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What is the typical dose of witch hazel?

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These are typical dosages of witch hazel:

  • By mouth. Two grams of dried leaves three times daily or as a tea.
  • On the skin. Five to 10 grams of leaf and bark simmered in 250 milliliters of water or undiluted.
  • Alcohol extract (commonly available in pharmacies). Saturate a piece of cloth and apply to the affected area.
  • Rectal area. By suppository, use 0.1 to 1 gram leaf and bark one to three times daily. When put on the anal area, witch hazel water may be used up to 6 times a day or after bowel movements.

From: Witch Hazel: Uses and Risks WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Dweck, A. Ethnobotanical Use of Plants, Part 4: The American Continent.

MacKay, D. , April 2001. Alternative Medicine Review

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Witch Hazel."

Thring, T. , 2009. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Reuter, J. , November 2010. Journal of the German Society of Dermatology

Wolff, H. , September 2007. European Journal of Pediatrics

FDA: "Rulemaking History of OTC Skin Protectant Drug Products."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Dweck, A. Ethnobotanical Use of Plants, Part 4: The American Continent.

MacKay, D. , April 2001. Alternative Medicine Review

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Witch Hazel."

Thring, T. , 2009. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Reuter, J. , November 2010. Journal of the German Society of Dermatology

Wolff, H. , September 2007. European Journal of Pediatrics

FDA: "Rulemaking History of OTC Skin Protectant Drug Products."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 22, 2017

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