Overcoming Stage Fright With Sanguinaria Comp

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By: Basil B. Williams, D.O.
Overcoming Stage Fright With The Help of Anthroposophical Remedy Sanguinaria Comp


The term “stage fright” is generally used for what some people may experience when required to appear before an audience and perform in some way. While a normal degree of excitement, anticipation and even anxiety accompany most people, some are overwhelmed by the feelings. The feelings hinder or decrease the ability to calmly and clearly bring the message to the audience. When these symptoms occur therapeutic intervention can be helpful. Individuals who have come for treatment tell of a wide range of symptoms. They tell of shaking of the body, blood rushing to the head, disorientation, sweating, stammering, incoherent speech and so on. While some say that they feel in control before the event, the moment of standing before the audience brings forth the symptoms.

Over the years I have treated approximately 25 patients who have had mild to moderate symptoms of stage fright with the anthroposophical Wala pharmaceutical Sanguinaria Comp. The compound is homeopathic and safe. The usual dosage is l5-20 pellets taken 30 or l5 minutes before going on the stage.

The primary substance in the compound is the root of the plant Sanguinaria canadensis e radice D2. It is used traditionally as therapy when strong emotions, arguments, mental overwork and excessive sense impressions trigger migraine and cephalalgia. When the emotional or astral body reacts to the excessive stress, the sanguinaria enhances the ego organization of the patient to overcome the dis-organizational forces of the astral activity. This compound also contains Quartz cum ferro sulfurico D3. The essential form-giving forces of quartz and the incarnating forces of iron augment the work of the ego organization process in the patient.

Sanguinaria canadensis is the name for bloodroot. The Native Americans called it “puccoon” which is their name for blood. It has a delicate spring white flower of the poppy family and has dark green leaves. It blooms from March to May. When the plant is plucked the stem produces an orange-red sap resembling blood. Paracelsus (l493-l54l) practiced the “Doctrine of Signatures.” With this principle the sap of the bloodroot could cure the ailments of the blood. The doctrine was fashioned along the lines of similarity. As human beings we are related to the universe as microcosm to macrocosm. Every part of the universe has its composite part in the human. In the l93l (republished l97l) book, A Modern Herbal, by Mrs. M. Grieve, she writes of sanguinaria’s value in nervous irritation and in lowering high pulse rate.

She cautions that one must be careful not to use the plant in toxic dosages. Through this plant, as it is prepared in the careful Wala homeopathic compound, stage fright can be eased and the rush of the blood to the head, the increased heart rate, anxiety and disorientation can be calmed.

My patients have told me that they have felt more focused, in-control, alert, and that they had the ability to organize thoughts for more precise speech presentations when they took the Sanguinaria Comp before going on stage. In a few cases the stage fright symptoms occurred in college students before taking an exam. Again the Sanguinaria Comp is safe and is effective. The students were grateful.

While Sanguinaria Comp is helpful for episodes of stage fright, a broader question of nervousness and a hope not to feel overwhelmed by stresses of modern life can be pondered further by exploring various anthroposophical insights. In the small book Anthroposophy In Everyday Life, by Rudolf Steiner, there is an excellent lecture entitled “Overcoming Nervousness.” For actual speech work, I would highly recommend taking a Creative Speech Course with an Anthroposophical Speech Artist.

Basil B. Williams, D.O., is a retired physician of anthroposophic medicine and former Professor of Medicine at Midwestern University. He now resides in Arlington, Massachusetts.

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