Wednesday, March 7, 2012

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR ESSENTIAL TREMOR


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Updated March 9, 2017


My book Natural Remedies for Essential Tremor has been published as of January 2017. This three year project is the most complete book on ET available.  It answers the following questions

1. What is ET and how does it differ from other tremor conditions?
2. What are the possible causes of ET?
3. What is the risk of developing ET? Is there a genetic link?
4. What are the most common symptoms of ET?
5. How is ET diagnosed? How common are misdiagnoses? How not to get misdiagnosed.    
6. What drug treatments are available to treat ET and what are their success rates?
7. What surgeries are available and what are the risks of each?
8. What are the most important diet changes you can make to reduce, and in some cases, eliminate symptoms?
9. What environmental factors can significantly worsen ET and what to do about them? 
10. What lifestyle choices have the most impact on tremors?
11. What nutritional supplements (type and brand) are the most effective for calming tremors? 
12. What alternative treatments may help further healing? 

The link below contains recommended supplements for essential tremor in the HFC store. I update these store pages periodically depending on ET research or brands available. You should start with a good multivitamin, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and GABA. However, it is important to purchase the book because ET is much more complicated than just taking supplements.  Supplements will only help so much if there are other factors affecting your recovery. For instance, if you are drinking 4 cups of coffee a day, supplements may only provide minimal reduction in tremors. With any medical condition, it is always important to research as much as possible to rule out other factors besides familial (family related) reasons that may be triggering your tremors. I not only did that research, I interpreted the information saving you weeks and months of time. As an added bonus, if you buy the paperback, you can purchase the Kindle version for just 99 cents more. 


To purchase the book, you can click on the link at the top or bottom of the post or to the right of the page. Both links will take you directly to Amazon.  





If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me at healthandfitnesscafe@gmail.com

Best of health,
Donna M. Gagnon, ND, CNC

59 comments:

randy pendergrass said...

Great post. Thanks.
Any info or thoughts on ketogenic diets with movement disorders?
Pubmed has a few studies that show promise but they are small studies.

Donna said...

Thanks. There has been some research using the ketogenic diet especially as it relates to Alzheimer's. It is definitely worth a try for those with essential tremor and other movement disorders. I will do some more research. Thanks for your comment. Donna

Danica said...

It's good to know that the treatment for essential tremor is developing. Taking up medications like Tremadone can greatly help in decreasing the movement. Choice Public can be considered on this matter.

Ben Rutstein said...

There are some essential oils that are supposed to help like nutmeg & narcissus. Although, it gets kind of expensive.

Donna said...

Thanks. I will look into it. I am still doing research and will be updating this post. Donna

Sean B said...

Been dealing with this all my life. I get a lot of criticism about it. But, I just tell people I can still thread a needle much of the time. Until I came here I never new there was help for this sort of nerological problem. Over time I've just learned to deal with it. I've had these "tremors" since I was a child. I'm now 36. Its tough sometimes.

Donna said...

I*'m not sure why anyone would criticize you. This is not something you can help. I hope some of my suggestions help you. Good luck.

akbar kazempour said...

Thank you for perfect explains that you offering.I hop that that you succeed in life yours.
I learned so much about this disease and remedy ways.
Thanks.

kavein walker said...

I would like to know from where I can get best PCT supplements at low-priced rates. Please advise me any online store if you know, those giving this nutritional supplements..

Donna said...

I am not a user nor do I know enough about PCT supplements to recommend them. Amazon seems to be the lowest price for most supplements.

Tara Caruso said...

This was so helpful! I get very embarrassed or nervous what people will think when I am out.. Which makes my tremors worse.. It really does suck sometimes :( I was asked to take a picture and couldn't because my hand wouln't stop shaking I was already so nervous that night cause I was meeting the guy I like.. It's so frustrating and I'm afraid somebody will ask and ill get upset cause I can't control it

Jessica Williams said...

