Natural Remedies for Essential Tremor

Jul 29, 2016

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. While the cause it thought to be genetic, it appears from Earth Clinic reader feedback that nutritional deficiencies, gluten sensitivity, and artificial sweeteners can also cause essential tremor.

Natural Remedies for Essential Tremor

Magnesium

Magnesium is the most popular remedy for essential tremor at Earth Clinic. Several readers have found that taking a magnesium supplement solved their tremor problem.

Avoid Aspartame

Aspartame is a neurotoxin. Unfortunately, this and other artificial sweeteners are common in foods and drinks. Diet sodas, "light" yogurts and ice cream, and a host of other processed foods and even vitamin supplements contain aspartame or other artificial sweeteners. Removing these from the diet has completely solved the tremor problem for some of our readers! MSG is another neurotoxin that should be completely avoided.

Go Gluten-Free

While not easy, it is becoming more doable to go gluten-free. And if removing gluten from the diet cures your essential tremor, you will be glad for the effort. This has cured tremor problems in some Earth Clinic readers!

Important Supplements for Essential Tremor

  • Vitamin C
  • Iodine
  • B-Complex
  • GABA

Additional Remedies for Essential Tremor

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.

Lecithin

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. Read on to see what remedies our readers have found helpful. Do you have a natural remedy for essential tremor? Please send us some feedback!

Additional Pages of Interest:

Side Effects of Aspartame

Shaky Hands



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Gluten-Free Diet12014-10-19
Iodine, Multiple Supplements22010-07-05
Magnesium32015-10-14
Magnesium L-Threonate52015-02-23
Magnesium, CoQ10, Botox12014-07-06
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Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)12015-05-03
Sea Salt12015-03-02
Taurine02011-01-19
Vitamin Deficiency and Tremors02014-08-26

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


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


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Posted by Leigh (Danville, Va) on 01/28/2011
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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
07/20/2013

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.


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Posted by Elsie (Madison, Wisconsin, Usa) on 09/06/2010
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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).


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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
05/07/2013

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
09/07/2014

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.

Replied by Jill
Iowa
12/11/2015

I started using tremadone 2 months ago. I have ET in my head. They get so bad I had to sit or lay down to keep my head still. I tried propanolol, topamax, primadone, inderol, all without success and horrible side effects. The dr started me on botox shots in the neck every 3 months. 4000.00 a pop, could not afford it even after insurance. Tremadone has taken the tremors away apporoximately 95%. I only take one at night. unbelievable. Reading all your posts, I am going to try the gluten free route. Good luck.

Jim
Stockton, Ca
02/17/2016

A person near and dear to me drinks about 4 Diet Cokes (with aspartame) per day. She says she has "essential tremors" as did her mother. Her mother never drank Diet Coke and died at 76 of complications supposedly from Lupus. Maybe just get off the Diet Soda, and the body can heal itself.

Her tremors are so bad that she can no longer write legibly, and she says that they are beginning to affect her driving. Start with the easiest solution, I say, STOP THE DIET COKE. She, like Michael J. Fox, is addicted to the diet soda.

Replied by Christine
British Columbia
04/03/2016

Hello!

I used Tremadone for 6 months, as well, abided by their suggested diet, all to no avail. I believe that I gave it a fair chance to make a difference. When you take a look at the ingredients, there really is no sufficient dosage to make any effect.

I too have tried Propranolol, after which I experience increasing fatigue. So much so that the fatigue created a much lesser quality of life than the tremors do.

Currently, I am trying Theanine Serene with Relora and Magtein, both from Source Naturals. After only 2 days, I have regained my energy and feel a good calmness. Hopefully, the tremors will decrease. So far, I do see a slight improvement while writing in the evening after a full day's work.

Good luck to us all with this challenging neuro movement disorder!

Many, many thanks for this wonderful website!

Replied by Clickrs
Warminster
07/06/2016

Hi, I am just ordered from Source Naturals, just wondering do you take the Theanine in the morning or evening and how many? Thanks.


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Posted by Jon (New South Wales) on 10/19/2014
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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
10/24/2014

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.


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Posted by Sid (Springfield, Mo, Usa) on 07/05/2010
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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 cured my tremors, but the answer is in there somewhere.

Replied by Heather
San Diego, Ca
06/26/2012
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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.


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Posted by Edna (Hayward, Ca) on 10/14/2015

Essential Tremors are sign of Magnesium Deficiency. Google Tremors, Dr Dean. Google Magnesium Deficiency.

