Myocarditis, or heart inflammation, is caused by innumerable factors. Fortunately, there are natural remedies that can not only prevent, but also treat and heal the heart. If you suffer from this painful and often dangerous condition, or if you want to avoid it, learn about the 9 most powerful natural remedies for myocarditis that can help you to heart health.
There are a lot of medical terms floating around these days… and for many, it has been a real learning curve when it comes to dealing with the health challenges of our changing world.
We’ve written several articles in the past year that are helpful for pertinent health issues right now… namely, articles that deal with viral infections, like this article, Artemisia Annua Benefits: Proven Anti-viral Wonder Herb, and this one, Neem Benefits: The Most Powerful Herb That Fights Infection, and this one, How Pine Needle Tea Helps Prevent Unhealthy Blood Clotting.
And now, looking at the myriad health issues that are currently overwhelming doctor’s offices and challenging emergency rooms, it’s time to talk about the nine most powerful natural remedies for myocarditis (heart inflammation).
What is Myocarditis?
According to Merriam-Webster: “The meaning of myocarditis is inflammation of the myocardium (heart muscle).”
The longer explanation, according to most medical agencies, is that myocarditis is an inflammation of the middle layer of the heart muscle. This inflammation may impact the heart’s ability to pump blood, could cause heart palpitations, irregular rhythms (arrhythmia) or heart attack.
The main cause of myocarditis or heart inflammation is from viral infections, both in children and adults, although it might also be brought on by another inflammatory condition, a bacterial infection, and/or a reaction to an inoculation or medication.
Severe myocarditis weakens the heart and the symptoms are often chest pains, fatigue, shortness of breath, or fever.
The complications of severe myocarditis are heart failure, sudden cardiac arrest (heart attack) and blood clotting, which could be deadly.
So. We don’t want to find ourselves dealing (unexpectedly) with heart inflammation (myocarditis) without being prepared. Knowledge of natural remedies that can combat this potentially dangerous condition can help us get the healing needed.
There are many beautiful herbs and natural substances that are effective in protecting the heart muscle, so I could write about this subject for pages and pages. But, you’re probably busy, so I’ve short-listed my most favorite choices to treat the heart. These remedies, as most herbal remedies, are not only for the heart… the synergy of herbal plant remedies is holistic, so they have varied positive effects on the functioning of the entire body.
But these specific herbs have primary actions that heal the heart, so we’ll start there. They are listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily in order of effectiveness or preference. 😊
NOTE: If you are currently taking prescription medication for myocarditis or other heart conditions, we strongly suggest consulting with a naturopathic practitioner for compatibility before adding these herbal remedies to your health regimen.
The 9 Most Powerful Natural Remedies For Myocarditis (Heart Inflammation)
Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna), is the renowned “king of heart remedies” in Ayurveda, the traditional natural healing system of ancient India. Arjuna is extracted from the shedding bark of the large Terminalia tree that is native to India and Sri Lanka. It not only protects and provides strength to the heart muscles and repairs the blood, but also normalizes high blood pressure.
Arjun is so powerful that it can rehabilitate the heart after myocardial infarction (heart attack) while it works to neutralize myocardial inflammation.
Although you can find many articles written about Ajuna as a remedy for heart arrhythmia, for which it excels, it’s important to know that Arjuna does so much more!
It is also one of the best natural remedies for post heart inflammation or post heart attack patients. That’s because, while it is nourishing the heart and helping to prevent future heart attacks and inflammation, it also increases blood flow to the heart. This reduces occurrences of angina (chest pains caused by decreased blood flow to the heart or arterial heart disease) or painful heartbeat.
Arjuna is also wide functioning, in that it also helps to relieve stress, hypertension and nervousness, while it works to repair both heart and lung diseases. Arjuna in capsule form ✓ is most popular as a supplement.
Astragalus (Astragalus membranaceus) is an herb root that has been highly prized in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for prolonging youth, due to its adaptogenic qualities of reducing stress in the body and boosting the immune system.
Known as Huang-qi (or Milk Vetch), this perennial plant that is native to China and Mongolia is also one of the most powerful herbs for reducing blood pressure and counteracting myocarditis and arrhythmia.
