Essential Tremor - Shaky Hands Remedies

Last Modified on Dec 09, 2014

Essential Tremor Remedies

A condition with symptoms similar to that of Parkinson’s, essential tremor is actually a separate neurological disorder characterized by the rhythmic shaking of the affected body part. While the condition can affect nearly any body part, it most often causes shaking in the hands that make even simple tasks difficult to perform. Nonetheless, several natural remedies have been identified that are effective for treating the condition.

What is Essential Tremor?

A neurological condition, essential tremor manifests as an uncontrollable trembling or shaking. Symptoms typically begin gradually and worsen with movement. The condition often affects the hands first but can move to the head, voice, arms and legs. The cause of the condition is considered genetic.

Natural Remedies for Shaky Hands and Other Neurological Conditions

Although essential tremor is considered a genetic condition, it typically responds well to home treatments. A variety of treatment options have been identified including fava beans, Mucuna pruriens and lecithin. The condition can also be treated by avoiding certain triggers including aspartame and caffeine and by taking other natural supplements.

Fava Beans

Fava beans are a healthy protein rich with a variety of nutritional elements. The beans contain high concentrations of thiamin, vitamin K, vitamin B-6, potassium, copper, selenium, zinc and magnesium. These nutrients function to support effective neurological processing, which in turn limit shaking associated with the condition.

Mucuna Pruriens

Mucuna pruriens or cowhage functions in much the same was as fava beans. Cowhage contains a potent amount of nutrients that supports general health and treats a variety of conditions. This supplement also contains levodopa, a chemical dopamine in the brain that regulates the nervous system and helps treat the condition.


An essential nutrient, lecithin is a fat found in the cells of the body. Once in the cells, lecithin is converted into acetylcholine, a substance that transmits nerve impulses. As such, a daily supplement of lecithin can help improve nerve function and limit the side effects and symptoms of essential tremor.

Essential tremor is a condition that can make even the simplest of everyday tasks difficult. However, natural treatments support effective neurological function and limit the prevalence of the condition.

User Reviews

Apple Cider Vinegar   1  0   

Posted by Cathy (Biloxi, Ms) on 02/14/2014

[YEA]  Apple cider vinegar (1tbsp) in a glass of Orange Juice (with pulp) each morning for past five days has slowed my Essential Head Tremors about 70%. In addition, I have more energy and I have noticed my long hair hasn't fallen out in the shower (something that always happens). I discovered this remedy by accident. My intial purpose for taking the concoction was to slow my menstral cycle (which it has done successfully in the past). Please note that I am 43, college educated, and a breast cancer survivor (chemo and radiation was unnecessary due to diagnosis of dcis). I was afflicted with essential tremors a year prior to the brca diagnosis. I have been taking Inderal for tremors from the beginning with moderate results. But recently, my tremors have been so bad I have considered the possible need of a neuro exam...that was five days ago.

From personal experience, I highly recommend ACV with OJ for tremors, hair loss, energy, and heavy menstruation.

Boiled Fava Beans   0  0   

Posted by Sue (LA, CA) on 03/16/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Essential Tremors: You have nothing listed under Tremors. I am hoping your readers know of an answer. I achieved reduction in the tremors, but not elimination, via one cup of boiled fava beans per day, and now am taking Micuna Pruriens (from an Ayurvedic medicine store in Los Angeles) which has similar properties.

With the beans, boil the dried beans in a very large amount of water for at least an hour until they are a texture you like. You can store a large quantity in the refrig for convenience.

Eliminate Aspartame   2  0   

Posted by Leigh (Danville, Va) on 01/28/2011

[YEA]  Benign essential tremors for me too.... For the past 3 years. Sadly, I'm a violinist and vn teacher, so this was the end of my world. I have been on topomirate (25mg) at night; primidone (50Mg)daily; plus many supplements. But recently I have noticed my tremors are almost gone since completely deleting aspartame (Diet Mt. Dews) from my diet. GET THE ASPARTAME in ALL FORMS OUT OF YOUR DIET!!!!