Magnesium Glycinate is one of the best absorbed forms of Magnesium. Most everyone is low in Magnesium. Dosing 5x Elemental mg body weight in lbs. It will take time to restore Mg, so give it time, months. Other health issues would also be corrected along the way.

You could also add Mag L Threonate 2 caps a day, one at daytime and one before bed. 48 mg elemental Mg per cap. In combo with Mg Glycinate. Mag L T is the only form that would cross the blood brain barrier so this form of Mg could help the tremors in a shorter time.

Replied by Ralph
Wichita Kansas
07/28/2016

Where do I obtain the faster form from? My tremors stop me from going places. I'm ashamed of it because people notice and some laugh. that hurts.

Replied by Soazburrolady
Southern Az
07/29/2016

Hi Ralph. Living in a rural area as I do, I don't have ready access to well stocked natural food stores. I buy almost all my supplements online. The Magnesium L Threonate is available on sites such as Amazon, I-Herbs, and Lucky Vitamins. There are different brands, but if I am allowed to mention a brand name, the one I buy is called Magtein (by Source Naturals). If you check out the section on "Essential Tremor", here on Earth Clinic, you will find suggestions for other supplements that may help you. All the best.


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
09/24/2014

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) on 09/25/2013
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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 Rsw
Uniontown, Oh
01/20/2013

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
01/28/2013

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
03/15/2014

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
09/24/2014

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.
12/09/2014

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..

Replied by Steve
Columbus, Oh
02/21/2015

I have tried Primidone with slight improvements, but stomach aches and fatigue. Also tried a barbituate which worked well, but I was exhausted (plus it's addictive). Dropped diet coke and my ET improved dramatically for months, but returned. I'm 61 and have had this for 5 years. My handwriting sucks. I'll try anything. I'm going gluten-free starting tomorrow to see if that works.

Replied by Dexter
Boulder, Co
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?

Posted by Andrea (Fayetteville, Tennessee) on 07/22/2011
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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 Maureen
Reno, Nv
10/17/2015

I've had the essential tremors off and on for years. Recently, it has gotten worse in my right hand (mainly because I use it more) to the point that it exhausts me. I'd be interested in the proportions of the Jogging in the Jug. I think this may work for me. Thanks.

Replied by Earthling
Usa
10/17/2015

While I'd never heard of Jogging In A Jug, the recipe was easy to find via Google.

I checked several sites and with only one exception, all had the same ingredients, but in different amounts. (That one exception was a recipe that included honey. The other recipes did not include honey.)

Here are the basics:

-1 quart red grape juice

-2 quarts apple juice

-3/4 cup ACV (Only one site specified Bragg's brand. The others just mentioned regular, old ACV.)

-3/4 cup honey, optional

Mix it all up, keep it refrigerated and drink 1/2 to 1 cup per day.

I, personally, wouldn't add the honey. Between the juices *and* the honey, that's a whole lot of sugar.

Good luck!


Posted by Rbwalton (Chico, Ca) on 02/05/2010
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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 Nevada
Smithfield Township, Pa
07/24/2011

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
08/05/2011

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
08/05/2011

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
08/06/2011

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 Soazburrolady (Southern Az., US) on 02/23/2015
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A few years back, my husband developed an essential (or intention) tremor in his hands. At first it bothered him only when upset or tired, but gradually started to affect him full time. As my husband makes his living as an OR nurse and needs to have fine motor skills for his job performance, it became imperative to find a treatment or cure. After researching the problem, we decided to hit him with the whole shebang of potential treatments. The most important seemed to be Magnesium L-threonate, GABA, Taurine, and L-theanine. Fortunately, as some have mentioned, the Magnesium L-threonate does not cause or aggravate diarrhea. I am really happy to report that my husband's tremor has basically disappeared. He takes other supplements also, but was taking them prior to the onset of the tremors. We have also eliminated any aspartame and eat only very small amounts of gluten. I am not sure if I am allowed to mention a specific product, but there is a tablet available from a reputable "Source" that contains the combo of GABA, Taurine, L-Theanine, Magnesium chelate, and some herbal extracts that simplifies the process. He adds a Magnesium L-Threonate product from the same "Source" to that tablet. All the best and hope this works for you as well.

