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.
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.
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.
I am researching Essential Tremors (ET) and appreciate all the helpful information by posters here.
Here are two discoveries.
Researchers found postmortem exam of ET people discovered "abnormal connections among the neurons in their cerebellum" and ..... "over active brain neurons that tend to generate overactive brain waves, or too much electrical activity." ET is different than Parkinson's.
“We found loss of the brain protein GluRδ2, which is only expressed in human cerebellum, ” Kuo said. “That causes overgrowth of the cerebellar fibers, which leads to too much crosstalk and oscillations of cerebellar neurons. These neuronal oscillations cause tremors.”
Research is continuing.
Also Dr Helga Clark discovered that tremors are caused by on-going poisoning. She said she had much by having the person meticulously look for chemical ingestion such as new carpet and furniture odors, chemicals in foods, household cleaners and detergents and more.
Refer her book: Cure for All Diseases, 1995 edition, page 312, Chapter titled: Tremor
New Century Press. Also, Dr Clark.com and Dr Clark. net
Currently looking at everything carefully, and making some changes. I had an analysis of body chemistry that showed high mercury and low magnesium and protein.
I have seen Ketogenic diets for individuals who have seizures, another neurological problem. Sounds like this diet can apply to those with other nero problems like tremor. Thx for posting your success. Amazing.
The theanine serene with relora and the magtein is causing digestive distress, or some factions of the combination. And I don't need more excuses to be a recluse with the tremors and such effects. But I will never give up seeking natural improvements and as well I will expire before ever going back to neurological drugs again. A sentiment not for everyone, as many can do those without ill effects...presumably. For me, I have a good mind and I wish to keep it; I am energetic and wish to remain so; I have a good sense of humor, which I need for sharing with my off springs. Next I will be trying some new to me combo essential oils with frankincense. Cheers to all.
Two things that come to mind for ET are Thiamine HCL(vitamin B1) and a specific magnesium blend.
B1 was tested by Dr. Costantini in a few clinical cases to good effect and he used high dose injections, but did further unpublished testing that indicated that oral dosing may have benefit similar to the injections. I wrote a little bit about thiamine HCL as an effective inhibitor of the inflammatory cytokine IL-17 here :
This is significant because increased IL-17 can cause increased inflammatory chemokine IL-8 and inflammatory cytokine IL-6. Both of these inflammatory mediators are elevated in ET and are positively correlated with tremor, so lowering IL-8 is an important point in ET as mentioned here :
Here is a list of supplements that not only lower IL-8, but also cross the blood brain barrier (BBB) as might be needed for a neurological disorder such as ET.
1. Niacin (B3) as Nicotinic Acid (NA)- The type of Niacin that causes flushing.
4. L-Theanine- Also Considered to be calming.
5. EGCG- An active component from tea
6. Boswellia Serrata- Sometimes referred to as Frankincense and sometimes found in glucosamine multis for arthritis.
7. Hesperidin- Derived from the white layer below the orange peel of oranges.
10. Baicalin- Sometimes referred to as Skullcap and sometimes found in glucosamine/chondroitin multis for arthritis.
The specific magnesium blend I am thinking of is three types of magnesium that are not only bioavailable, but able to cross the BBB and reduce, IL-8. It has also showed improved sleep benefit in some people. They are presented as one supplement and here is a typical one but there are others:
All of the above are likely to have other health benefits as opposed to side effects of standard prescription meds for ET, such as Propranolol and Primidone. Good luck!
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!!!!
I have dealt with the tremors since 1988 when they really started effecting my head, but had started in my hands. My head shakes so bad now that I sometimes have a hard time brushing my teeth, eating, and I cannot put on any eye-makeup (vanity I know). Also, I notice it gets worse when I pull up next to another car and I think people are looking so I shake all the worse.
My hands are pretty bad as I cant write well at all, and when typing, or carrying a drink I sometimes start shaking just uncontrollably so I have to set the drink down. With tea or hot coffee this is no fun Im sure some of you know. I wont go on about it, but I am grateful to see all the info I can gather from others who suffer from this sometimes debilitating nerve disorder. Im assuming that is what mine is anyway.
So no meds for anything, I am 65, eat a nutritionally as possible, drink lots of water, take atleast a 2 mile walk 3 or 4 times a week, and do free-weights for strength training. None of which has helped my tremor so I am thinking deficiency.
