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A.C. Cowperthwaite

Symptoms of the homeopathic medicine THUJA from A Text Book of Materia Medica and Therapeutics by A.C. Cowperthwaite. Find all the symptoms of THUJA

      Synonym. Thuja Occidentalis Natural order. coniferae. Common name. Arbor Vitae. Habitat. An indigenous evergreen tree, growing wild in the Northern States and Canada. Preparation. Tincture from the fresh leaves.


Acts chiefly upon the genito-urinary organs, the anus, and the skin, producing irritation, changing the secretions to an acid, corroding character, and causing in tendency to dissolution of lids and destruction of tissues. As Sulphur is to psora and Mercury to the syphilitic poison, so is Thuja to that intermediate condition, designed by Hahnemann as sycosis, its chief characteristic action being the formation of wart-like excrescences upon mucous and cutaneous surfaces, resembling the fit-warts and condylomata which characterize the sycotic poison.


Mind. Very ill-humored and depressed; disposed to weep (Aurum, Ignatia, Kreosotum, Pulsatilla, Rhus tox.) Sadness. discontented; peevish; obstinate (Bryonia, cham., Nux v.). Loathing of life (Aurum). Cannot think;talks slowly, as if hunting for words. Makes mistakes in writing and talking; uses wrong words, or omits words and syllables (Dulcamara, Lycopodium). Indisposition to mental labor (Cinchona, Phosphorus ac., Nux. v.). Forgetfulness (anac., Nux moschata,) Fixed idea of living animal in the abdomen; of the soul separated from the body; of strange people by his side, etc.

Head. Dull confusion in the head Vertigo on closing the eyes. (Lachesis); Headache in morning; at one times feeling as if the head were forced asunder at the malar bone and upper the head were forced asunder at the malar bone and upper jaw at another time in vertex as if pierced by a nail at another time in forehead as if it would fall out; relieved by walking in the open air. Tearing in forehead temples and occiput; worse at nigh and on lying down. Boring, stitching pains in temples,, forehead and over eyes. Intermittent drawing pain in left side of forehead Pain in left frontal eminence, and right side of head, as if a nail were driven in (Agaricus, Arnica, Anacardium, Coffea c.); worse eon touch. Hair becomes hard, dry and lusterless, and falls out. Scalp very sensitive to the touch (Aconite, Belladonna, Cinchona, Mercurius, Natr. mur., Nitr. ac.

Eyes. Sclerotica inflamed and red (bell.) like blood. Pressure and dryness in the eyes, as if sand were in them (Arsenicum, Caust ., Hepar s., Sulphur), with weakness, Pupils dilated. Violent burning and stinging in the eyes and lids (Arsenicum). Inflammatory swelling of the eyelids, with hardness. Sensation as if a foreign body were in the eyes. Tearing in left eyebrow, better from touch. Nocturnal agglutination of the eyelids (Calcarea c., Graphites, Lycopodium, Sulphur). Dimness of the vision, as if a mist or veil were before the eyes (Croc., Causticum, Natr. mur., Phosphorus, Petrol., Sepia(); in open air with confusion of head; with pressure in eyes, as it they would be pressed out of the head, or as if they were swollen. Flickering before the eyes; flames of light, like fire- flies (Agaricus, cycl., Mercurius). Short sighted.

Ears. Roaring in left ear, with cracking when swallowing saliva.

Nose. Painful ulceration and scabs in. the nostrils (Alumina, Antim crud., Kali bichromicum, Pulsatilla). Selling in wings of nose, with hardness and tension. Red, itching eruption on wings of nose, at times humid. Discharge of offensive, purulent mucus from the nose (Graphites, Hepar s., Nitr. ac.). Dry coryza; nose very dry and stopped; worse evenings. Painful pressure at the root of the nose (Aconite, Kali bichromicum, Mercurius iod.).

Face. Boring and digging pains in face and cheek bones; relieved by touch. Stitches between left ear and zygomatic arch. Jerking sensation in upper lip, near corner of mouth, Red, itching, elevation on upper lip. Sensitiveness of upper lip. Flushes of heat in the face.

Mouth. The teeth become dirty-yellow, and sore (Iodium). Painful ulcers mouth feels as if burnt (Iris, Puls, Sanguinaria, Acid Sulphuricum).

Throat. Much tenacious mucus in throat; hawked up with difficult (Alumina, Ammonium carb., Kali bichromicum). Throat dry and rough.

Stomach. Loss of appetite. Eructations. Increased thirst, especially at night.

