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Thuja Occidentalis






Common Names:- Arbor-Vitae, yellow Cedar.


Parts Used: Brachelets and leaves.


Description: The Arbor Vitae or Thuja is a handsome ornamental evergreen, much cultivted for hedge rows and windbreaks, grows 29 to 40 feet high with a a truck diameter of 2 to 4 feet.  The grunk often buttressed at the base and sometimes distorted and twisted; branches short, the lower ones horizontal, the uper closely crowded with foliage and forming a dense conical head.  Bark light brown, shredded, separating into long narrow strips. The leves are bright green in overlapping scales, 4 rows, on the two-edged small twigs, the middle row flat with a tiny slightly raised tubercle on each scale; with an aromatic odor when crushed.  Cones small, when very young palae greeen, about ½ inch long; when old, light red dish brown with 6 to 12 pointless, then oblong scales.


It is used by the herbologists as a counter irritant in the relief of muscular aches and pains, and for the usual purposes of such a remedy. Boiled with lard they form an excellent salve.


Homeopathically, it is a medicine of par excellence frequently indicated in the day to day practice for :





In the introductary description on Thuja, Dr. Nash says, "Hahnemann recognized three miasms (as he called them) which complicated the treatment of all diseases.  They were syphilis, psora and sycosis. Sulphur was his chief anti-psoric, Mercury his anti-syphilitic and Thuja his anti-sycotic.


Whatevery may be said against his theories along this line, certain it is that these three remedies do correct certain states of the system which seem to obstruct the curative action of other seemingly well indicated remedies.


Thuja, for instance, cures or so changes the existing conditions tht other remedies cure which could not do so before Thuja was given.  Many diseases of various form come under this rule. Whenever warts, condyulomata, fig-warts, etc., which come in consequence of gonorrrhoeal affection,s especially suppressed gonorrhoea, are found in any case we think of Thuja.  For instance, a case of enuresis had resised many seemingly indcated remedies, until the hands were discovered to be covered with warts, when a faew drops of Thuja cured. Of course, the curative power of Thuja is not confined to sycosis, but can, like other remedies, cure when symptoms indicate it where no sycotic element in the case is apparent. .  Nevertheless, its chief power is manifested in those cases in which this miasm is unmistakably present.  It is astonishing what widely different and varied forms of the disease will be so modified by this miasm as to call for antisycotic treatment.


As Sulphur is not the only anti-psoric, or Mercury the only anti-syphilitic, so Thuja is not the only anti-sycotic; for Nitric acid, Staphisagria, Sabina, Cinnabaris and other remedies are somtimes called for, either before or after Thuja, or even when Thuja is not at all the remedy. But on the whole, Thuja perhaps, as Hahnemann taught, stands at the head of the list. Thuja, Agaricus and Lycopodium have been called over-proven remedies; but when we realize the wide range of diseases which are complicted by the sycotic element in them we are not so sure of the over-proving of the Thuja, for it could not so benefit such a wide range of complaints if it could not produce a wide range of symptoms in its pathogenesis.  This is also true of Sulphur and Mercury


Action:- Acts on skin, blood, gastro-intestinal tract, kidneys, and brain. Its relation to the production of pathological vegetations condylomate, warty excrescences, spongy tumors is very important. Moist mucous tubercles. Bleeding fungus growths. Nævus. Excess of venosity.

The main action of Thuja is on the skin and genito-urinary organs, producing conditions that correspond with Hahnemann's sycotic dyscrasia, whose chief manifestation is the formation of wart-like excrescences upon mucous and cutaneous surfaces-fig-warts and condylomata. Has a specific anti-bacterial action, as in gonorrhoa and vaccination. Suppressed gonorrhoa, salpingitis. Ill effects of vaccination. Sycotic pains, i.e, tearing in muscles and joints, worse at rest, better in dry weather, worse damp humid atmosphere; lameness. Hydrogenoid constitutions, whose blood is morbidly hydroscopic, so that damp air and water are inimical. Complaints from moonlight. Rapid eexhaustion and emaciation. Left-sided and chilly medicine. Variola, aborts the pustule and prevents the suppurating fever. Vaccinosis, viz, inveterable skin troubles, neuralgia, etc.