So my plan of action to start (because now, after reading here, Ive decided I dont just have to accept this condition without trying something natural) with, will be from a post I read here. I ordered the supplements which one contains Acetyl L-Carnitine, and the other I ordered is a combination of Gaba, theanine serene, relora, and L-theanine.
It sure isnt going to hurt to try these things that are working for a few other people on this thread. I have a clean enough system that I will know if something isnt good for me, so I will take baby-steps and see how it goes. This thread is so big that I just plan to keep reading and especially want to understand more about a gluten free diet. I thought that was only for folks with celiac disease but if its helping others, than it would be worth trying as well.
Enough for now, and I am just grateful for all the folks that get on here and share because you all have given me some hope that I may not have to just live with this. Thank you all, Denise
PS I will be back after I have gotten my order on the 8th of this month, and started my supplements:)
Dear Friends: I wanted to mention this earlier but just didn't. I was diagnosed with IBS several years ago and I noticed sourdough pretzels were really hard on my GI tract so I avoid sourdough anything.
I used to bake my own bread with unbleached naturally white flour. I could not use the typical "bread flour". I stopped because it seemed more of an expense and a waste of time for me and it was not that much better than what we can purchase for reasons below.
I strongly feel that infiltration of GMO's cannot be avoided just due to wind and bird droppings that has gone on for decades. Our entire food supply has been tainted. Now it would be a good time for a Bible lesson about this but not everyone wants to embrace that so I'll practice self-control.
The reason I got into the food issue was because I had traumatic brain injuries along with several head & neck traumas. My difficulties are called "Head injury Deficits". They are also ADHD characteristics. When I started seeing news briefs about the toxic effects of MSG and the onset of Alzheimer's along with other neurodegenerative diseases I felt there had to be a common denominator. There is...our food supply.
We get Nature's Own Butterbread and I can only eat one slice at a time, but not everyday. Oh, I know, it's got other bad stuff in it but taking magnesium and vit. C offer some protection and I am able to tolerate it. Sometimes I use a red skin potato as a bread exchange. Since I weeded various hidden sources of MSG out of my diet and started cooking differently, my mind became clearer and my fits of rage are nil.
I truly hope some of this will help you dear friends looking for answers.
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What has shown benefit in Parkinson's Disease is thiamine / vitamin B-1. It has shown potential to significantly reduce many of the multiple symptoms associated with PD when used at high oral or intramuscular dosing.
Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)
My husband can tell when he runs out of Riboflavin in his supplement container. I've been giving him 400mg daily in 2 divided doses as suggested by a member of a FB group on ET. This is the only thing so far that he has been able to notice an improvement.
Hello Soazburrolady: Just a quick return to say that my tremor has almost completely abated since I added Arginine to my regimen. So, now it's Magtein, MSM, Perfectil: Skin, Hair and Nails, Theanine Serene and the Arginine. That seems to be shifting the so and so. I may drop the Arginine in favour of Acetyl-L-Carnitine again after I've finished the course. I also belt up some Mag Citrate with some veg and fruit in a Mega blender to top up. Seems to be working so far.
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!!!!
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.
Woo-hoo!!! Can't tell you how happy it makes me to hear of your "tremor - free" status. Nothing makes me happier than people overcoming health challenges, especially through Earth Clinc. I recommend this site to people all the time, but, as you know, you can only lead a horse (or burro! ) to water.
I have a bit of an art background myself, 30 years ago it was painting, but I mostly enjoy metal working now. Creativity is good for the soul!
Continued good health and blessings for peace and happiness through your artwork.
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What I am getting is the occasional twitch in the bicep. But, I am able to hold a line and trace over it with 99.9 percent accuracy. Fingers still feel weaker than they used to, but they are getting stronger. Time taken, this time round because I couldn't afford the supplements, but had to grab them as the opportunity arose, I would say the overall period was four months. That's stopping and starting annoyingly. So, although there was a build up, I couldn't continually take them without breaks in the regimen. On a daily basis, without fail, I've been on the full dose since 5th September. I've also been adding, with varying degrees, Magnesium Citrate, Good Guru Memory and Focus, 8 grams of Vitamin C daily and Spirulina. Spirulina is a semi-regular in my ordinary diet anyway. I also add to smoothies some Gotu Kola, Brahmi and as many green sources of Magnesium as possible with fruits using my Nutri Ninja. I blitz up the Mag Citrate in the smoothies. I'm not zinging like I used to, chronological damage I think! But, things are definitely getting better and I'm not using all my strength trying to control tremors and I'm sleeping more soundly. As Marshall Sam McCloud used to say, "There y' go! ".
