Essential Tremor Support Group

Essential Tremor (ET) is a neurological disorder characterized by shaking of hands (and sometimes other parts of the body including the head), evoked by intentional movements. The incidence is unknown, but is estimated to be as common as one person in 20, and it is the most common type of tremor and also the most commonly observed movement disorder.

0 Online
0 Online

Accupuncture

I've read that accupuncture can help ET. Has anyone tried this? I really hate taking medications and I was hoping for some sort of alternative treatment.

Replies

deleted_user
deleted_user

I haven't tried any medication or thought about accupuncture. Tom
deleted_user
deleted_user

Yes, I do acupuncture for my essential tremors which are of the head/neck. It really helps me a lot in conjunction with specific vitamins. I have noticed a big improvement as well as others.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I am just starting to try acupuncture. So far I haven't noticed any improvement yet, but the Dr said it may take a while.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Yes, I go to accupuncture and I think that along with the chinese medicine, I have improved and it is very relaxing.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Here's some info re accupressure............
http://med.stanford.edu/personal/pointfinde
deleted_user
deleted_user

I am doing Tai Chi. This does help to relax the shoulders and neck. I would still like to try accupuncture for my head tremors or perhaps a 50lb steel helmut, ha ha. Anything that works. Any more info on accupuncture would be a help.
deleted_user
deleted_user

My head has been taped tightly to xray machines to hold it still, all this did was shorten my head tremor amplitude.

It seems to me that accupunture might slow head tremors, but it could not prevent, for long, their increase when one is under stress.

But then, I've never tried it, so I guess why not give it a try??? :)
deleted_user
deleted_user

I wish I could try acupuncture. My parents read me a story from a holistic doctor who claimed to cure ET with acupuncture. I looked into it and it was going to cost me $600.00 just for the first visit. Crazy, if you ask me! Insurance doesn't cover alternative medicine which I think is a shame. Anyway, I got to thinking, ET is caused by the neurons in the brain misfiring or just going bad. I don't think acupunture could "cure" ET. As some of you have said, it probably helps with relaxation and all. But in my feeble mind, I don't believe it will cure ET. Just my opinion.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I was diagnosed with ET (head) just 5 months ago, although I've had it for more than 6 years. My neurologist prescribed Inderal but still had no results at 180mg- so I tried acupuncture. I just completed my 4th treatment last week and I have to say that I am noticing modest results. Nothing spectacular but its easier for me to relax my head & neck muscles. My husband even notices the difference. I have 2 more treatments to go. I also take various herbs and vitamins. I told my neurologist but he still wants me to try mysoline- I guess it couldn't hurt!
btw- acupuncture isn't that expensive. I pay $75/treatment. 6 treatments over 6 weeks- then stop to access the results.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I tried massage therapy thinking that by relaxing the neck muscles my head tremor would improve. Instead massage seems to stimulate the source, making the tremor worse.
What works best fr me. A half Xanax! This anti panic drug seems to calm the head and stops the tremor completely.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Just tried Acupunture for the first time, tremors seemed to ease up during treatment and i felt pretty relaxed for the next few days, but tremors are back to normal now, i have a second appointment and will evaluate after that.
cost was $95 first visit and $65 each additional visit.

I am seeing a traditional Chinese Doctor.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I was dzd with ET a year ago and it's taken a toll on my well being. Because I can't tolerate meds, I've been getting accupuncture treatment - which were successful. However, due to recent car accident, my progress was somewhat set back. I'm sticking with treatments - they're relaxing. My Chiropractor also prescribed massages as part of the treatment.
deleted_user
deleted_user

After second accupunture treatment i did notice the tremors were less severe for a few days, but it comes back as normal, i find the treatment very relaxing and feel energized afterward, it has helped my sons allergies though so we will keep going.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I just had my fifth treatment so far, no difference. I'll be having a total of 10-12 treatments. I went online to see if it would work for me, as I haven't had any meds help. The prognosis was it would take 12 treatments. We'll see!
deleted_user
deleted_user

I've had 5 accupuncture treatments so far, no effect. The treatments are very relaxing, but for me no effect. I'll be having a total of 10-12 treatments. I've had ET for 30+ years, meds have been no use.