The plant known as tuiá, whose scientific name is Thuya occidentalis , is also called, in Brazil, by the names of cemetery pine, cedar, American tuia, tree of life or even cypress. It is native to Europe and belongs to the Cupressaceae family . It has been widely used for not only human but also veterinary homeopathy and herbal medicine.
Very similar to cedar, the plant is very beautiful and used as an ornamental plant, especially during Christmas. The plant arrived in Brazil for this purpose, and it adapted very well to the higher soil of the southeast and south of Brazil. But it was only after some time that it was discovered that this beautiful plant was not only a beautiful ornament, but that it could also be used, thanks to its medicinal properties, in the treatment of diseases.
Benefits and properties
The plant, according to studies, has astringent, anti-asthmatic, anthelmintic, anti-hemorroidal, anti-rheumatic, emmenagogue, anti-wart and expectorant properties. These properties are possible in this plant due to its active principles, which are tannins, quercetol, essential oil with 60% of tuyone, kenferol glycosides, flavonoids, fenchone, borneol and alpha-pinene.
With that, we finally arrive at the benefits of this plant, which involves the reduction and even, in some cases, the elimination of warts. Thuja’s dye, in this case, must be applied directly to the affected area. In addition, it can be used to relieve hemorrhoids and menstrual disorders, as well as to treat asthma, emphysema, bronchial catarrh, benign prostatic hyperplasia, rheumatism, psoriasis – and other skin conditions – worms and more.
The tea should be prepared with thuja branches, which can be found in pharmacies and natural food stores that have been ground and cleaned. Use the following ratio:
– 1 teaspoon of thyah branches
-1 cup of water
In a container, place the two ingredients and bring to the fire. When the mixture starts to boil, let it cook for approximately 5 minutes and then turn it off. Cover and let stand until warm and then strain and consume. This tea should be consumed in the morning and late afternoon, but should not exceed two cups a day.
Contraindications and precautions
The plant can be toxic and, therefore, it is only indicated under medical supervision. Consumption by pregnant and lactating patients is contraindicated, but it should not be consumed, under any circumstances, by any patient, in large doses or even for longer periods.