Replied by Richard
Austin, Tx
Great point. Cutting out soda all together is not a bad idea, either. I have noted that my energy level and my tremors are reduced (but not eliminated) since I have been drinking 3 glasses a day of organic apple cider; organic lemon juice; and honey. It's amazing.
Replied by Goblush
Diet Mt. Dew also contains a considerable amount of caffeine, a well-known exacerbator of tremors. Do you still consume caffeine in other forms, coffee, black tea, etc.?
Replied by Toourlady89
Magnesium works for essential tremors. The better choice of the several forms of Mg will be Mg Glycinate. Its absorbed well without laxative effects. I usually get mine on line. I used to have diffeiculty in signing my name, my handwriting was shaky. With Mg, it has come back to normal. It's important to understand that Mg will take time to build up in the system, so it could take months, but it will work. Most of the population are now deficient in Mg beccause of the quality of the food we eat causing many symptoms.
Replied by Jonah
[YEA]   My hand tremor got better within a month after cutting out diet soda and aspartame from the diet.

Essential Tremors   0  0   

Posted by Dexter (Boulder, Co) on 01/20/2013

Helping my dad (til recently a very healthy active 88 yr old) who has had ET for many yrs (his mom had it, too) Doing things (eating, zippers, buttons, buckles, and more) has become difficult - slow at best. Recently chronic diarrhea caused him serious dehydration, and now his kids have become very hands on, realizing he has slipped a notch in the cognitive dept. He WAS taking a pile of supplements (re Drs Blaylock, Stengler, et al) and when I saw the amount of magnesium he was taking, I said let's give these a rest til the gut is stable. As I read here about control of ET with magnesium, I am stumped - maybe he should be taking it! I have felt like the diarrhea was a part of the bigger picture of ET, but clearly I'm no doctor. I do know it's possible to learn about things, especially with forums like this! Still looking - any ideas?

Replied by Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
Hi Dexter, If you feel your Father would benefit from magnesium but would like to avoid the diarrhea that can come with it, you might consider a product that contains magnesium-L-Threonte, sometimes called mag mind or neuro mag. It is a form of magnesium that is able to cross the blood brain barrier and helps with memory, but will not cause the other side effects you may want to avoid. Best wishes!
Replied by Sue J
Perth, Western Australia
With regard to magnesium, you can get a gel or an 'oil' (Google it) which is absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin and therefore does not affect the digestive system. Maybe this would be the way to go for your dad.
Replied by Sara
Austin, Tx
Magnesium causes loose stool and diarhea. Calcium can cause constipation. There are supplements that contain both so it is balanced. Vit D helps with absorption. some have Zinc. Try a one pill containing all three.
Replied by Chazzer
Nantes, France
Magnesuim oxide is laxative, but magnesium chloride is not. It's sold in Japanese shops as nigari, and used in making tofu.
Replied by Debby G.
Angleton, Tx.
I have colon problems, 1 1/2 ft removed, so I have constipation problems as well as essential tremors. Currently I am taking 250 mg of Primidone and 75 mg of Topiramate a day and I still have bad shaking spells. I do not drink sodas but I do have 1 cup of coffee each morning but it is 1/2 decaf. I use an artificial sweetener which I will discontinue after reading this board. I am wondering which MG product would be best for my situation and would appreciate a reply. I really need some help here. Desperate I am..

Gaba   1  0   

Posted by Linda (Fremont, Ne) on 08/05/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  My dad has severe tremors in his hands. He has had it since he was in his 50's and has consistently gotten worse to the point of not being able to write. He is 80 now. He tried B vitamins with no success, then I got him some Gaba and he said he can actually read his own writing now. I am going to have him add Magnesium; I got him the spray from Swansons but I don't think he uses it. He is taking 500 mg. of Gaba; going to get 750 this next time. He said it made him sleepy so he takes it at night time only. It would help if he would change his diet, but that won't happen; so this is the best I can do for him. I also got him Lecithin granules but he keeps forgetting to eat it; he does like it though. Swansons has apple flavored Lecithin! I also got some L-Glutamine, but since he is on meds I'm a little leary of him taking it; heard it can be dangerous.

