3 fish and flax oils, and coconut oil

Lesson Learned: Try Supplements Before Getting an Ablation

I discovered through a little research that other NDs may prescribe much higher doses of some of these supplements, and I would not advise anyone to self medicate.

Seek an understanding, competent MD or ND who keeps you informed so that ultimately you can be in charge of your own care. In my opinion, there may be some cases where it’s worth trying supplements before resorting to what could be an unnecessary procedure and expense.”

Read more of Kathy’s story (#73): A-Fib Success with Naturopathic Assistance—Over 10 Months A-Fib Free! 

Do you have an A-Fib experience with a Naturopathic doctor to share? We would love to hear from you, just send an email

Last updated: Saturday, February 11, 2017 

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