Thuja Occidentalis

The skin looks unhealthy everywhere about the body, and there is a copious sweat on first going to sleep, like Arsenic. If you had only the waxiness such as Arsenic and Thuja produce with the sweat on first going to sleep, you might prescribe Arsenic. Arsenic is often the acute and Thuja the chronic. Arsenic is a chronic remedy in the psoric and syphilitic miasms.



(From The Homoeopathic Recorder)

The general appearance of the Thuja subject, if he has a characteristic picture, is that of a waxy, shiny face; it looks as if it had been smeared over with grease, and is often transparent; he is a sickly-looking individual, and looks as if entering upon some cachexia. This is often the case in the sycotic constitution and the cancerous cachexia; they are weakly, cachectic, yellowish, and often very pallid.

The perspiration is peculiar; it is sweetish in odour and smells like honey, sometimes like garlic, strong and pungent. A pungent odour emanates from the genitals; a sweetish, honey- like odour is characteristic of the sweat from the genitals; it is subjective. The odour is also like burnt horn, burnt feathers or burnt sponge. These peculiar strong odours, are particularly present when there are fig warts upon the genitals, such as Thuja cures.

The skin looks unhealthy everywhere about the body, and there is a copious sweat on first going to sleep, like Arsenic. If you had only the waxiness such as Arsenic and Thuja produce with the sweat on first going to sleep, you might prescribe Arsenic. Arsenic is often the acute and Thuja the chronic. Arsenic is a chronic remedy in the psoric and syphilitic miasms.

A peculiar asthmatic condition is found in sycosis in which Arsenic appears to be indicated for the symptoms, but it only relieves, it does not control the predisposition. It acts like Aconite in acute diseases and only ameliorates for a moment. Asthmatic and many other sycotic conditions seems to call for Arsenic, but it will do nothing but palliate. The constitution is not reached by Arsenic; it lacks depth of action in this direction.

In syphilis and psora Arsenic acts a long time and eradicates the complaints when similar to them, but it is not similar to sycosis. Arsenic does not go to the bottom of the trouble, but Thuja or Natrum sulph. will take up and finish the work begun by Ars.; they are both complimentary to Ars. in sycosis. Natrum sulph and Thuja bring back the primitive manifestation that has been suppressed for years, and those remedies are, therefore, called anti-sycotic.

Now, the tendency of the Thuja patient is to throw out wart- like excrescences, which are soft and pulpy and very sensitive; they burn, itch and bleed easily when touched or rubbed by the clothing. Horny excrescences form on the hands and split open, form upon a pedicle and crack around the base.

Cauliflower excrescences found in the vagina and upon the cervix-uteri, about the anus, and like Nitric acid, about the labia majora and mucous membranes generally. Horny excrescences form upon the skin. Warts of a brownish colour, especially form upon the abdomen. Great brown spots, like liver spots, form upon the abdomen.

Zona around the chest, herpes labialis and preputialis, herpetic eruptions anywhere like Sepia Zona is a herpetic formation; great vesicular patches come out all over, called “shingles”; here we should compare Thuja, Rhus, Graph., Kali hydr., and Mezereum. The condition is attended with a great suffering from neuralgic pains. In cases that are sycotic, Thuja is especially a grand remedy.

A class of cases will come to you where warts have been caused to disappear by calomel , which makes them shrivel up and fall off; such is the old school treatment . It is sometimes a dangerous thing to know that calomel will do this. A patient comes to you with erratic symptoms; you study for hours and days over these symptoms and see very little order in them; you then realize that the leading features have been left out if you are well read in your materia medica. Some scoundrel has used Nitric acid, calomel or something else, and has driven the fig warts away.

These condylomata could not come without having some constitutional basis; these warts have a cause; and that cause seems to be less able to make the patient sick if he has the warts. He feels better when he has the warts. Strange to say, when these warts have been suppressed, we get a lot of little symptoms of Nitric acid, Thuja, Mercurius and Staphysagria, without the leading features of those remedies.