Replied by Elsie
Madison, Wisconsin, Usa
[SIDE EFFECTS]   Hi, I tried GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) in capsule and powder form. Don't know why, but when I tried either, a lumpy, squishy feeling occured in my lower esophagus. Worried about this, I stopped taking it--it didn't seem to help my essential tremor, though possibly because I did not stay on it long enough. That lecithin, is it from soy? I avoid soy as much as possible. (I'm 74). I have a 'whimsical story poems' webpage on essential tremor experiences you might enjoy.
Replied by Hank
Tuscaloosa, Al
for tremors try taurine, an amino acid.
Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa
I have also heard that if you eat something with a lot of MSG in it that taurine is good for helping those awful symptoms as well. Worth trying anyway!
Replied by Aliups
Atlanta, Ga
[YEA]   I have had tremors since I was a kid (30 yrs), they started to get really bad a few years ago and that's when I was diagnosed with ET. After months of trying different meds that didn't work or I could take because of the side effects, and also dealing with doctors and their "you just have to deal with it" attitudes. I took back control of my health. I spoke with a naturalist and an allergist. After some tests, a lot of research and some prayer this is what I changed.

I went gluten free, caffeine free, aspartame free (any sugar substitute) I take Lecithin 1200mg, Acetyl L-Carnitine 500mg, L-Lysine 500mg, GABA 1500mg, Calcium 1000mg, Magnesium 800mg, Norwegian Salmon Oil 2200mg plus a multivitamin.

I have been doing this for almost three months and I am mostly tremor free. The tremors will start up if I get upset or angry, but very mild. Definitely something I can live with. The diet was difficult at first, but when I realized the difference it was making... It isn't so hard any more.

Replied by Genie
Sebastopol, California
GABA, being inhibitory, can calm tremor, but glutamate is excitatory and glutamine can be, depending on how your body breaks it down. Though glutamine is a precursor to GABA, it can be stimulating and work against the calming effects we want.

Here's a simple diagram (at bottom of page) showing balance between GABA and glutamate. I find a little wine with dinner makes eating out possible.

EC: Hi Genie, no url for the GABA and glutamate diagram was included in your post. Please resend.

Replied by Kelley
Boulder, Co
Ok so I am reading all this information. I have not been diagnosed as such yet. But my grandmother has. I think my mother was getting it before she died of cancer when she was 47. I am now 42 and from what I understand Essential Tremors presents itself in the 40's. My problem is that I am homeless so if anyone can give me some remedies that I can buy on food stamps it would be helpful. This was really hard to type. My email is kelley (dot) henson (at) gmail (dot) com
Replied by Mike 62
Denver, Colorado
Kelley: You can get the best remedies on food stamps at the natural grocery store at 2355 30th St. You can get pastured eggs. Eat these raw. Do not grind up in a blender or stir with a fork. Crack the firm orange yolk with the teeth before swallowing. This has all the nutrients the body requires to function at peak performance because the egg becomes an animal. This has a special enzyme that repairs dna, a special amino acid that makes glutathione, and a rare glycophospholipid that repairs the mitochondria. You can take as many as you can afford. Take 100g organic strawberries and 1 can organic sweet potatoes. Take raw honey and sucanet for carbs. In the bulk section get the sucanet, cayenne, and yucca 3g. Get sun dried sea salt, the greyer the better. Take 1g salt and some cayenne in a cup of water 6 times a day. Take 30g chia seeds. If you get a an d get the 1lb. can of chlorella.

General Feedback   0  1   

Posted by Daniellejudith (Edinburgh, In) on 02/10/2010

has anyone tried the ebook for essential tremors? my mother has tremors. i gave her a list to take to her dr this morning with some of the comments made on what can help with the tremors. she is diabetic also. she was taking propopanolol (spelling?) it was working but isn't now (i am assuming it's because she was taking it for a long time; a few years.) her dr increased her to 3xday(sorry don't know dosage.)i don't think that is a good ideal, but i'm no dr:-)

Replied by Nana Monster
Jamesville, New York, Usa
My GP wanted me on Proponal 3x a day. It lowers your heart rate and I already have low heart rate. I didn't take it as I didn't want to end up dead. Today I went to a neuro and he wants me on another med which has some serious side effects. I want to stay herbal to which he poo poo'd me. I am chemical intolerant and he still gave me stuff without diagnosis.
Replied by Gary
Wa, US
We have a friend who we were surprised had what she called intentional tremors. She's probably in or near her 70's. I've been looking on the Internet and came across a product that apparently is working well for some people. It's called Tremadone. You might do an Internet search on this natural remedies product. Won't hurt to check it out. It's manufactured in the U.S. in California. Hope this helps.