I'm a believer!! Keto is for me, and the rest of my life, at 68! Better late than never ;) First help was with Type 2 Diabetes, noticed no more blood sugar issues if I stayed off the sugar/carbs, at least down under 50 grams per day, usually less. No sugars though as they spike me bad. Don't want them anyway since going through the withdrawals is no cake-walk ;) Lost weight as a bonus, not pain from arthritis, crippled fingers are all but healed, bone spurs in neck disappeared (I had 2). I could go on forever on finding this alternative method of basically, saving my life.
Magnesium L-Threonate, Theanine, MSM
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~
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.
Apple Cider Vinegar
I am 66 yrs old, have been taking at least 1 Tbsp/d of ACV with lemon, honey and baking soda in a ginger powder tea for decades. I believe that ACV is highly beneficial for many conditions but I don't believe that it has had an impact on my ET. I continue to ingest the suggested supplements and foods, avoiding those that are listed as not recommended, yet the ET continue to progress. I do believe that a combination of all/many are helpful but cannot claim that any one is better. For the last 3 yrs, I have taken increasing dosages of CBD oil, which I must admit has had a significant improvement to a general sense of calmness and wellbeing with regards to ET.
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!
If the product you are taking is the one from Source Naturals, the ingredients seem like they should be very relaxing and good for ET. I believe that the magnesium l threonate (Mag-T / Magtein) will be additive. Most Mag-T products suggest that you take 3 or 4 capsules per day.
Myself, I take Mag-T and Magnesium Taurate along with mag oil applied topically for general health and specific heart and brain health.
One other that you can consider is high dose thiamine based on this:
They used intramuscular injections bi-weekly, but high oral daily dosing is likely to be effective also.
Here are two youtube videos associated with the study:
It is better to stick to one regimen at a time and your current one has already shown itself to work in someone else and you are already starting to see benefit at a relatively early stage so I encourage you to stick with it for more time to give it a chance to work to the fullest!
In addition to separated B vitamins, broken amino acids can also cause problems when taken separately. They can offer temporary relief but long term...?? Glutamic acid is one that we recognize as MSG when it is a consequence of manufacture. An investigative reporter, formerly with CBN had been advised about that when he researched the toxic effects of aspartame and manufactured glutamic acid. They are chemically similar. "Excitotoxins, The Taste that Kills" is an informative book by Russell L. Blaylock, M.D. and another is "In Bad Taste, The MSG Syndrome" by George R. Schwartz, M.D. who wrote the Forward to Dr. Blaylock's book.
I've had good success with ET taking slow-release magnesium, one morning and one at night. If I skip a dose the negative results are dramatic. Sold on Amazon.
A naturally occurring chemical called harmane is associated with essential tremor. It is present in meat, but is in very high concentrations in chicken (and I assume other poultry). The theory is that people who develop essential tremor cannot clear harmane as well as those who don't. Anyway, it stands to reason that it might be best to avoid chicken and poultry if essential tremor is an issue for you or runs in your family. https://www.medscape.com/answers/1150290-61693/what-is-the-role-of-harmane-a-heterocyclic-amine-hca-in-the-etiology-of-essential-tremor
This is very interesting because I've had an essential tremor for a long time and according to Eat Right For Your Type (blood type) I should not eat any poultry. I had a bioenergetic assessment done that indicated I should have no poultry. I had a Chinese body type assessment done and AGAIN it indicated that I should not have poultry. Thank you Jessica!
For Essential Tremors,
Dr. Carolyn Dean of The Magnesium Miracle 2nd Ed (a must-read for *anyone* with chronic health issues!) says in interviews that any magnesium that is well-absorbed will cross the blood-brain barrier; magnesium threonate had a single, questionably done study behind it, and the price is very marked up because of this. Ionic magnesium chloride is the true gold standard for absorption. Magnesium glycinate may be the next best option. Topical is great but you have to do lots of it every day, and it gets cost-prohibitive if that's your only method
I thought I would mention to you that my husband gets violent when he eats whole wheat. I don't know what makes the difference, but we can eat bread made from wheat flour and Spelt without getting riled. The store ran out of the bread we usually get so I got the same brand in whole wheat. Oh my goodness, I had to throw more than half the loaf away. In addition, he cannot eat whole wheat crackers without getting grumpy. The same thing happened to me when I ate yogurt. I loved yogurt but our daughter observed how irritable I got when I ate yogurt...plain yogurt, so I just stopped. I am able to drink 2% milk but I get it in glass bottles, not plastic. Not everyone can tolerate the same thing so that's why I said it had been over a two decade piecemeal endeavor.
