Thursday, 10 November 2016

Ask the Experts: Hand tremors that shake, rattle and spill (TCM and Doc)


I am a 52-year-old woman and I have trembling hands.

This problem runs in my family, affecting a few of my sisters and my two sons. We have tested negative for thyroid disorder.

The trembling is very frustrating, especially when I hold a cup and saucer or use a laser pointer when giving presentations.

Can traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) help?



Trembling hands are commonly referred to as hand tremors.

Besides hyperthyroidism, the condition can be caused by essential tremor, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis as well as other diseases.

It can also be a side effect of medications or lifestyle habits like drinking too much caffeine or alcohol.

Essential tremor, a nervous system disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking, is the most common cause of abnormal trembling, primarily of the hands.

It runs in families and is most common among those aged 40 and above. It tends to worsen over time, though it is usually not dangerous.

If the tremors become severe, you might find it hard to eat normally, put on make-up or write legibly. If the voice box or tongue is affected, you may also have trouble with speech.

Read the full article @ http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/sinsehsays-docsays-hand-tremors-that-shake-rattle-and-spill-oral-medication-can

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