Abdomen. Stitches in the hypochondria. Abdomen enlarged and puffed; produces here and there as from the arm of a foetus; movements and sensation as if something were alive, without pain (Croc.) abdomen much enlarged after eating (Cinchona, Nux v.). Abdomen distended by flatulence; much rumbling and croaking, as if an animal were crying in the abdomen (Colic.). Pressure in hypogastrium. Painful swelling of inguinal glands (Calcarea c., Clem., Nitr. ac., Rhus tox).

Stool and Anus. Condylomata about the anus. sore to touch; stitches when walking. Moisture. Painful contraction of anus during and evacuation. Anus sore and very sensitive (Sulphur). Haemorrhoids, painful to the slightest sensitive (Sulph). Haemorrhoids, painful to the slightest touch. pressure and burning. Painful stitches in the anus. Stitches in rectum towards small of back. pressing, itching and burning in. the haemorrhoidal vessels, with dragging and burning in. the haemorrhoidal vessels, with dragging. Swelling of haemorrhoidal veins. Itching in the anus (Nux v., Sepia, Silicea, Sulphur)(. Burning pain in perineum. Tubercle on perineum, becoming moist and mating when walking. diarrhoea daily, in the morning (?aloe, Rumex, sulph.); after breakfast; at times painless; at times with colic Stool bright-yellow (Chel), watery; expelled forcibly (Crot. tig., Gratiola), with much noisy flatus Aloe); gurgling, as water from a bung-hole. Constipation(Alumina, Bryonia, Nux v., Opium, Phosphorus, Sulphur).

Urinary Organs. Frequent urging to urinate, with profuse emission; at night. Boring in region of bladder, with painful drawing up of testes. After urination, sensation as if a few drops were running down the urethral Dribbling after urination. Urine stops several times before the bladder is emptied (Coni.). Burning in the urethra during emission of urine (Arsenicum, Coni., Natr. carb.); with gleety discharge, stream small and split; next day yellow discharge; like gonorrhoea. Jerking voluptuous formication in fossa navicularis. Urine scanty burning; dark-colored; profuse, watery, after standing becomes cloudy. Yellowish or wine colored. Orifice of urethra agglutinated by mucus.

Male Organs. Sycotic, moist excrescences on the prepuce and glans (Nitr. ac., Staphysagria). Swelling of the prepuce. Painful jerking in penis. Sensitiveness of gland. Itching in the glans and prepuce (Sulphur); alternating with stitches. Feeling was if the testicles moved. Nightly painful; erections; emissions. Profuse sweat about the genitals, especially on scrotum and perineum (Silicea, sulph.). Checked gonorrhoea, causing articular rheumatism prostatitis; sycosis; impotence.

Female Organs. Sycotic excrescences; moist, bleeding and offensive (Nitr. ac.). Biting and itching in the genitals; after urination. Burning and biting in vagina. Mucous leucorrhoea; yellowish-green. Vagina extremely sensitive during coition (Argentum nit., Kreosotum, Sulphur).

Respiratory Organs. Shortness of breath; convulsive asthma (Arsenicum); at night. Cough immediately after eating. Hacking, dry cough.

Heart. Visible palpitation (Gloninum, Spigelia), without anxiety. Stitches in region of heart.

Neck and Back. Painful drawing in sacrum, coccyx and thighs, while sitting; after long sitting prevents standing erect. Drawing pain in nape of neck. Tension and stiffness of nape and left side of neck.

Limbs. Nails crippled (ant. crud.); brittle or soft. Hangnails (Natr. mur., sulph.). Stitches in shoulder. Drawing pain in arms. Trembling of hands and feet. Crawling in tips of fingers as if asleep.

Lower Limbs. Painful laxity in both hip-joints as if the capsules were weak and relaxed. Weakness of legs when sitting, changing into cutting in muscles of calf when walking. Perspiration on the feet (Nitr. ac., Sepia, sil., Sulphur). Toenails crumble, brittle. Feet go to sleep.

Generalities. Jerks of the upper part of the body. Cramplike jerking in circumscribed spots. Emaciating and anaesthesia of affected parts. Weakness. OEdema about the joints; affects prominently epithelia, first causing hardening, hypertrophy; then softening. Stitches in various parts, changing to burning.

Skin. Worst-shaped excrescences here the there, especially on hands and genitals (Nitr. ac., Phosphorus ac., Staphysagria). Violent itching on different part, as from flea-bites.

Sleep. Persistent sleeplessness (Cimic., Coffea). Sleepiness. Restless sleep. Troublesome, anxious dreams, when sleeping on the left side.

Fever. Shaking chill, with yawning. the warm air seems cold, and the sun has no power to warm him. Shivering from slightest uncovering in warm air. Cold hands and internal heat of face Heat, with activity of mind, and thirst. Flushing, without thirst. Profuse night sweat, staining the clothes yellow, as if saturate with oil.

