Tremors

THE FOLLOWING ARE SYMPTOMS AND CONDITIONS COMMONLY TREATED BY THE WASHINGTON ACUPUNCTURE CENTER.

TREMORS

Tremors are involuntary movements in one or more parts of the body produced by rhythmical alternate contractions of opposing muscle groups. They may be produced by diseases, such as Parkinsonism, multiple sclerosis, Wilson’s disease, Friedreich’s ataxia, arteriosclerosis or neurosyphilis. Alcohol and narcotic withdrawal may cause tremors temporarily. Psychotrophic drugs, such as Thorazine, may cause tremors which persist long after the drug is discontinued. There are also people with a benign hereditary tremor which becomes more pronounced when they are emotionally disturbed.

Since there are so many different causes of tremors, it is important to make the correct diagnosis, especially in the case of alcohol or drug related tremors. Withdrawal of drugs should be medically supervised and any therapeutic treatment available should be given before acupuncture.

Acupuncture can relieve tremors from different causes. It can free patients from drugs, such a L-Dopa and Artane, which have dangerous side effects. Most patients notice considerable reduction in tremor by the time they have had six treatments, but many more treatments may be required for progressive neurological disorders.