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Thuja – Homeopathic Medicine: Its Uses, Indications, and Dosage

Thuja is a plant remedy prepared from fresh green twigs of a plant Thuja Occidentalis commonly known by the name of Arbor Vitae. The natural order of this plant is Coniferae. Arbor Vitae is an evergreen plant that attains a height of ranging from 20 to 50 feet. This plant exists in large number in the upper zones of North America, from Pennsylvania northwards. It blossoms from May until June and matures its fruit in autumn.

The Thuja Constitution

Individuals requiring this remedy have a hydrogenoid (excessive water in the body) constitution. Rain, damp cold weather that increases the number of molecules of water in the system worsens the symptoms in them. It suits strumous and sycotic persons, those with lax muscles and light hair. It is also suitable for persons with lymphatic temperament who are fleshy with a dark complexion, black hair, and unhealthy skin.

Drug Action

Thuja majorly acts on the mucus membrane of the genitourinary tract, gastrointestinal tract, on the skin, glands, blood, mind, and brain. Wart-like growths upon mucous membranes and skin majorly indicate its use. It posses antibacterial action and widely used to treat gonorrhea and vaccination. It is mainly a left-sided medicine.

Clinical Uses of Thuja

Thuja is used to treat a variety of conditions like:

Warts ( any of the skin area, anal, genital)


Skin Pigmentation (chloasma)


Fungal infection (ringworm)

Ill-effects of Vaccination

Hair and Scalp Infections

Nail Problems



Prostate Issues

Urethral Stricture


Anal Fissures

Anal Fistula


Tooth Complaints (caries, toothache)

Ovarian Cysts


Uterine Fibroid


Recto-vaginal Fistula

Lumps and tumors, fatty tumors, ganglion, eye tumors, styes, polyps.

Depression, delusions, and fears

The Scope of Thuja as a Homeopathic Remedy

1. Thuja for Skin Issues

Thuja is of great service in treating many of the skin complaints. Thuja is majorly used to treat warts. It is highly effective to treat warts appearing anywhere on the skin, on male / female genitals, and on the anal area. For using Thuja warts may be small or large, jagged, cauliflower-like, flat or horny. They may ooze moisture and also bleed. The color of warts may be brown, dark or red. They may be hard or soft. They may have burning, itching, and pain too including sore, sticking, stinging type of pain. They may be single, isolated or multiple in crops/groups. They may be inflamed sensitive to touch. Thuja is also highly beneficial to treat moles and freckles. Freckles mainly light brown in color are treated well with Thuja. Facial skin is mostly greasy/oily in such cases. Thuja is also a wonderful remedy to treat skin pigmentation with dirty brownish discoloration on the face or any part of the body. Apart from the above Thuja works in an excellent manner to treat the fungal infection of skin and ringworm.

2. Thuja for Males

Thuja works well in cases of gonorrhea in males. In such cases, there is swelling of the urethra with scalding on urination. Along with this watery discharge of yellow/green color from the urethra is present. The second use of Thuja here is warts on genitals. There is a presence of warts on prepuce, penis, scrotum. They may be small or pedunculated, and dry. The third indication for Thuja in cases of males is balanitis. Here the glans is covered with red sores which are very much sensitive. Burning between the prepuce and glans penis also attends. Next Thuja is prominently indicated to treat prostate issues. In such cases, frequent urination is complained of. Sudden urgency to urinate is also marked. The urinary stream is also small and forked in some cases.

3. Thuja for Females

Thuja is highly recommended medicine to treat a number of ailments of females.
Thuja is beneficial to treat uterine fibroids accompanied with painful periods. Thuja is a leading medicine to treat ovarian cyst. Ovarian pain is also successfully treated with Thuja. Mostly left-sided ovarian pains are managed with Thuja. Cutting, shooting pain in the left ovary indicates the use of Thuja. Pain from the left ovary may also radiate to the groin and left leg. Left ovary is also inflamed. Burning pain in left ovary, especially during periods, is marked. The burning pain tends to get worse while walking with a desire to lie down. Thuja is also an important remedy to treat warts on the female genitalia – vulva, vagina, and cervix. Stinging pain may be present in warts. Warts may also bleed. Next, Thuja suits to treat uterine polyps. Here excessive menstrual bleeding and intermenstrual bleeding is present. Vaginal discharge, back pain and tiredness of legs accompany. In addition to the above Thuja is a significant medicine to treat complaint of unwanted facial hair (hirsutism) in the females. Lastly, it is a prominent medicine to treat cases of rectovaginal fistula in females.