Astragalus fights viral or bacterial infections, which are often the causes of myocarditis. With its additional vasodialator and anti-coagulant properties, this herb also helps to keep the blood flowing smoothly while helping to repair blood vessel damage.
Note: There may be contraindication for astragalus use during an active, acute infection with fever. Astragalus may also be contraindicated for individuals with certain autoimmune diseases or for those taking immuno-suppressant drugs, as astragalus increases immune response. In acute conditions, we always suggest consulting with a naturopathic practitioner before taking astragalus.
3. Coenzyme Q10
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a co-enzyme that is naturally produced by our bodies and is present in every one of our cells. CoQ10 is present in two forms in our bodies: ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Ubiquinone is converted as needed, into its active anti-oxidant form of ubiquinol. It protects us against cellular and muscular damage, as it neutralizes free radicals.
Because CoQ10 is necessary for cellular health and reproduction, it is essential for our overall good health. Unfortunately, our natural reservoirs of CoQ10 (in both forms) are depleted as we age, so it is important to keep a supply of CoQ10 available, which we can get through dietary or supplemental means.
When we talk about heart health and myocarditis, it is important to know that CoQ10 has proven excellent in protecting the heart from viral myocarditis, myocardial infarction (heart attack)and heart inflammation.
Keeping adequate CoQ10 levels is also useful in controlling blood pressure.
Natural sources of CoQ10 for vegetarians include: lentils, peanuts, strawberries, oranges, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, pistachios, sesame seeds, soy and legumes, among others.
For omnivores, sources also include: organ meats, fish oil high in fatty acids, sardines and other fatty fish, plus beef, pork and chicken.
If you want to be sure that you are getting enough CoQ10, you can also take it in supplemental form. The ubiquinol form of CoQ10 ✓, which is more bioavailable, (eliminating the need for our bodies to convert ubiquinone to ubiquinol) is suggested for anyone over 30 years old.
4. Green Tea
By now we’ve all probably heard about the amazing health benefits of green tea. Known for centuries as an elixir for long life due to a wide range of positive health benefits, green tea is excellent for heart health. It’s important to be reminded that green tea is one of the best natural remedies for myocarditis or heart inflammation.
With its high antioxidant catechin levels, it is highly effective in inhibiting excessive blood clotting that could lead to heart troubles.
Green tea also protects against all tissue inflammation, which of course includes heart myocardial tissue. The polyphenols (catechins) in green tea also help to promote elasticity in the arteries, which again, promotes hearth health.
Drinking one to three cups of green tea per day is a great habit to adopt if you’re concerned about protecting the heart against inflammation and damage. I always suggest buying organic green tea because if not organic, most tea is so highly sprayed with pesticides.
If you don’t already have a favorite green tea, you can try this organic green tea ✓, or if you love green tea, it’s most economical to buy it in bulk like I do ✓. If you try the gunpowder green tea variety you can also use it to make incredibly tasty Moroccan mint tea, using this recipe.
Hawthorn is widely used in the United States and Europe as an effective treatment for various heart diseases, including myocarditis. Hawthorn berry (Crataegus monogyna) could be said to be a “western” version of the aforementioned arjuna bark remedy. It has also been used successfully in Asia (China) for millenia. With our background in Ayurvedic remedies, we personally have more experience with using arjuna, but hawthorn is so widely acclaimed for treating heart issues in the west that it holds a special place in European pharmacopeia.
With known success in treating myocardial abnormalities, including inflammation, hawthorn berries are powerful antioxidant healers of heart damage and various other cardiovascular ailments.
Hawthorn is excellent for improving blood circulation, particularly blood flow to the heart, thus aiding in prevention of heart attacks or sudden cardiac arrest. Also useful in repairing arterial damage, hawthorn is proven to improve muscle contraction of the heart. Hawthorn also balances both high and low blood pressure, as needed.
Its wide range of heart benefits includes treating angina, arrhythmia, and promoting regenerative cellular repair after heart necrosis. It can also be used at the first sign or suspicion of heart related issues, as it has no known side effects.
Hawthorn can be taken as an extract ✓ or in capsules ✓. Depending on your heart condition, it may take from 4-6 weeks of regular use to reap sustained benefits, although you may notice improvement soon after you begin taking hawthorn.
