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Re: heart palpitations

Posted by Stephanie on June 18, 1998, at 11:02:21

In reply to Re: heart palpitations, posted by Dr. Bob on June 15, 1998, at 8:38:39

I have read quite a bit about the substances you
mentioned, and my guess would be that the palpitations
are due to the DHEA. My advice would be to take a
much lower dose of DHEA (5-10 mg.) and see if you
feel a difference. DHEA can be pretty stimulating
so you should try to take the lowest dose possible.
Also, do you drink a lot of caffeine? That can add
to the DHEA effects.
From what I've read about the herbs, 900 mg/day of
St. John's Wort is a good target dose. The Kava Kava
seems pretty safe, as does the valerian. Have you
tried Gingko Biloba or Gotu Kola?
Check out Dr. Andrew Weil's regimen on his web site
( He recommends taking DL-phenylalanine
with B-vitamins and C. I have tried this with pretty
good results.
I've also had good results with DMAE, a form of B-
Please post and tell me how you're doing.

> > Now I take (not on doctor's advice) St. John's Wort 600 to
> > 900 mg), Kava Kava (450mg), Valerian (1060mg), Melatonin
> > (6mg), DHEA (25mg) and a "super B complex". I've only taken
> > this stuff for two weeks, and am starting to notice frequent
> > heart palpitations. They are worrisome.

> > Is it any one of these "herbs" or a combo of them that could
> > be causing heart palpitations? Anyone have any similar
> > experience? Are heart palpitations dangerous?

> > The "herbs" are helping a great deal with the depression
> > (better than the pharmaceuticals) and also helping with
> > regulating my sleep, so I'd hate to give them up.

> Palpitations are sometimes serious, sometimes not.
> What about asking your primary care physician to
> check them out?

> I'm not very familiar myself with the "alternative"
> treatments, sorry. It's great that you're feeling
> better, though!

> Bob




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