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Hamamelis (witch hazel) for hemorrhoids and inflammation

by Josephine Andrews
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Hamamelis virginiana , also called witch hazel, is said to help with hemorrhoids, inflammation of the mucous membranes in the anus or in the mouth and diarrhea. It also shows positive effects on acne. Read everything you need to know about the effects and use of witch hazel!

What is the effect of witch hazel?

Important ingredients of witch hazel are tannins. They have an anti-inflammatory, haemostatic, astringent (contracting) and irritation-reducing effect on mucous membranes and wounds. Witch hazel leaves mainly contain condensed tannins (catechin tannins), the bark mainly hydrolyzable tannins (gallotannins).

Other constituents of witch hazel are various volatile compounds such as alkanes, aliphatic alcohols and aldehydes.

The leaves and bark of witch hazel (witch hazel) are classified as traditional herbal medicines. They are approved to relieve the symptoms of grade I and II hemorrhoids. These symptoms include burning, itching and slight bleeding in the anus area.

Hamamelis can also be used for

  • Inflammation of the mucous membranes in the area of ​​the anus
  • slight skin injuries and skin inflammation (including neurodermatitis)
  • Inflammation of the mucous membranes around the mouth and eyes
  • Varicose vein complaints (such as heavy, aching legs

Witch hazel bark can also be used as a short-term treatment for diarrhea.

Witch hazel water – the distillate from the leaves and bark – is also recommended for the topical treatment of bruises, skin irritations, sunburn and insect bites.

Witch hazel may also be helpful for acne due to its anti-inflammatory effects. A study indicates that the medicinal plant causes the tissue in the face to contract, thereby reducing the pores. It also soothes the skin and reduces inflammation.

The fact that witch hazel has an effect on the psyche has not yet been scientifically proven.

How is witch hazel used?

There are several ways you can use witch hazel.

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