Essential tremor may be treated using alternative therapy, including hypnosis conducted by a certified hypnotherapist, according to the International Essential Tremor Foundation. Acupuncture and herbal remedies often help to reduce stress and improve quality of sleep. The slow movement and breathing exercises of tai chi may be effective as well.
Some herbal supplements help patients to relax; however, patients should consult a doctor before trying any alternative therapies, advises the National Tremor Association. Some herbs, such as ma huang, can cause the tremor to worsen. Many patients benefit from physical and occupational therapy, in which the use
of plate guards, wrist weights and other devices help them to adapt during regular daily activities. Although many patients benefit from alternative methods, there is no scientific evidence to support their therapeutic value.
Other lifestyle changes that may reduce essential tremor include reducing or eliminating caffeine, alcohol and other stimulants, according to Mayo Clinic. Although the use of alcohol may result in slight improvement at first, when the effects of the alcohol wear off, the tremors return and typically worsen.
Medications can also have an adverse effect on essential tremor, including lithium, antidepressants, antipsychotics and corticosteroids, reports John Hopkins Hospital. Patients should consider being tested for hyperthyroidism, which produces tremors similar to those from essential tremor.