Syn.—Hamamelis; Witch Hazel.
P. E.—Leaves and bark.
N. H.—United States.
Properties: Soothing, astringent and tonic.
Use. Taken internally it is a positive tonic to the walls of the veins, stimulating and strengthening their muscular coats. We therefore think of it in passive hemorrhages, in venous stasis, varicose conditions of the veins especially in the lower extremities. In venous hemorrhoids, congestion and fullness of the ovaries and testicles, due to venous engorgement. On account of its soothing, healing and astringent qualities we think of it locally in leucorrhea, catarrh of the uterus, burns, scalds, bruises, sore throat with relaxed mucous membrane. In lameness and soreness after labor or from muscular exertion it is of great value if applied to the abdomen hot. In soreness from violent muscular exercise, strains, bruises and exposure to cold it is of value. Also in sore throat locally where there is relaxed condition of mucous membrane and dark blue color, showing venous stasis. In inflammatory rheumatism it is of value if combined or alternated with other indicated remedies. It appears to act as a sedative.
The Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeutics, 1905, was written by Fred J. Petersen, M.D.