Constitutional taint:  SYCOSIS.  [Also to a certain extent responds to syphilitc constitution]

Typical subjects: patients who are extremely sensitive to dampness, bathing, getting wet, to food that  increases water in the system.  Also those who are affected by residing near river, lake etc.  Persons of gonorrhoeal constitution.   And, who suffer from the bad effects of vacccination.  Persons having a  history of suppresed or maltreated gonorrhoea. Persons of lax muscles (abnormally fleshy), dark, complexion, black hair, unhealthy skin. "Very obstinate children, who throw themselves angrily upon the floor when in the least opposed and cannot get their breath."  Sycotic children with asthma.


Notes and features; 1. Growths.  "Warts and new growths of many kinds."  Wart-like excrescences on mucous and cutaneous surfaces. Warts wih little necks. Warts hard, cleft, and seedy (these warts may bleed and itch). Polypus in ears which readily bleed.


Decay.  Roots of teeth become carious or teeth decay from sides; crowns remain sound.  Teeth become crused with tartar; crumble off.  Nails crippled, discoloured and crumble off; nails brittle or soft.

Discolouration: Dirty brownish skin. Brownish spots.  Brown or red (or brown-white) mottled spots on the skin. Yellow or brownish spots on abdomen.

Sensitiveness: Vagina extremely sensitive; coition is impossible or extremely difficult.

Paretic: Bladder feels paralyzed, having no power to expel urine. Urine stops several times before the bladder is emtied.  Involuntary urination at night; when coughing. Obstintge constipation.

Syphlitic taint: Infantile syphilis. Syphilitic headache. Syphilitric condylomata. Chancre with splinter like pains.


Mind: Anxious apprehensions respecting the future. Indisposition to any kind of intellectual labour. Very depressed, sad, irritable. Averion to like. Overexcited,

quarrelsome; easily angered about trifles. The child is excessively obstinate. Slowness of speech and of reflection; seeking for words when in conversation. Fixed ideas; as if a strange person were at his side; as if the sould is separated from the body; as if the body, esp. the limbs, were of glass and would break easily; as if living animal were in the abdomen(Croc.)


Face/Appearance: The general appearance of the Thuja suject, if he has a characteristic picture, is tht of a waxy, shiny face, it looks as if it had been smeared over with grease, and is often transparent, he is a sickly looking individual , looks as if is entering upon some cachexia. This  is often the case in the sycotic constituion and the cancerous cachexia, weakly, cachetic, yellowish, or often very pallid.

Head: Pain as if pierced by a nail (Coffea; Ignatia) . Neuralgia from tea. (Selenium). Left-sided headache. White, scaly dandruff; hari dry and  falling out.  Greasy skin of face.


Eyes:- Ciliary neuralgia; iritis. Eyelids agglutinated at night; dry, scaly. Styes and tarsal tumors (Staphysgaria).. Acute and subacute inflammation of sclera. Sclera raised in patches, and looks bluish-red. Large, flat phlyctenules; indolent. Recurring episcleritis. Chronic scleritis.


Ears:-Chronic otitis; discharge purulent. Creaking when swallowing. Polypi.


Nose;-Chronic catarrh; thick, green mucus; blood and pus. On blowing nose, pain in teeth. Ulceration within the nostrils. Dryness of nasal cavities. Painful pressure at root.


Mouth:-Tip of tongue very painful. White blisters on side close to root, painfully sore. Teeth decay next to gums; very sensitive; gums retract. Drinks fall audibly into stomach. Ranula; varicose veins on tongue and mouth. Pyorrhea alveolaris.


