This article is based on 30 cases of children,
teenagers and people just above 20 years of age. The majority
is children between the ages of 8 to 16. In Sweden
homeopaths are not allowed to treat children less than 8 years
of age, which explains why there are no younger
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I feel that an extended knowledge of
Thuja in general and for children in particular is of
great importance in homeopathy. Thuja has a
reputation to be a difficult remedy to spot, but the main
reason for this is that the remedy is lacking in a lot of
rubrics and should be upgraded in others. In my practice Thuja
is one of the most common remedies to be seen.
These 30 cases shows that the most common
mental symptoms for children needing Thuja
Anger - parents; toward (3)
want of self-confidence (4) (upgrading)
Fear - dark, of (3)
Fear - opinion of others (3)
(addition) - but for adults the 4:th degree is more
Fear - people (4)
Irritability (4) (upgrading)
Playing desire to play lone (3) (new rubric)
Reserved (4) (upgrading)
Timidity (4) (upgrading) public;
about appearing in (3) (addition)
Confidence "want of self-confidence" is the
strongest of all symptoms in Thuja patients and the
reason behind many of the other existing symptoms. They have a
tremendous lack of self-confidence and this makes them show
symptoms like "Reserved", "Timidity", "Timidity public";
"about appearing in", "Fear opinion of others", "Fear
people", "Ailments anticipation, from", "Fastidious" and
above all their typical desire to try and please others
"Pleasing desire to please others". Thuja should
stand at least in 3:rd degree in all of these
The lack of self-confidence is pushing forward
the need for them to try and be as perfect as possible in
their clothing, hairstyle, make-up, performance and also in
their work. Putting the demands so high for themselves that it
is impossible to reach the goal and the failure to do so
continues to feed the self-contempt they feel. They also make
many efforts to try and please others, so that they will have
a good opinion about them. One young man explained this very
clearly to me "To be loved by others, you have to be very
nice." He had thoughts that tormented him all the time about
what to say to other persons, as he wanted to say the perfect
things. Thuja gave him so much more self-confidence
that he could go out in life, daring to meet people again. He
lived in a home for psychiatric youngsters.
Another patient put it this way, "I am getting
very nervous when in a group of people. I feel they expect me
to talk and to entertain them. I have to be very nice towards
others. I also feel that people don't like me, that I have
behaved strangely or did say something that offended them. I
am brooding a lot on this and have to check with people that
they are not angry with me."
One teenager told me that he always checked
his work 5 to 6 times before leaving it. He was very
afraid of making a mistake. He also had difficulties refusing
to help somebody, even if he did not have the time or energy
to do so. He was afraid to hurt the other persons
What are mostly shown in younger children is
that they are very timid in new places and with strangers, but
at home with their parents their irritability comes out. They
can be very angry and irritated, therefore rubrics like
"Anger contradiction, from" and "Anger violent" things
don't go as he wishes, when" are correct in many of these
children. But always behaving very nice or shy toward people
outside of the family or in new surroundings. A typical
statement from the parents is, "He is insecure when it
is something new. To meet new people. Cried when he started in
school, but this is OK now. Contrary at home." A few children
are so shy that they hide when strangers come. In the office
they are shy and tense. Looking at the parent when asked a
question. Some older children think a long time before
answering and my feeling is that they are seeking for the
answer they believe will please me.
It surprised me during the work with these
cases to find that nearly everyone of these children preferred
to play by themselves. I therefore feel that the sub rubric
"alone" should be added to "Playing desire to play", with
Thuja in 3:rd degree. They prefer to be at home and
play alone. One child would even lie to his friends, just to
be able to be alone. The desire to be alone is also very
strong in many adult Thuja cases. To be with others
and especially strangers demands so much from them. Being
alone is the only way to relax and stop loosing their energy.
Many adults describe how they lack both physical and mental
energy, giving them a strong fatigue and a lack of willpower
that together with the desire to be alone makes them withdraw
themselves partly from the society. They would prefer to be on
the sick-list, so that they did not have to go to work
anymore. Many also prefers to work at home and choose a type
of job where this is possible.
If we look at the first symptom on the list of
rubrics above, "Anger parents, toward", the majority of
Thuja cases show a conflict with the parents. Usually
only with one and then mostly the one of the same sex. It
might be shown as some censorious statements, a real conflict
with an aversion toward one of the parents or as bad as one 8
year old boy expressed it toward his parents "I will become a
thief, so that I have to go to jail and get away from you." In
several other cases an estrangement from the family is shown
instead, with statements like "I don't feel at home with my
family" or "I always feel like the black sheep in the family."
