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Does acupuncture help tremor?

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Does acupuncture help tremor? My partner has tremor which is distressing. He was diagnosed 2 years ago and given sinemet but this does not help with the tremor. I’ve read that acupuncture helps and wonder if anyone here has experience?

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chartist profile image

A friend with PD tried acupuncture to see if it could help with tremor and after 3 visits the acupuncturist said it was not helping and said it was pointless to keep coming back for this tremor issue.


Hikoi profile image

Tremor is the hardest symptom to treat so let us know when you find the answer!Seriously i have good effect with levadopa, amantidine and pramipexole but now you will get all the reasons not to take these. No complementary medicine stops tremors that i have come across. Your partner may not receive enough levadopa to relieve his tremor.

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honeycombe3 in reply to Hikoi

Hikoi, thanks for the timely reminder about the importance of maintaining one’s conventional meds. I have always followed the advice of my medical team and consulted them re other treatments.

1rocketman profile image

I read that accupuncture might be helpful, so my husband with PD went to 3 sessions at $250 a pop. When we mentioned accupuncture to his neurologist, he told us it was a waste of our money and to have hubby go for a relaxing deep tissue massage instead (though not as a relief for any tremor). He has not been back for any acupuncture appointments.

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honeycombe3 in reply to 1rocketman

With respect to yourself and Hikoi, for whose wisdom and balance re PD I have great admiration, acupuncture can have an effect if the practitioner is able. I received classic 5 elements acupuncture for years from a qualified anaesthetist. These treatments covered many aspects of PD with significant improvements in each. It was not a cure-all but part of a turning point along with conventional treatments and hypnotherapy and worth every penny.

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PDsux_10 in reply to honeycombe3

Hi Honeycomb,How has hypnotherapy helped you? I'm seriously considering finding someone to help my husband and he's a bit skeptical. Thanks for any help.Cheers Mel

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Sapeye2020 in reply to honeycombe3

I have been going to a Korean Acupuncturist for many years, be advised that there are several Schools out there and each have similar techniques. I was diagnosed 2013 and in the begining I had little leg tremor as it has been in the background until now mostly I get "jelly legs". I have spontaneous sessions "off" and if I start to move (Walk) the tremor stops as as long as I keep moving,. If on the treatment table , Face down, I very seldom have more than a slight twitch, but face up, my right (dominant) leg at times has moved all over the table and I can QUELL IT to a point.

Early on in our discovery of my PD while she was removing some needles, she stated that my slightly twitching leg started and probed for the exact spot . It was a left side of Head needle to right leg tremor.

As others have said it it not a cure but it does give some relief. There are teas that are PD too.

gginto profile image

I've been going for Shiatsu- Japanese massage with acupressure body points- when I'm done my whole body feels more calm.. lasts a couple of days..But the best all round treatment for me is speed walking up to 50 mins/day.. I also take lots of supplements..

AmmieM profile image

I had the same experience as Art’s friend

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