Healing POTS Syndrome Naturally
Updated: Feb 4, 2019
If you reach this blog, so you or someone you know may have been diagnosed with POTS Syndrome. Rest assured that you are not alone. Many people of all ages around the world are struggling with this debilitating illness.
Definition: Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) is a condition in which the heart rate is elevated significantly upon standing, sometimes up to 150 beats per minute without any exertion.
Symptoms: When you have POTS, most of your blood stays in the lower part of your body when you stand up. This makes your heart beat faster to try to get blood to your brain. Your heart rate can go up to 30 beats or more per minute after you stand up. As that happens, your blood pressure is likely to drop. This causes dizziness, light headedness and nausea along with other symptoms.
Diagnosis: Most conventional doctors run various diagnostic tests which may all come back with normal results. However, a non-traditional table tilt test could determine if you suffer from POTS Syndrome. Most conventional Doctors order a blood test to check for cortisol level, but be aware that cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day. Because a blood test can check the cortisol level only at the specific time of day that the blood was drawn, such a test is not a good option. A health care practitioner familiar with POTS Syndrome would instead order either a saliva or urine test, either of which provides more comprehensive results and is therefore more accurate than the blood test.
Causes: According to Dr. Michael Lam, “one of the most common causes of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is adrenal fatigue. In advanced stages of adrenal fatigue, the body’s autonomic nervous system is in disarray. This can lead to sympathetic overtone, with POTS symptoms.
Treatment: Unfortunately most conventional trained physicians are still unfamiliar with this condition but those who are, treat POTS with medications suppressing the symptoms and most patients do not get better from the treatment. Many Doctors say there is no cure for POTS, but I disagree! I suffered from POTS for 1 full year and since the traditional medicine treatment that was suggested to me was unsuccessful, I decided to go the holistic route. It was the best decision I could have made for myself which helped me heal. Below is a summary of what I used to heal myself from POTS. Please keep in mind, that what worked for me may not work for your body, so it is advisable to consult with an Integrative Medicine Doctor that is familiar with POTS Syndrome.
5 quick tips to heal from POTS Syndrome
1. Change your diet – eat mostly plant-based diet, avoid gluten and dairy, increase fluid and salt intake.
2. supplements – Vitamin B Complex, Vitamin C, Herbal Medicine and Amino Acids
3. physical activity – mostly yoga
4. Use Stress Management Techniques to heal your mind
5. Use holistic healing modalities
There is more specific information in my book “The Stressed Vegan” Now available on Amazon.