This split between the person and their loved ones is a
commonly seen symptom in Thuja patients, although not
so often shown in younger children.
Apart from their fear of people and others'
opinion about them, the most common fear in children is of
darkness and being alone when it is dark. They also show a
fear of different animals, but the only animal that came up in
several cases were snakes. One young patient also dreamed
about snakes. In adults it's common with a fear of wild
The tendency to fanaticism can be seen
sometimes. Children wanting to do one thing all the time and
what is usually seen is that they only want to play a certain
type of game all the time. In my cases it is computer- or
TV-games. A sort of game where you can sit alone and play.
Sport fanaticism is not uncommon. A few of them are also
reading very much.
A point that is important to know about
Thuja is the strong suicidal tendency that runs in
the remedy. The underlying feeling is beautifully described by
a 17 year old female patient There is no future, no hope about
anything at all. A complete lack of all hope in life. I have a
feeling of being in other peoples way and being a nuisance for
them, because nobody is appreciating me. She had made suicidal
attempts earlier in her life. Another teenager patient
that came in treatment because of a strong fear of people and
fatigue, had cut her wrists several times before. She was a
girl dressed in black, with her hair and eyebrow dyed in
black. She preferred to sit alone and paint. It was very
important for her to move away from home to her own apartment.
It was remarkable to see that after a period on Thuja
she changed her colours completely, and did not want to wear
anything black anymore. She also became more outgoing and
improved the relationship with her family.
Another patient describes the feeling like
this; "Life is meaningless. I lack the willpower to do
anything at all. I have no joy or motivation to do anything."
She was afraid to harm herself in this state. After receiving
Thuja 50M and also taking plussed doses of the remedy
the feeling disappeared in 10 days.
Nearly every one of my Thuja patients
continues to a Medorrhinum state if treated with high
potencies and regular repetition of the remedy in rising
potencies. Most of the Medorrhinum patients will
continue into a Thuja state if treated in the same
way. These two remedies are closely connected to each other
and it is many times extremely difficult to differentiate
them, as the patient is showing symptoms from both remedies at
the same time.
I would also like to make a comment about
Carcinosinum, as several years ago I often used that
remedy in my own practice. More experience with Thuja
and Medorrhinum showed me that they have a lot of
symptoms in common with Carcinosinum, and when
indicated are mostly acting deeper and is moving the patient
forward in a much nicer way. When the symptoms of
Carcinosinum are there I recommend homeopaths to also
look for symptoms of Thuja or Medorrhinum. I
think Thuja in particular but also
Medorrhinum are important remedies to look for on in
cancer treatment, although my own experience here is very
limited. Cancer in the patients background is common with
these two remedies.
Finally some comments about the General
symptoms of the remedy.
Thuja is dominantly left sided, but
can also be right sided or symptoms can sometimes start on the
right side and then move to the left.
These are very chilly patients with a strong
lack of vital heat. Only a few children will be reported as
warm. They have no love for themselves and no internal "fire"
to warm them. Along the same line is their lack of energy
giving them the peculiar fatigue. They are loosing their
energy by all their worries.
They have a lot of sensitivity towards
different food, most marked is milk and chocolate. Desires
shows chocolate and fruit strongest, but also ice-cream,
sweets and eggs comes up apart from the more well known as
tea, onion and garlic.
According to sleep symptoms it is mostly seen
that they are tired in the evening and wants to go to bed
early and then wake up early. This is the opposite of
Medorrhinum. Adult people often sleep on the left
side, but the remedy can also have an aggravation from
sleeping on the left side.
Physically many of these children have
problems with asthma that is aggravated from exertion,
catching a cold and in one case also from wet weather. The
typical point for Thuja in asthma is that they cough
a lot. Also colds that bring on a persisting cough is common.
Many of these children complain about
abdominal pains and the remedy should be added in the rubric
"Abdomen, Pain Umbilicus child refers to the navel as the most
painful part" in 2:nd degree. Some had also
A few complained of growing pains. One had
deep painful cracks in his fingers and soles. Two of them had
tics or twitching in the face and one also severe stammering
which became significant better when she received
Thuja. I have also successfully treated mononucleosis
with Thuja and several adult patients have it in
their background. This is also the case for
But most of these childrens and
youngsters main problem was the mental state they were in.
Thuja can go all the way from minor complaints to
severe psychiatric problems. It is a beautiful remedy that
gives so much help to people with severe mental sufferings.
Every homeopath should know this remedy well, to be able to
help people suffering from the awful mental state that
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