6. Lily of The Valley
The lovely and fragrant flowers and leaves of lily of the valley (Convallaria Majalis) have long been known and successfully used as a treatment for myocarditis. (pictured in the heart-shaped featured image at the top of this article)
Often a subject of folklore and legends, this perennial plant that is native to cold climates, particularly in northern Asia and Europe, is a powerful herbal remedy for heart inflammation, and for treating cardiac arrest.
Lily of the valley also treats heart arrhythmia and improves the quality of heart tissue. It also has the ability to regulate blood pressure, allowing the heart to beat more slowly and rhythmically, while enhancing circulation.
Aside from its effectiveness in treating heart weakness, lily of the valley also treats lung ailments and is considered anti-cancer and anti-tumor. This is due to its anti-angiogenic compounds, which destroy the network of blood vessels required by tumors to grow and metastasize.
Although the leaves and flowers of lily of the valley are used medicinally, the berries are toxic and are not to be consumed. Lily of the valley is most often used in tincture form and sometimes in combination with other herbs.
Lily of the valley also has some calming and sedative properties, so it can be used along with other heart herbs that treat tension and anxiety related heart issues.
With the word cardiaca included in its Latin name, Leonurus cardiaca, it is obvious that motherwort, a perennial plant from the Lamiaceae mint family, is very specifically a “cardiotonic” herb.
Well treasured for thousands of years as a heart restorative in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), motherwort is often prescribed to counteract viral myocarditis and to repair the arterial pathways of the heart.
Motherwort aids the heart muscle physically, and because it is also classified as a nervine, it also soothes the heart emotionally by relieving tension and anxiety. Therefore, motherwort is often the herb of choice to treat heart arrhythmia, or heart palpitations, not only when brought on by viral myocarditis, but also when brought on by emotional responses to mental processes or outside influences.
Because motherwort is a bitter herb, it is most often taken as an extract ✓ rather than a tea.
8. Neem Leaf
If you have already read our article about the incredible and numerous benefits of neem leaf (Azadirachta indica), you know that I absolutely adore this herb! From my own personal experience, added to the thousands of years of historical records of neem leaf in Ayurveda, I can say that neem is unsurpassed when it comes to not only its anti-viral actions, but also its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant performance.
With respect to treating myocarditis, particularly viral myocarditis, neem not only boosts immunity, but, since it acts as an virucide (removes viruses!) it is a powerful herb for revitalizing the heart and protecting it from disease.
Neem is not only amazing for supporting a healthy heart, but is an excellent remedy to use when protecting against viruses and environmental toxins, especially during this trying time. Due to its strong taste, neem is usually taken in extract form ✓ (diluted in water) or in powdered capsules ✓.
9. Reishi Mushrooms
Of all the medicinal mushrooms, reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is known as the “Mushroom of Immortality” or the “Mushroom of Longevity” – and for good reason! This medicinal mushroom is super-high in anti-oxidants and in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients that are important to combat myocarditis or heart inflammation.
Excellent immune boosting reishi is also antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal.
All mushrooms (like the tasty ones we love for cooking) are great for the immune system. But, if you specifically want to boost your immunity when fighting a viral infection or virally induced myocarditis, medicinal mushrooms like reishi in powered form ✓ or as reishi capsules ✓ really have the power to heal.
Medicinal mushrooms are so powerful, in fact, in treating inflammation and other serious issues, that I wrote an entire article on medicinal mushrooms that you can check out for more information.
We can all feel confidant that there are several natural remedies for myocarditis or heart inflammation. If you suffer from heart issues, be sure to consider using one or more of these options to treat your condition naturally.
If you are already taking a prescription drug for the heart, you’ll also want to make sure that you don’t “double up” by taking herbs for the same reason. (e.g. such as lowering blood pressure).
Remember, many of the pharmaceutical drugs prescribed to treat various types of heart disease are synthetic emulators of natural compounds from members of the plant kingdom. While natural plant remedies are usually free from side effects, if you are already taking a drug that has the same properties, you might get a collision of effects.
So again, it’s always good to consult with someone who specializes in natural remedies, as most doctors either don’t know the origins of the drugs they prescribe or don’t share this type of information with their patients.
Natural remedies can give us protection against myocarditis and heart inflammation without dangerous side effects, while also repairing the heart muscle and nourishing the heart – our most precious organ for living a full and healthy life.
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