Thuja occidentalis is also known as Arbor vitae, tree of life and white cedar. It is an ornamental and medicinal plant. Thuja prefers swamps and other wetlands and is native to Canada and the eastern US, and now widely cultivated as an ornamental tree.
Thuja occidentalis was used by American Indians as an herbal medicine for fever, coughs, menstrual problems, headaches, and muscle and joint pain. The remedy Thuja was proved by Hahnemann, and published in his Materia Medica Pura.
In Homeopathy, the fresh leaves and twigs of the oneyear- old Thuja plant are chopped finely and macerated in alcohol, then filtered, diluted, and succussed. It is important to mention here though the leaves are used medicinally in homeopathy but they are toxic and must not be ingested just by plucking from the plant.
General Information of Thuja occidentalis
Thuja occidentalis is an evergreen, confierous American tree. It is 20-50 feet in height. It grows on rocky banks of rivers and in low swamps, from Pennsylvania northward. It is used as a hedge plant. These trees provide habitats for many species of birds. The crown is narrowly conic to pyramidal, with densely
crowded branches. Bark is gray to reddish-brown, 6-9 mm thick, fibrous, separated into flat, connected ridges. It grows upon the rocky banks of rivers and in low swampy tops, blossoming from May until June and maturing its fruit in autumn.
Leaves are evergreen, scale-like and abruptly pointed, 2mm long, opposite in alternating pairs, bright green above and pale green below, sometimes becoming yellow-brown in winter, with a spicy fragrance when crushed. Seed cones are ellipsoid 9-14 mm long, brown, seeds 8 per cone, 4-
7mm long, with lateral wings about as wide as the body.
Another variety of Northern white cedar is also found which is western red-cedar. It is known as Thuja plicata. It has dull yellowish- green leaves on both surfaces.
Northern white-cedar grows in eastern-south eastern Canada.
The essential oil of northern white cedar is used in cleansers, disinfectants, hair preparations, insecticides, liniment, room sprays and soft soaps.
- Latin name: Thuja occidentalis L.
- Family: Cypress (Cupressaceae)
- Plant Symbol = THOC2
- Common names: Arbor vitae, white cedar, Tree of life, Eastern arborvitae, American arborvitae, Eastern white-cedar, swamp-cedar, Atlantic red cedar. Name is also spelled as Thuya.
Climate and soil
It commonly grows in cool, moist, nutrient-rich calcareous soils. It grows near lakes and river shores, uplands, cliffs, mostly on 900 meters elevation. It grows on well-drained sites mostly near swamps.
History of plant– Thuja occidentalis was introduced into Europe before 1600. It was introduced by Hahnemann into Homeopathic school.’
Part used in preparation of remedy:
The fresh leaves and young twigs. The fresh leafy twigs have pungent scent that resembles camphor. Thsi aromatic leaves and twigs of Thuja occidentlais are pounded to a pulp to make the Homeopathic remedy.
Constituents: A colorless volatile oil is obtained by distillation. It has smell which resemble as that of camphor. The color resembles as that of cedar.
Chemical constituents of Thuja occidentalis OIL
Medicinal Usage of Thuja occidentalis
This remedy acts especially on the blood vessels, skin and mucous membranes. It helps in contraction of thickened blood vessels. So, it helps in cure of atherosclerosis. It is used as antiseptic.
The oil of Thuja is irritant. So, it causes irritation of gastrointestinal system. This oil is responsible in abortion. So great care is required to administer this remedy during pregnancy. Oil of Thuja is also useful in expulsion of intestinal worms.
The decoction was used in treatment of malaria. It was also used for the relief of dropsy. The leaves and its ointment were used as cure of rheumatic pains and swelling.
- It is also used in treatment of coughs, scurvy, rheumatism and fevers.
- At time of Civil War leaves are in used in chronic enlargement of scrofulous glands.
- Bruised leaves were used in dressing for ulcers and condylomata.
- It cures fungal infections and also useful in cases where flesh and nails are overgrown.
- It is useful in cases of bed-sores, sloughing wounds, fistula, gangrene, genital warts (verucca), anal fissure, hemorrhage, hemorrhoids, itching, sore, bleeding moles, extraction of teeth, nasal haemorrhage, incised wounds.
- It is useful in purpura hemorrhagica. It is useful in cases of umbilical haemorrhage.
- Along with chloroform and menthol it is useful in dental surgery.
- It is useful in treatment of hydrocele and Urethra caruncle (benign fleshy outgrowth at urethra meatus). Urethra caruncle is common in female urethra. It is often seen postmenopausal women. Other names of this condition are-urethral prolapse, and urethral polyp.
- Other indications of remedy include Palmar eczema, Chronic bronchitis and fetid bronchitits, bronchorrhoea, chronic nasal catarrh, and retro-nasal catarrh.
- It can be given in condition like fistula in anus, fissure in anus, catalepsy, constipation, convulsions, dysmenorrhoea, polyp of ear, epilepsy, tumours of eyes. fatty tumours, haemorrhage, herpes zoster.
Action of Thuja occidentalis remedy
Thuja acts on the skin, blood, gastro-intestinal tract, kidneys and brain. It is an important remedy for various skin complaint where person has very unhealthy skin. It is very useful in warts, spongy tumors with moist discharge. The main indication of this remedy is formation of fig warts and condylomata on skin. It has antibacterial action. This remedy is given when patient has various diseases after vaccination.
