Q: I am 62 years old and have problem of light tremors while writing or using spoon to eat something. It’s only in the right hand. I have been experiencing this problem for the last six years. There is no problem while gripping any object. Is there a cure for this in Ayurveda?
A: Kampa Vata or Vepathu (meaning shaking or trembling or tremor) is one of the 80 common Vata diseases. Ayurveda explains about tremors of head and tremors of body parts as two different presentations. Kampa Vata is correlated to both essential tremor and Parkinson’s disease.
Essential tremor is a neurological disorder that causes involuntary and rhythmic shaking. It can affect almost any part of your body, but the tremor occurs commonly in your hands while doing simple tasks, such as drinking water or eating.
Essential tremor typically increases with movement and may worsen over time and can be severe in some people. In severe cases, one may find it difficult to write legibly, to shave, to eat normally or to hold a glass of water without spilling its contents. Essential tremor is sometimes confused with Parkinson’s disease or writer’s cramp or with multiple sclerosis. Essential tremor can occur at any age but is most common in people aged 40 and older; and it may be aggravated by emotional stress, fatigue, caffeine or temperature extremes.
Sometimes a tremor is your body’s response to certain medications, overactive thyroid, B12 deficiency, stress, low blood sugar, peripheral neuropathy etc. It is important to consult a doctor for differential diagnosis.
In an Ayurveda perspective, one should follow the below approach for hand tremor:
• Follow an appropriate sleep schedule based on the biological clock (sleep at night).
• Avoid over physical exhaustion.
• Reduce spicy, bitter and astringent tastes in food.
• Avoid suppression of natural urges like bowels, urination, thirst, hunger, sleep etc.
• Take special care in summer and rainy seasons.
• Try relaxation techniques like meditation and pranayama
• Avoid aggravating substances like caffeine, energy drinks, alcohol.
• Self-oil massage with sesame oil may give some help.
• May take half to one teaspoon of ghee mixed with warm milk at bedtime.
• Take prescription-based Ayurveda medicines. An Ayurveda practitioner will be able to prescribe the right preparations based on your condition.
• Undergo Ayurveda therapies like Nasya, Sirovasthy, Sirodhara, Abhyangam, Thalam, Pinda swedam, etc., with the appropriate oils. There are over a 100 Ayurveda oils, each of them having different qualities and potency; selection of oil is very important in an Ayurveda therapy.
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