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TECHYCARDIA OR PALPITATION

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Causes: Even though the heart beats at the rate of 72 to 80 per minute in a state of rest, its rate goes up the moment a person engages in physical activity, when you are running, the pulse rate may be 140 to 160 per minute, which in a state of rest would be a danger signal. The pulse rate also goes up after a meal, particularly if it is heavy. But if the pulse rate goes beyond the normal in a state of rest, the malady is given the name techycardia.

An overfull stomach, flatulence and constipation are contributory factor in techycardia and must be dealt with before treatment can start. If the patient is a smoker, he should give it up or severely restrict it. One of the little known medical facts is that the consumption of one cigarette raised the pulse rate by 5 per minute. If the patient is unable to give up smoking he should be advised to change over to hookah, pipe, cigars and bidis-in that order. The rice paper which is used as covering for the cigarettes is the real villain of the piece since tobacco consumed in any other form is not so harmful. The following medicines are advised for a patient suffering from techycardia.

Remedies: Confection of Sevati (Rosa Alba) flowers, preserve of Apples or Carrots, in a dose of one tola wrapped in Silver foil should be eaten daily for some days. Or, Carrots may be buried in hot ashes; when tender they should be taken out, sliced and placed overnight in a ceramic dish to catch the dew. In the morning they should be sprinkled with sugar and rose water and eaten for some days regularly. Equal weights of Aniseed, dry Coriander and Gur should be powdered and taken in six masha doses after each meal. Five mashas of Aniseed, three of Coriander and 11 pieces of Raisins should be steeped in water or rose water overnight and strained in the morning before drinking.

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