Hamamelis virginiana

Hamamelis virginiana

Hamamelis virginiana

Botanical name: Hamamelis virginiana Linn.

Family: Hamamelideaceae

Known: Eng: Witch hazel; French: Hamamelis; Ger: Hamamelis, Zamberhasel.


A deciduous shrub upto 5 metre high with numerous long flaxuous, forking branches, smooth, brown bark, becoming greyish and fissured with age.

Leaves 7-15 cm long, obovate or oval, straight veined, wavy dentate, somewhat downy when young, becoming smooth with age.

Flowers yellow, in small axillary heads, usually surrounded by a scale-like, three leaved involucre.

Distribution: Indigenous to U.S. A. and Canada.

History and authority:

Introduced in Homoeopathic practice in 1851 by Preston

Allen’s Encyclop. Mat. Med., Vol. IV, 528.

Part used: Stem and root bark

Characteristics: The Mother Tincture is a reddish brown liquid with astringent taste

Potencies: 2x to contain one part Mother Tincture; three parts Purified Water and six parts Strong Alcohol.

3x and higher with dispensing alcohol.

Prescribed Dose: Tincture, to sixth attenuation

Clinical Use:

Traditional Uses: A mixture of 1 part fresh of bark from the branches and 2 parts of the tips of shoots of Hamamelis virginiana Linn. It is antibacterial, astringent, haemostatic, skin tonic and tumours and ulcer.

  • Venous congestion
  • Hæmorrhages
  • Varicose veins
  • Hæmorrhoids, with bruised soreness of affected parts, seem to be the special sphere of this remedy.
  • Acts upon the coats of the veins causing relaxation with consequent engorgement.
  • Passive venous hæmorrhages from any part.
  • Great value in open, painful wounds, with weakness from loss of blood.
  • After operations, supercedes the use of morphia (Helmuth).

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