Gluten-Free Diet   2  0   

Posted by Jon (New South Wales) on 10/24/2014

[YEA]  I saw a comment who mentioned going Gluten free helped to be almost tremor free...

Aliups Atlanta, Ga said: [YEA] I have had tremors since I was a kid (30 yrs), they started to get really bad a few years ago and that's when I was diagnosed with ET....

I went gluten free, caffeine free, aspartame free (any sugar substitute) I take Lecithin 1200mg, Acetyl L-Carnitine 500mg, L-Lysine 500mg, GABA 1500mg, Calcium 1000mg, Magnesium 800mg, Norwegian Salmon Oil 2200mg plus a multivitamin.

I have been doing this for almost three months and I am mostly tremor free. The tremors will start up if I get upset or angry, but very mild.

Posted by Jon (New South Wales) on 10/19/2014

[YEA]  Tremors are 100% gone after eliminating Gluten from diet. Woohoo

I reckon Gluten-intolerance is the root cause of many essential tremors. I have read Gluten may is indeed be a very common cause of essential tremors.

Even without any gastrointestinal symptoms you can have Gluten-intolerance/Celiac disease. I am very grateful I found out about Gluten causing tremors, very happy.

Replied by Jon
New South Wales
Hi guys, here's another person who became tremor-free after eating a gluten-free diet... Linda Lapeer, Mi said...My daughter, is an active college student attending college and playing college volleyball. Last Sept, 2010 she was at a volleyball tournament and she developed a severe tremor in her legs...

...Long story short, I read the book and was given hope that there might be a cure for her tremors. I told my daughter that we needed to make an appointment with an environmental physician as well as start on an elimination diet, adding one food to her diet per day to see if different foods affected her.

On the diet, she ate only fruit the first day, then vegeys and finally meat. She was tremor free for a few days, then on day 4 she ate some whole wheat toast before volleyball practice and her tremors started immediately. We researched wheat and suspected gluten was the cause of her tremors. We experimented with other wheat products; pasta, bread, cake and they all caused her tremors to return.

It has now been 3 weeks, she has eliminated all foods containing gluten from her diet and her tremors are non-existent. We have an appointment with an environmental physician (basically an advanced allergist) in a month but I feel we have already found the cure.

I urge anyone that has tremors, tics, etc. To investigate their diet and environment before they decide that their condition is hopeless and there is no cure. Gluten has been linked to MS, tics, tremors, tourette's syndrome, cancer, autism, RA, ADD as well as depression.

Hand Tremors   0  0   

Posted by bigdude27 (Lafitte, Louisiana) on 07/21/2009

I have been having MS for 16 years now and for the past 4 years have been having tremors in my right hand real bad and that is the hand i write with. I have tried some meds on the market with no help. It has come to the point that i can not to daily tasks. Like i said befor i have tried meds for parkansons but my doctor said that that would not help me with tremors related to MS but if i want to give it a try that he has no problem giving me a script for it. I also have tremors in my hole body to where im in a wheelchair all the time. I can punch the keys on a computer but it takes me some time to do it. I mainly have problems with writing, shaving washing dishses ect...... . If anyone have any kind of help that you would suggest for me to do would help me out greatly.

