Decreasing the Symptoms of Essential Tremor With Medical Painting TherapyMonica Elisabeth Winnubst; Ricardo José de Almeida Leme, MD, PhD
Perm J 2022;26:20.260 • E-pub: 06/13/2022 • https://doi.org/10.7812/TPP/20.260
INTRODUCTION: Essential tremor (ET) is a common movement disorder in the elderly. Bilateral postural tremor usually involves the hands and forearms; the primary diagnostic criteria can be with or without a kinetic tremor. Anticonvulsants are frequently prescribed as a primary medication, and botulinum toxin and deep brain stimulation as secondary options.
In this case report, a patient with ET received medical painting therapy guided by the principles of anthroposophy and the work of Liane Collot d’Herbois.
CASE PRESENTATION: A 78-year-old woman presented ET, depression and bipolar symptoms. Additionally, she reported insomnia, constipation, lumbar pain, and sciatic pain. Current medications included lithium carbonate, folic acid, levothyroxine, and zinc, and she had refused to take propranolol for her ET. She agreed to begin medical painting therapy. Over 5 months, she had 16 sessions of medical painting therapy, carried out in 2 stages. The first stage consisted of 6 free painting sessions for patient evaluation, followed by the second stage of 10 therapeutic sessions.
CONCLUSION: The patient reported an increased quality of life (including emotional aspects) and a decrease in her ET, as evidenced by the patient’s handwriting. Further research is needed to understand the strengths and limitations of this therapy for ET and related conditions.