Friday, February 8, 2013

devil rum strikes again!

And just after Sid commends me for holding my liquor....!  tsk tsk!  I left two important supplements off my list yesterday!

Of course, i've sung the praises of epimedium and mucuna pruriens very recently -- and very literally, in the case of mucuna.  It's been impressive in improving that damned tremor of mine.

How i look forward to finishing two or three bottles of things -- i might SEE my bathroom counter again!  ;-)


  1. Micuna for tremor? Huh, I'll have to read up on that. Do your cocktails help your tremor as well?

  2. lol -- no, just my tension level.

    "dopa mucuna," as it's labeled, contains a small but significant amount of l-dopa. i find my mood is more upbeat using it, as well as the tremor being better (which got worse on tyrosine).

  3. What kind of tremor? My mom has a "benign" tremor (it runs in her mom's side of the family apparently, but neither me nor my sister has it), but I don't consider it all that benign: 1) it makes her life miserable, she's also left handed, so writing is a real bitch for her for multiple reasons and 2) how the hell do they know it's "benign" and not a sign of some weird underlying issue?

    Anyway . . . I'd love to find her some sort of help for it.


    1. apparently, tremor can be caused by lots of different things. mine seems to be associated with adrenaline, which i secrete very easily and generously. :-( pain in the neck. for me, normalizing dopamine by supplementing mucuna pruriens seems to help.

      it would depend on what your mother's tremor's cause is, i suppose, in determining what might help HER.

  4. Hmmm, I'll look into what causes an essential/benign tremor. I'm thinking it might help her. She's also very sensitive to caffeine, an obsessive worrier, and has reactive hypoglycemia.

    Her doctors act like it's not big deal, but it makes her life very difficult and embarrassing at times.

    Sorry, I didn't see your reply earlier, forgot to subscribe to the comments.

  5. Well, it looks like "they" don't officially know what causes essential tremors. I'll keep digging, but I'm thinking at this point the best idea would be to get her to try the mucuna pruriens and see if it helps.
    "The true cause of essential tremor is still not understood, but it is thought that the abnormal brain activity that causes tremor is processed through the thalamus. The thalamus is a structure deep in the brain that coordinates and controls muscle activity."

  6. yep -- there are lots of *possible* causes, which makes it a more difficult problem to solve. if she uses a lot of caffeine she might try cutting back. myself, the more busy and flustered i am the worse my tremor is -- mucuna makes it better, but doesn't get rid of it entirely!

  7. She drinks one cup of Earl Gray a day (and occasionally makes a second cup using the same tea bag, so not that strong). She knows to avoid caffeine, she's very easily over stimulated. She's a low energy person (and an HSP - highly sensitive person and introvert) that doesn't like to rush or anything like that, so if she feels overly physically energized by caffeine or being rushed it burns her out.

    We're gonna give it try (the MPs) . . .