Witch-hazel (HAMAMELIS VIRGINICA) – Venous congestion, haemorrhages, varicose veins, and haemorrhoids, 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 haemorrhages from any part. Great value in open, painful wounds, with weakness from loss of blood. After operations, supersedes the use of morphia (Helmuth).
Head.–Wants “the respect due to me” shown. Feeling as of a bolt from temple to temple. Fullness, followed by epistaxis. Numbness over frontal bone.
Eyes.–Painful weakness; sore pain in eyes; bloodshot appearance; inflamed vessels greatly injected. Hastens absorption of intraocular haemorrhage. Eyes feel forced out.
Nose.–Bleeding from nose profuse; flow passive, non-coagulable, with tightness in bridge of nose. Bad odor from nose.
Throat.–Mucous membrane distended and bluish; varicosis of throat.
Stomach.–Tongue feels burnt. Thirst. Blisters on side. Haematemesis of black blood. Throbbing and pain in stomach.
Stool.–Anus feels sore and raw. Haemorrhoids, bleeding profusely, with soreness. Dysentery. Pulsation in rectum.
Urine.–Haematuria, with increased desire.
Female.–Ovarian congestion and neuralgia; feel very sore. Vicarious menstruation. Uterine haemorrhage, bearing-down pain in back. Menses dark, profuse, with soreness in abdomen. Metrorrhagia, occurring midway between menstrual periods. Intermenstrual pain (Jas. W. Ward). Vagina very tender. Profuse leucorrhoea. Vulva itches. Milk-leg, haemorrhoids, and sore nipples, after confinement. Metrorrhagia; passive flow. Vaginismus, ovaritis, soreness over whole abdomen. Phlegmasia alba.
Male.–Pain in spermatic cord, running into testes. Varicocele. Pain in testicles. Orchitis. Testicles enlarged, hot, and painful. Epididymitis.
Respiratory.–Haemoptysis; tickling cough. Chest feels sore and constricted.
Back.–Sore pain down cervical vertebrae. Severe pain in lumbar and hypogastric region, extending down legs.
Extremities.–Tired feeling in arms and legs. Very sore muscles and joints. Varicose veins. Chilliness in back and hips, extending down legs. Neuralgia of internal saphenous nerve.
Skin.–Bluish chilblains. Phlebitis. Purpura. Varicose veins and ulcers; very sore. Burns. Ecchymosis. Traumatic inflammations (Arnica).
Modalities.–Worse, warm, moist air.
Relationship.–Compare in haemorrhoids: Calc fluor; Aloe; Mur ac in varicose veins. Mangifera indica.
Compare: Arnica; Calend; Trillium; Bellis; Sulph ac; Pulsatilla.
Dose.–Tincture, to sixth attenuation. Distilled extract locally.
Written by William Boericke (1849 - 1929) and published first in his book "Materia Medica" (1901) William Boericke was an Austrian-born American physician who became a influential exponent of homeopathy. He is also known as an academic writer, publisher, medical school professor and owner of several pharmacies.