I’m in my 50s, and suffering from shaky hands, due to which I am unable to write. Is it Parkinson’s? This has adversely affected my performance at work.

Shaky hands don’t always mean you’re ill. Sometimes a tremor is your body’s response to certain medications, overactive thyroid, B12 deficiency, stress, low blood sugar or peripheral neuropathy, among others. It is important to consult a doctor for differential diagnosis.

Tremors are unintentional trembling or shaking movements that might occur in the hands, head, face, vocal cord, trunk or leg. Essential tremor is a nervous system disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. It can affect any part of your body, but the tremor occurs most often in the hands while drinking from a glass or while writing.

Essential tremor can occur at any age but is most common in people aged 40 and older and is usually not a dangerous condition. Tremors may get aggravated by emotional stress, fatigue, caffeine or temperature extremes.

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An essential tremor is sometimes confused with Parkinson’s disease, writer’s cramp or multiple sclerosis. Parkinson’s signs and symptoms may include slow movements, rigid muscles, impaired posture and balance and speech changes.

There are a few Ayurvedic therapies that can help rejuvenate and strengthen the nervous system and muscles. Nasya therapy has a great role in reducing all types of tremors.

• Take a teaspoon of Kapikachu powder (Macuna pruriens) mixed with milk at bedtime.

• Try self-massaging with lukewarm sesame oil.

• Avoid caffeine and learn to relax through meditation. Sleep and rest well.

Please consult your physician before taking any home remedies. Consult an ayurveda doctor for a detailed diagnosis.

Dr VL Shyam is a Dubai-based Ayurveda practitioner. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.