Replied by Lorian
Baton Rouge
02/23/2015

Can you email me the name of the pill that is helping your husband, I have a friend that has tremors of the hand and it is really bad she had to withdraw from her college courses.

Replied by Soazburrolady
Southern, Az
02/23/2015

I would be happy to give you the name of the exact products, either through your email address if you would leave it, or if EC allows, directly on this site.

Replied by Soazburrolady
Southern Az
02/26/2015

So sorry to have someone unnecessarily post an email address. I wasn't sure if I were allowed to name specific products here. The supplements are by Source Naturals (I have found their products to be of good quality) - 1) Theanine Serene, which contains magnesium chelate, GABA, taurine, L-Theanine, Relora, and holy basil extract, and 2) Magtein which is magnesium L-threonate. He takes one of each every morning and has been tremor free for several months. Hope this information is helpful.

EC: Thanks! We have deleted visible email addresses.

Replied by Jim
Barefoot Bay, Micco, Florida
06/14/2015

Hi - this is about where to find the products you mentioned, that help to eliminate uncontrollable hand-shaking. I just started working (donating my time) at a local Thrift Shop where things are taken in and then sold for next to nothing and one of the older guys who I'm working with - his hands shake so uncontrollable - just writing a price on a ticket is a major accomplishment. Because I have been a Homeopathic subscriber for many years, - Homeopathy immediately came to my mind - but sadly, my three manuals got lost in my many moves and transmissions, plus my small homeopathic travel kit with 30 assorted remedies but several remedies that came to mind were Mag Phos or Mag Sulph but I don't have my books any longer to tell me their characteristics. Could you possibly provide what you have as what to get and where to get it / them? I really wanna help the old guy. He's a very intelligent, former Disney mechanical engineer and he's 80, but a great guy and never complains - he just lives with it and I'm sure homeopathy will help! Thanks for your time and insight.

Rhode Island Jim

Replied by Soazburrolady
Southern Az
06/14/2015

How nice of you to show such concern for your friend. These tremors can be so very debilitating and frustrating. The supplements we used for my husband (and he remains tremor free to this day) are: Magtein and Theanine Serene with Relora - both from a company named "Source Naturals". I forgot to include acetyl-L-carnitine (which he also takes) in my last post. It is available from many companies. I use Amazon, Lucky Vitamins, or I- Herbs to buy most of my supplements - and it is definitely worth the time to comparison shop. The best to you both.

Replied by Beth
Ga
06/22/2015

Rhode Island Jim,

If the book you are missing from your homeopathy kit is from Hylands, then call them and they can send you another booklet. I did.

Bless you for wanting to help your friend.

Replied by John Schiltz
Suffolk, England.
10/22/2015

Soazburrolady: I have just started taking Magtein and Nutrasleep, the latter as it contains GABA, Taurine Magnesium etc, ( as close as I can to the Theanine Serene ) and L-Theanine. I was a little wary of the Magnolia Officinalis as I had read reports of vivid nightmares accompanying the Relora in the Theanine Serene. I was just wondering, a few months on, how is your husband coping and have the tremors remained under controls or have they gone? I, myself, would really like to get back to work, but my tremors have knocked my confidence in being able to continue. I can draw, but my speed is well down as if I attempt to speed up or apply pressure the tremors start up and control lost. It also wears me down trying to maintain the control needed for the fine work and am continually on the brink of depression at the thought that I may have to give up the work that is the centre of my life. My uncle also had very bad tremor.

Replied by Soazburrolady
Southern Az
10/23/2015

Hi John.

So sorry to hear of your trials regarding essential tremor. I am very happy to report that indeed, my husband's tremor has not returned even in the slightest, and he continues to take the Magtein, Theanine Serene, and also Acetyl L-carnitine every morning. Just as an aside, he has not noted any side effects (vivid dreams) from the Relora. All the best.

Replied by John
Suffolk, England
10/25/2015

Many, many thanks for your response. I am relieved to hear your husband's tremors are under control. I understand the plight regarding the need for fine motor control and wish him well for continued success. I hope that what I am doing may result in success similarly. I may tentatively try the Theanine Serene should this attempt fail and will report back, just in case other people have had a problem with the Relora. The problem seems to have been handed down along with the X-linked Ichthyosis that I have, this also my Uncle had and also various dyspraxic traits. The tremor is relatively recent. I am 53 and had been a one-to-one carer for many years. When my caring came to a natural conclusion I was exhausted, but thought that finally I could pursue my life's centre which is art. Then along came the tremor. As you can see, the frustration is untenable. You can gather that this page and your posting of your husband's results is so very important to me. I hope we can benefit from his experience. We are such complicated beings and if only there was not so much trial and error when these things hamper us. My very best wishes.