Mike from Lafitte, La

Replied by Gean
Salina, KS
A friend has had hand tremors for as long as I have known him, 25 years. For the last two months he has taken NDF (nanocolloidal detox factor) 6 drops twice a day, and the tremor is hardly noticeable. This will detox the body of heavy metals. He had mercury in his teeth and had them improperly removed through the years, so the mercury deposited deep in the cells. The NDF will pull it out. If you have mercury in your teeth, you might consider safe removal. If you have had them in the past and had them improperly removed, you need heavy metal detox.
Replied by Tavora
Brooklyn, NY
Hi Mike - try magnesium oil (which is magnesium chloride diluted in water) and lecithin granules. The magnesium helps to relax your muscles but improves overall nerve communication. The granules will assist with healing and strengthening the myelin sheathing surrounding your nerves. I used to get hand tremors and my neurologist prescribed me B-100 complex and Lecithin capsules (1200mg/day). Both worked well but it wasn't until I starting taking the granules (more concentrated than the gel caps) along w/ magnesium citrate did they go away for good. I recommend the mag oil because it absorbs better than the supplements. You can put the oil in a foot bath and soak your feet or rub a little on your hands (it may sting/tingle a bit) If you don't want the irritation - I would dilute it in water and soak your hands instead. Good luck & be well.....
Replied by Dave
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
Hi Tavora and Gean, I am very interested in your experiences and wonder if you might be able to write me an email and explain it them a little further. I'd like to know some more specifics of your remedies, such as the dosages you took as well as how long it took before you noticed any reduction in your tremors. Gean, I understand this was your friend who was suffering from tremors, would there be any way he/she would be willing to correspond with me via email?
Replied by Mike
Lafitte, La Usa
Hi trevora, I would like alittle more info about this mag oil and do you drink it or just let it soak through the skin . Do you have any recomdations on where can i get this magoil Because the mag oil i found on the net was not magnesium chloride and my local health or drug store does not have so i did not order it until i get back to you. And the Lecithin granules how is this to be taken, to be mixed with water as a drink. I will post with the outcome. Wish me luck

EC: More about magnesium oil (including info on buying it from an aquarium supply store) is here:

Replied by Rebecca
Los Angeles, Ca
I know some of you have not been on here for awhile but I hope you get this posting. Especially Tevora. I have essential tremor in my hands. I am trying to the lecithin granules along with the magnesium oil on my hands and taking magnesium chelate. I am on my second day. My main question is did you have an improvement that was noticeable by taking lecithin capsules? I only ask because the granules are 110 calories a scoop with 8g of fat per scoop. If I do 3 of those a day that's adding 330 calories a day and 24 grams of fat to my diet. I also think they taste awful and I find it hard to mix in my food but I'm trying! Any suggestions or advice?

Posted by George (Yucca, AZ ) on 03/14/2009

Hand Tremors: I have always had 'corrugations' in my handwriting, but recently I have actually developed hand tremors whem I try to write. This makes it very difficult to fill out job applications. I am currently trying GABA and some other supplements, but I look like I have Parkinsons (no tremors at rest, though). Looking for ideas!

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
Hello George, Are you just having tremors of the hands when you hold them out or do these tremors look more like the classic motions called "Pill rolling motions" of Parkinson's disease?

Whichever they are, my first suggestion is to try to eliminate those two excitotoxins that neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock blames for causing headaches, seizures, tumors or cancer of the brain, Alzheimer's disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease, as well as Parkinson's disease and others. The only way to succeed at this is to first learn the other names they hide monosodium glutamate under (so far aspartame is usually identified as aspartame, NutriSweet or Equal. You will find many different names for monosodium glutamate or MSG, the most deadly form being any hydrolyzed plant (corn, soy, etc) protein because it contains both MSG and aspartame & kills off two different types of neurons in the brain & central nervous system at once.

My next suggestion is think B complex vitamins. Get a good 50 to l00mgm B complex and take 1 morning & evening with meals for a couple of weeks and if tremors improve slow down to l a day. Or you can get a good stress tablet (B complex with added vitamins C & E) and take l with meals and l at bedtime (4 per day). An extra 4 to 8 mcg of Folic Acid
once or twice a day would probably also be helpful.

If your tremors are more like the pill rolling of Parkinson's, you should also read up on Ted's recommendation of methylene blue for Parkinson's because from comments I have read on EC, it offers more hope than the results I have observed with orthodox medical treatment. I would still do both of the above along with it if I were walking in your shoes. Good luck George and may God bless you with a cure.

Replied by Rob
Manhattan, New York
Hi George. I just read on Dr. Weil's site about intravenous Glutathione for Parkinsons...

Also, low dose Naltrexone... I haven't tried either, but both look promising.

