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Stage fright

Fighting off stage fright with homoeopathy

Stage fright is a common phenomenon that manifests itself in various ways depending on the individuals it affects. According to experts, it is a state of stress that occurs during an exposure situation. Stage fright is an irrational fear of not having the capacity and ability to accomplish something. Although stage fright usually goes away when taking action, it may persist in many people, thus impairing the quality of their performance. Sometimes, the affected person tries to hide his or her fear and may subsequently suffer from heavy fatigue. If stage fright is fairly common, it should be treated once it reaches a certain level.

How does stage fright manifest itself?

Depending on the subject, stage fright can manifest itself in various ways and there may or may not be a combination of symptoms. People suffering from stage fright may have a dry mouth and tightness in the throat. One can also be subject to a stomach ache, sweaty palms and quivers, especially in the knees. If these symptoms persist, the vision may become blurry. Skin rashes may also occur, in addition to which the affected person may become sensitive to the cold and feel a desire for hot or cool air. Furthermore, the individual may want to stand still or, on the other hand; feel an urge to move. One of the most common indications of stage fright is blushing.

What are the recommended homoeopathic remedies in case of stage fright?

Stage fright can be treated in different ways and the most appropriate treatment will be selected depending on the observed symptoms. In general, the same homoeopathic remedies will be used, regardless of whether the treatment is primary or disease-modifying. However, for an in-depth cure, the dilution will need to be between 9 and 30 CH, and the selected remedy will  need to be taken once a week. In case of crisis, the treatment will consist of taking granules of which the dilution will need to range from 4 to 9 CH. Depending on the level of stage fright, the treatment will need to be started 6 to 24 hours prior to the event that is a source of concern.

In case of restlessness, agitation or intense thirst accompanied by palpitations, it is recommended to take Aconitum napellus. If you feel persistent hunger, are subject memory lapses, doubt yourself and your abilities, it is then best to resort to Anacardium orientalis. People of pessimistic nature, those constantly prone to great concern and those that are very meticulous, sometimes exhibiting a behaviour on the verge of manic, should resort to Arsenicum album.

In case of anxious agitation accompanied by quivers, emotional diarrhoea, belching and dizziness, it is advisable to take 5 granules of Argentum nitricum 9 CH three times a day. If the anxious subject loses its cool because of an intense inhibition, suffers from frequent diarrhoea and frequently urinates, he or she will then need to take 5 granules of Gelsemium sempervirens 15 CH three times a day. Finally, in case of spasms, tightness in the throat, a knotted stomach and abdominal pain, it is recommended to take 5 granules of Ignatia amara 9 CH.

When should you consult a doctor?

Although there are several homoeopathic remedies that may be taken to relieve stage fright, it is sometimes necessary to consult a doctor. For example, consultation may be necessary if the symptoms become more complicated. Similarly, if stage fright persists or worsens despite the administration of homoeopathic remedies, it is imperative to consult a doctor who will be able to prescribe the most appropriate treatment.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “stage fright”

Associated treatments

  • Aconitum Napellus
  • Anacardium Orientale
  • Argentum Nitricum
  • Arsenicum Album
  • Gelsemium Sempervirens
  • Ignatia Amara

Associated pathologies

  • Angst
  • Anxiety

Good to know: Given that there is a wide array of homoeopathic remedies that may be used to treat stage fright, it is necessary to have a sound knowledge of the patient’s temperament and symptoms in order to tailor the treatment as best as possible. Iodium, for example, is prescribed to anxious persons while Lycopodium is well-suited to wrathful patients. As for Natrum muriaticum, it is suitable for sulky and spiteful persons.

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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.