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thu·ja

(thū'jă, -yă),
The fresh tops of Thuja occidentalis (family Pinaceae), an ornamental evergreen tree of eastern North America, a source of cedar leaf oil; has been used internally as an expectorant, emmenagogue, and anthelmintic, and externally as a mild counterirritant.
Synonym(s): thuya
[G. thyia, an African tree with sweet-smelling wood]

thuja

/thu·ja/ (thu´jah) the fresh tops of Thuja occidentalis (arbor vitae); used in some topical dermatologic preparations and also in homeopathy.

thuja

Herbal medicine
Thuja occidentalis. A tree the leaves and twigs of which contain flavonoids, glycosides, mucilage and volatile oils (primarily thujone, but also borneol, camphor, fenchone, limonene, myrcene and pinene). Thuja is anthelmintic, expectorant, and stimulates smooth muscle; it was used by Native Americans to stimulate menstruation, and has been used topically by Western herbalists for skin infections and for rheumatic pain.
 
Homeopathy
A remedy used for brittle nails, caries, menstrual dysfunction, oily skin and warts.
 
Chinese medicine
Thuja orientalis, see there.

thu·ja

(thū'yă)
The fresh tops of Thuja occidentalis, an ornamental evergreen tree of eastern North America, a source of cedar leaf oil; used internally as an expectorant, anthelmintic, and a drug to cause menstruation, anthelmintic, and externally as a mild counterirritant. Also spelled thuya.
[G. thyia, an African tree with sweet-smelling wood]

Thuja (thōōˑ·j),

n parts used: twigs and leaves; uses: expectorant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, astringent, vermifuge, skin conditions; precau-tions: uterine stimulant, pregnancy, essential oil is
toxic.
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