Here's one report: GLUTEN AND SCHIZOPHRENIA Fri, 05 Apr 13 08:22:39 -0500 04/04/2013: Lily from Kelowna, BC: "Dr. HOFFER did not only recommend vitamins and supplements. He also recommended a gluten, dairy & sugar free diet for most patients. It has been well known since the 1950's that wheat gluten can cause various schizo type behaviors. I heard Dr. Hoffer speak at a psych class at the U of S in 1964 also later at a public forum in Saskatoon.
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We get there in the end! But, aren't we complicated. I'm ordering some more of the Theanine Serene and the Magnesium Threonate the coming week. I am thinking of setting up an art website with a friend of mine. That's my confidence returning. Many thanks for the steering. Your post gave me a positive direction. Please, thank your husband as well for me.
I have been reading your posts and believe this may be of interest. A friend has a family history of tremors in the head and arms, and went to a Traditional Chinese accupuncturist for an extended period. It has now been a year and a half that she has been free of the tremors. I have been going to the same accupunturist, independently before I talked to this person, and I have heard many people in the office talk of surgeons who developed temors and could no longer practice medicine, become healed by this Traditional Chinese acupuncturist and can once again operate on patients. This may give you and others with this problem something else to consider. Best wishes.
I just saw your post and wanted to chime in. For my husband, it took a few weeks to really notice a lessening of the tremors, and possibly a little longer for them to resolve completely. He also takes Acetyl-L-Carnitine for same. On a side note, I started experiencing some peripheral neuropathy recently and added Alpha Lipoic Acid to my rather extensive (and expensive! ) handful of supplements. Since it is known for its beneficial effects on all things nerve related, he's been taking that too.
My husband had only presented with the symptoms of essential tremor a few months prior to instituting the supplements, so perhaps it takes a bit longer for them to take effect when the condition has existed for a good deal longer? Wishing you all the best.
!! WARNING!! Low Carb diets are known to help reduce weight, and according to this post, Tremors, BUT DO NOT USE THIS DIET IF YOU HAVE GOUT!!!
I have some sort of internal tremors going on for past 10 years, not diagnosed as it doesnt feel anything serious as none of the research added up to anything but stress related. A few weeks ago it felt like it was getting bad as became tiring and was going to go to doctor for tests however a consultation with my Ayurvedic practitoner advised me to take a tsp of scullcap 2x a day. I have been taking it for 4 days now and symptoms go when I take it. Still looking at other things. Also reflux is due to low Acid in stomach ( not high) - there is not enough acid in stomach to keep flaps closed - Avogel have a product to help that though there are remedies on this site too. Re distonia I would be tempted to try CDB oil.
I hope that helps.
I've been keeping you in mind regarding ET and just recently came across this study that may interest you. I have written about Citicoline for other issues, but this study made me think of you and the results seemed to be noticeable and relatively quick at just 8 weeks!
Sadly for a health issue that really has limited options, there have not been more studies using Citicoline for essential tremors.
Here is a quote from the study :
>>> ' Citicoline significantly improved essential tremor in this small group of subjects. ' >>>
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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!
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.
The Theanine Serene does help me sleep at night, and the dosage per day is 2 tablets so I feel pretty safe doing that. I take mine about an hour before bed as I do get a teeny bit drowsy. But in the a.m. when I take it I don't feel drug out, so it's probably sort of a mystery how that works, but it works;) I also take the magtein dose with that at night (I take 2 magtein a day) and with it in the a.m. too:)
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.
I have used both IHerb and Lucky Vitamins to purchase the products you would like to get for your father.
Theanine Serene is by Source Naturals - I buy the one that has the additional ingredient of Relora.
Magtein is the brand name of Now Vitamin's Magnesium L Threonate. There are other brands, this is just the one I normally choose.
Acetyl - L - Carnitine is also a Now Product, although there are many other reputable brands.
Hope that helps.
