Creating Waves of Awareness
Gelsemium. Shy of appearing in public, bashful; cowardice, vacant feeling of the mind.
Baryta Carb. Shyness due to lack of self confidence, fear and cowardice.
Kali Phos. Shyness due to lack of self confidence, fear and cowardice.
Sulphur. Timidity with tendency to be frightened.
Alumina. Timidity alternating with assurance.
Coca. Bashfulness with great mental excitement.
Pulsatilla. Shyness with timidity.
Anacardium is the most prominent remedy for lack of self-confidence, the other major remedy being Baryta carbonica. Here it is important to comment that the symptom which is depicted with the highest degree in the Repertory does not always have to be depicted to such a degree in the individual. In both of these remedies an inferiority complex will be apparent; on comparison, however, they are completely different.
Baryta carbonica will manifest an inferiority complex from the very beginning of life, childhood, to the end of life. Baryta carbonica does not want to become a grown-up with responsibilities; she feels that it is too much for her and wants to remain protected, like a child. She feels that she cannot undertake and accomplish anything. Baryta carbonica very frequently corresponds to those elderly people who simultaneously lose their mental powers and their self-confidence. Baryta carbonica is also very soft, timid, and very irresolute.
Anacardium also has great irresolution, but these people are not soft; they are hard people. There is a hardness inside them which prevents their yielding to their suffering, prevents their giving in to the urge to escape a conflict-ridden situation. They will tell of tremendous suffering; e.g., that their husband hits them or curses at them, etc., but they will endure it with the intention of proving themselves. Their inferiority complex prevents them from seeking a better situation, from establishing a new relationship, new job, etc..
Anacardium persons want to prove themselves. One can see a somewhat similar dynamic when observing Anacardium persons arguing. They are prone to foolishly prolong a losing argument despite their obviously weak, uninformed position. This kernel of hardness expands with time to affect the entire organism. These people become increasingly hard in order to cope with their life circumstances. To others they appear strong, uncompromising, unyielding and hard. Eventually the hardness can reach the point of cruelty.
Gelsemium, often known as yellow jasmine, is often used in homeopathic remedies for lower-level anxiety situations such as public speaking, stress when facing a test or presenting a meeting to members of the board. Such anxiety is often known as "the jitters" and may include symptoms such as headache, apprehension and mild trembling. Gelsemium contains alkaloids that help depress activity to the nervous system, offering a sedative effect on the body. Use caution when taking any homeopathic remedy.
Lycopodium, also known as Lyc, may help relieve anxiety attacks caused by self-doubt or lack of confidence, according to HolisticOnline.com. The herb may be prescribed for those suffering anxiety attacks caused by general anxiety disorders that produce symptoms like upset stomach, accelerated heart rate, trembling and sweating, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Lycopodium is believed to help reduce such anxiety and restore a sense of security and self-esteem.
Pulsatilla, commonly known as Puls, is designed to help treat individuals who experience constant self-doubt or anxiety or insecurity. Common symptoms to such anxiety may include those who experience insomnia, need constant support and attention and weepiness or frequent bouts of crying. Children with separation anxiety or clinginess may benefit from pulsatilla remedies, however consult your pediatrician before giving your child this remedy.
Also known as Silica, silicea is often prescribed for those experiencing brief bouts of anxiety caused by momentary lack of self-confidence or shyness, according to Healing with Homeopathy. Individuals may exhibit extreme anxiety when asked to speak in front of others, when attending interviews or arriving at a new job. For individuals experiencing performance anxiety, silicea helps calm nerves and restore balance. Since homeopathic remedies are not regulated, use caution when taking them.