June 27, 2016

Oriental Arborvitae

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What other names is Oriental Arborvitae known by?

Bai Zhi Ren, Biota d'Orient, Biota Orientalis, Ce Bai, Ce Bai Ye, Chinese Arborvitae, Platycladus orientalis, Retinispora juniperoides, Thuja orientalis, Thuya de Chine, Thuya d'Orient, Tuya Oriental.

What is Oriental Arborvitae?

Oriental arborvitae is a plant. The seeds and leafy twigs are used to make medicine.

Oriental arborvitae is used for pain, including headache and muscle and joint pain (rheumatism); sleep problems (insomnia); anxiety; and ongoing depression and fatigue (neurasthenia). It is also used for digestive tract problems including constipation, nausea, and narrowing of the intestine. Other uses include treatment of cancer, seizures, fever, parasite infections, excessive perspiration, and water retention.

Some people take oriental arborvitae for excessive bleeding (hemorrhage) and blood in vomit, stools, and urine.

Women take oriental arborvitae for menstrual problems including cramps, heavy flow, and irregular periods.

Some men take it for ejaculation problems.

Oriental arborvitae is applied directly to the affected area for nosebleed, hemorrhoids, burns, and scalds. It is also applied to the scalp as a hair tonic and to the skin as an antiperspirant.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Headache.
  • Muscle and join pain (rheumatism).
  • Anxiety.
  • Trouble sleeping (insomnia).
  • Ongoing depression and fatigue (neurasthenia).
  • Constipation.
  • Nausea.
  • Cancer.
  • Fever.
  • Parasite infections.
  • Seizures.
  • Menstrual problems.
  • Ejaculation problems.
  • Excessive bleeding (hemorrhage).
  • Excessive perspiration, when taken by mouth or applied to the skin.
  • Burns, when applied to the skin.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of oriental arborvitae for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).


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