Are there alternative treatments for an essential tremor?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Because some essential tremors are made worse by stress or anxiety, participating in activities that help you relax may help to alleviate your tremor. Scientists have not determined whether or not activities such as meditation or acupuncture are useful, but your doctor and occupational therapist may suggest these or other alternative treatments. Some people have found that drinking small amounts of alcohol can help reduce their tremors, but this approach carries the additional risk of substance abuse and addiction. You should discuss consuming alcohol to manage your essential tremors with your doctor first.

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