THUJA


No more trembling, no more shaking, no longer struck with dumbness, she could talk with animation; she was able to join a dramatic class and able to sing solo in a charity performance at the church, which she had been too nervous to do for years. Later on Thuja was worked out and her symptoms pointed to Pulsatilla, which is closely related to Thuja and frequently follows.


THE tale about Thuja is not half told as yet. I feel like the late Dr. James Burnett who coined the word “vaccinosis” and claimed that many chronic maladies were based on the after effects of vaccination, and who described the cures of many of such cases after the exhibition of Thuja.

He could never say enough about vaccination, and the more I follow up clinical histories, the more I am inclined to agree with him that vaccination, instead of being a blessing, has proved to be a wolf in sheeps clothing and has produced more misery, more ill-health in its wake than almost any other method of treatment. A strong saying to boot, never the less a true one.

Consider vaccination impartially. What is it after all, but the induction of the products of disease into the human body, the disease being cow-pox which produces a pustular eruption at the point of inoculation, with crust formation. If you take off the crust, you can see a deep abscess with most unwholesome looking pus, which eventually leaves a typical pitted scar. The incubation period of this cow-pox is 5 days; it therefore beats small-pox-the incubation period of which is 12-114 days, and the argument is, if you vaccinate a person in contact with small-pox within 2 or 3 days of infection, the cow-pox races the small-pox infection and the hidden cow-pox kills the small-pox.

This is quite correct, but all the same you introduce something into the bloodstream and into the lymphatic system and through the bloodstream circulating all round the cells, which produces local abscess formation and therefore poisons the whole body. It must be so, for are we not told, once we have had this local abscess, certain anti-bodies are produced in the circulation which protect the vaccinated person for anything from 5-7 years against small- pox. Another example of the “laudable pus” which the surgeons liked to see in the pre-Listerian days, when every surgical wound, every amputation became septic and it was only by the grace of God and extra strong constitution that a victim survived the onslaught of the surgeons lancet and scalpel.

The vaccinator deliberately introduces these pus cells, this devils broth of glycerinated calfs lymph into the human body and there it stays and secretly does its damned to undermine the health of thousands of its victims. Because it does its work in the dark, secretly hidden, very few realize or believe it can do the damage it does. You ask people again and again, how many times have you been vaccinated – you find this specially amongst doctors and nurses and people who have lived abroad great deal, – they will answer four or five times or even more often, and in variably the retort is: “Do you want me to be done again? I did not take the last two or three times.”

And in these people you usually find a long history of ill-health, going back for years and years; they present quite a picturesque mosaic of the most abstruse illnesses which nobody could diagnose and certainly nobody could diagnose and certainly nobody could cure in a life time. And again and again, I am told that as the vaccination happened so many years ago, it would not still be active after such a long time, and produce such dire results. And yet this delayed action of vaccination shows itself over and over again. I had a very interesting confirmation of this delayed action presented to me some years ago.

A young lad, about 17, was brought to me for asthma which had troubled him for some six or seven years. He was a proper mothers darling, delicate, puny, narrow-chested, without any spunk. There were no symptoms pointing to any particular remedy, except an attack would always come on after inhaling dust. He slept on kapok pillows, he went in for specific exercises for asthma, and yet his attacks continued-I enquired about vaccination, but was told he had never been vaccinated, so he was given Photos foetidus for asthma after inhaling dust-which relieved the individual attacks without preventing the recurrence.

At the next visit, the parents had been thinking to a good purpose and I was informed that the maternal grandfather had been a vaccination fiend and had been vaccinated at least six or seven times, that the mother had also been vaccinated several times, that the interesting fact was elicited that she had been vaccinated just before the birth of the boy. Therefore vaccinosis was the diagnosis in my mind and he was given Thuja 30 in repeated doses with a most gratifying result, namely a cessation of the asthma attacks.

The lad developed rapidly, his disposition changed, he became more self- reliant, less dependent on his mother, more grown-up in his ways, suddenly took to going out more and having friends of his own, instead of hanging on to his mothers apron strings.

So you see this boy shared the delayed action of repeated vaccinations in grandfather and mother, which so undermined his constitution that he had severe asthma for years with poor muscular development of his chest, which improved as soon as Homoeopathic antidote to vaccination-the “Tree of Life”, Thuja-was given. All the other recommended adjuvants towards a cure had not helped-the Kapok pillow, nor the much lauded asthma exercises.

Yes, the effects of vaccination go deep as this case shows, and are passed on through the maternal blood-stream into the budding life of the coming child. I repeat again, the effects of vaccination are long lasting. A woman in the early thirties came for treatment many years ago. She had some asthma attacks for which had been almost a weekly occurrence. For 8 months she was free, then a mild recurrence following a chill which cleared up in a few hours with Pulsatilla 30.

And the next four or five years, with occasional doses of Thuja, she remained entirely free of trouble. After that I lost sight of her, as she moved out of London. But she always acknowledged gratefully that she had never been so well before, and had never been able to do as much active physical work until she had homoeopathic treatment. Here again, you see the long-lasting effect of vaccination, 20 years of suffering from asthma, for which she received skillful treatment from one of the best hospitals in the metropolis, and Thuja wiped out the chronic effects of vaccination, even after 20 years.

