Witch hazel. Properties. Medicinal Plants

Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
Plant native to eastern Canada and the United States. Today it is cultivated in Europe.

Witch hazel Properties
* Witch hazel leaves contain tannins and flavonoids. Thanks to these active this plant is used in treating circulatory disorders.
* The witch hazel is one of the most powerful astringents. Tannins venotonic exerting a facilitating contraction of blood vessels, veins and capillaries, promoting blood flow. This causes a vasoconstrictor and witch hazel venous tonic.
* Used in the treatment of varicose veins, hemorrhoids, phlebitis, and diarrhea.
* As for the flavonoids, have a vitamin P action which results in increased resistance of small veins and capillaries and a decrease in capillary permeability (capillary liquid outlet) responsible for the edema and inflammation.
* You witch hazel has important antioxidant properties that protect the wall of veins and capillaries.
* Also used in cases of very heavy rules.
* In topical wounds, sore throat, skin and corneal ulcers, dermatitis, erythema, pruritus, vulvovaginitis, bleeding postafeitado (lotion).

Witch hazel. Contraindications
- Gastritis, peptic ulcer.
- No PLS USE dosage forms containing alcohol to children under two years or people with ethyl.

Side effects of Witch hazel
- The tannins can irritate the stomach lining. This side effect can be offset by mixing in mucilage, such as marshmallow.

Toxicity: 0 - 1 - 2 - 3

- As with any medicinal plants that can be taken in tincture or fluid extract should always be kept in mind the alcohol content.

(0 = none, 1 = something toxic, 2 = toxic, 3 = very toxic)

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