Essential tremor is one of the most common movement disorders. It is actually a disorder of the nervous system that is characterized by a slowly progressive postural or kinetic tremor. This means that it causes rhythmical shaking of some parts of the body. It can affect any part of one’s body, but it most usually affects the hands, especially when one tries to do the simplest of tasks, such as holding a cup, writing, or tying shoelaces. However, it can also affect the head, arms, legs, or even someone’s voice.
It is most common in people older than 65. There is no relevant data that illustrates the actual causes. However, it is thought that it may run in families in the form of a condition identified as familial tremor.
Essential Tremors and Parkinson’s
This condition is often mistaken for Parkinson’s disease. However, there are a few differences that make it possible for one to establish which one of the two is it. Firstly, the tremors caused by Parkinson’s happen when one is resting their hands on their lap or on their sides, while, with essential tremor, they happen when the person is trying to use his hands. Furthermore, while essential tremors may affect one’s head and voice, Parkinson’s usually affects only the hands. Another difference is that Parkinson’s may cause other health problems (such as slow movement, stooped posture, etc.), while essential tremor does not.
While it slowly worsens over time, it is very important for one to pay attention to any possible signs. The main symptom of this condition is the involuntary shaking of some part of the body. The primary signs usually begin gradually, manifesting themselves in the hands firstly (maybe just one, or, in most cases, both hands), and are sometimes aggravated by stress, intakes of caffeine, or fatigue.
This is an incurable condition. The doctor’s may only prescribe medication to reduce the symptoms and prevent them from spreading to other parts of the body.
There are also natural remedies that aim to do the same thing, and they involve:
- Relaxation. It is very important for the affected person to relax (they may try various relaxation techniques). Also, it is vital that they get a good night’s sleep and rest as often as possible. In that way, they relieve stress, which as it has been established, can augment the symptoms’ effect on one’s body.
- Avoiding alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol might reduce the symptoms, but only until it’s in the system. After that, the symptoms come back, and there is a great chance of the person becoming addicted believing that it helps. As for caffeine, it is a known stimulant that aid excess secretion of adrenaline, which only worsens the symptoms.
- Trying some herbal remedies. Lady's slipper, arnica, skullcap, and gotu kola are quite effective when it comes to coping with the symptoms of this disease. However, before taking them, one is advised to consult a physician.