Replied by John Schiltz
Suffolk, England
11/25/2015
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Hello again!

Have to report that I'm much better. My drawing is pretty much back to form with only a minor twitch in the arm and base of thumb occasionally. Small improvements every day. I have been gluten free for two weeks and I also take Magnesium L-Threonate - two Source Naturals capsules @ 667mg - and two capsules of Theanine @100mg in the morning with a glass of spring water and a quarter spoon of Methylsufonylmethane (MSM). A multi-nutrient for my skin at midday - will provide details of this nutrient if needed, but I was taking this for a long time with no effect on the tremors whatever - and in the late afternoon I take two Nutrasleep again from Source Naturals. very positive about the result. Will update, if or if not the result is consistent.

Replied by Sissys
Coral Springs, Fl
12/10/2015

Please can you give the name of the combo med? Thank you

Replied by John S.
Suffolk, England
12/11/2015

Hello Sissys:

If you are referring to the 'combo' med used by Soazburrolady's husband, then she is referring to Theanine Serene. I, myself have found equally satisfying results from using Theanine capsules, Nutrasleep and Magnesium Threonate. taking two Theanine at 100mg and one of Magtein at 667mg and two Nutrasleep and a further Magtein late afternoon/early evening. basically I found the alternative because I wasn't sure if I wanted to take the Magnolia Officianalis in the Theanine Serene which contains the Relora. However, here's a possible in case you feel the same way. there have been reports I've read of side effects associated with the Relora by some people who have tried it. However not all have had the reported problems.

Replied by Roma
Minnesota
01/01/2016
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Hello, I really enjoy reading all the encouraging posts on this site. I started the Theanine capsules, Nutrasleep and Magnesium Threonate regimen 1 week ago and am perplexed on why they've been stimulating my ET condition instead of calming my nerves and provide no relief. Also, my eyes have started twitching throughout the day. The tremors are in my dominant left hand (I can no longer write/eat with it) along with a bobbing head.

After I take the Theanine Serene with Relora (1 tablet) or the Magtein (1 capsule), I become more jittery and fatigue. The Nutrasleep (1 tablet) helps me sleep soundly but has had no affect on tremors during day. All supplements are from Source Naturals.

I'm 65 and was diagnosed with ET's 8 years ago. I couldn't tolerate prescription drugs so have unsuccessfully tried other remedies, including acupuncture, homeopathic & naturopath treatments, various supplements (including Mucuna), and Chinese medicines.

I'm a gluten & lactose free eater, take no prescription drugs, coffee, or artificial sweetners. I'm taking iodine for my thyroid, along with a multi-vitamin, calcium, and vitamins D3 & B12. I'm perplexed as to why Theanine, Magtein, or Nutrasleep has had an opposite effect on my nervous system. Any suggestions or feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Replied by John Schiltz
Suffolk, England
01/03/2016

I am extremely saddened that this has not worked for you. I am aware of Thyroid problems within my own family, unfortunately no awareness of where they are. I take it that it is hyperthyroidism of which you speak? I note from one who claims to be an expert that Vitamin C deficiency can encourage more of the thyroid hormone. I must note that I have only read this and from one source. Of course, unlike many mammals, we cannot biosynthesize this ourselves and usually within the body's functions, most everything we do requires it in the equation one way or another and among the vitamins it is also the most easily lost in storing, preparation and even digestion, then having an extremely short life in the body and being water soluble also easily lost in the urine. Unfortunately it seems that causes of tremors are of a multitude, but C is the most common deficiency along with magnesium, selenium and nutritional sulphur (MSM). However care must be taken regarding supplementation and MSM can increase the effect of various things like alcohol and possibly other things, thinking if you are taking medication so if you go that particular route, research and ask your doctor. I am not on medication and can say that, for my own problems, MSM has done me good. There are no guarantees as you must be well aware that it will likewise for you. I really hope you can find you answers soon. For the meantime, I take it that you will discontinue the mag, the threonate and the nutrasleep. Go easy and I wish you all the luck in the world in finding a remedy that suits you.