Stomach:-Complete loss of appetite. Dislike for fresh meat and potatoes. Rancid eructations after fat food. Cutting pain in epigastrium. Cannot eat onions. Flatulence; pain after food; sinking sensation in epigastrium before food; thirst. Tea-drinking dyspepsia.


Abdomen:- Distended; indurations in abdomen. Chronic diarrhoa, worse after breakfast. Discharges forcibly expelled; gurgling sound. Brown spots.Flatulence and distension; proruding here and there.  Rumbling and colic. Constipation, with violent rectal pain, causing stool to recede (Sil.; Sanicul). Piles swollen; pain worse sitting, with stitching, burning pains at the anus. Anus fissured; painful to touch with warts. Movements as of something living (Crocus) , without pain.


Urinary:-Urethra swollen inflamed. Urinary stream split and small. Sensation of trickling after urinating. Severe cutting after (Sars). Frequent micturition accompanying pains. Desire sudden and urgent, but cannot be controlled. Paralysis sphincter vesicæ.

Male.--Inflammation of prepuce and glans; pain in penis. Balanitis. Gonorrhoal rheumatism. Gonorrhoa. Chronic induration of testicles. Pain and burning felt near neck of bladder, with frequent and urgent desire to urinate. Prostatic enlargement (Ferr pic; Thiosinaminum; Iod; Sabal).

Female.--Vagina very sensitive (Berb; Kreos; Lyssin). Warty excrescences on vulva and perineum. Profuse leucorrhoa; thick, greenish. Severe pain in left ovary and left inguinal region. Menses scanty, retarded. Polypi; fleshy excrescences. Ovaritis; worse left side, at every menstrual period (Lach). Profuse perspiration before menses.

Respiratory.--Dry, hacking cough in afternoon, with pain in pit of stomach. Stitches in chest; worse, cold drinks. Asthma in children (Nat sulph). Papilloma of larynx. Chronic laryngitis.

Extremities.--When walking, limbs feel as if made of wood or glass, and would break easily. Tips of fingers swollen, red, feel read. Muscular twitchings, weakness and trembling. Cracking in joints. Pain in heels and tendo-Achilles. Nails brittle. Ingrowing toe nail.

Skin.--Polypi, tubercles, warts epithelioma, nævi, carbuncles; ulcers, especially in ano-genital region. Freckles and blotches. Perspiration sweetish, and strong. Dry skin, with brown spots. Zona; herpetic eruptions. Tearing pains in glands. Glandular enlargement. Nails crippled; brittle and soft. Eruptions only on covered parts; worse after scratching. Very sensitive to touch. Coldness of one side. Sarcoma; polypi. Brown spots on hands and arms.

Sleep.--Persistent insomnia.

Fever.--Chill, beginning in thighs. Sweat only on uncovered parts, or all over except head, when sleeping; profuse, sour, smelling like honey. Orgasm of blood in the evening, with throbbing in the blood-vessels.

Modalities.--Worse, at night, from heat of bed; at 3 am and 3 pm; from cold, damp air; after breakfast; fat, coffee; vaccination. Better, left side; while drawing up a limb.

Relationship.--Compare: (Hydrogenoid constitution: Calcar; Silica; Nat sulph; Aranea; Apis; Pulsat). Cupressus australis (sharp, prickling pain; general feeling of warmth; rheumatism and gonorrhoa). Cupressus Lawsoniana (acts like Thuja; terrible pains in the stomach). Sphingurus (falling out of hair from beard; pain in jaw-joint and zygoma); Sil; Maland (vaccination); Medorrh (suppressed gonorrhoa); Merc; Cinnab; Terebinth; Juniperus; Sabin; Sil; Canth; Cannab; Nit ac; Puls; Ant tart; Arborin is a non-alcoholic preparation of Thuja.

Antidotes: Merc; Camph; Sabin (warts).

Complementary: Sabina; Ars; Nat sulph; Silica.

Dose.--Locally, for warts and excrescences, tincture, or cerate. Internally, tincture to thirtieth potency.



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