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Thuja occidentalis

Thuja occidentalis, a homeopathic remedy for the treatment of many disorders

The homeopathic remedy Thuja occidentalis is produced from the ornamental shrub of the same name (commonly called Eastern Arborvitae, Northern Whitecedar or Tree of Life), and usually used for garden hedges. The mother strain is obtained by collecting some of this plant’s twigs, ideally in the spring.

Belonging to the Cupressaceae family, Thuja occidentalis, also known as Yellow Cedar, is a plant that is well-known and valued for its persistent green foliage. Even though Native American have been using it for a long time against scurvy, homoeopathic research has considerably broadened this plant’s scope of therapeutic action.

ENT and pneumology

Thuja occidentalis is recommended in the treatment of several anomalies that affect the sinuses, ears, nose and throat. Therefore, chronic sinusitis, ear infections, tonsillitis and nasopharyngitis can be effectively treated with Thuja. This remedy is also recommended in case of asthma that worsens with the cold and in case of recurrent or chronic bronchitis. Hearing impairments can also be relieved with this remedy.

Dermatology, urology, gynaecology

Thuja occidentalis is recommended in case of skin eruptions such as pustules, vesicles and papules, and it is also used in the treatment of cellulite and warts. Regardless of the warts’ location, whether it is on the feet’s soles, toes, or fingers, this homoeopathic remedy constitutes an ideal soloution. Moreover, genital or anal condyloma caused by the human papillomavirus is equally treatable with this remedy.

Thuja occidentalis can just as well cure several gynaecological, urological and obstetrical diseases. In fact, irritant and whitish vaginal discharge, gonorrhoea, cystitis, bladder abscesses, enlargement of the prostate, hot flushes and urinary infections can all be healed with this remedy.

Gastroenterology, rheumatology and ophthalmology

Stomach noises caused by digestive problems can be properly treated with Thuja occidentalis. These disorders include gurgling during digestion and air-fluid noises caused by the stomach or surrounding organs. This homoeopathic remedy can also be used to treat rheumatological problems, such as joint pain caused by the cold and moisture. Furthermore, eye conditions like chalazion and conjunctivitis can be adequately treated with Thuja occidentalis.


Patients undergoing drug treatment can sometimes present intolerance to the prescribed medications, which can subsequently lead to reactions and/or neurological disorders. Thuja occidentalis can be very useful to deal with these reactions, which usually occur after taking an antibiotic, during gynaecological hormone therapy or even after vaccination.

Thuja occidentalis can also be used for patients who suffer from facial neuralgia that manifests itself by means of painful headaches. The patient sometimes has the sensation that a nail is being drived through his or her forehead. These symptoms will worsen in case of heat or intense sexual activity, but will improve when the patient is walking in the open air.

Dentistry and stomatology

Sometimes, cysts may develop in the throat, resulting in a malfunction of the vocal cords. In that case, a simple and rigorous Thuya occidentalis-based homoeopathic treatment is recommended to relieve the pain. The same applies for ranula, a liquid tumour of salivary origin that lodges itself into a cyst. Sublingual varices and epulides can also be treated with this same remedy.

Recommended dosage in case of ENT and respiratory diseases

Chronic sinusitis, recurrent ear infections, tonsillitis and nasopharyngitis can be cured by taking 5 granules of Thuja occidentalis 15 CH once a day. The treatment can be carried out during 3 months, after which any extension of the treatment period should require medical approval. In case of asthma worsened by the cold and recurring or chronic bronchitis, the indicated treatment consists of a weekly dose of Thuja occidentalis 30 CH, to be taken over a 3-month period. To treat hearing disorders, it is necessary to take Thuja occidentalis 9 CH. It is important to strictly follow the homoeopath’s prescription.