Thuja leads all medicines for symptoms arising from suppressed warts.

Thuja is pre-eminently a strong medicine when you have a trace of animal poisoning in the history, as snake bite, smallpox and vaccination.

Boenninghausen actually treated of vaccination as leaving a sycotic taint in the body, but it was a knowledge of the symptoms that led him to think so, we find now, that it has a distinct individuality of its own, we also recognize that peculiar poison which is the cause of sycotic gonorrhoea.

There are probably several varieties of urethral discharge, but there is one that is sycotic, and when that has been suppressed, it has produced a miasm with soreness and lameness particularly through the back, loins and sciatic nerves, also in the knee and ankle joints.

Sometimes it affects the upper extremities, but it is usually confined to the lower. There is most violent aggravation when keeping still, like Rhus, Great aching that increases so long as he keeps still. He is very often compelled to keep the bed, and then he constantly moves and turns. Rhus is of no more value here than cold water, because Rhus does not have the nature of the disease.

It will not bring back the discharge, and cannot control the disease satisfactorily. It cannot bring relief in a few hours.

Often the patient says, “Doctor, you surely must have given me morphia.” It may have been any one of the anti-sycotics, Iodine, Kali hydr., Natrum sulph., or Thuja, but Rhus always fails.

In typhoid fever, you will make your patient comfortable in one hour with the appropriate homoeopathic remedy, and yet fools go about town saying, “We dont let our patients suffer; we give them morphia.” They call us fools, when the truth of the matter is they are fools because they dont know how to use high potencies.

Thuja enters into this particular sphere and takes hold of a particular case where sycosis is the underlying miasm. At times when the discharge has been suppressed, orchitis comes on and then more than likely, Pulsatilla will be the remedy.

Thuja affects the lest testicle with intense squeezing pain.

As we go on farther in the study of Thuja, we see that it has a profound action upon the glands, stitching, tearing pains in the glands, the pains are as if the gland was being torn in pieces. That may be true of glands in general, but one particular gland, the ovary, is more affected than any other, especially the left.

A violent pain in the left ovary coming on at the time of the menstruation and continuing during the flow, extending down the thighs, but at times in every direction, increasing as the flow comes on; stinging, rending, tearing burning, bursting pains as if the parts were being torn out; crying aloud; hysteria; this is a very strong Thuja group. It has the opposite of Zinc, Lachesis, and others, for in these, relief comes with the flow.

Many women suffer from grumbling pains in the ovaries all the time; they have a sense of the organ which they should not feel; pain from taking cold or in change of weather; the increase of the pain in the left ovary is the first sign; sometimes the pain is so severe that the right one suffers apparently from sympathy. Now, where the ovaries have been affected for some time, we get mental symptoms, a most violent irritability, jealousy, quarrel-someness, hatefulness.

This irritability is likely to be shown towards individuals about the house, toward the husband and the mother; she is yet able to control herself among strangers, and the doctor may not be able to find out anything about it, because she has in her nature a disposition to deceive. She wants to be alone and takes upon herself fixed ideas; that she is pregnant, or that an animal is in her bowels she feels the motion of a childs arm, thinks she is followed or that someone is walking beside her, thinks that soul and body are separated, etc.

These are fixed ideas and there is no use in trying to reason them out of her. It is impossible to convince her that the things imagined are not facts. It seems to her that she is very delicate, that she is made of glass and that she will break. The idea is that she will break, and not that she is transparent. Associated with this condition, we have violent, intense, tearing headaches, tearing in the eye,ameliorated by heat. The pains in the eyeball are better from heat and the rest are better in the cool open air.

Pain localized in small spots. A nail driven in the head, side of head and forehead, like Ignatia and Anacardium. These pains are intensified into tearing pains, and affect the eyeball, making it so sore that it can hardly be touched. The head pains are worse from heat and worse from lying down; worse in a warm room and better in the open air.

Rheumatic and head symptoms are worse in damp air; they are worse from acids and also from stimulants.