Yes, many cases of asthma could be cured with Thuja – when there is a history of vaccination in the background – or at any rate, Thuja may be the key to unlock the door and make it possible for other remedies to finish the cure.

Migraines and periodic sick headaches are frequently due to the long delayed action of vaccine poisoning.

A woman in the early forties came for relief from left-sided chronic neuralgic headaches, she was a chilly mortal, felt miserable in the mornings, could not eat her breakfast. All these are strong Thuja symptoms, and she had been vaccinated several times, the last twice without it taking.

The damage to the constitution is always more serious when the vaccination does not take, and you can look out for trouble, serious trouble which goes on for the rest out for trouble, serious trouble which goes on for the rest of the life of the particular individual, unless the cause is recognized and the antidote is given. You usually find Thuja symptoms are left sided, for the left arm is more frequently chosen for vaccination, but dont be led astray if the symptoms are right-sided, once in a while a person gets vaccinated on the right leg or right arm.

Well, this lady had her headaches for nearly 12 years and had much treatment one way and another. Thuja 30 a very few doses wiped to the headaches entirely.

Just the other day a hospital sister was sent along for prostrating headaches which had laid her low for years, ever since she was twenty. She had taken hundreds of Aspirin tablets, she lived on coffee and for the last two or three years she had been obliged to take Luminal and Medinal for relief, and all these different drugs had upset her digestion. She did not expect ever to get rid of her headaches and the bilious turns.

“Had she ever been vaccinated.” “Oh, yes, at least five times.” One dose of Thuja M, and the headaches left her for six whole months to her great joy. Then a mild return which brought her promptly back and another dose of Thuja had the same-to her- miraculous effect. How easy it is, when you know what to do!.

Quite a young woman, only just 30, was sent along as a last resort for left-sided neuralgia of shoulder and arm, which had never left her for seven years. She was a which had never left her for seven years. She was a martyr to a chronic cough and bronchitis all through the winter and what troubled her and her relatives most, was her appalling nervousness, her fear of company, of strangers and particularly her fear of doctors. She was nearly “mental”, out of her mind with this fear. Her eyes were starting out of her head when she came along tom e and I could get almost nothing out of her.

She was shaking like an aspen leaf, and she acknowledged alter, that many times she used to go to her panel doctor later and get as far as the door and could not get any farther. A true case of “threshold fear.” She had been to various nerve hospitals, had been admitted tot he Maudsley Nerve Hospital for treatment and was terrified of going insane. All the trouble dated back, not to vaccination this time, but to severe attack of diphtheria for which she had been given large doses of antitoxin in the hospital seven years ago, and as soon as she left the hospital the neuralgia started, a tightness and oppression of the chest wall was always with her as well and this ghastly fear, this terrible inferiority complex.

I wavered between Diphtherinum and Thuja, but Thuja eventually won the day. Fear by anticipation, coldness and chilliness, aggravation from tea and onions, left-sided neuralgia were all Thuja symptoms and the original cause inoculation with an animal serum. Diphtherinum can always be given later, I argued. Thuja cleared the deck all right. Quite a different being greeted me a month later, much less scared, neuralgia much better. She was kept on Thuja for several months and the change in her disposition was remarkable.

No more trembling, no more shaking, no longer struck with dumbness, she could talk with animation; she was able to join a dramatic class and able to sing solo in a charity performance at the church, which she had been too nervous to do for years. Later on Thuja was worked out and her symptoms pointed to Pulsatilla, which is closely related to Thuja and frequently follows.

This young woman is no longer afraid of insanity, she is bright and cheerful, can mix freely in company and hold her own with all sorts and sundry. She has lost her bronchitis and her tendency to colds and chills, her digestion is excellent, her neuralgia is gone and she is completely new creature. Thanks largely to Thuja. She was certainly very near to a mental breakdown when seen first.

Thus Thuja has some very distinctive mental symptoms and would cure a certain number of insane people. One rather odd symptom in the Materia Medica reads: “thinks he is made of glass, thinks he is brittle and cannot be touched.” As I have mentioned before in this Journal, I came across this peculiarity in a funny old man, who had been an inmate in a private asylum for years. He was quite harmless, except for this oddity, he was certain he was so fragile, he would break if he were touched, as he was surrounded by glass.

He used to snoop round the reading room in the asylum and steal all the papers, all the journals he could find and pad himself with the papers. He was as round as a barrel and he was quite upset when the attendants now and then had to undress him and remove all the old papers from underneath his waistcoat. As soon as backs were turned, he was busy stuffing himself again with newspapers. Nobody knew what to do for him, and there he remained, a poor harmless looney.

Years later I met this symptom in a middle-aged woman who confined to me in a whisper, she had to pad herself as she was afraid of being touched, she was sure she would break across. I gave her Thuja 30 every seven days and when she saw me again a month later, she was so happy. she had lost this awful sensation of being made of glass. There was no need for her to go to an asylum. Thuja cured her rapidly.