I basically follow Soazburrolady's recommendation as to supplements and dosage. Since I live in the UK, I've tried to find local suppliers regarding the Magnesium L-Threonate and the Acetyl-L-Carnitine. Source Naturals products, the 'Theanine Serene with Relora', where I am, has to be imported by the distributor. I purchase from IHerbs. I am sure there are others. It is best to look around for the best deals on the magnesium and carnitine. 'Now' seems good brand.
One must be aware that improvements will take time. The longer the problem has existed, the longer it will take for the tremors to be managed. I had to break from treatment because of money problems. The tremors came back, and, when I was able to resume, it has taken longer to regain control. The goal, unfortunately and annoyingly, is management of the tremors by continual supplementation. It is best to read up all you can on the individual ingredients of the supplements and, if you are already on any medication, that there are no contraindications between the supplements and your meds. For example Magnesium has a tendency to lower blood pressure. If you are on meds for blood pressure, watch that your pressure doesn't get too low! One must watch these points you know! Relora has been reported by some users as giving them vivid dreams. Depends which sort of dreams. Best thing, as always, be aware and double-check with a pharmacist or your doctor regarding blood pressure or if you are on blood-thinning medication.
Sorry Anna, for your name wrongly spelt in the last posting: To give you some idea of the time frame. Eighteen days past and I could shave reasonably with my right hand, couldn't draw, could only write by steadying the top of a pencil with my left hand. This weekend, I have found that I can draw for short periods and write one-handed a little. Hand shakes a bit if I get too enthusiastic, upper arm shakes, but still controllable to a point, then I give it a rest. Whole body still trembles if exercising, then stop. It's as if shivering. No body shaking if at rest. Increased four days ago to 2 grams Magnesium L-Threonate daily. Still on 1 tablet of Theanine Serene with Relora, I capsule of Good Guru 'Good Mind and Memory'. Note: the last is an extremely broad supplement, this is the one containing both Arginine and Acetyl-L-Carnitine. Also contains Gingko Biloba and Brahmi plus vits and minerals. Always best to check the RDA and ascertain if you need that much, plus any effects of long term usage. I hope this may be of some use.
Thank you and I am learning a lot from your posts around the language of these tremors. Your progress is impressive - and 18 days is a blink really in the bigger scheme of things. I looked up "Soazburrolady" and will copy her posts into my notes for future research and study.
A couple of my family have the tremors - milder versions than mine. I only ever found raw celery as a cure for the shaking, but couldn't eat enough to make a dent, so celery juice has helped a bit in the past. However, any stress or conflict and my shaking is uncontrollable. Now that I am retired, life is much easier.
Funny thing, I ordered the two pound container of pharmacy grade magnesium as part of my 'anti candida' protocol and planned to use a little in a bath and the rest ingested. Well, I opened the canister over the path and ended up dropping the whole thing in the water - 2 lbs of magnesium -$20.00 - most expensive bath I ever took - but here is the thing - it was sublime. I soaked until I was totally pruned and had absorbed my twenty buck ten times over - and I felt incredible, renewed and vitalized. I slept wonderfully well for the next few nights and overall, my tremors seemed much less. Mine are in my face and a bit in my hands, but definitely the magnesium is a curative for me.
I very much like your research approach to all the supplements, slow and steady. I have made a list of the ones you mention, and will read up on them and then search for 'best-buys' so I can begin to acquire the ones you suggest. I only began the candida treatment 4 weeks ago, so will probably focus in on the candida protocols before I get too focused on the tremors, however, there seems to be some overlap in the treatment, so will combine where I can. I am amazed at the results so far, and beyond grateful to Earth Clinic website. So much to learn.
So, now, when my finances allow, I will reorder, but it confirms - my body is starved for magnesium. Thank you again for your most generous sharing, it is very heartening to hear your progress and I am creating my learning list for moving forward.
Hi Anna: That's interesting about the celery juice. Good source, again, of Magnesium and also Potassium and Sodium. Maybe I should add it. I used to combine juices a lot. As for the slow and steady, that's me alright. "Slow and methodical": that's how they described me in my school reports fifty years ago. Like Endeavour Morse, I stumble over a clue, think "hang on, there was something there wasn't there! ", go back, trip over it again and think, "that worked, what if I do it again?". So far, what I am doing seems to be working. I don't seem to need so much meditation at the moment which is interesting. We must beware of anutrients, I feel. They can cause havoc. My tremors are inherited through my mother's side. She never had any! My uncle and grandmother did, however. Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common. I am sure C is another, simply because of the mass call on it throughout the body. The RDA is ridiculous. A mammal the size of a mountain goat bi-synthesises 13-14 grams of the stuff to cope with it's stresses in life via an enzymatic process in it's liver and humans, who have lost the means to do so, with more stressors than a goat, is only recommended 60 mg!!? With all the repairs it is needed to do? Come on. Pull the other one! That's my rant over. BTW: My, that was an expensive bath. However, many discoveries are made through accident.
