Witch Hazel

Summary

Medicinal plant used internally or externally to treat venous disorders such as hemorrhoids. It is often presented in the form of tablets, capsules or ointments.

names

Name in Portuguese: hamamélis Binomial name: Hamamelis virginiana L. French name: Hamamélis , hamamélis de Virginie, noisetier des sorcières English name: Witch hazel, hamamelis German name: Hamamelis (- blätter od. -rinde ) Italian name: Hamamelide Observation: Existence: three other species of hamamelis (including Hamamelis virginiana ): Hamamelis japonica (hamamelis of Japan), Hamamelis mollis (hamamelis of China) and Hamamelis vernalis.

Family

Hamamelidaceae

Constituents

Tannins, flavonoids, essential oil

parts used

Dry leaves or dried roots

Effects

Tanning (tightens pores), astringent, anti-inflammatory, vasotonic, local hemostatic, healing, antiviral, antioxidant action

Indications

In internal use (infusion, capsule) – Used against hemorrhoids , venous disorders such as varicose veins , heavy legs, venous insufficiency,  diarrhea In external use (extract, tincture, ointment, foot bath) – Skin wound (less important), contusions , couperose, hemorrhoids ,  eczema , venous disorders such as varicose veins, heavy legs, canker sores (in tincture), excessive sweating of the feet (in foot baths). Sore throat (in the form of a tincture, as a gargle), diaper rash (in the form of a

Secundary effects

Hypertension. In case of excessive consumption for internal use, due to its high concentration of tannins, witch hazel can lead to digestive disorders, as well as damage to the kidneys and liver.

contraindications

Gastritis and intestinal ulcers.

Interactions

In internal use, possible effects on the absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Hamamelis-based preparations

– Witch hazel ointment (for example in Brazil: Hemovirtus) – Witch hazel suppository – Witch hazel infusion (for internal use or sitz baths ) – Witch hazel tincture  (for external use)

Where does witch hazel grow?

Witch hazel grows in North America, where it originated, and in Europe, where it was introduced. In the United States, you can see witch hazel bloom in November and sometimes in December. This tree can reach a height of between and 8 m.

When to Harvest Witch Hazel?

Witch hazel leaves are harvested in summer. Flowering usually occurs in the northern hemisphere from October to February.

Comments

– Witch hazel is a plant that has been used for a long time due to its astringent action, and its efficiency against hemorrhoids has been scientifically proven in part. As is often the case in herbal medicine, there is a lack of further studies carried out with human beings (and not in the laboratory or with animal guinea pigs). – The native peoples of the Americas have used witch hazel for centuries, especially in the fight against sore throats. – A study published in 2007 in the specialized journal  European Journal of Pediatrics  showed that witch hazel ointments helped to reduce minor skin irritations in children. – Currently, there is a lack of serious studies to know whether or not witch hazel is effective against eczema. Sources: University of Berkeley (California),National Geographic

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