This fear of touch due to hyperaesthesia of the superficial nerve endings is met with very frequently. I saw a very marked example of this in a child between 3 and 4 years of age. She was a bad doer, never got on well, still only weighed about 20 lbs. though her weight should have been over 32 lbs. She had no appetite in the mornings, she would not touch anything until her midday meal except a little water. A very determined young person who knew her own mind very well, even at that early age.

What her mother complained of most was this-the odd characteristic, that she would never let anybody handle or touch her; she hated being fondled or kissed, she cried and struggled, even, while she was being dressed; the moment she was left her own devices and finished being dressed, she was quite happy. She was indeed like the cat, that walked by himself: it was curious to see such a baby completely happy, occupied in a world of her own, and others noticed the immediate change when handled and the horror of touch. Thuja 30, then 200, and later the 1M potency worked a great change.

The mother thanked me with tears in her eyes that at last she had a normal child who would come to her and allow herself to be dressed and even kissed. She began to grow and put on weight. And again, this marasmus, this stationary weight was due to being vaccinated twice without taking either time.

Many years ago, I was puzzled by many infants being discharged from a particular maternity hospital in a state of acute marasmus which lasted for may weeks; the could not suck even, they were so weak. I soon found out the case. The particular medical officer in charge of the maternity department was a fanatic on the question of vaccination and had such a persuasive manner and such charming curly hair as one mother told me that they all fell for him and had their babies vaccinated by him within the first week after birth with disastrous results.

This influx of wasting babies from this hospital ceased after six months, so I presumed that the M.O. in point had sought pastures new.

But for some more late effects of vaccination. A much vaccinated trained nurse developed a cyst in her upper eyelid which grew rapidly and threatened to close her lid completely over the eye. She was much perturbed naturally, and before advising her to go to the eye hospital for removal of this cyst, I bethought myself of her history of repeated vaccinations and tried the effect of Thuja on the cyst.

It literally melted away. I think it only took a mere two or three weeks for this cyst to disappear. After this rapid cure, I had several other cases of cysts of the eyelids which all responded to, and cleared up with Thuja. Cysts, polypi, fibroid tumours, specially cauliflower- like new growths area among the late effects of vaccination and the homoeopathic literature is full of such cases cured with Thuja.

A handsome junoesque lady weighing nearly 18 stones complained of flooding for several months. On examination I found a 3 inch long uterine polypus. She had been a great traveller in her twenties and had naturally been vaccinated several times.

It would have been somewhat of a job to remove this polypus surgically, because of her size, so I tried the homoeopathic scalpel and gave her Thuja 30, a few doses of it. There were no further haemorrhages and I dont know what happened to the polypus, I could never find it again, it was spurlos versenkt.

A child, aged 8, had been vaccinated twice and had chronic nasal discharge and obstruction high up in his nostrils ever since, the discharge was thick, unpleasantly so, and green, he used endless handkerchiefs, his voice was thick and indistinct. I found a nasal polypus high up in the nose and another hanging down from the postnasal space. Before sending him to the surgeon, I tried the effects of half a dozen doses of Thuja 200, and the polypi disappeared, his catarrh vanished and his voice became clear and bell-like. He even joined the local church choir after that.

Now for warts, which are due to late vaccinal poisoning or even to a delayed sycotic infection a generation or two back. One sees hundreds of these cases in school clinics, and I must say that a local application with double strength Thuja tincture with a covering of gauze and bandage makes the warts shrinks and dry up, specially if daily doses of Thuja in potencies of 30 or 200 are given for a month.

One sees many cases of multiple minute wartlets on hands, wrists and face; and this treatment makes them disappear rapidly. The larger, harder sessile type without a stalk take much longer; but children get weary of coming regularly and treatment is therefore spasmodic and difficult to control. Other antisycotic and difficult to control. Other antisycotic medicines may be required after Thuja, such as Nitric acid or Dulcamara or Calcarea carb., according to the particular symptoms of the individual, but Thuja gives very good results on the whole.

I saw a case of large tender warts on the sole of the foot in a child who had been evacuated to Dover at the beginning of the war. She went bathing and became infected with these horrible warts. Many of the children in her group had them as well, she said.

She had treatment at Dover for eight months and the warts grew larger and more painful every day. Her parents brought her home then and when I saw her, she was unable to walk, she could not put her heel to the ground. There were two large warts the size of a shilling each. Thuja locally bandaged over on to the warts and daily doses of Thuja 30, and in three weeks the warts had disappeared. Wasnt the child happy, and the parents so grateful for the rapid cure.

Thuja is a truly great remedy with vast possibilities for aiding poor deluded humanity who believe false prophet rather than follow the light of Hahnemanns teaching, so simple and yet so far reaching in its effects. I wonder what great mind it was who first gave the name “Tree of Life” to Thuja?.

Dorothy Shepherd
Dorothy Shepherd 1885 – 1952 - British orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy. Graduated from Hering College in Chicago. She was a pupil of J.T.Kent. Author of Magic of the Minimum Dose, More Magic of the Minimum Dose, A Physician's Posy, Homeopathy in Epidemic Diseases.