I have a lot of information for your husband when he is ready, just need to figure out a way to get it to you when that time comes.
ET is a tough one and generally, it comes down to trial and error to see which supplements might help you. Many supplements that are thought to help often have antianxiety effects that are thought to help reduce tremors.
There are many supplements in this class. GABA, Taurine, Magnesium in highly absorbable forms, L-Theanine, Mucuna, Lecithin, CBD oil, and B vitamins would be some common ones often used for ET and anxiety with varying degrees of success. Another consideration is trying one of the supplement multis of which there are many, but even these are essentially by trial and error and do not have high percentages of good recommendations. The main advantage of these is that you are able to test multiple supplements with one pill.
Here are many that you can consider, but read some of the reviews to get an idea of what benefits people have gotten from them.
There are also prescription meds, but these do not seem to be very effective and have side effects. These fall into the class of drugs known as beta-blockers with Propanol having one of the longest amounts of usage for ET. The improvement rate is said to vary from patient to patient and is only helpful for 50 to 60% of patients and again, to varying degrees.
Lastly, there is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) which is very invasive brain surgery to try to stop essential tremors where they implant electrodes in your brain and a battery pack in the general area of the clavicle which is all controlled by a handheld remote. This is generally reserved for the most severe cases.
So as you can see, there is nothing easy about ET. I think that starting with the supplements is best because even though they can have side effects, they are usually not as bad as medications. The good quality absorbable forms of magnesium have other health benefits also.
Magnesium, CoQ10, Botox
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
Magnesium, CoQ10, Botox
Sharon, how long after taking Mega Mag did you start seeing any results? Also, what's your dosage intake?
Apple Cider Vinegar
Does acv alone would provide the same benefit? Does it have to be in OJ?
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.
For tremors try taurine, an amino acid.
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.
You might like John Bergman you tube videos on neck alignment that can cause tremors if it is pinching off the nerve supply. Love the guy.... learned so much!
The Nutrition Almanac declares a mineral deficiency often results in illness.
Try taking 500 mg. magnesium on an empty stomach first thing in the morning at least 15 min. before you eat breakfast and then with your meals, making sure you get complete protein with each meal. Amino acids are found naturally along the intestinal wall and act as receptors for minerals. Minerals have to bind with amino acids for absorption. (Nutrition Almanac)
Our entire food supply has been tainted for decades and I believe that could be contributing to the tremors. Hidden sources of MSG are nerve stimulants. There are voluminous hidden sources of MSG in our food supply. I noticed a post to avoid aspartame. Aspartame and MSG have a similar chemical make up. CBN has done several news briefs on both.
Magnesium and vit. C are reported to offer some protection against nerve stimulants in our food. Ginger is calming for me and fights cancer.
I haven't had physical tremors but have had over stimulating brain activity due to stimulants in our food compounded by traumatic brain injuries and used to have a spit-fire temper. I also had IBS, degenerative disc disease and arthritis diagnosed. Magnesium, vit. C and ginger have been tremendous help for me in addition to avoiding the above mentioned.
I had to change my diet piecemeal, by the process of elimination for over two decades to start healing. I am now 70 and only have trouble with adhesions from multiple surgeries years ago and a severed lining to my G.I. tract. My PCP said that will never heal and his nurse said as long as I can evacuate I should be okay.
If I don't get enough magnesium first in the morning I will have arthritis aches, which is really inflammation from nerve stimulants...could have been from something I ate the day before. Turmeric and ginger reduce inflammation and are both reported to fight cancer.
There is no one-size-fits-all but I hope some of this information will help you. It's taken me a long time to learn how our food supply is making us sick but I have also learned how it can be used to help us get well.
It should be noted that some people will not be able to take 500 mg of magnesium on an empty stomach without getting diarrhea. This may be even more of a problem with some forms of magnesium of which there are now easily more than fifteen different types. Two of the worst forms for diarrhea are magnesium citrate and magnesium oxide but other forms can cause diarrhea when taken at 500 mg on an empty stomach. I say this from experience in myself and others.