I was so embarrassed also everyone saying have you eat...yes...are you cold..no..well your shaking. I think I lost my job because of it haven't worked in two weeks now..just the bullying and laughing needs to stop and I'm 26 years old..I went to eat couldn't keep nothing on the fork maybe one day there will be a cure. Stay strong and I'll keep you in my prayers

Donna said...

I am so sorry you are both going through this embarrassment. People can be so cruel and ignorant. Jessica, have you been tested to rule out medical conditions? You are very young to have ET. Do you have relatives with ET? I'm wondering if your tremors are environmentally or medically caused. There is a condition called Wilson disease that is treatable that can cause tremors. I doubt that's it because it is rare but you never know. Anyway, supplements with GABA, chamomile, passionflower, and 5-HTP (not to be taken with antidepressants) can also be very helpful for tremors. There is a new device for eating that is suppose to counter the tremors. It is expensive, though, at $295. The website is http://www.essentialtremor.org/treatments/assistive-devices/. I will be writing an update soon on ET so check back. This is a very popular topic on my blog so you two are not alone. Good luck to both of you. :)

Eddy Privitera said...

I have inherited ET from my father. I am now 77 and have started having the first signs when I was around 50. It started in my right hand but then moved to my left hand while my right hand is not that bad. I have found that a glass of wine or tot of whisky BEFORE I start eating helps a lot. But I do this only when I dine out in a restaurant. I try to eat food which I can eat with just a fork, such as pasta, using my right hand. When I eat meat and have to also use a knife, I find it a bit embarrassing due to the clicking sound of the knife when cutting the meat !

georg clerk said...

Mostly no Benign Essential Tremor Treatment is needed and tremors may be relieved by some simple measures such as resting well, avoiding caffeine, avoiding stimulants present in over the counter medications and avoiding temperature extremities. Medical treatment of benign essential tremor includes beta blockers such as propranolol,atenolol,metoprolol, nadolol and aotalol, anti-seizure medications such as primidone, gabapentin and topiramate, benzodiazepines, antipsychotics such as clonazepam and alprazolam, tranquilizers and botulinum injections. Surgery is another option. There two surgical procedures that can be done. First procedure is deep brain stimulation having side effects such as motor control, problems with speech, balance, headaches and weakness. Thalamotomy is the second option. Physical therapy to improve muscle strength, control and coordination and occupational therapy to help adapt living with benign essential tremors is suggested.

Travis W said...

I've been dealing with essential tremors for a long time now. I've tried a variety of treatments with so-so results, but recently I've been using a product called TremorAid that I purchased on Amazon with great results. I read some Tremoraid Reviews on a forum where someone was speaking well about it so I decided to give it a try. I purchased it here: http://www.amazon.com/Tremoraid-Natural-Supplement-Essential-Tremors/dp/B00VFXCEBY
Thus far I have to say Tremoraid is the best natural treatment that I've tried thus far. Happy with it, and will continue to take it.

Donna said...

Thanks. Good to know about this product. It makes sense because the product has GABA, magnesium, N-acetyl cysteine (helps support GABA), and skullcap. GABA, an inhibitory neurotransmitter, is commonly low in people with ET. Magnesium is low or deficient in the average American diet and skullcap is a nervous system relaxant herb. Magnesium is critical to the health of the heart and central nervous system. Keep me posted on your continued progress.

Donna Marie said...

Spamming is prohibited on this blog so please do not do it. Your comment will be removed and flagged as spam. All other comments and legitimate suggestions are always welcome.

LJ Blackburn said...

Hi I think I have ET but have not been officially diagnosed. I looked at this blog and bought Tremoraid. I also cut out caffeine, and am trying to relax, not get anxious and eat right as well as get sleep, but with life in general it is hard. I wait tables and am going to school ( hopefully to be a nurse) My old doctor ( I recently moved to go to school) talked with me about it over the phone and prescribed me propranolol. I haven't started on it because the side effects scare me (especially the depression part as I suffer from it, which my doctor knows about). I like the tremoraid and think it might be helping - kinda hard to tell if it is that or the other things I am doing. I am really nervous about starting the propranolol, any thoughts anyone?

