Thuja occidentalis belongs to the family coniferae. The common name of Thuja is Arbor vitae, which means the tree of life. It was used earlier as an astringent, diuretic and as an expectorant. But it was Dr. Hahnemann who unfolded its life-saving and life-prolonging properties to signify its name, a real tree of life.
The history of Thuja occidentalis is somewhat novel. Hahnemann received a case where a patient complained of some symptoms similar to gonorrhea, like purulent discharge from urethra, small pimples and itching about glans penis etc. Hahnemann diagnosed his patient with contracted gonorrhea, but the patient stoutly denied the claim. Hahnemann did not give any medicine to him and asked him to report in three days. To his surprised, the patient came back well. Then the young fellow disclosed the fact that a few days before, he picked some leaves of Arbor Vitae and chewed them. This led Hahnemann to investigate the properties of Thuja occidentalis. This is the reason that Thuja is indicated in cases coming from suppressed or maltreated gonorrhea.
Thuja patients are very secretive; they will not permit themselves to be even looked at. They do not trust anybody easily and do not portray themselves truthfully. This will not happen suddenly; usually the patient suffers with low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness. These inner doubts make the patient portray a pleasing and expected image to the world. This hiding of unpleasant aspects leads to a secretiveness. Patient learns to not display their real character anymore. You as a doctor always feel that some information is lacking or purposely withheld by the patient . Thuja occidentalis patients are very reserved and suspicious. They do not allow any type of deep communication, as they are mistrustful and worry what might happen if they entered into deep communication. That is why they learn the art of manipulation.
Thuja occidentalis is a remedy which tends to alter the sycotic constitution, by changing the soil in which elements of the disease grow. There are three main precursors to the chronic conditions calling for Thuja: (1) Suppressed gonorrhea. (2) Suppressed warts. (3) Vaccination. If gonorrhea is checked by injection, by cold or by any other influence, constitutional symptoms may arise which call for Thuja. Thuja occidentalis has a marked relationship to the smallpox vaccine, but has a lesser capacity to remove the untoward effects of other immunizations.
Regarding the nervous system, Thuja patient exhibits a manner which is hurried and impatient. Their movements are unnaturally active and hurried. There is a form of insanity or mania for which we find Thuja the only remedy, and that is one where there is a fixed idea in the patient’s mind that he is made of some brittle substance, and he will be broken if touched. Or, he thinks that his body and soul are separated, or that a stranger is by his side. Another singular characteristic of Thuja occidentalis is one that was first met with in an old maid. She experienced a sensation as though a living child were in her abdomen.
The action of the drug on the nervous system is further shown in various forms of neuralgia. Thus it is indicated in the form of headache in which the patient has a sensation as though a nail were being driven into the vertex, or into the frontal eminences.
Thuja occidentalis is an excellent remedy for cases of gonorrhea where the discharge is thin and greenish, and there is scalding pain during urination. After urination there is a sensation as if a few drops of urine ran down the urethra. Warts or condylomata appear on the genitals, at the anus, about the perineum and upon mucous surfaces. In the female organs, there are cauliflower like excrescences or fungus growths of venereal origin. There is thick green leucorrhoea. Thuja occidentalis is of great use when articular rheumatism or prostatitis like complications result after the suppression of gonorrhea.
The hair is dry and split at the end; the scalp becomes scaly and covered with dry scurf. Also, Iritis with inflamed eyelids with a discharge that is thick and green. Teeth decay at the edge of the gums, the crowns being apparently normal. Pyorrhea, ranula and varicose veins on tongue and mouth. These are some of the local complaints which occur in the sycotic soil and respond well to thuja.
Thuja patients are hard people. The hardness of their emotional expressions manifest even on the physical level, as hard tumors. Thuja has the singular property of softening hard tissue, even tissue naturally hard, as the nails. The warts may have a seedy look, or they may be of a cauliflower shape.
As regards physical generals, Thuja patients are chilly and worse from cold. There is general aggravation from damp weather. Perspiration is oily and sweet smelling, or sometimes offensive. Patient shows specific intolerance to onions. There is craving and aversion to onions and garlic.