I have to apologize for my piecemeal posts. My concern for you was stopping the tremors first and because they have gone on so long it may not be a quick fix so the reason for the large dose suggestion on an empty stomach just before a meal. I eat meat and eggs. Diarrhea isn't a problem for me but I think that could be easily resolved by taking turmeric or eating a banana. The Nutrition Almanac reports amino acids are found naturally along the intestinal wall and act as receptors for the minerals. Magnesium has to bind with protein for absorption. I assume that must be why I did not have diarrhea.
I started taking a 500 mg. tab of magnesium before each meal years ago after I started to have so much trouble with my neck and the doctor I saw for my head traumas sent me to two neck surgeons after an MRI on my neck. That started me looking into nutrition.
I had a hysterectomy in the early nineties and was advised I needed to take more calcium for my bones. I started to eat a lot of spinach for the calcium. Previously I had multiple head & neck injuries that really never bothered me until I rammed my head into the door frames of our vehicles by using the step to get into them three different times because I'm short. After eating a lot of spinach I started to have grinding and "popping" in my neck that frightened me because I felt like my head was going to detach from my neck.
The NA explains calcium will not produce hard teeth & bones unless enough magnesium is taken. Too much calcium can contribute to kidney stones or gallstones without magnesium. I had a kidney stone so large it ripped one of my ureters.
Vitamin C is also important but getting C from orange juice has too many carbs. Too many carbs cause indigestion and that would take me into a whole different conversation. I saw a post by a doctor who went on a low carb diet just to lose weight and observed he no longer had indigestion. There is another post on EC about the summer my husband and I went on the free-range, organic meat and eggs and all the trouble we had. GMO's have infiltrated our food supply and cannot be avoided just due to wind and bird droppings.
I think it would be good for you to obtain a Nutrition Almanac. Everyone is different and you need to find what will work for you. I saw a report on the news that many are deficient in magnesium and getting it naturally is difficult so supplements are necessary.
There is so much more I'd like to share but with an ill husband my time is really limited and he does not like seeing me sit here so long. I can post this now because he was admitted yesterday to start his second infusion therapy.
I'll mention lemons are a good source of vit C and I just found an excellent report on lemon water and digestion but I am not sure about providing a link here, now. I think you can Google "benefits of lemon water" to get the report. I'll look into it after I submit this post and amend if necessary.
I agree so much with the recommended B-Complex. The McGraw Hill NA by John D. Kirschmann and Nutrition Search, Inc. is available on Amazon. A local health food store might carry it. That's where I got my first one.
I want to mention I never had any heart problems until I took the mag citrate liquid prep for the colonoscopies. It was only then, while sedated, I was diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat.
Awhile later after I heard a board certified neurosurgeon recommend mag citrate because it was more readily absorbed, I bought some and started taking it. I even informed a neighbor about it and he started taking it. I did not give my previous diagnosis a second thought. I was more interested in protecting my body & brain against the toxic effects of hidden MSG.
Some time after taking the mag citrate the neighbor and I both had frightening heart palpitations. Sometimes my heart "rumbled" frantically on & off. My PCP ordered a stress test and I was diagnosed with PVC (premature ventricular contractions).
After I spoke with my friends who had done research on "inactive ingredients" I was advised about the "citrate" and "citric acid" probably being processed from corn because it was cheaper.
In the production of ingredients, including amino acids, a manufactured glutamic acid is often created and is a nerve stimulant. In combination with others it can stimulate some nerve cells to death. My friends personally know the neurosurgeon who has written a book about the "excitotoxins" in our food and are mentioned in his book because he used some of their information.
It took awhile to get the effects out of my system after I stopped taking it. Just wanted to advise you that my friend, with a PhD., and her husband did a lot of research and investigation on alleged inactive ingredients in our supplements and medications. I continue to take the mag oxide several times a day with no problems. I feel they saved my life and even my marriage!
I must have provided something unacceptable because another post to you has been removed.
I feel it's important to note, not everyone can tolerate the same ingredients and because you are having a spleen disturbance I'd be cautious about combinations of ingredients you are taking.
Denise (Crescent City, Ca),
The alpha lipoic acid is fully capable of causing that problem in some people with essential tremors!
Hey Art, and anyone following.
