What is Essential Tremor?
It is a nervous system disorder that causes involuntary movement or shaking of a part of the body. The unintentional shaking of a body part is known as tremor. It can become worse while using the affected muscle of that specific part. Essential tremors can affect almost every part of the body. However, the most affected part of this condition is hands while performing different tasks such as drinking from a glass.
It is not a dangerous condition but it progresses with the passage of time. People confuse essential tremor with Parkinson’s disease.
It can occur in any age but people older than 40 can be affected easily.
The following parts of the body can be affected:
- Hands. The patient of essential tremors experiences shaking of hands while eating, writing, dressing or doing any work with hand.
- Head. Involuntary shaking of the head can be called essential tremors and it can occur side to side motion, backward or forward movement.
- Tongue. When essential tremors affect the tongue of a person, it can cause trembling of tongue and shaking of the voice while talking.
Symptoms of Essential Tremors
- Shakiness in the arms or hands while performing tasks with hand
- Can cause “no-no” or “yes-yes” movement of the head
- Parts of the face may twitch such as eyelids
- It starts with hands first, may affect one or both hands
- The movement aggravates it
- Shaky voice while speaking due to the tremors in tongue
Certain factors that make the condition worse:
- Emotional stress
- Caffeinated drinks
- Smoking cigarettes
- Very cold or hot temperatures
Causes of Essential Tremors
The exact cause of essential tremors is unknown. Research suggests that it may develop due to the changes that occur in certain areas of the human brain.
Essential Tremors vs. Parkinson’s disease
Many people confuse Parkinson’s disease with essential tremors but they are different from one another.
- Timing of Tremors: In essential tremors, the tremors start when you use your hand. In Parkinson’s disease, tremors occur when your hands are resting in your lap.
- Affected Body Parts: Parkinson’s disease’s tremors begin in your hands and can also affect your chin, legs and other parts of the body. Essential tremor usually occurs in your hands, voice and head.
- Associated Conditions: The condition of Essential tremors does not cause any health issue. Parkinson’s disease is accompanied by slow movement, stooped posture and shuffling gait.
Age: Essential tremors can affect people older than 40
Family History: It can be inherited.
If the tremors get severe, it will be difficult for you to:
- Shave or put a makeup
- Eat normally
- Hold a cup or glass without spilling it
Homeopathy and Essential Tremors
Homeopathic remedies for essential tremors are beneficial for the patients of essential tremors. In addition, the long term use of these medicines can decrease the intensity of the tremors and also reduce the progression of the disease.
Best Homeopathic Remedies for Essential Tremors
Agaricus Muscarius – Homeopathic Medicine for Essential Tremors
Agaricus Muscarius is an ideal homeopathic remedy to cure essential tremors. It is an ideal choice to treat the essential tremors of hands, head and tongue. Agaricus is fearlessly suggested to those patients who experience excessive trembling of hands in motion especially while writing. This natural remedy is also beneficial for those patients who complain of shaking of hands while holding objects and the patient often drop the objects from the hand.
Agaricus is also an excellent choice for essential tremors of the head where the shaking of the head is associated with a feeling of excessive coolness on the head. The main guiding symptom to use this remedy for essential tremors is a white-coated tongue with an increased thirst for water with trembling of the tongue. The speech of such people is disoriented in nature. Additionally, the patients of Agaricus may also have a sweet taste in their mouths. The patient of this medicine is chilly that is why he/she is sensitive to cold air. The condition of this patient gets worse in cold weather.
Gelsemium Sempervirens – Homeopathic Treatment for Essential Tremors
Gelsemium is another suitable natural remedy used for the cure of essential tremors cases. It is prescribed when the trembling of the affected part is associated with excessive muscle weakness. The patient of this remedy always describes profound drowsiness and dullness. This remedy will be beneficial when the tremors are increased due to emotional excitement or fears. It is suggested for the patients when he/she experiences tremors of the tongue and the tongue is coated with yellow color. There is a bad taste in the mouth too. Apart from the bad taste, the patients also have bad breath which is offensive in nature. The patient of this medicine does not have thirst for water.
Zincum Metallicum – Homeopathic Remedy for Essential Tremors
Zincum Met is an ideal medicine for patients who are sensitive to noise and also have weak nerves. It is another efficient homeopathic medicine for essential tremors of the head when the motion of the head is involuntary from side to side.
The essential tremors of hands can also be cured with the help of this medicine. The patient who needs this medicine and suffering from essential tremors of hand experiences jerking of hands with extreme weakness especially while writing.