Donna Marie said...

Before taking prescription drugs, I would try natural methods first and rule out environmental and dietary factors first. Are you taking any medication currently that may cause tremors such as decongestants, antidepressants, amphetamines, or thyroid medication (hypothyroid)? Do you have exposure to any chemicals in your work or home? Do you have high exposure to electromagnetic fields. If you carry a cell phone, it should be shut off when not in use and especially when sleeping. Fatigue, stress, and lack of sleep can cause anxiety and trigger tremors. Sounds like your doing a lot. Tremoraid has good ingredients but it is expensive and does not have enough magnesium for anyone, never mind someone with tremors. Imbalance of estrogen can cause tremors. You should have your hormone balances checked especially if you are over 35, when estrogen levels fluctuate. My recommendation is to add at least 400 mg of magnesium (up to 800 mg) and take it close to bedtime. Magnesium will help with sleep. If you take over 400 mg (might want to at first to get levels up), divide the dose between morning and night. B-complex and omega-3 supplements are also very important for the nervous system and brain neurons. You can also try taking melatonin an hour before bed. Are you eating well? Besides caffeine, stay away from sugar, aspartame (causes tremors and destroys brain cells), and modern wheat. Modern wheat messes with the gut because it has been engineered to have very high gluten. Substitute spelt wheat or non-gluten flour products instead. Although I do not have celiac disease, I get headaches and anxiety if I consume modern wheat, sometimes for days. Never fails. You can click on my store at tab above for supplements. I also have a book coming out soon on ET. I have been researching this topic since I wrote this blog post because so little is known or written about on the condition and it is my number one searched post. My book will have much more information so check back in a couple of months. Take care and I hope some of my recommendations are helpful.

Jaideep Lunial said...

My physician recently diagnosed me with ET though I have been suffering from tremors for a number of years. I'm 42 and remember having tremors for at least 5-6 years, though the intensity has increased over the years.
Last week I suffered from a condition wherein I can feel tremors not only in hands and speech but also in my legs. I've not come across any information on the internet that anything like this is associated with ET.
My doctor got a lot of pathology tests and ultrasound of abdomen as well as chest x Ray but couldn't find any reason for the condition. I've been testing for the last 5 days and the improvement is there but quite slow. My question is that it's there any past record of tremors in legs ?
Also my daughter, 16, has been experiencing tremors in hand for a number of years. Is it possible that it is ET and she has inherited the gene from me ?

Jaideep Lunial said...

Correction: I've been resting for the last 5 days

Donna Marie said...

She could have if you have familial ET. However, it is rare for a 16 year old and even a 30 something year old to have ET. Not impossible but rare. Did one of your parents have ET? You can be tested. I'm wondering if there is something in your environment. Do you live in an area where they spray herbicides or pesticides from planes? Are you new a cell tower or electrical power plant or poles? Do you consume MSG or aspartame regularly? Diet soft drinks can cause neurological problems. I have a book coming out soon on essential tremor. However, the book covers tremors in general because many things can trigger them. If you take any meds, did your tremors start shortly after? You may be severely magnesium or b12 deficient. You should at a minimum take 400 mg of magnesium twice a day and a b-complex plus other supplements mentioned in my post. I have just completed a book on ET that should be released by the end of the year. It has a lot of information on ET and tremors. What can cause them and what you can do about them, both conventional and natural methods. It will be very helpful in narrowing down what may have triggered yours. I will post a comment here and a new post when it it released. Let me know how the supplements work.

Unknown said...

Hi Donna Marie,

I am 32 years old. I am suffering from hand tremor from my school life. Previously I felt when I did some work in front of some people. Recently, it might be worse even in resting condition. Could you please give me some suggestions in this regard?

Donna Marie said...

Have you been tested? If the tremors are worse when resting, you may not have ET. You might have Parkinson's or another condition. Also, what do you mean when you say the hand tremor is from your school life? What is it at school that you think is giving you the tremors?

