which can reach up to 7 m
in height with a thin crust, brown colored outside and reddish inside. It has
many gray branches. It has alternate, entire, oval, thin, slightly coriaceous
but flexible, and asymmetric in the base, dentate or sinuate-toothed leaves,
with pinnate venation prominent underside dark green colored on the upper
surface and bright light green gray in the bottom. Unisexual, small flowers, in
axillary clusters, with 4 yellow petals tongue-shaped and sprout only in
autumn. Fruit in small capsule surrounded at the base by the calyx. It belongs
to the Hamamelidaceae family.
from U.S. forests (Quebec, northeastern of United
States and from Virginia
to Florida) and Canada,
it is grown as an ornamental plant in Europe
where it was introduced in the late nineteenth century. It flowers in
autumn-winter and leaf harvest is made in summer.
in Greek means ‘similar to honey’ although it has nothing to do with the
characteristics of the plant. The American colonists called it witch hazel (haunted bush), because it flourished
in winter and the Indians managed to work wonders using it in order to heal
The leaves and sometimes the bark.
contain not less than 3% of tannins, expressed as pyrogallol (C6H6O3; Mr
126.1), calculated in relation to the dry drug.
drug is odorless and its flavor is slightly bitter and astringent. This plant
is often falsified sometimes with hazel leaves when it is sold in markets so it
is advisable don’t buy it in doubtful sites.
> Venous insufficiency: varicose veins, tired and aching legs,
> Capillary fragility: cuperosis, telangiectasia.
> Pharyngitis and stomatitis.
In this case it is used the bark for its high content of tannins.
> It is a plant very specific for cases
of heavy menstruation and metrorrhagia. Salpingitis, endometritis, menopausal
inflammation (stomatitis, mouth herpes, etc.).
> Local inflammations of skin and
mucous membrane, burns, atopic neurodermatitis, etc.
> Blepharitis, conjunctivitis.
> Contusions, sprains, tired legs.
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