Amanda Lehmann: Mixing homeopathy with a rock ‘n’ roll life

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    [post_content] => As a homeopathy student having just completed four years of study at HCEA, I am now looking forward to starting on my journey as a homeopath. However, this is not the only road I am travelling. I am also a professional musician and, since the age of 15, I have been singing, playing the guitar and piano, and writing my own songs. During this time, I have spent a great deal of time touring, latterly with Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis) and his band.

Naturally, I have wondered how homeopathy might be used in the world of rock 'n' roll. There is certainly no shortage of possibilities! To name but a few:

A general first aid kit for travelling is an essential item... it is hard to stay healthy on the road, and inevitably there will be tummy troubles, coughs and colds, headaches and hangovers.

Repetitive strain injuries – obvious candidates would be guitarists, drummers and keyboard players, but any instrument played night after night will take its toll on the body. Think of a violin player – wrist strain, neck strain, shoulder pains.

We also need a remedy or two for vocalists – singing every night is hard work on the voice, yet that voice needs to stay in optimum condition!

And don't forget the crew! Cuts, bruises, bad backs and lack of sleep are a hazard for them.

As well as being exhilarating, touring is hard work – being away from home, the gruelling schedule. People get tired, nerves are frayed, tempers short. Some gentle homeopathic support would not go amiss.

Here is another classic scenario – it's the night of a particularly important show, lots of media coverage, or a film crew and next thing you know, you have stage fright – Arg Nit at the ready!

Being immersed in the music world is a strange existence. You do a good show and the audience gives you rapturous applause and adulation and you love them for it. But they don't actually know you, not really. They love what you do, how they feel when they listen to your music and watch your performance. But when the show is over and you roll on to the next city, that is when the gremlins like to come out to play.

Perhaps you feel homesick. Perhaps you feel like a fraud. Perhaps you think you are wonderful and should be treated like royalty all the time, not just while on stage. Perhaps you feel overshadowed by someone else in the band, or picked on. Perhaps you feel like a nobody unless you are on that stage and are addicted to the flattery and opinion of others. Perhaps you want to drown your sorrows, or you want to sleep but can't turn off the chatterbox in your head. Or perhaps you want to party on and are headed for burn-out!

Realistically, one isn't going to have a big enough supply of remedies on board to treat all these potential symptoms, but working out a Musicians On The Road Remedy Kit would be an interesting project. Remedies to include might be:

Aconite, Arg Nit, Arnica, Arsenicum, Belladonna, Bryonia, Coffea, Gelsemium, Hypericum, Ignatia, Ledum, Lycopodium, Nat Mur, Nux Vomica, Palladium, Phos Ac, Platina, Rhus Tox, Rumex, Ruta, Spongia, Stannum, Staphysagria, to name but a few.

There is nothing essentially different about musicians to anyone else, but the lifestyle is unusual, as is the relationship with the outside world. On the mental/emotional sphere, issues around confidence, ego, and sense of self are common. Remedies like Palladium and Platina may well be indicated more often than normal.

Amanda Lehmann graduated from the Homeopathic College of East Anglia in June 2019.

Further information about becoming a homeopath

Material published in this section of the website does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Society of Homeopaths.

 
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As a homeopathy student having just completed four years of study at HCEA, I am now looking forward to starting on my journey as a homeopath. However, this is not the only road I am travelling. I am also a professional musician and, since the age of 15, I have been singing, playing the guitar and piano, and writing my own songs. During this time, I have spent a great deal of time touring, latterly with Steve Hackett (ex-Genesis) and his band.

Naturally, I have wondered how homeopathy might be used in the world of rock ‘n’ roll. There is certainly no shortage of possibilities! To name but a few:

A general first aid kit for travelling is an essential item… it is hard to stay healthy on the road, and inevitably there will be tummy troubles, coughs and colds, headaches and hangovers.

Repetitive strain injuries – obvious candidates would be guitarists, drummers and keyboard players, but any instrument played night after night will take its toll on the body. Think of a violin player – wrist strain, neck strain, shoulder pains.

We also need a remedy or two for vocalists – singing every night is hard work on the voice, yet that voice needs to stay in optimum condition!

And don’t forget the crew! Cuts, bruises, bad backs and lack of sleep are a hazard for them.

As well as being exhilarating, touring is hard work – being away from home, the gruelling schedule. People get tired, nerves are frayed, tempers short. Some gentle homeopathic support would not go amiss.

Here is another classic scenario – it’s the night of a particularly important show, lots of media coverage, or a film crew and next thing you know, you have stage fright – Arg Nit at the ready!

Being immersed in the music world is a strange existence. You do a good show and the audience gives you rapturous applause and adulation and you love them for it. But they don’t actually know you, not really. They love what you do, how they feel when they listen to your music and watch your performance. But when the show is over and you roll on to the next city, that is when the gremlins like to come out to play.

Perhaps you feel homesick. Perhaps you feel like a fraud. Perhaps you think you are wonderful and should be treated like royalty all the time, not just while on stage. Perhaps you feel overshadowed by someone else in the band, or picked on. Perhaps you feel like a nobody unless you are on that stage and are addicted to the flattery and opinion of others. Perhaps you want to drown your sorrows, or you want to sleep but can’t turn off the chatterbox in your head. Or perhaps you want to party on and are headed for burn-out!

Realistically, one isn’t going to have a big enough supply of remedies on board to treat all these potential symptoms, but working out a Musicians On The Road Remedy Kit would be an interesting project. Remedies to include might be:

Aconite, Arg Nit, Arnica, Arsenicum, Belladonna, Bryonia, Coffea, Gelsemium, Hypericum, Ignatia, Ledum, Lycopodium, Nat Mur, Nux Vomica, Palladium, Phos Ac, Platina, Rhus Tox, Rumex, Ruta, Spongia, Stannum, Staphysagria, to name but a few.

There is nothing essentially different about musicians to anyone else, but the lifestyle is unusual, as is the relationship with the outside world. On the mental/emotional sphere, issues around confidence, ego, and sense of self are common. Remedies like Palladium and Platina may well be indicated more often than normal.

Amanda Lehmann graduated from the Homeopathic College of East Anglia in June 2019.

Further information about becoming a homeopath

Material published in this section of the website does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Society of Homeopaths.

 

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