Replied by Roma
Osseo, Mn
01/06/2016
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Hi John, thanks for your reply. I'm actually being treated for a hypothyroid but not on any meds. I have continued taking Magtein and have experienced minute improvements. Perhaps over time they will increase. I'm also going to try the L-Theanine capsules (minus Gaba and Relora).

Question....when did you start seeing promising improvements and how long have you been dealing with ET's.

Replied by John
Suffolk, England
01/08/2016

Hello Roma:

Apologies for the delay. Let me first say, that I had always suffered from nervous problems and wasn't aware of any family history of ETs, so that what I thought was merely shaking to my anxiety, was probably the start if the tremors. Considering that I am fifty three now, I would say that the problem had been steadily building during the last decade. I can certainly say I did not have them in 1999 when I did my last painting. The strain of one to one caring did me no good whatsoever, going on far too long for my own good and led to a complete physical and mental breakdown. It is because of this that I cannot be more accurate. I'm sorry. However, no supplement did me any good until I started on MSM. That I can say was a turning point. Two tablets of 500mg made a subtle, though immediate overnight improvement. Enough for me to take notice! I was also on the track of other means of supplementation to control or eliminate the tremors and various ideas as to what to aim for.

I would say that, after starting the regimen that I am on now, subtle benefits took a week, building to a revelatory improvement inside three weeks. At two months, I see a twitch in the nerves which happens occasionally, but not with such regularity as to upset my drawing. I still have a difficulty with cursive writing but that is a very chronic problem and probably because I have avoiding it for many years, so that will be the last to settle, if at all. Sorry to be so long winded, but I thought it best to be, as opposed to giving non informative sound bytes. I hope that you find a significant difference very soon. All my very best wishes.

Replied by Roma
Minnesota
01/10/2016
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John, just wanted to post that I'm finding gradual relief from the Magtein and Theanine capsules. I'm still experimenting with dosage levels but head bobbing and hand tremor are decreasing. Hoping progress continues towards noticeable improvements. Thanks for the posts, feedback, and helpful information. All the best!

Replied by John
Suffolk, England
01/11/2016

That is extremely wonderful news! I feel that, when I operate a mouse, my fingers want to twitch still; and the nerves do a little, but the drawing feels smoother than it has done in years. I maintain the dosage at Magtein 667mg x 2, one in the morning and one in the evening; and two Theanine, two capsules @ 100mg in the morning.

I have dropped the Nutrasleep for a short while, just to see if the improvement maintains - the valerian was giving me a thick headed feeling, and since I don't suffer from headaches at all, I've put it to a side effect from that. Will try the Nutrasleep again perhaps as an experiment for a few days shortly. Again, wonderful news, upon which I hope you find continual improvement.

Replied by John Schiltz
Suffolk, England
02/01/2016

Right. I have to say that, after removing the Nutrasleep for a few weeks, and dropped the Theanine as well - time not tracked, but estimating a fortnight - the fingers have started to twitch again. Have continued with the Magnesium Threonate, but it seems that alone does not do it. Will return to my original dosages. Had a problem with costs and thought that I would see if the mag would do the trick by itself. Apparently not in my case. It does seem that a continued supply of it all puts the tremor into submission. With a return to full supplementation, hopefully it will all work peaceably again.

Replied by Romaine
Minnesota
02/01/2016
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Hi John, like you, I've dropped the Theanine and Nutra Sleep as well and have continued with the Magtein (48mg 2x's a day). I've continued to notice a slight improvement as long as I take the Mag. I'm working with Naturopathic Dr. to begin using homeopathic treatments for eliminating toxins & metals from my body and restoring my nervous system. My ultimate goal is to be able to write legibly again.

Replied by John
Suffolk, England
02/02/2016

Interesting. I will go back to my original for a spell to regain the improvement, and if that works, try again with an increase to the full 3 capsules of Magtein. Of course it may all just point to subtle, yet important differences in the reasons behind the individual tremors. If only we were born with an individually tailored manual. Of course we are, but only our bodies can read it and they think that tremors are normal everyday operation. The fact that it's something we don't want is new information to them and frankly why don't we want them? Here am I, applying sentience to a 'selfish' gene!

Replied by Soazburrolady
Southern Az
02/02/2016

Hi John. I agree that the combination of supplements that relieve tremor are really costly. You could try Aceytl-L-Carnitine in place of the theanine. I just purchased them (500mg) for 12 cents apiece. My husband continues to take the whole "shebang" every day, but has not had any return of symptoms. We also both take several other supplements to keep us upright and taking sustenance! It is quite expensive, but better than the alternative - I think!