Side on which this remedy acts-Mostly left side. Patient suffers from left side complaints.
Person who are best suited for this remedy
Patient takes cold very easily. It is best suited to person who are very weak and get tired very easily. There symptoms are worse in damp weather such in rainy season. They also suffers from tearing pain muscles and joints. This pain is worse at rest and improves as weather becomes dry. Patient has greasy face. Patient suffers from lack of sleep.
Mentally the patient has fixed ideas. He feels as if a strange person was at his side. He thinks that his soul and body were separated. He always thinks that something was alive is present in the abdomen. Emotionally thsi person is very sensitive. When this person hears music there is sudden weeping and trembling in his body.
Medical conditions which Thuja occidentalis remedy covers
Lt sided migraine- Patient feels as if nail in pierced in bones of head. This headache get worse after drinking tea.
Ciliary neuralagia- It is known as cluster headache. It is basically short attacks of pain around the eyes per day. This condition is for 1-2 months followed by painless condition)- with symptoms like eyelids stick together at night. It covers various eye complaint like styes(A red, painful lump near the edge of the eyelid that may look like a boil or pimple ), chalazion. These are raised patches and looks bluish-red.
Chronic otitis (ear infection)- With pus discharge. It smells like putrid meat.
Ozena-With thick discharge and obstruction of nose. It has green mucus sometimes attended with blood and pus. When patient tries to blow the nose he feel pain in teeth. Dryness of nose is also seen. Patient feel pressure at the root.
tooth decay- Teeth decay at roots. Whit blisters are seen on the side clost to the root. Tip of tongue is very painful. Teeth are very sensitive. It is very good remedy fro pyorrhoea alveolaris. ( ).
Tea drinker’s dyspepsia- All complaints related to stomach is because patient drinks tea. There is complete loss of appetite. HE dislike fresh meat and potatoes. Patient complaints rancid eructations after fatty food. Patient cannot eat onions. He suffers from diarrhoea which is worse after breakfast. Patient complaints flatulence and distention. It can also be given in constipation with violent pain. This pain is so violent that it causes difficulty in passing stool and so stool recede back.
Piles- swollen, very painful. Thsi pain is worse from sitting. There is burning pains in the anus. At times anus is fissured. It is very painful to touch . It can also be given for warts of anal region.
Urethritis- It can be given fro urinary complaints, where urethra is swollen and inflamed. Urinary stream splits and small. Patient feels trickling of urine after micturition. There is severe cutting pains after passing urine. Patient has frequent urination, with pains. There is sudden desire and urgent condition which cannot be controlled.
Gonorrhoea- It is very good remedy for gonorrhoea and its related problems. PAtient has inflammation of prepuce and glans( part of penis). Pain is felt in the penis. It can be given in Gonorrhoea rheumatism (where patient feel rheumatic complaint like pain in legs after gonorrhoea.). Pain and burning felt near the bladder with a frequent and urgent desire to pass urine.
Vaginitis- Vagina is very sensitive. It is given in cases where has profuse whitish discharge from vagina, which at times is thick, greenish. Severe pain is felt in left ovary. It can also be given in condition like Polyp.
Asthma of children- Children has dry, hacking cough in the afternoon. Along with cough patient has pain in stomach.
Chronic laryngitis- with pain in chest. This pain is worse from taking cold drinks.
Chorea-It covers muscular twitching, weakness and trembling of limbs. Patient feel as if limbs are made of wood or glass. It would break easily. Pain is felt in heels. It is very good remedy for Ingrowing of toe nail- nails are deformed, brittle and soft.
Skin complaints- It covers various skin complaints like polyp, warts, naevi, carbuncles, ulcers. It can be given in freckles and blotches (dry skin with brown spots). Skin is very sensitive to touch. These brown spots are also seen on hands and arms. It also covers herpetic eruptions.
Worse- at night, from heat of bed, at 3 a.m and 3p.m, from taking cold, from rainy season, after eating breakfast, from taking fat, coffee, after vaccination.
Better- on left side, free flow of secretions, from sneezing, motion, from crossing legs, from touch, rubbing and scratching.
Dosage of Thuja occidentalis
Thuja 200 potency , 2 times a day, for 10 days.
Precaution while taking the medicine
Thuja is a toxic plant. Symptoms of intoxication from the fresh Thuja plant include vomiting, stomach ache, diarrhea and gastroenteritis followed by absorption disorders, headache, nervous agitation and chronic convulsions, and symptoms of liver and renal toxicity extending to yellow liver atrophy, arrhythmia and myocardial bleeding.
In cases of overdose and abuse, the oral intake of Thuja extracts induced severe metabolic disturbances. Intoxication was accompanied by an irritant effect on the gastrointestinal tract, uterus, liver and kidney. Infants who ingested leaves and twigs of fresh plant showed mild gastrointestinal disorders and vomiting.
Due to a special extraction procedure, Thuja-containing preparation are safe. Do not try to use it RAW AS PLUCKED FROM THE PLANT.
Try not take medicine when the symptoms are worse like at 3o’clock. For better result it should be taken at night or at bed time.
Avoid tea, tobacco, coffee, onion, garlic and exposure to sun during treatment with this remedy.