Asadur Rahman said...

Thank you so much for your reply. Actually, before (observing when I was 15 yrs old) I feel hand tremor only during I did work infront of other people. Recently, I feel even in resting condition. I didnt take any caffeine one week and then I feel better. Whats the specific symptoms for Parkinson's? Whats the prognosis of Perkinson's disease? Actually, I never tested or visited to doctor. Could you pls. advise something?

Donna Marie said...

It sounds at first like you have extreme anxiety. The concern is that you have tremors when resting. Obviously, you should not drink anything with caffeine in it. If you are concerned that you may have Parkinson's then you should be tested by a doctor. Main symptoms for Parkinson's are increased tremors at rest and stiffing of muscles over time. If you truly had Parkinson's at age 15, you would probably have more significant symptoms by now. I would definitely see a doctor for a diagnosis. In the meantime, you should follow the recommendations mentioned above for tremors. Natural treatments can help both types of tremors. Good luck.

Asadur Rahman said...

Thank you very much. Actually I am taking Vitamin B complex specially combination of (B1, B2, B6, B12) and now I am feeling good, at least no tremor in resting condition. I also felt numbness and weakness in my hand. Anyway, thank you so much for your suggestions.

Khalid Khan said...

Thank You Donna. I got a lot of helpful information abt this problem.
I have been suffering from ET for last 4 years. it was my hand first, then leg, arms, cheeks, jaw, neck. The neck/head tremor has embarrassed me more then anything or anybody in life but i am still fighting it. I have tried all of these instruction on websites. the doctor prescribed me with Seroxat 40mg and Propronalol 40mg. it works but i guess 40 percent and i take them when i need to see a crowd/wedding/presentation etc. I am an ex military and i mindset is not to give up. I always challenge my tremor to dare and embarrassed me here and there. I know it may sound stupid but i can control my tremors that way. The only thing that gives me relief from stress and tremor is Praying to my Allah.

I believe if anybody is complaining of problems in his/her life besides me is stupid (Please dont mind this) coz besides Essential tremors I have mountains on my shoulder which could crush anybody else but i am slowly moving with it.

No offence to anybody brother/sisters here.

Inshallah, I hope we all get out of this someday.

Kind Regards

Khalid

Cool Dude said...

Hello everyone,

I have read all of your comments and suggestions. I'm 25 years old and suffering from ET since when i am 15-16 .my father has also this problem then I realize it is a familial ET , After then I consult with doctor. He told me to test thyroid test and other tests and CT of head. But the reports was normal,then the doctor prescribed medication HCl propranolol 40-40mg, Etizolam & (Vitamin B1, B6, B12) right now I am taking this but I think only40% relief .
When I am at home I see tremor on my hand and little in my body (it is only when I do physical activity like pick up bucket) my body shake.
When I go to crowded place like restaurant, events,job interview I feel nervousness and therefore my hands as well as my voice shakes. It feels me really more embarrassing.
I have seen some medication listed above in the post from amazon
Is this medicine works on me?
Please suggest me whether I take this medicine or not and if not please suggest me to different.

Hope We all are getting out from this.


Donna Marie said...

I am sorry you have ET and at such a young age. Propranolol is a beta blocker, a high blood pressure medication approved for the treatment of ET. I am not a medical doctor so I cannot recommend one way or the other whether you should take this medication. As far as medications go, however, side effects from beta blockers are usually mild. They include fatigue and stuffy nose, but may include depression, erectile dysfunction, slow heart rate, and worsening of asthma. If you have any issues since starting propranolol, you should talk to your doctor. I have more concern with Etizolam (an anti-anxiety medication). This drug can be addicting and cause more serious side effects including dizziness, trouble concentrating, insomnia, and the worst of all -- memory loss if taken long-term. Of course, with my training, I will always suggest natural methods before drugs. Vitamin B is great but not enough. Magnesium is critical (300-400mg taken twice per day) for ET along with supplements for calming such as skullcap, hops, valerian, chamomile, and melatonin. I take Snooze Right (Vitamin Shoppe) and melatonin before bed. I also drink tea with chamomile in it at night. Melatonin and the calming herbs should only be taken before bed and not at the same time as Etizalom, which may compound the effects. Click on HFC Store above and then Essential Tremor for recommendations of these supplements and others. Maybe you can work with your healthcare practitioner to cut back or eliminate the Etizolam while increasing the herbs. Since this drug is addicting, it is not a good idea to stop abruptly. If you do, you may increase tremors and have other unpleasant withdrawal side effects. Good luck and keep me posted.