Replied by Hannah
San Fran, CA
I agree with Joyce's post and would recommend eliminating any and all artificial sweeteners and foods that contain msg. A good detox program might help too. Give it a month or two to clear these toxins from your system.
Replied by Jim
Madison, Wi
Have been reading about different ones with tremors. I don't know if this will help, but if they are caused by heavy metals, I would suggest trying Zeolite drops. I had a bad infection in my sinuses and hearing was partially blocked. I started detoxing with Zeolite drops three times a day (5 drops each time) as recommended and could not believe the foul smell coming out of my body from the detox. Be sure to carefully read the recommended dosage before using. My symstoms have cleared up but I do a maintenance of Zeolite drops (3 drops each)every day.

EC: More info:

Replied by Mike
Lafitte, La Usa
Well i have began mag citrate and lecithin granules . I know it will take months untill i see any help . I talked to my MS doctor and he said i have non specific tremors. I have in my whole body but it my right arm, hand that i have the worse problem because its in my right arm/hand and thats the hand i do everthing with or what i used to
Replied by Dave
Cambridge, Ontario
Hey Mike,

I too started taking a mag supplement (magnesium chloride oil) and lecithin (3 tablespoons/day). I also read Mark Sircus book called Transdermal Magnesium Therapy and have been taking the mag oil accordingly. I've been doing this for about 3 weeks but haven't noticed a change in the tremor. I will continue to up the dosage of mag oil and lecithin over the next couple months and see what happens.

My email is, if you'd like to correspond directly. Sometimes, its nice to know there are others out there with similar health obstacles.

Let's keep this essential tremor forum building though...its great to hear some success stories...finally.

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
Hello Dave from Cambridge,

The B complex vitamins are also important in hand tremors. Get a good Stress Tablet that has the B complex, plus vitamins C & E. The bottle will tell you to take 1 a day - but take 1 stress tablet at meal times and bedtime (for a total of 4 tablets per day).

Replied by Bigdude27
Lafitte, La Usa
I was told to use mag oil but need to know if this mag oil should be taken by mouth and if so how much and how often ? Or should it be used as a soak in a bath?

EC: Hi Bigdude27,

Info on Magnesium oil applications here:

Iodine, Multiple Supplements   2  0   

Posted by Sid (Springfield, Mo, Usa) on 07/05/2010

[YEA]  At age 66 I have gradually developed a tremor in both hands over the past 10 years. It was just something I thought was normal aging and mostly ignored it.

Two and one-half months ago my wife and I started taking 50mg of potassium iodide daily, and a month later made our own 5% Lugol's solution, taking 50mg a day of iodine in that form instead of the potassium iodide. Just a week ago she switched to four 12.5mg Iodoral per day and I continued with the 50mg of Lugol's internally, plus have been paint the palms of my hands daily with Lugol's solution. Additionally we have been taking 3000mg vitamin C, 400mcg selenium, 500mg niacin, 1,000mg tyrosine, 1,500mg DL-Phenylalanine, several forms of magnesium (magnesium chloride, magnesium asporotate, magnesium oxide), 50mg zinc, 100mg B6, 1000IU Vitamin E, 5000IU vitamin D3, a good quality health food store multiple vitamin/mineral plus 1 teaspoon of Real Salt. We just added a tablespoon per day in a glass of grapefruit juice of diatomaceous earth last week for the silica.

We started this regimen for a number of reasons. As for me, I would wake up tired and need a two hour nap every afternoon. I had no energy. I have an enlarged prostate. I have Dupuytren's constricture in the palm of both hands affecting the tendon of the ring finger. My memory kept getting worse. I have almond size cysts between the muscle and skin, one on my hip and one on my arm, plus a few other smaller similar cysts. I have trouble keeping my weight normal.

The first six weeks I had no side effects, but then developed pain in my kidneys and stiffness in my finger joints plus random weird feelings around my body, after which I upped the detox efforts (more magnesium, more real salt, added diatomaceous earth). The side effects are diminished to non existent now.

I have noticed that I can already straighten the fingers in both hands which I could not do before. The lumps in the palms of my hands are noticeably smaller. The almond size cysts are smaller but still noticeable. My energy level is fantastic by comparison to before; very few naps, plus plenty of energy for gardening and getting out. I am sleeping longer between trips to the bathroom, and am having mostly beautiful, intense dreams almost every night. My mood is now one of pleasure rather than dullness.

