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Hamamelis Virginica - General symptoms - Nash

Witch-hazel, Hammemelis, Hamamelis, Hemamellis, Hama, Hamam, Hamamelis Virginiana, Ham.


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HPUS indication of Hamamelis Virginica: Varicose veins

Below are the main rubriks (i.e strongest indications or symptoms) of Hamamelis Virginica in traditional homeopathic usage, not approved by the FDA.


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GENERAL

General

Venous haemorrhages (very dark and clotted); veins full, enlarged and sore to touch.


Hamamelis Virginica is another remedy having the symptom "soreness as if bruised" in a marked degree, and which I did not mention when writing of Arnica Arnica. This soreness is sometimes found in rheumatism and Hamamelis has cured when Arnica Arnica failed. But one of the chief distinctions between these two remedies is that Arnica Arnica acts more upon the capillaries, causing their relaxation, whereby suggillations take place, while Hamamelis acts more upon the veins, which are very full, enlarged and sore. One author says

"It is the Aconite Aconite of the veins."

From clinical use we know enough of the remedy to value it highly in varicosities of almost all kinds. (Fluoric acid.) It is here a powerful rival of Pulsatilla Pulsatilla, but except the soreness of the veins we do not know of guiding symptoms for its use.

Like Arnica Arnica and Calendula Officinalis Calendula, Hamamelis has often seemed to act well as a local application. I am not in favor, generally, of using remedies in this way, unless it be for external injuries, which are not diseases.