Christine
British Columbia
02/22/2016

Oh, how grateful I am to have read your comments on Essential tremors!!!

I will order right away, as per your suggestions. I am now 61, desperately trying to control my hand tremors. They have been progressively getting worse since I was 54, inherited from my mom. It is of most importance to me to treat this disorder through alternative health as I am a health care provider, caring for the elderly, mostly who suffer with dementia. I see the side effects of alopathic medicine and don't want any part of that.

Thank you so very much for your insight!

Replied by Mathias
Nsw
05/07/2016

Kindly please post the specifics and name of the supplement he is taking. I am a nurse and currently not working due to tremors.

Thank you very much.

Replied by John
Suffolk, England
05/07/2016

I have found that I can get away with little supplementation at present. I have been on a minimalist diet, mostly raw and have not had wheat based products for, at least, four or five months. Hands have remained quite steady and did not return to full supplementation.

Events. My mother passed away two months ago and an extensive period of stress lifted as I had had to take care of her, initiating a long period of years of self neglect, before she was finally persuaded to go into care. I do occasionally have a session of biting my lip when I am eating and the nerves twitch under the skin of my hand - more noticeably the right - but events having taken the turn they have, it is as if years - of the tremor - have been removed. Having said all this, I will keep the Magtein and the Theanine and the Nutrasleep on standby. Drawing stable, still have not mustered courage for painting or inking yet. I don't think cursive writing is going to be something that I will ever master, but I may tentatively try it. My brain refuses to link the technicality of writing with imparting information to a page at speed using such a device as a pen although writing, lettering style, with a pencil seems to work adequately - adequately enough for a fellow artist to remark that I have "beautiful writing" and a councillor I have been seeing to remark upon it. They see scattered sentences. If I had to produce a page at length they may see different results. I still avoid attempting that. The worst I get is filling in the forms that I have had to. Bureaucracy always stresses me out.

Replied by Steven
Long Beach, Ny Usa
06/23/2016

John: I am a concert-level pianist as well as a church organist/pianist and high school music teacher. Music is my passion as well as my profession! I am 63 but my wife is 20 years younger and we have 2 small boys ages 9 & 5. I am right hand dominant and have had increasingly severe tremors on that side (hand, arm, leg and foot) for approx. 2 years now. It is really affecting my writing, drinking, eating and of course, my keyboard playing! Our very livelihood is threatened.

Has your regime continued to help you? Do you feel tired during the day as a result of your regime?

Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee
06/23/2016

Dear Steven,

My daughter studies piano and organ, so your post struck a chord (sorry, can't help that pun) with me. From watching her, I know that it is painful to not be able to play the instrument you love as you like (and you need it for your livelihood as well! )

Have you tried any magnesium supplementation yet? Also, have you eliminated all artificial sweeteners yet (and MSG, another neurotoxin.)

I am very hopeful that natural remedies will cure you of this and allow you to continue with your music for pleasure and for your work.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by John Schiltz
Suffolk, England
06/24/2016

If I take the combination, as I have posted, then, yes, there is a difference and a noticeable deterioration if I stop. Unfortunately for me, I am now on Employment Support (?) Allowance, which means that I now find it difficult to afford to take the supplements regularly. They want me to find work and my best means to that is by working from home at illustration - other options for very good reasons are limited in the extreme - however, by the very meagreness of the allowance, even that is going to prove more difficult. Personally, I think that they wish me to decrease the surplus population. The combination, personally, does not make me feel tired. The Nutrasleep, I take before bed anyway, for the GABA, but some nights, as always, I remain awake and some I fall asleep. I am however taking a maintenance dose for the tremor as opposed to a sleep aid. I don't feel drowsy the next day. One has to note that your tremor sounds worse at the outset of treatment than my own, concomitantly of course, your results, and I sincerely hope they should be positive, may be longer in coming. My very best of wishes. I do understand the importance for your soul's sake of continuing that which you love and the destruction of spirit that tremors can have. Please take care and I hope it works.

