They are also included in some medications to give those products the ability to slow down or stop bleeding. Those medications are used for treating insect bites, stings, teething, hemorrhoids, itching, irritations, and minor pain.
Applying witch hazel water to the skin may help to temporarily relieve itching, discomfort, irritation, and burning from hemorrhoids and other anal disorders. Applying witch hazel bark, leaf, or water to the skin reduces minor bleeding.
Applying witch hazel cream seems to relieve mild skin irritation, but not as well as hydrocortisone. Other research shows that applying a specific witch hazel ointment (Hamlet) to the skin appears to improve symptoms of skin injury or irritated skin as effectively as a dexpanthenol ointment in children.
Applying a cream containing witch hazel to the skin for 14 days does not seem to improve itchy and inflamed skin in people with moderate eczema. Applying hydrocortisone cream seems to be a more effective treatment option.
Early research shows that applying a cream containing witch hazel into the vagina can reduce feelings of vaginal dryness in postmenopausal women. More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of witch hazel for these uses.
Side Effects Witch hazel is LIKELY SAFE for most adults when applied directly to the skin. Witch hazel is POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults when small doses are taken by mouth.
In some people, witch hazel might cause stomach upset when taken by mouth. Witch hazel contains a cancer-causing chemical (parole), but in amounts that are too small to be of concern.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding : There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking witch hazel if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. For skin irritation : An after sun lotion containing 10% witch hazel water has been used.
APPLIED TO THE ANUS : For itching and discomfort associated with hemorrhoids and other anal disorders : Witch hazel water has been applied up to 6 times per day or after every bowel movement. CHILDRENAPPLIED TO THE SKIN : For skin irritation : An ointment containing witch hazel has been applied several times per day in children aged 2-11 years.
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There is no proof that taking witch hazel by mouth helps with these or any other conditions. Witch hazel may bring some relief from hemorrhoids or skin irritations and lessen minor bleeding.
Witch hazel extracts contain antioxidant compounds that may protect against sunburn and aging from the sun. On the skin: 5 to 10 grams of leaf and bark simmered in 250 milliliters of water or undiluted As an alcohol extract (commonly available in pharmacies): Saturate a piece of cloth and apply to the affected area.
By suppository, use 0.1 to 1 gram leaf and bark applied one to three times daily. Stomach upset may result from taking witch hazel by mouth.
When you apply it to skin, it may, rarely, cause inflammation (contact dermatitis). But if you take high doses by mouth, it may cause kidney or liver damage.
Although witch hazel contains a known cancer -causing ingredient, there's likely no need for concern unless you regularly use high concentrations. The FDA does not review these supplements for safety or efficacy before they hit the market.