A person who has once proved Thuja, has the effects a lifetime, unless it was carefully taken in the very high potencies. If you take Thuja, one dose, high, it will bring out symptoms in five or six weeks, that are peculiar. If you repeat that again and again, you will have that which will remain a lifetime. Few crude drugs impress the vital force lastingly. An individual who is thoroughly and properly sensitive, as sensitive to potency as to contagion, who undertakes to prove by repetition, night and morning, will fasten upon himself a life long miasm.

Give a medicine and wait for the symptoms to come and go in the natural manner. To a great extent, the tendency with sycosis, is outward. We see in the proving of a drug, what we see in the disease. When a gonorrhoea is contracted, it goes through the natural prodromata, and then comes the disease, which, if let alone, has in its nature the power to eradicate itself from the economy and then the patients do not suffer from lasting effects.

In the old school, they suppress the discharge, and there are those in the new school who do little better.

The frequent repetition by which one is exposed would not increase the gonorrhoea itself, because the susceptibility is satisfied.

The repetition of the drug in proving it, does little harm, if the one who has charge of the proving, realize when symptoms begin to arise, and then stops the drug. By repeating the doses after the symptoms arise, we force the drug into the economy when it is already poisoned, and by this means get a confusion in the symptoms, and a drug disease engrafted upon the system.

Many of the proving of Thuja give us that kind of confusion, so that we see only now and then symptoms cropping out that are striking; in fact, the great bulk of the Thuja proving has been wasted, because there is so much confusion in a great number of the symptoms. The earlier proving brought out many of the characteristics of Thuja, the Vienna provings to a great extent, confused its image so, that by clinical experience only, we have been able to draw out the finer features of the drug. It requires more than a schoolboy to do that.

New provings must be carried on in a different manner.

Thuja has some striking bowel symptoms; gushing, watery, morning diarrhoea, like water coming out of a bunghole, with noisy flatus. Sinking in abdomen and stomach. Motions as of something alive in the abdomen. Flatulency with noises like the cry of an animal, croaking. Spinsters think themselves pregnant. Chronic diarrhoeas, beginning after vaccination, find suitable medicine in Thuja- Thuja, like Caust. and podoph., have a greasy, oily-looking evacuation.

There is also a general catarrhal condition running through the body; catarrh of the nose, ears and chest. In catarrh of the chest it produces an intense hacking cough, with expectoration in the morning of greenish mucus, sometimes a copious expectoration.

It is often suited to old cases of pneumonia, in such individuals as have had suppressed gonorrhoea fig-wart gonorrhoea.

The kidney and urinary symptoms are also striking; congestion and inflammation of the kidney; sharp pain in the kidney; burning urine; inflammation of the bladder and urethra that is not always gonorrhoeal; pus from the bladder; paralysis of the bladder, must wait a long time for the urine to start; retention of urine, continuous urging to urinate, tearing in the urethra, a sensation as if urine were constantly dribbling down the urethra, like Kali bich., Petros., and Lact, Urine cloudy, yellowish, tough, mucous sediment; sugar in the urine.

In the urethral disease of sycotic character, Thuja leads all other remedies. In the non-sycotic variety, Cannabis sativa is sufficient, but Cann. sat., though it ameliorates the burning during and after urination and the thick yellowish-green discharge, needs some other remedy to follow when the disease is shown to be sycotic. It is not so with Thuja, because it is capable of finishing the case.

Round, elevated, offensive ulcers upon the foreskin; excoriations behind the glans, with sensations as of a splinter like those found under Arg. n., Hep., Nit. ac. The same sensation may be found in primary syphilitic ulceration.

Canth., Cann. sat., Thuja, Puls., Nux, and even at times Nat. m, are indicated in an acute gonorrhoea.

Canth., Cann. sat., are violent in attack, with bloody, watery discharge; Thuja has a watery discharge, but is less violent; Puls. has a yellow-green discharge with constant dribbling of urine; Nux has a pain in urethra extending towards the rectum, causing frequent urging to stool, ineffectual; Nat. m., when the pain is after urination showing distinctly that the remedy was needed before the accession of the disease. For impotence following gonorrhoea do not neglect the study of Agnus cactus.

