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Octanol a Type of Alcohol Found to be Useful for Cutting Down the Symptoms of Tremor

Tremor is a health complication or a brain disorder that leads to excessive shaking of the body when a person is moving or is in a state of motion but this condition is stable when a man is at rest or stable. While suffering from tremor usually the arms and hands are majorly affected   and in some cases it also affects the head, face and feet.

This brain disorder can be easily and effectively treated with the help of a colorless fluid which is also a form of alcohol present in alcohol called octanol that is used to make scents as well as artificial flavors. After a lot of research scientists found that the use of octanol for tremor could reduce the symptoms when the sufferers of this complication consume alcohol.

According to researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, around 80 per cent of patients have significant tremor reduction from drinking alcohol. Thus octanol has been proved as a safe from of alcohol that does not cause any damage which the other alcoholic drinks or liquor causes to the body. In the previous research it was shown that octanol can be effective in lowering the symptoms of tremor for a few hours. Octanol works at a much lower dose than that of ethanol which is also a form of alcohol used in drinks.

In one study in Minneapolis, researchers gave patients a single dose of one milligram of octanol for each kilogram of their weight, and found it significantly decreased tremor for up to 90 minutes.

In a small study carried out at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, people who had octanol had fewer symptoms of tremor after five hours than those given a placebo. Thus,  with these results it is thought that tremor is caused due to  the impulsive activity  in the nerve cells in the brain that controls the movement of the limbs.

“Essential tremor can cause significant distress or embarrassment,” the Daily Mail quoted Dr Nicholas Silver, consultant neurologist at The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery, an NHS hospital in Liverpool, as saying.

“Some patients find they get useful benefits from alcohol, but this can give rise to regular drinking above the safe limits, which can damage nerve cells and lead to irreversible neurological problems.

“So, the potential emergence of a safe and non-intoxicating alternative is of great interest,” he noted. (ANI)