Cool Dude said...

Thank you for your feedback, I'm very glad to hear from you, where I can get these products in India? Will you please provide me the details from where I can buy this product?
And how much quantity I should take?
There are not much qualified doctors in my region and therefore they suggest me to take this medicine.

Donna Marie said...

I am not an expert on what is available in India so I am sorry that I may be of little help. My guess is you could probably buy supplements using and online vendor. Does Amazon sell supplements to India? If not, how about in local pharmacy? Another option is to see an Ayurveda practitioner. Good luck.

Cool Dude said...

Yes I can purchase medicine online through amazon as well as local pharmacy.
You will write the names of medicine and then I I'll order from online stores.
Actually I have tried ayurveda but they give me strong doses which effects in my body like red rashes,after then I talked with Ayurveda practitioner they advise me to take low doses but it will not work on my body.

Donna Marie said...

Click on the Essential Tremor tab at the top of the page. Then click on Essential Tremor Remedy Store. It will take you to a page of my recommendations of supplements that you can purchase on Amazon. Magesium, omega-3, b-complex, melatonin, digestive enzymes, and probiotics (unless you eat yogurt every day) is a good place to start. If you want to do more, CDP-choline and a calming herb (capules or tea) before bed (along with melatonin) are great choices. Good Luck.

jana armstrong said...

I get criticized too. I am 38, and also have had it all of my life. Before I knew the name of it we just called it the shaky disease. Then we came into contact with my lost sister and she is a generation older than me. Well we found that most of the women on my dad's side of the family has this. She is the only sister of mine that has this other than me.

Unknown said...

I have et end I take propanol end clonopin bout I'm still have movement involuntary I have 32 year old end I'm sou scared I get worse I take not caffeine bicouse that gets me worse I don't know

Unknown said...

My 15 year old was diagnosed with essential tremors. We do have a family history of ET. He was given a script for propranolol but we are hesitant to try this yet, would prefer to try natural remedy first. Can you tell me about how much and how often he should take the omega3, Bvitamins, and other vitamins you suggest. He is 140 lbs. 5'11" and very active. ( he is in the crew program at his school). He eats pretty well, no fast food at all. No caffeine in his diet and no soda.

Shrey Kohli said...

Hello
May I know, which medicine he gave you,
Will you please tell me.

Biscuit said...

I have head tremors slightly suite agitation with it but when relax and stay away from caffeine do feel better

Biscuit said...

I have some slight tremmers in head 50yrs started this year stop caffeine and sugar that trigger my tremmers

Donna Marie said...

Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I am also sorry to hear about your son having ET and at such a young age. Interestingly, more than 50 percent of people with ET have a family history but only a small percentage have a genetic link which makes me wonder if many cases are environmental or diet related. Important considerations are environmental before supplements. The EMFs from cell phones can trigger or make tremors worse. If he has a cell phone, it should be off when not in use. Make sure he does not sleep next to electrical devices (5 ft away) or a smart meter (30 ft away). Other triggers are pesticides, herbicides, heavy metal (lead) exposure, and certain drugs (if he is taking medication, go to drugs.com to check side effects). Stay away from aspartame in food and drink. Wheat gluten from modern wheat can affect the gut which can affect tremors. Try eliminating for 3 months. For problems sleeping, he can drink chamomile tea before bed and/or take herbs (Snooze Right by Vitamin Shoppe is good). Good supplements include a good multivitamin (I like Life Extension capsules because they have decent levels of B vitamins and vitamin D so he won't need to take these separate.) Magnesium is critical for calming tremors. 300-400 mg of magnesium can be taken at breakfast and dinner. Another supplement to try is CDP-choline (take as directed). A great high omega-3 breakfast is oatmeal with walnuts (omega-3), 2 tablespoons of flaxseed meal (omega-3), bananas or berries, and cinnamon. You can add one or two omega-3 eggs (organic) cooked over easy if he has a good appetite. Lots of vegetables, legumes, and whole grains (quinoa, millet, and spelt) is important. Besides fast food and caffeine, avoid sugar and red meat. You can purchase recommended supplements by clicking on the HFC store above and then the essential tremor page. I also have a book that will be published soon (if the editing process will ever end - lol!) on this topic so check back periodically or subscribe to the blog for updates. Please keep in mind that your son's healthcare practitioner should be aware of all supplements that he takes especially if he is taking medications. Good luck and keep me posted. You can send me a message by email (contact link) if you wish.

rodzwc1 said...

I take propranolol (up to 40mgs) if I have a pool tournament or public speaking engagement. It is amazing for that. You don't get the negative effects of a CNS depressant, so you don't feel drugged out and are still sharp thinking. It controls my tremors just great. I only take it as needed, not every day. Been taking it for years and have never had a problem.

Michael Greenwood said...

I've had essential tremor since 11 years old when testing for high school entrance (stress) and hand shaking while eating/drinking since about 19 years old. My healthy lifestyle has mitigated symptoms but at 50 years old it's getting irritatingly bad. I had great success with propranolol (inderol) but I only use it when giving speeches. I've noticed some help from Passion Flower herb but not so much from Skullcap or Valerian. I read Kava Kava Root herb is most effective but there's concern about liver toxicity, however, proponents say Kava Kava is safe as long as stems are not used when extracting. I recently read that the latest research indicates ET may be caused from GABA receptors being blocked and GABA supplements was helpful for some. I also learned that L-theanine found in Matcha Green Tea is a GABA precursor so I just started drinking Matcha and I've noticed a calming affect. Here's the big one - which I plan to try next - Lion's Mane Mushroom extract is supposed to regenerate neurons and nerve cells throughout the body! Host Defense is the best company for any medicinal mushroom. There's been some success with Alzheimer's but no testing yet on Parkinson's, much less ET. Donna, thank you for the article and I suggest updating your article to include GABA supplements since not everyone will read comments section. I'd like to let you know if Lion's Mane Mushroom extract is effective but I'm not sure I'll find this site again. If it really can regenerate neurons and nerve cells, everyone should be taking it.

Willis B. Cooper said...

Thnaks

Brenda Lewis said...

I'm a 60 yr old female and I have EFT, diagnosed. My grandfather, father and son have it. I stopped drinking caffine 2 years ago and that helped. Having a glass of wine helps. And stress does " bring it on". I was told it could get worse with age and that seems to be the case. Will try the vitamin B complex and magnesium as I want to go a natural route. Will also ask my " oily friends" what they would recommend and let you all know what they say.

lifelong ET sufferer said...

Ive had ET all my life, was first noticed, aged 3. Diagnosed with ET at age 25, as tremor got worse so i sought help, as other people started to notice tremor, i got sick of being asked, if i was cold by strangers, coz my tremor, to them, looked like i was shivering. I got tired of avoiding work, socialising (unless i had a glass of wine, which calmed tremor) i visted my gp and referred to neurology,where i was diagnosed with ET. My dad also has tremor, which is where i inherited it from. I accidentally found, that pregablin helped, which i took out of desperation as i had run out of propranolol. Its now 10 years since diagnosis, my tremor has gotten much worse, which is how ive ended up here. ET, feels like a life sentence! Ive always wanted to be a nurse, but i cant find anything to completely control my tremor, so it disables me in my choice of career....can you imagine a nurse with a hypodermic needle,coming towards you, with shaky limbs and body?! ������ ET has stopped me from doing so many of the things i dreamed of doing! I need a cure not a plaster to cover symptoms.

annonymous said...

