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Do you find yourself having hand tremors when you do simple tasks such as picking up a cup of coffee? Hand tremors usually run in the family and they are common in people over the age of 40. This symptom can be caused by various reasons, such as hyperthyroidism, Parkinson’s disease, sclerosis just to name a few. Medications or lifestyle habits such as too much caffeine or alcohol can cause hand tremors as well. 

Hand tremors may start out light, but they can certainly worsen over time. They can become so severe that they affect your daily life, such as being unable to button up a shirt or eat and write normally. 

中医, tremors are caused by deficiencies in our major organs such as the liver. TCM believes that it is essential to maintain a balance of yin and yang in the body. When you have too much yin or too much yang in an organ, it gives rise to health issues. 

For example, one possible cause of hand tremors is a deficiency of yin in the liver. This results in too much wind in the body, causing tremors in the hands or feet. One who has a deficiency of yin in the liver also experiences stiff neck and dry mouth.

Another possible cause may be having a weak spleen. The spleen is believed to be responsible for blood circulation and transporting of nutrients to qi, vital energy for the body and blood around the body. When one has a weak spleen, instead of transforming nutrients into qi and blood, nutrients are turned into phlegm and dampness. As they accumulate over time, heat is created in the body, This heat will travel to the brain, causing body tremors as a result. 

Can TCM treat body tremors? 

As hand tremors can be caused by many different reasons be it medication, family history or other medical condition such as Parkinson’s disease and thyroid disorders, it is important to consult your doctor to know the cause of your hand tremors. Once the cause is known, your doctor will be able to prescribe suitable treatments to help alleviate hand tremors. 

TCM treatment may come in the form of oral herbal medication as well as acupuncture or acupressure massage. 

What can I do aside from treatments? 

You can try to change your lifestyle habits first to see if it resolves your issue. For instance, cut down on your cups of coffee until you can totally eliminate caffeine from your diet. You should also avoid spicy and oily food as much as possible as these foods usually weaken the spleen. 

If you are currently on any form of medication, check with your doctor to see if they might be the reason for your body tremors. 

Seek treatment for your body tremors once you start noticing them as early treatment can usually prevent the tremors from worsening.