The dropsical infusion of the foreskin produced by Thuja, is usually inflammatory in its nature. Nit. ac. Fluor. ac. have dropsy of the foreskin, in both syphilis and gonorrhoea. In the female there is often a thickening of the mucous membrane as to seriously prevent coition. In the woman suppression will be followed by inflammation of the uterus, of the ovaries, peritonitis, etc.

In the most violent cases, with bloody urine, extreme salacity, great torment, bloody, watery discharge from the urethra and bladder, no rest day or night, Cantharis is indicated and is capable of finishing the case in from several hours to eight days. Many are cured in twenty-four hours. Such a patient must be in excellent health; this is not a usual case. They are generally drinking men and smokers. Tobacco is one of the most troublesome complications and many cases will not recover promptly if they are tobacco users and great smokers, wine drinkers or convivial men. Like sycosis we have in Thuja worse from coition.

With the system broken down from high living, there may be no decided curative action, until you have forced the patient to abandon excess and have enjoined a light and simple diet, diminished the smoking and withheld the drink. This is the first thing. If he is a man of family, we have to contend with great mental distress, and so, also, if it is a woman.

Usually, the sycotic miasm is troublesome to begin with, and one that will bother the young physician. It is impossible to exchange the right method for a wrong one, as that will make a cripple for life. The suppression of the disease, as usually tried, cannot be thought of by the sincere and earnest homoeopath. If the patient wants it checked suddenly, send him somewhere else, but warn him what will take place, and that he will have untold disease and suffering.

There are three spheres presented for our observation in chronic conditions, and we remedial measures adequate to their removal. These spheres were discovered by Hahnemann to be attributable to psora, syphilis, and sycosis. Hahnemann in pursuing his experiments and studying their effects, found that Sulph., Merc. and Thuj., were the typical psoric, syphilitic and sycotic remedies, having a broader sphere in these several directions, being more deeply anti-psoric, syphilitic, and sycotic-which only means having the power to return the disease manifestations, through its primary manifestations, to health- that they were more frequently indicated in the primary manifestations; more satisfactory intercurrents, when other indicated remedies had finished their work in either direction, and that the provings were more definitely similar to the diseases produced upon the human system by those miasms, than any remedies yet proven.

In our day we have remarkable provings and verifications of Psorinum, and are completing those of Syphilinum and Medorrhinum, finding them deeper intercurrents and rationalizers of many chaotic conditions, otherwise impossible to overcome, and increasing our power over the sick to an extent one believed impossible.

All the symptoms of a Thuj. patient are worse after 3 p.m., and in the night.

The mental symptoms, the headaches and the stomach symptoms are greatly aggravated by tea and sweets, while onions produce diarrhoea. There is much craving for salt, as in Nat. mur., also many eructations while eating, like Nit. ac.

The hair follicles become sensitive to pressure, even of the pillow. The hair becomes thin and lusterless as if dead, and it as a musty odour.

There is aggravation from heat in many conditions, the toothaches, headaches, and rheumatic symptoms, are greatly increased from the warmth of the bed. The pains in the eyes are worsened from warmth, from washing and wrapping, but the patient is better in the open air.

The eye symptoms of Thuj are many and grave. We find ulceration of the conjunctiva; iritis with a rough, jagged- looking iris, as in Staph and Sil., syphilitic-iritis with condyloma; enlargement of the meibomian glands of the lid margins; violent, sharp, sticking parts; discharges smelling like putrid meat with increase from warmth, from bathing, from covering. The conditions met in the iris may be all controlled without dilatation. Thuj has also cured inflammation of the sclerotic.

In the chest affections we find a cough with greenish, offensive expectoration, resembling the discharges from all other parts of the body. In its chest affections as well as many other complaints it is better by turning from the left side to the right.

Silicia is the chronic of Thuj.

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