4. Thuja for Ano-Rectal Disorders

Thuja is a significant medicine to treat many of the anorectal complaints. Thuja is useful to treat constipation. It is suited when there is obstinate constipation and stool comes in the form of hard balls. Anus feels constricted. It is also indicated when hard stool is followed by soft stool. Sometimes stool is covered with blood. Pain in the rectum may appear while passing stool. There is also soreness and burning at the anus throughout the day. Burning or sticking in the anus is felt. In some cases, painful stitches in the anus as from a needle appears. Smarting pain in the anus is another attending feature. Thuja is also used to treat piles in cases where pain while passing stool is present. Burning at anus especially while walking is marked. Thuja is also applicable to deal with cases of fissures of the anus. In such cases, the anus is highly sensitive and painful to touch. Burning and itching at the anus are also present. Apart from above Thuja is widely used to treat anal fistula and warts around the anus. Highly offensive sweat around the anus may be present with any of the above complaint.

5. Thuja for Urinary complaints

Thuja is helpful to rectify many urinary complaints associated with inflammation/infection of the urinary tract, stricture of urethra and prostate issue. The urinary symptoms managed with Thuja are cutting pains after urination, burning pain in the bladder and urethra. Frequent urination, especially at night time, is also treated wonderfully with Thuja. Its use is also considered when the stream of urine is forked and small. Sudden urgency to pass urine also calls for its use.

6. Thuja for Mind Complaints

Thuja is useful to treat depression, fears, and delusions. There is depression with sadness, aversion to company. This is attended with irritability, loathing of life and self – contempt. Many of the fears may be present when Thuja is required. The major ones are fear of getting an infection, fear of germs, fear of strangers, fear of death, fear of getting a venereal disease.

7. Thuja for Ill-effects of Vaccination

Many troubles arising from vaccination majorly including skin rash, stomach ailments, neuralgia, conjunctivitis, growths at the vaccination injection site are indicative to use Thuja.

8. Thuja for Lumps and Tumours

Thuja is an effective anti-sycotic medicine. Fatty tumors, ganglion, eye tumors (styes, tarsal tumors), breast tumors, uterine tumors, polyps (of ears, vocal cords, uterus) all are within the range of treatment with help of Thuja.

9. Thuja for hair and scalp affections

Thuja is very helpful to manage hair fall. It also helps to treat dry and split hair. Thin, lustreless, brittle hair, premature greying of hair and white scaly dandruff is indicative to use Thuja.

10. Thuja for Nail Affections

Thuja is useful to treat the fungal infection of nails. In cases needing Thuja, the nails are discolored and soft. They get out of shape and distorted. They get dry, brittle, crumble and break. Next indication to use Thuja is ingrown toenails.

12. Thuja for Tooth Complaints

Use of Thuja is also suggested to treat tooth complaints. Tooth decay/caries especially when root decays while the crown remains sound is a key feature to use Thuja. It also helps in cases of crumbling of teeth and yellowing of teeth. Toothache better by pressure is also treated with Thuja. Another indication to use Thuja here is toothache that worsens before and after menses.

Relation to Other Remedies

Complementary medicines to Thuja are – Arsenic album, Natrum Sulph, Sabina, Silicea, and Medorrhinum.
Medicines that follow Thuja well are – Nitric Acid, Calcarea Carb, Lycopodium, Pulsatilla, Sabina, Silicea, and Sulphur.
Antidotes to Thuja are – Camphor, Chamomilla, Pulsatilla, and Sulphur

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