I've had ET for 25plus years. Now 60 years old. A recent Outside Magazine had an article on the ketogenic diet (low carb, high fat), mostly aimed at athletes. I wanted to lose 10 pounds and gave it a try. Three weeks in, my hands stopped shaking by 95 percent. Various google searches identified some other people who reported the same. Also, I read they are researching ketogenic diets with Parkinson/Alzheimer patients. I look at my situation as a minor miracle. My wife thinks the same. I hold my hands out and say, can you believe it?

Diana said...

I am very grateful for the information in this blog, as well as all the sharing in the comments. I wish you good luck with the book and hope to hear of it being published.

I am 64 and have ET for 4 years. I tried all the drugs mentioned and reacted to all of them, except Alprazolam which I take on the odd occasions when i have to visit the dentist or some situation where staying off the worst of the tremors helps. I am aware of their addictive nature.

I researched some of the natural cures and find Magnesium Citrate, in pure powder form taken with Taurine was extremely helpful in calming the tremors and sleeping. I tried all the other forms of magnesium with little result. When I mentioned it to my Neurologist she said there was no evidence it worked or did not work. She did mention its laxative effect at high doses. However I continue to take it. There is also spray form of magnesium that can be rubbed onto the skin, if I have a massage I ask the masseur to rub it into my shoulders and neck muscles.
There is an Australian study that has done research on this supplement, but it is hard reading for the ordinary reader.

I gave up teaching yoga when I started shaking but started on a Degree program in the arts to keep me occupied and having fun. My interest in yoga took me to look at Ayurvedic advice on this condition. There is some compelling reading that people with nervous conditions are of a particular body type (vata) and that living a lifestyle in harmony with your bodytype helps to alleviate or even eliminate symptoms. It can be difficult for many to overcome dietary and lifestyle habits, but it is a useful tool if you are dedicated enough. One of the Ayurvedic herbs for nervous disorders is ASHWAGANDHA. I have just started taking it.

It would be wonderful to see a book with all the information here, along with scientific research put together from world wide sources.

I wish you well dear sufferers and that you may find your own regime of things that work for you and also to find things that make you happy, despite the shakes.

Unknown said...

I feel so bad for you that others are ignorant enough to criticize! My young son who is only 23 suffers from this and it is extremely embarrassing causing on top of this...anxiety! I am going to buy all these supplements for him! lOVE MY SON!

Donna Marie said...

Thank you for your comment. I agree that magnesium is one of the most important supplements for ET and for many other conditions. Magnesium helped my daughter with TMJ.

My book is in the final stages. I have the proof copy. It has been a longer process then I expected for many reasons both personal and professional, but I think it will be well worth it. I am making final corrections and updates and expect it to be published before the end of the year.

I will post here and in a new post when the book is published. :)

Stacy said...

I am 44 and have been suffering with familial tremors as it gets worse the more people judge. I was let go a month ago after 4 months of being on the job. the week before My walk out they asked me why I was shaking so i explained why. oh ok because I have seen others look like that and then pass out so just wanted to make sure you are ok. REALLY... Frustrating as can be. propranolol make my heart hurt and my legs get cramping so bad i couldnt deal. Then Primidone made me so brain dead in a fog that i could not remember anything. After being fired i am now depressed spending hours researching once again because no one is giving me an answer. i was relieved to read these. are their other blogs out their as it would be nice to know i am not alone and how do i handle this stuff how do i get a job ect with this. see the neurologist once again Dec 23rd. but she is just going to try get me to try another drug that will make me stupid. i need my brain. anyone know what drug that would be to help tremors but also keep my mind set. Stacy

Stacy said...

stacymcd2016@yahoo.com is my email if anyone wants to let me know about blogs and or this book coming out. i would love to get one. thanks

Donna Marie said...

