Homeopathy in stage fright and acute reactive emotional disorders

Homeopathy in stage fright and acute reactive emotional disorders

The emotional covers the capacity of the human body to respond to physical stimuli, changes of its organic or mental state such as jitters. It expresses simultaneously in the psychic sphere , by an affect ( grief, fear, anger, joy, for example ) and / or in the somatic sphere , by various neurovegetative reactions ( endocrine vasomotor, secretory, muscular, etc. ).

How to explain stage fright?

Stage fright refers to the particular case of the unreasoned emotional reaction which occurs in particular in impressionable subjects before a dreaded ordeal ( examination, spectacle, etc. ). The semiology of acute emotional disorders is indeed very polymorphic .

Most of the time, we find the following characteristics :

  • Arterial tachycardia , hypotension or hypotension.
  • Redness or pallor of the integuments.
  • Tightening , muscle relaxation, tremors . The twitching readily affects the face, pharyngolarynx, causing a change in amplitude and respiratory rate with hyperventilation. This hyperventilation can in turn trigger an attack of tetany due to the induced gas alkalosis.
  • Diarrhea , colic spasms.
  • Polyuria.

It will therefore be necessary to make the differential diagnosis with anxiety (where there is no specific triggering factor), as well as to strive to understand the meaning of this acute emotional disorder:

  • Temporary reaction to a new situation.
  • Beginning of an underlying psychiatric illness: anxiety neurosis, borderline state, psychosis, depression .

Which homeopathic treatments to choose to manage stage fright?

If we are in the presence of a true emotional disorder, homeopathy ultimately represents a perfectly adapted therapy.

Gelsemium :

The Gelsemium type symptomatology appears most of the time in situations of stage fright or in a phase of depressing emotions . The patient is thus obsessed , stunned by fear, without memory due to the impossibility of concentrating. He feels generalized muscle fatigue , sometimes with tremors or stiffness. He may complain of headaches , migraines, dizziness or faintness , diplopia , feeling of imminent stop of the heart if he does not move. Very often he has a tendency to diarrhea. When the emotional response improves, polyuria may appear.

Dosage : Before an exam, take a dose of Gelsemium 30CH the night before, and a dose the morning of the exam. In subjects particularly worried in advance, we will give Gelsemium 30CH, a weekly dose during the preceding month, possibly supplemented by 5 granules each morning of Ignatia 9CH, if all or part of the symptoms of Ignatia are found. . In an acute emotional disorder, take a dose of Gelsemium 30CH as soon as possible, to be renewed when the therapeutic effect wears off.

Ignatia amara :

Symptoms of Ignatia appear most often after grief, sentimental disappointment, bereavement, fear, upset or in anticipation of stage fright. The patient presents in summary with a variable symptomatology , polymorphic , often contradictory , as well as with labile anxiety.

We find :

  • A hyperesthesia of all the senses.
  • Palpitations, insomnia.
  • Anorexia or nervous hunger.
  • A localized headache giving the impression of a nail driven into the skull.
  • A tendency to spasm , with the sensation of a lump in the throat rising from the stomach, improved by sighing , breathing deeply, or yawning.
  • Sensations of colonic spasms particularly in the right iliac fossa.

All of these symptoms are greatly improved by distraction .

Dosage : If the clinical picture is mainly made up of spasms, take Ignatia 9CH, 5 granules 2 times a day, spacing out following improvement. Ignatia is also indicated for sobbing spasms in young children and for their prevention. In front of a more complete clinical picture , take a dose in 15CH, to renew if the symptoms reappear.

Argentum nitricum :

The symptomatology of Argentum nitricum most often appears in front of stage fright , in front of fear, in front of psychological overwork . The clinical expression of the emotional reaction will above all be digestive , either in the form of belching with pain in the epigastric fossa, or in the form of diarrhea . This symptomatology will appear in nervous, agitated subjects who want to have finished what they are undertaking before even having started; stage fright in anticipation .

In addition, during exam, these subjects speak volubility, without logical order. They write too quickly, crossing out, for fear of not being able to express all the ideas that pass through their heads. They complain of headaches and fatigue from emotional overuse .

Dosage : In front of a predominance of digestive symptoms , take Argentum nitricum 9CH, 5 granules several times a day, spacing according to improvement. If the symptoms are more general , take a dose of 15 or 30CH, to be repeated when the symptoms reappear. If the reaction mode is known and usual, it is possible, as a preventive measure, to take Argentum nitricum in the same way as Gelsemium.

Ambra grisea :

It is indeed preferable to take this medication in particularly hypersensitive, very shy subjects . Their emotional disturbance is expressed by fatigue, tremors, spasms, hyperreflectivity, nervous cough, as well as insomnia.

Dosage : Take in 9CH or 15CH depending on the more or less complete nature of the similarity, a dose to be repeated if the symptoms reappear.

Moschus :

This medication is indicated when a tendency to fainting , palpitations, a need to take deep breaths, nervous hyperexcitability with alternating crying and laughter is seen. It is therefore particularly suitable for individuals (most often women) prone to theatrical manifestations frequently linked to an underlying sexual problem.

Dosage : Prescribe a daily dose in 9, 15 or 30CH. Space according to improvement.

Staphysagria :

Drug indicated in individuals with psychosomatic pathology directly linked to emotional disorder, in particular cystalgia, pruritus. Symptoms most often appear in the aftermath of setbacks or humiliations .

On the usual behavioral level, the topics are :

  • Quickly indignant or annoyed
  • Very sensitive , hypersensitive to the slightest words that they believe are directed against them.

Dosage : Take a dose of Staphysagria 9, 12, 15 and 30CH 4 mornings in a row, then, depending on the improvement, a dose of Staphysagria 30 CH from once a week to once a month.



Clementine. M.
Naturopath – Aromatherapist / Herbalist – Phytotherapist
Consultant in Clinical Phyto-aromatherapy and Ethnomedicine

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