Recommended dosage for dermatological, urological and gynaecological disorders

The local application of the mother tincture of Thuja occidentalis allows you to effectively treat skin conditions like  pustules, vesicles and papules. As for cellulite, it is efficiently countered by the administration of 2 granules of Thuja occidentalis 5 CH three times a day. Regarding the treatment of  plantar, toe, finger, and genital warts, a weekly dose of Thuja occidentalis 30 CH should be taken during 90 days. The same dosage is prescribed in case of white vaginal discharge or leucorrhoea.

To treat gonorrhoea and cystitis, it is advisable to take a dose of Thuja occidentalis 7 CH, alternating it every 15 days with Biotherapy toxinum 7 CH. Bladder abscesses, polyps, prostate enlargement and urinary tract infections should be treated by administering a weekly dose of Thuja occidentalis 30 CH during 3 months.

Recommended dosage in case of gastroenterological, rheumatological and ophthalmological diseases

For all disorders linked to the digestive system, such as gastrointestinal rumbling and air-fluid noise, the recommended dosage is a weekly dose of Thuja occidentalis during a trimester.

In rheumatology, joint pain that worsens with the cold and humidity is treated with a weekly dose of Thuja occidentalis 30 CH over a 3-month period. The same treatment is recommended for ophthalmic diseases such as conjunctivitis and chalazion.

Recommended dosage in case of neurological disorders

To avoid neurological reactions resulting from a drug treatment, the following dosage must be respected: 1 dose of Thuja occidentalis 9 CH on the first day, 15 CH on the second day, 30 CH on the third day, and finally dose of Thuja occidentalis 30 CH per week or every 2 weeks. The treatment must be continued until the reactions stops.

Neurological problems caused by medication or after vaccination can be treated by taking a daily 5-granule dose of Thuya occidentalis 15 CH during 3 months. One daily dose of Thuya occidentalis 7 or 15 CH is recommended in case of facial neuralgia. The treatment should be continued until the pain completely disappears.

Recommended dosage in case of dentistry disorders

In general, polyps of the vocal cords are treated in a week, in a progressive manner. During the first 3 days, a dose of Thuja occidentalis 5 CH should be taken daily. Then, it is recommended to continue the treatment with a dose of Thuja occidentalis 7 CH every day for 3 days. Finally, the last day, finish the treatment by taking a dose of Thuja occidentalis 9 CH. It should be noted that this prescription needs to be combined to intakes of Arnica 9 CH from the first to the seventh day of treatment.

To treat ranula, 2 granules of Thuja occidentalis 5 CH should be taken for 3 times a day and 5 days a week during a 2-month period. Sublingual varices are cured by taking two granules of Thuya occidentalis 5 CH three times a day for 5 days a week during a few months. Epulides is treated by taking 3 granules of Thuya occidentalis 4 or 5 CH, 3 times a day during 5 days.

Treatments and diseases linked to “Thuja occidentalis”

Associated diseases

  • Acne
  • Prostate Diseases
  • Angina
  • Arthralgia
  • Asthma
  • Blepharoconjunctivitis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chalazion
  • Condyloma
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cystitis
  • Dyspepsia
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Fibroma
  • Pregnancy
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Leucorrhoea
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Neuralgia
  • Otitis
  • Papilloma
  • Polyp
  • Nasopharyngitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Sycosis
  • Wart

Good to know: Beyond its undeniable effectiveness in the treatment of various diseases, Thuja occidentalis is also used in homoeopathy for weight-loss programs. The first stage consists of taking  a weekly dose of Thuja occidentalis 9 CH  during 3 months. Afterwards, one dose of Thuja occidentalis 15 CH per trimester will be sufficient.


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Pathology and homeopathy are two fields of scientific research that go hand in hand. As a matter of fact, homeopathic research on a disease is always accompanied by a pathological study of that disease. Pathology is the scientific field that studies diseases, while homeopathy is a gentle method for treating diseases. Homeopathic treatment follows the principles of similarity (Similia similibus curentur or "likes are cured by likes") and comprehensiveness. There is no universal treatment for a given disease; it must be adapted to each patient.