Homeopathic medicine Zincum Met is also suitable for patients of essential tremor when there is a history of some sort of suppression of the skin eruptions. In addition, the person also experiences restlessness of feet and it is a guiding symptom to prescribe this medicine for essential tremors.
Silicea – Homeopathic Cure for Essential Tremors
Silicea is another homeopathic remedy recommended for essential tremors in people of irritable, obstinate, nervous and headstrong nature. The patient of this medicine also has offensive sweat on foot along with essential tremors. The patient of this medicine is very chilly and cannot bear a slight draught of air. In addition, the person of this medicine cannot do manual work due to shaking of hands such as writing, eating or holding anything. This is another reason that the person cannot perform fine work due to excessive trembling of hands. For example, threading a needle is a hard nut to crack for the patient.
Phosphorus – One of the Top Homeopathic Remedies for Essential Tremors
Phosphorus is another best homeopathic medicine to cure essential tremors. This natural remedy is ideal for those patients of tremors who are extremely sensitive to light, touch, odor and noise. It is an ideal choice for essential tremors when the patient complains of increase in trembling of hands after physical effort. The person also experiences great difficulty in holding anything with hand due to the excessive trembling of hands. Crawling sensation or numbness in hands is also experienced by the patient along with shaking of hands. The patient who needs this medicine also has craving for cold drinks, meat or ice creams.
Homeopathic Medicines for Essential Tremors of Hand
Gelsemium Sempervirens, Zincum Metallicum, Plumbum Metallicum and Phosphorus are the best homeopathic remedies for essential tremors of hand.
Gelsemium is a successful medicine for treating essential tremors. It is prescribed to the patients in whom excessive trembling of hands gets worse by fear or any other emotional excitement.
Zincum Met is the next natural remedy that can be recommended to patients who suffer from trembling of hands while writing along with weakness.
Plumbum Met is an ideal choice for curing essential tremors of hand that gets worse while holding an object, writing or eating. In addition, the condition also gets worse because of worries.
Homeopathic medicine Phosphorus acts well in cases of trembling of hands when it becomes worse from exertion and is associated with numbness of hands.
Homeopathic Remedies for Essential Tremors of Tongue
Lachesis Mutus, Mercurius Solubilis and Nux Moschata are the top-rated homeopathic remedies to treat essential tremors of the tongue.
Lachesis is an ideal remedy for the patients of essential tremors of the tongue when they have a red, dry and swollen tongue. The protruding of the tongue from the mouth makes the trembling of the tongue worse. At times, the person also bites off the tongue with teeth.
Mercurius Sol is the second medicine to cure excessive shaking of the tongue and it is associated with profuse saliva in the mouth. The speech of the person is difficult and the voice is also shaky.
Nux Moschata is effective in those cases where the tongue of the patient is numb and dry in nature with a shaky voice.
Natural Homeopathic Medicines for Essential Tremors of Head
Agaricus Muscarius, Lycopodium, Sepia Officinalis, and Belladonna are the best homeopathic treatment for essential tremors of the head.
Agaricus Muscarius acts well in cases of essential tremors of the head when the involuntary trembling of the head is associated with coldness in the head and the patient wants to cover his head.
Lycopodium Clavatum is the next remedy that can be prescribed to those patients who complain of involuntary, causeless trembling of the head is associated with dizziness. The motion of the head of this medicine can either be from backward and forward or side to side.
Sepia Officinalis is used when the involuntary trembling of the head is in the backward and forward direction. The top of the head of these patients is cold.
Belladonna is recommended to patients of essential tremors of the head when they experience an involuntary movement of the head from side to side with a hot and flushed face.
Essential tremor has a tendency to become worse with the passage of time. Eventually, the tremor may get so severe in nature that the performance of regular and everyday tasks can be cumbersome for the patient. For example, tasks including drinking a glass of water, tying shoelaces or writing can become a challenging task for such people. This condition is equally common in both males and females. It can affect people of all ages but the chances of getting it are greater after the age of 40. It can also be inherited like Vitiligo because it runs in families.
Note: Medicines mentioned here are for information purpose only. Kindly do not self-medicate.
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I had accomplished D. H. M. S in 2008, I have been into practice (in Rawalpindi & Islamabad) for more or less 12 years. During my practice, I have been treating acute as well as chronic disorders. I had also completed MHS (Masters of Human Sexuality) in 2014 from SAIHS. Dengue fever, Developmental Delay, Urethral Stricture, Sexual dysfunctions and disorders in males as well as females attract my attention, therefore, I love to solve these cases.
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