Homeopathy for Stage Fright

This week’s guest blog post is by  Lorraine Liyanage. Lorraine is a piano teacher and she owns the SE22 Piano School.

I love alternative medicine particularly Homeopathy. I have been using it regularly for the past two years and it has helped me considerably in my recovery from breast cancer. I was also interested to learn that it could also be helpful for stage fright and nerves. So over to Lorraine….

Homeopathy for Stage Fright and Performance Anxiety

One of my adult students, Berenice, is studying to be a homeopath. We were discussing performance nerves and anxiety in piano playing and she had the following suggestions for homeopathic treatments for children and adults. Berenice is also looking for case studies for her final year of study, so would be interested in meeting pianists (or any musicians) to treat for performance nerves. Leave a comment if you would like to take part!

Gelsemium 200c

Gelsemium sempervirens (yellow jessamine or jasmine) is a homeopathic remedy recommended for fear of public speaking. Gelsemium is one of the favorite remedies for people who become paralysed with fear prior to taking an exam. This remedy is recommended if you feel an acute anxiety which causes you to seize up both mentally and physically. People who need this remedy to perform better under various circumstances literally feel paralyzed, weak and dizzy. Their limbs become heavy. This is not a good bouquet of symptoms to have during performances or exams.

For exam anxiety, take three pellets of Gelsemium 200 C on the morning of the exam, spaced out in half-hour intervals. You can also dissolve one 200C pellet in a small bottle of spring water and then sip from it as needed.

Argentum Nitricum 200c

If your fear is different to the symptoms described above and instead you feel panic, nausea, your mind races with wild thoughts and/or you fear the worst happening, then the recommended remedy is Argentum Nitricum or Arg-Nit.

Rescue Remedy

Used for years by musicians, my piano teacher used to dose us with this before we went on stage! Rescue Remedy is a Bach Flower extract. It is a mix of five different remedies (Cherry Plum, Clematis, Impatiens, Rock Rose and Star of Bethlehem) which together help deal with any emergency or stressful event. Taking a driving test, exam nerves, speaking in public, after an accident or an argument – there are countless uses for Rescue Remedy. In times of extreme stress use 4 drops neat straight onto your tongue as often as needed. For challenging days add 8- 12 drops to a bottle of mineral water and sip liberally all day – i.e. perhaps when driving.

It is not recommended to mix homeopathic treatments such as Gelsemium and Arg-Nit. Please consult with a homeopathic professional before taking any treatment.

You can purchase my book, So You Want To Play The Piano?, which is packed with practice tips and useful information, here.

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8 thoughts on “Homeopathy for Stage Fright

  1. I am a once-confident pianist who now, at age 51, is desperately trying to cure my increasing performance anxiety. And I’ve had to abandon the harp (played for only the past 10 years) because of the terrible nerves situation. I’ve done a tiny dose of beta-blockers and had wonderful success physically, but they are leaving me more and more foggy brained, which then increases my anxiety because I can’t think clearly or react quickly. A nasty circle. Of course, because of all this, I can never play up to my ability in front of people. And that makes me quite upset, too.
    I’ve recently begun using GABA Plus by ProThera, but I’m still shaking and my heart is still pounding and it’s still difficult to fully breathe. I’ve added Gelsemium Semp. 30X (3 or 4 doses prior to performance) but it doesn’t seem to help. (I can never remember which is stronger, X or C – perhaps I just need a stronger dose?) Many years ago I used some Bach Flower Remedies and ended up even more anxious and agitated rather than less, so I’m rather afraid to try the Rescue Remedy mentioned in your post.
    Formerly an accompanist playing to thousands over the course of a year, I’m now playing weekly solos and accompaniments for a very tiny church filled with the most appreciative, welcoming people. It matters not whether I’m playing in my own home for one person or in front of 1000, whether for family or total strangers. And I don’t become physically symptomatic until it’s time to play – the concern I feel ahead of time is purely based in the worry and immense frustration of the symptoms, not a fear of playing itself. It makes no sense to me. I can’t get a grip on the anxiety and I don’t understand why I even have it. I would LOVE to be part of the case study, but I’m in the U.S. and it appears you are in U.K. Sigh. But any suggestions you could pass along would be most sincerely appreciated!
    (By the way, in case it helps to know this, Nux Vomica is my miracle remedy for nausea. It works fabulously almost every time.)

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  3. I have a examination phobia,I use to have dia horea ,common cold and lots of nervousness but in 2007 I appeared for an exam ..I prepared so well for that exam but one month before the exam I had tooo much phobia, my heart beat was so pounding and fast some times it reached till 125 , I lost my weight i could not sleep over the night then I started allopathic treatment it did not work for me I was going down everyday …..after 4 years I saw the homeopath he prescribed me gelsemium 30 I took one dose I had the worst feelings for 3 days after taking one does of gelsemium 30. After three days I felt little bit relaxed it happened to me first time in 4 years. Again it felt down then after two weeks I took one dose of gelsemium 200 it gave me the huge relaxation .after two years of taking gelsemium 200 I was feeling again down that time I thought I need stronger potency I took 1M but it did not work for me …..so please can you suggest me what should I do now???? I’m waiting for your reply very eagerly

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