Aggravation. In morning and forenoon; after 3 A. M. and 3 P.M.; during rest; from heat of the bed from spirituous liquors; from tobacco.

Amelioration. In the open air; from warmth; from movement.

Conditions. Especially useful in persons of a lymphatic temperament; people with dark complexion, black hair, dry fiber and not very fat.

Compare. Aurum, Can. sat., Cantharis, Copab., Ignatia, Mercurius, Nitr. ac., Pulsatilla, Staphysagria Sulph.

Antidotes. Camph., Chamomilla, Mercurius, Pulsatilla, Sulphur

Thuja antidotes. Abuse of tea, Mercurius iod., Nux v., Sulphur


Probably the most important use of Thuja is in the treatment of sycotic diseases, not only for the condylomata, or war-like excrescences occurring on various parts, but also for various diseases which may have their origin in the condition of system which Hahnemann designated as sycosis. A constitutional taint following gonorrhoea, or more apt to occur in those who have what Grauvogle termed a hydrogenoid constitutional. Vaccination is more apt to occur in those those who have what Grauvogle termed a hydrogenoid constitution. Vaccination is more apt to cause bad results in sycotic constitutions, so we find Thuja a remedy for the bad effects of vaccination (Sil) .; especially when the pustules are very large, and the patient has diarrhoea. The mental symptoms of the drug and very peculiar, nd indicate it in some forms of insanity, particularly melancholia. Neuralgia of the head and face, especially as if a nail wee driven in; violent stabbing pains; neuralgia of tea-drinkers. Ciliary neuralgia of tea-drinkers. Ciliary neuralgia. Kerato-iritis. Opacity of the cornea. Iritis, especially syphilitic, with gummata on the iris; sharp sticking in the eye, with much heat above and around the eye. Episcleritis. Granular lids, when granules are large, wart-like. Chronic conjunctivitis, worse whenever his night’s rest is disturbed. Dry, bran-like. Chronic conjunctivitis, worse whenever his night’s rest is disturbed. Dry, ban-like tinea ciliaris; lashes imperfect and irregular. Excellent for tarsal tumors.

Polypi of the ear. Watery, purulent otorrhoea smelling like putrid meat. Nasal catarrh. Syphilitic ozoena, thick, green discharge. Toothache, teeth decayed, especially about margins of gums, which become retracted. Aphthous sore mouth, feels as if burnt. Ranula bluish; surrounded by varicose veins. Indurations in the stomach. Flatulent colic (see peculiar symptoms). Warts and condylomata about anus. Haemorrhoids. Diarrhoea (see symptoms). Gonorrhoea; also bad effects after checking gonorrhoea. Discharge, especially articular rheumatism and inflamed prostate. Secondary syphilis; syphilitic herpes; obstinate chancroidal ulcers, with sticking pains, as from a splinter. Balanorrhoea. Condylomata and warts about the genitals of both sexes. Fungous growths about cervix; cauliflower excrescences, with burning and yellowish-green leucorrhoea. Uterine polypi. Chronic ovaritis after gonorrhoea. Left ovary inflamed, worse at each menstrual nisus; distressing pain; burning when walking of riding; must lie down. Prolapsus uteri. Polypi of the vocal cords. Asthma. Sciatica. Offensive foot-sweat (Sil). Fungoid excrescences on various parts bleeding on slightest touch. Warts. Lupus. Varicose ulcers. Pemphigus. Eczema. Variola; as soon as the vesicles become filled; said to cause rapid dessication and prevent scars.

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A.C. Cowperthwaite

A.C. Cowperthwaite

A.C. (Allen Corson) Cowperthwaite 1848-1926.
ALLEN CORSON COWPERTHWAITE was born at Cape May, New Jersey, May 3, 1848, son of Joseph C. and Deborah (Godfrey) Cowperthwaite. He attended medical lectures at the University of Iowa in 1867-1868, and was graduated from the Hahnemann Medical College of Philadelphia in 1869. He practiced his profession first in Illinois, and then in Nebraska. In 1877 he became Dean and Professor of Materia Medica in the recently organized Homeopathic Department of the State University of Iowa, holding the position till 1892. In 1884 he accepted the chair of Materia Medica, Pharmacology, and Clinical Medicine in the Homeopathic Medical College of the University of Michigan. He removed to Chicago in 1892, and became Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics in the Chicago Homeopathic Medical College. From 1901 he also served as president of that College. He is the author of various works, notably "Insanity in its Medico-Legal Relations" (1876), "A Textbook of Materia Medica and Therapeutics" (1880), of "Gynecology" (1888), and of "The Practice of Medicine " (1901).

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