Sorry to here about your situation. People can be so ignorant sometimes. Very frustrating.
Propanolol is a beta-blocker (high-blood pressure drug) and Primidone is an antiseizure drug -- 2 drugs commonly used to treat tremors. Your doctor could be trying another beta-blocker or antiseizure drug. Antianxiety drugs and antidepressants are sometimes prescribed if other drugs don't work. However, these drugs can give you brain fog also.
My book has many natural solutions to calm tremors and also to determine what may be triggering tremors so you can avoid these stimuli. The hard copy should released just before Christmas (assuming no delays) and the kindle version a couple of weeks after that. If you put your name in the "Follow by Email" on the right hand side of the blog, you will receive blog updates. When my book is released, I will announce it here with a blog posting. I sincerely hope the book helps you and every one else is suffering with ET (that reads it).

Patricia W said...

I thought I had a major case of anxiety until I was diagnosed at 39. Looking back, I'd had it since I was 15 or so. My dad was diagnosed, too, and when I was diagnosed, it clicked: that's why my grandfather drank himself to death. (He died in 1960.)

Anyway, these are good suggestions. I take primidone, gabapentin, clonidine (a blood pressure med that in small doses augments the primidone), & topamax, plus for muscle spasm, hydroxyzine & cyclobenaprine, plus clonazepam as needed.

I'm one of the lucky few whose tremor is in my arms & legs & also in my face & torso, so I have to just chill a lot; otherwise, my muscles start locking up in response & it gets painful fast.

In addition to all the regular meds, I use an herbalist blend that contains: black cohosh root, black walnut hulls, passion flower, eleuthero root, hyssop leaf, lobelia, mistletoe, scullcap, vervain (blue), & wild lettuce leaf.

I also take hemp seed oil, which I'd heard was nourishing for the nervous system. But I had no idea how well it would work. It cured my sciatica within a month! It's similar in composition to flaxseed oil.

I'm also about to try an alternative to brain surgery. It doesn't work for everyone, but for some patients, a spinal cord stimulator helps alleviate tremor &/or muscle spasm. And it's far less invasive, and the newer models send signals to the brain at the same frequency as a deep brain stim. I'm going to see a dr about it in a week. We shall see!

Hope all these ramblings help, LOL.

Mary Jones said...

I have essential tremors and I take 25 mg of atenolol daily. Can I also take cbd hemp oil?

Cool Dude said...

Can I take
Tremoraid - Essential Tremor Relief from Amazon
Nowadays, I am taking Migrabeta TR 40mg in morning with clonazepam 0.25mg MD and in bedtime ezolent beta 0.5mg since two months but I can't see anything cure

Donna Marie said...

Hemp oil could possibly interact with atenolol because they both affect the heart. It is probably wise to ask the doctor who prescribed you the atenolol to be sure.

Donna Marie said...

Drugs will not cure you of anything. They just help the symptoms. If you don't see any change from taking the drugs you mentioned, you should contact your doctor to either change the prescription or withdraw from these drugs so you can try other options. These drugs when taken long periods of time can cause memory loss. Tremoraid, in my opinion, has some good ingredients but is overpriced for what you get, and there isn't nearly enough magnesium or GABA to help tremors. If you notice the reviews are mixed. Instead, I suggest you start by getting a good multi-vitamin, a separate magnesium supplement (300 to 600 mg, morning and night), GABA (500 mg), and CDP-choline (250 mg). I would also suggest calming herbs or melatonin for sleep but not while you are taking clonazepam and ezolent beta which do the same. However, if your tremors are affected by causes you are unaware of, then taking supplements will only help to a certain point. Therefore, I strongly suggest you get my book mentioned in the post above (which has so much more information than can be posted here) to make sure you have covered all bases. You can find brand recommendations for supplements and the book by clicking on the "Store" link at the top of the page. Let me know how you do. Good luck.