But the big surprise is that my hand tremors are suddenly 95% gone. I wasn't even paying attention but my wife pointed out to me that my hands were hardly shaking any more. I can hold them steady with no support; no more food falling off my fork; no more spills when I put down a cup. I can again sign my name and it looks like my signature. I wasn't going through this regimen for my tremors; but, I don't know which part of what I am taking cured them.

Tyrosine breaks down to l-dopa and dopamine. L-dopa can be absorbed into the brain, and along with B6 will then convert to dopamine. This may be what did it. But DL-Phenylalanine also breaks down into tyrosine so this is also probably involved. Plus the iodine, the deficiency of which I was treating, could well be involved. Plus iodine helps eliminate fluorine, bromine, mercury, lead, and arsenic which could be involved. I had been taking magnesium for years in a calcium/magnesium/zinc supplement, but in my new program I was taking more magnesium and in different forms.

I am sorry I can't be more clear on what out of the above shotgun blast cured my tremors, but the answer is in there somewhere.

Replied by Heather
San Diego, Ca
[YEA]   Thanks for posting this. I am on a similar protocol and also noticed reduced hand tremors.

About 12 weeks after starting the Lugol's, I too noticed pain in the kidney area. I stopped the Lugol's temporarily, reduced my protein intake, and the pain went away. However, during the intense pain period, I went in for an ultrasound and cysts were discovered on my kidneys and one on the ovary. Followed that up with an MRI and discovered the cysts on the kidneys were gone but that I had an infection above the kidneys, diaphram area, and was offered antibiotics to clear it up, which I declined.

Although I developed this alarming condition (kidney/gallbladder area intense pain flare ups) it occured simultaneiously with the clearing up of my years long chronic fatigue syndrome. One of my theories on why I developed the infection was that I'd centralized a body wide low grade infection. Another was that taking Lugol's internally was stupid and causing an infection.

One of the things that I think helped with the kidney/gallbladder flares was the olive oil/lemon juice detox (I did a two day detox which required juice fasting then no eating for 24 hours except for citrus juice and olive oil - then released at least a cup full of gravel/pea sized stones.)

I remain perplexed about whether Lugol's internally is a good idea but the infection is clearing up. I am still taking Lugol's internally, but just a little ( a drop of the 2% solution few times per week) and am also painting it, especially on areas with moles to see if they clear up. Considering also changing to iodoral. Would love to hear feedback from other readers on experiences with kidney pain after taking Lugol's.

But, as for the main subject of this post, my tremors also disappeared after starting the Lugol's and magesium citrate.

Magnesium   2  0   

Posted by Thomas (Dublin, Ireland) on 09/23/2014

The best way to get magnesium is transdermal . That way there is no problem with stomach or diarrhea.

Ancient Minerals is a pure form and can be sprayed on skin or added to footbath.

Replied by Prioris
Fl, US
Magnesium glycinate is a form that doesn't cause diarrhea. Also it can be taken with or without food.

Transdermal magnesium can irritate the skin in some people.

Posted by Toourlady89 (Ca, Usa) on 08/22/2013

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have searched for years how to help my sons shaking hands, I found Magnesium Glycinate stopped his hands from shaking, but it has to be taken everyday or the shaking comes back; and it takes time, 6 to 12 months to build in the system.

Transdermal Mg is an additional way to speed up the process of normalizing Mg levels in the body. Musicians / Performers deplete their Magnesium stores because of the constant noise they are exposed to, the stress of performing and the stresses of daily life. Magnesium is the Relaxation mineral, it relieves anxiety and depression.

Posted by Rbwalton (Chico, Ca) on 02/05/2010

[YEA]  I have had muscle weakness and essential tremor for the last few years. Doctors finally saw the tremor and prescribed beta blockers to control it. They found no cause for the tremor and did not know why I was so weak- other than I was either exercising too little or too much.

On my own, I started 600 mg daily of magnesium oxide since I had heard it might help with muscle weakness. While I was taking that, I ran out of beta blockers and tremor did not return. I figured it must be the magnesium that had been keeping my tremor under control all along. Since then I have been off of the beta blockers completely. My tremor is better as long as I keep taking the magnesium. And my strength is also improving.