Replied by Soazburrolady
Arizona
06/24/2016

John, so sorry to hear of your new difficulties. I just thought I might add a note of encouragement to all of you suffering from ET. My husband has been continously on the same supplements since before my first post - and continues tremor free. We are truly thankful. It is, without a doubt expensive, but works, and he has had no ill effects. I will say that the remedy worked fairly quickly (within a few weeks he noted improvement). So, it is possible that other causes of tremor will not respond as well. We have been too chicken to discontinue to see what might happen! My best to you all.

Replied by John Schiltz
Suffolk, England
06/25/2016

Of course, what's the alternative offered by the orthodoxy? Beta blockers.

Replied by Steven
Long Beach, New York, Usa
06/28/2016

John: There may be hope for all ET sufferers outside of all the costly supplements and/or beta blockers, etc. There is a new device still in experimental stages coming to the market. They will not give me a "freebee" which they are now offering to those willing to be be guinea pigs. The reason that I do not qualify to be a guinea pig is that I do not live near London where they are (I am in the USA). But you, John, are in the UK, hence you may qualify. The device is called the Gyroglove. Check it out, It looks unique, and is something you simply wear on your affected wrist. By September, the experiment will end, and it will come to market for $600. I may purchase it then. I just pray that I do not have Parkinsons. My older brother has Parkinsons and his daughter (my niece) has ET and treats it successfully with Propanolol.

Steve

Replied by Cindy
Pa
06/30/2016

Hello, thank you for sharing your husband's info, I just want to reiterate what I believe you said he takes. I have had severe head tremors for years and when the Inderal stopped working I started some supplements with a little improvement. But want to try yours. Theanine Serene, Magtein and Aceytl-L-Carnitine.

Please let me know if this is correct. I want to order them and start right away. Thanks for sharing. Cindy

Replied by Soazburrolady
Southern Az
07/01/2016

Hi Cindy. Yes, those are the supplements we added specifically for my husband's tremor. (The Theanine Serene does contain Relora which I know some posters prefer to go without.) He takes other supplements also, but, had been prior to the onset of the tremor, so I don't think they enter into the equation. I surely hope this helps you, as it is such a frustrating and even debilitating problem. All the best.

Replied by Dear Abbey
Atlanta Ga
07/09/2016

hello all, I thought I would put in my 2 cents. A friend that has Parkinson's disease started doing a drawing course called Zentangle. It has helped her tremendously. I have not tried it as yet but have heard it has wonderful results with reducing her tremors. I have had tremors for years but they were not severe, however they have now accelerated and I am having trouble eating and writing. I will try your suggestions as to the natural meds and post after I try them. The Zentangle course can be difficult at first but helps the brain function.


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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)
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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
10/24/2014
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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 Donate

Fountain Inn, Sc
10/25/2014

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"...

Replied by Roma
Minnesota
01/04/2016

Sharon, how long after taking Mega Mag did you start seeing any results? Also, what's your dosage intake?


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Posted by Susan (Los Angeles) on 10/15/2015
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Mucuna Pruriens has almost eliminated the very noticeable shaking of my neck/head and hands for 15 years. Doctor said he thought it was "essential tremors", not Parkinson's but I'm not so sure. I suspect he was influenced by my otherwise excellent health. Even if I have ET, MP may help this symptom for those with Parkinson's.

After one brand of MP (Herbs Forever) had no effect after months of use, I persevered and ended up finding two excellent products online. I tried both for comparison and found them to be equally effective: Barlowe's Elixirs and Keter Wellness. With each, improvement was noticeable in less than a week; I followed the dosage on the bottle - two capsules per day. If I don't take the MP for several days, some shaking returns.

I was so embarrassed for so long and now people don't stare at me any more. There is just a little trembling left in one hand and a little flair up under situational stress.

Replied by Rathna
Toronto
11/01/2015

I am having tremor of my hands and I was tested for Parkinson and the neurologist said it is not but could be essential tremor. He suggested some medicine but I refused as I already take medicine for Diabetes cholesterol HBP and I didn't want to damage my Liver and Kidneys.

After coming across this website I started on ACV and BSM. I also saw Mucuna on the introduction page and saw Susan's comment. Just went and bought Mucuna Powder according to their website we can use one tea spoon in warm water or in some juice etc.

My question to Susan-- Are you using any other supplements with it? Any answer will be greatly appreciated

Replied by Roma
Osseo, Mn
01/02/2016
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Hello. After taking 1 Mucuna Dopa capsule (Source Naturals) I felt like I had drunk a cup of coffee. Had terrible jitters throughout the day. Had no positive effect on my ET's.



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