What Are the Uses of Thuja in Homeopathy?

Thuja is a type of evergreen tree that is native to the United States.
Thuja can be used to treat skin problems, menstrual issues, respiratory illnesses, urogenital problem, headaches, toothaches, acne, bacterial infections, hair loss, and even stress.
When applied topically, thuja oil may be used as a wart remover.
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Thuja is the name of a genus of evergreen tree native to the United States. In homeopathy, thuja is used to care for many different conditions, such as skin problems, menstrual issues, respiratory illnesses, and urogenital problems. Common conditions like headaches, toothaches, acne, bacterial infections, and hair loss may also benefit from the use of thuja. Mental health problems like depression and stress can also be treated with this homeopathic remedy.

Native Americans in the United States and in Canada as well are thought to be the first to use thuja to help treat and cure illnesses and certain conditions. It is made from the twigs and leaves of the white cedar, or arborvitae, which the Native Americans would use for issues like coughing, menstrual problems, malaria, and headaches. When settlers came from Europe, they began to utilize the medicinal properties of the white cedar as well.

Many skin conditions may be treated with the use of thuja in homeopathy. It is used by many people to get rid of several different types of warts. Age spots, which appear as brown patches on the skin, are also often treated with this type of homeopathic remedy.

Problems with a woman’s menstrual cycle, such as periods that come early or too frequently may be treated with thuja in homeopathy. Likewise, women that have irregular or missed periods may benefit from the use of this remedy. Some women have also taken thuja to treat and get rid of cysts that have developed on their ovaries.


Respiratory problems like sinusitis and bronchitis can be treated with thuja in homeopathy. Many times, thuja is effective with respiratory issues that are chronic. This medicinal herb may also help to treat those who have asthma. Urogential issues that can be treated with thuja in homeopathy may include urinary infections, swollen urethras, and vaginal infections. This remedy may also be used to treat certain sexually transmitted diseases such as gonorrhea and herpes.

Thuja in homeopathy is also thought to help with cancer. It is believed to decrease the side effects that are often associated with cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation. Because it is a homeopathic treatment for mental health issues, it can also help cancer patients who are struggling with depression.

Another common problem that thuja is thought to treat effectively is the effects of vaccinations. Some homeopathic physicians recommend giving children who are going to be vaccinated a dose of thuja. It is used to prevent any bad side effects from occurring because of the vaccination.


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Post 9

I was recommended thuja by a homeopathy practitioner for warts. Unfortunately, it didn't help me.

As the doctor recommended. I took multiple doses per day for the first couple of weeks and then just one dose per day for the last week. I even waited for about a month after to see if the effects would kick in, but it didn't.

Post 8

I'm facing menstrual problems. Generally it's there for two or three days, but now it's the seventh day of the same. It's painful and the flow is continuously going on -- not very heavy, but it's there. Please suggest something I could do.

A few months back I had a cyst problem and took thuja 200 and that went away. Before I got the cyst, I had the same menstrual problem and it was thrice in a month. All the time, I feel pain in my back and legs. I also feel irritated and lethargic.

Post 7

I'm half Native American and my aunt who still follows Native American traditions closely uses white cedar often for health.

She has white cedars around her home and when someone catches a cold or if they're just feeling down and tired, she will make this wonderful tea from the green part of the tree.

I've drank it before when I had headaches and I can vouch that it works. And it tastes pleasant too, especially with honey. I also love the scent. I think the scent of white cedar tea is aromatherapy by itself.

Post 6

@ZipLine-- What kind of warts are you trying to treat?

I'm curious because I have treated plantar warts with thuja in the past. It was very effective and I didn't experience any negative side effects. Two weeks of use was enough in my case. So maybe it has to do with the kind of wart?

Plantar warts are viral but if you had a wart caused by bacteria, perhaps thuja wasn't able to treat it? I'm not a doctor and my knowledge of homeopathy is limited but I'm sure there is a good explanation for why thuja didn't work for your warts.

Also, if you weren't seen physically by a homeopath, I think you should. Some people decide to use thuja based on references from homeopathic pharmacies online. But a homeopath needs to examine you physically and psychologically to prescribe the right medications in the right doses.

Without this close-up examination, it might be hard to find the right treatment or the right dose. That's my opinion anyway.

Post 5

I was recommended thuja by a homeopathy practitioner for warts. Unfortunately, it didn't help me.

As the doctor recommended. I took multiple doses per day for the first couple of weeks and then just one dose per day for the last week. I even waited for about a month after to see if the effects would kick in, but it didn't.

I was really hoping that thuja would work for me. I've tried a few other homeopathic medicines in the past that I got good results with. But I guess it doesn't work every time.

Post 4

@sunnySkys - Well, certain "regular" medications are effective for a few different problems too. For example, many antibiotics treat several different kinds of bacterial infections. And some over the counter medicines have multiple uses too. The same ingredient that's in some antihistamines is also used as a sleep aid because it causes drowsiness.

So I don't see why a homeopathic remedy couldn't have multiple uses too!

Post 3

I do use homeopathic and herbal medicine from time to time, but I tend to be really skeptical of claims that one medicine does a bunch of stuff. How can one homeopathic remedy help periods, urinary issues, asthma, respiratory issues, and cancer treatment symptoms? It sounds pretty suspect to me!

Post 2

@indemnifyme - Yeah, medications and supplements that treat more than one thing are great, especially if you're suffering from two of the problems that it treats!

I think the idea of using a thuja homeopathic to combat the side effects of cancer treatment is a great idea because of this. As the article said, it can also help the cancer patients feel less depressed, which is good for their over all health.

That being said, I've never heard of anyone using thuja for treating cancer treatment symptoms. I wonder if the regular medical community knows about this, or is it only a homeopathic thing?

Post 1

I've used homeopathic medicine before, but I've never used thuja. However, I've been looking for something to take for both depression and for some menstrual issues I've been having, so I think I'm going to give it a try.

I love taking stuff that can treat more than one problem at one time, instead of taking a bunch of different things.

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