Replied by Dave
Cambridge, Ontario
Hi there,

That is such wonderful news! Congratulations!

So please tell me...did you change anything else in your life other than adding in the mag oxide?

Im so happy to hear you're feeling better.


Replied by Andrea
Fayetteville, Tennessee
[YEA]   I developed a head bobbing and hand shaking when in a strain, at the age of 40. This concerned me and I went to a Nurologist and thru some test. He called it involuntary tremors. He told me this was inherited and my gradfather did have this condition. His recommendation was to use natural sources for controlling them as long as possible and if I did not want them to show up when attending a function or such to drink a glass of wine before going. The down side of this - it is worse the next day. Didn't do this but once - enough for me!! They have continued to increase as I have aged (65 now). I have in the past and now control them with chelated magnesium w/zinc - 800 to 1200 mg a day as needed. I find they show up more when I am agitated, stressed or exhausted.

Not sure if this is related but caffine from asprin, cokes, chocolate or coffee will really make everything internally tremble. Therefore, I haven't taken in any of these for many years - no more internal trembling. I have drank ice tea (black) for years and no trembling inside. My body also does not respond well to antiboticis so I try really hard to stay the natural course with my diet and any other thing that pops up. I am presently not on any medications or regimes and seemed to be basically healthy with plenty of energy for which I am very grateful. I am going to start ACV as this seems to have so many positive benefits. My neighbor which just turned 90 yrs. Old has drank Jogging in a Jug (ACV & fruit juices) for years and is still in great shape. This is a great website can't stay off it!!!!

Replied by Nevada
Smithfield Township, Pa
I find it remarkable that magnesium oxide made a difference since it is one of the least absorbable forms of magnesium according to the book The magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, M.D.
Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
Famous nutritionist Adelle Davis wrote that " (B6) is essential in maintaining a normal level of magnesium in the blood and tissues. At the same time magnesium helps to activate dozens of enzymes which contain vitamin B6: hence these two nutrients work together in the body and neither can function without the other. " Possibly where benefits have not occured when taking magnesium alone could indicate a deficiency of B6 and vice versa.
Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
Further to my previous post, yes, magnesium oxide is one of the least absorbable forms of magneium, but is still effective for all that. Epsom salts in the bath allow magnesium to be readily absorbed through the skin, and doses of epsom salts are effective for muscle cramps, as I well know. Awaking with severe leg cramps in the night in my younger days, I would take a small tsp epsom salts in warm water and cramps would be gone by time I had finished drinking it. In smaller doses it does not induce diarrhoea. It has also been used effectively in treating epilepsy.
Replied by Catherine
Wellington, New Zealand
I got off track a bit there, epsom salts being magnesium sulphate not magnesium oxide. They taste quite different too! When my children were small I used magnesium oxide with calcium lactate and brewers yeast in their morning milk drink. The B vitamins in the yeast would have helped with making the magnesium more available. The negative with magnesium oxide is that it neutralises hydrochloric acid in the stomach so completely it should not be used by persons with digestive difficulties.

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Posted by Bev (Ft. Wayne, In) on 07/06/2014

Thank you to everyone for your contributions to this site. It has been so helpful knowing that I'm not alone & that there are solutions to help (other than all the meds that seem to make my symptoms worse)

  • magnesium (250 mg every am)
  • coQ10 with lunch
  • Botox injections every 3 months

This combination has relieved my symptoms to the point of being able to resume my life! NO caffeine trying to eliminate all chocolate :( Life is good!

Replied by Sharron
Sydney, AU
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]   Hello everyone, The tremour in my hands has become more difficult as I got older, I can't do cursive writing and have trouble with holding spoons. However, I have started taking Mega Magnesium complex tablets and this seems to have helped. Tremours have slowed considerably and I don't feel as though I'm shaking all the time. Hope this information helps. Regards Sharron from Australia
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
Hello Sharon;

I'd add on AEP....(Calcium AEP)...membrane integrity factor. I can't stop recommending it...

Read about it on line...Google "nutrition review calcium AEP"

I take six a day and it is a vital part of what I've developed as my "Longevity Program"...

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