I wanted to give you an update since it's been 17 days of sticking with it all;)
The only issue I had that is negative is the shakey jitters and I have it pinned down to taking my supps without food. I've been taking them early in the a.m. when I get up, all of them, except the night dose which I have been doing for just a couple of days now, again, with no nightmares/vivid dreams. Yesterday I started SAMe for my depression which I've had since I was a child (a whole other story than my tremors). I now drink zero coffee, quit that 2 cups in the a.m. habit, and replaced it with Chicory coffee, I love it!! And yes, that could have had something to do with the jitters, although before I started supplementing, I never had jitters from those 2 cups, not that I remember anyway. Here is what I am taking each day now and I'll include the things I take that have to do with other issues: Theanine Serene w/Relora 2 per day Acetyl L-Carnitine 1 per day Magtein 1 per day B50 Complex 1 per day D3 2 per day Magnesium Citrate 1 per day (may not need this, not sure yet) Magnesium Glycinate 1 of 400 mg per day Alpha Lipoic Acid 1 of 200 mg per day Virgin coconut oil 1 tbsp plus (sometimes a bit more) Blackstrap Molasses 1 - 2 tbsp per day Ginger Root tea Home-made, 1-2 cups I think that's it, and like you say Art, I do want to stick with this for now, at least a month maybe longer.
I sleep wayyyyy better at night, amazing! More calm for the most part, tremor is sometimes so unoticeable but then it comes up when I am slightly agitated or stressed. Also, when I got that sicky feeling (kind of like hypoglycemic type) my tremor goes nuts. I do know all the things I'm taking are helping me feel more hopeful about my health. I still have my "full-feeling" in my spleen, and my tinnitus is bad most of the time. I still think all these things will eventually get better.
Just an amendment to dissolving capsule contents in water. I was only thinking of magnesium in a capsule. Other ingredients can be poured in unsweetened applesauce. I am adamant about the capsule and combinations of other "inactive" ingredients could be contributing to the jitters you report. I drink more than two cups of coffee (not weak).You'll never know until you stop ingesting the capsules and it will take awhile to get totally out of your system. If you take anything that contains a hidden source of MSG, even a minute amount of citric acid, that could activate the effects of the capsules. Broken amino acids can also cause problems.
Additionally, when my husband's spleen was enlarged I was looking for information to help him. This is what I found: http://www.jpabs.org/view_issue.php?title=Some-effects-of-monosodium-glutamate-administration-on-the-histo-architecture-of-the-spleen-and-pancreas-of-adult-Wistar-rats
I chipped a disc in my neck and the fragment got stuck between two disc and within a couple weeks my upper left quadrant was becoming paralyzed. I was in so much pain, I could hardly get to the bathroom, until I went into shock, then I packed my hospital bags for surgery and made some extra meals for my kids to eat while I recovered. Shock is so strange.
Anyway, I love John Bergman on youtube teaches on the spine and I learned a lot from him. Once he taught that a tight spot on the spine could cause tremors in a limb. Well, I hope I shared some light. Not saying you have a disease he explains how adjustments correct shaking issues.
Here is a link to Dr. Berg's video on Youtube about essential tremors that I found helpful.
I do aerobic exercises every day along with B12 5000 mcg which greatly helps with my slight tremors. I probably have to add to this regime so I will be doing some more research into neurodegenerative diseases.
Dr. Berg also has other suggestions in his Parkinson's videos which I will look into as well because of tremors associated with Parkinson's.
Hope this helps your husband.
I have essential tremor that affected my jaw and hands. I was gritting my teeth in my sleep because of it, causing pain in the jaw joints. I have been doing acupuncture and my jaw is back to normal and the hands are greatly improved. I can eat soup with a spoon again. It's not totally gone but I can live with this
All: There seem to be a number of articles on Noncoeliac Wheat Sensitivity. Also a TED talk.
Additionally; connections between this sensitivity and neurological damage, re: lesions and the occurrences of Schizophrenia, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Essential Tremors. Time, maybe, to either deal with the inconvenience of maintaining a completely wheat-free diet or putting up with all the disorders that it seems to be creating. It begins to look as if going to sourdough may not be enough. I've tried what they call 'gluten-free'. It's disgusting and disproportionately expensive, as are any products under the 'special' diet label. People try the Paleo Diet. Need to investigate.
Hello Art. My husband said that he doesn't think that his Parkinson disease is not bad yet and does not want to add another supplement. I will be in touch if and when he decides that he needs more supplements for his condition. Thanks again.