by Misha Norland

In recent homeopathic materia medicas a well developed portrait of Thuja has emerged which is as excellent as it is one sided. This one sidedness may be inherent in the picture of Thuja (divided, with one half hidden), therefore this paper is an attempt to paint in some of the neglected areas.

Thuja, although familiar to all prescribes of homeopathic medicines, is often missed because we have a preconception of how a Thuja patient ought to present. (Likewise, we may have a preconception of how Carcinosin ought to present, as say, a sympathetic, suppressed and dutiful person; or that Causticum ought to present as sympathetic, yet tough, a fighter for causes.) Naturally these stereotypical pictures are useful hooks upon which to hang prescribing information. However when it comes to practice it is often best that we throw these pictures away! For there are almost as many variations on the theme of the basic pictures as there are people. Maybe it is better, safer, to think in terms of processes and themes. What are Thuja's themes, what process is occurring in the soul and the body of the Thuja patient?

The remedy is prepared from a tincture of the fresh green twigs of Arbor Vitae, the Tree of Life. Referring to Biblical allegory we are reminded of the tree of eternal life, the fruits of which the banished Adam and Eve did not eat, for had they done this, then they would have become immortal - neither disease nor death would have assailed them!

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This entry was posted on 01 January 2008 at 13:42 and is filed under Homeopathy.