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Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source information

Table 1. Proper name(s), Common name(s), Source information
Proper name(s) Common name(s) Source information
Source material(s) Part(s) Preparation(s)

Hamamelis virginiana

  • Hamamelis water1
  • Witch Hazel water1

Hamamelis virginiana

Twig dormant


References: Proper name: USDA 2019; Common names: Bradley 2006, ESCOP 2003, McGuffin et al. 2000; Source information: Bradley 2006, ESCOP 2003.

1Hamamelis/Witch hazel water: macerate in water recently cut and partially dried dormant twigs of Hamamelis virginiana in a ratio of 1:2 w/w (twigs:water) for 24 hours, distill twigs to a ratio of 1:0.80-0.85 w/v (twigs:distillate). To the distillate, add 14-15% of ethanol (% of volume of distillate) (USP 32).

2Dry = partially dried as per the USP preparation.

Route of Administration


Dosage Form(s)

The following dosage forms are acceptable when used according to the requirements indicated in this monograph: Liquid; Solution.

Use(s) or Purpose(s)

(Traditionally) used in Herbal Medicine for the temporary relief of eye discomfort due to dryness of the eye or to exposure to wind or sun (EMA 2008; Bradley 2006).


Claims for traditional use must include the term "Herbal Medicine", "Traditional Chinese Medicine", or "Ayurveda".



Adolescents 14-17 years and Adults 18 years and older (EMA 2008)


Method of preparation: Distillation

10% of Hamamelis water1 (EMA 2008)


Direction(s) for use

Put 2 drops of diluted Hamamelis water in each eye, 3-6 times per day (EMA 2008).

Duration(s) of Use

Use for a maximum of 4 days (EMA 2008)

Risk Information

Caution(s) and warning(s)


No statement required

Known adverse reaction(s)

No statement required

Non-medicinal ingredients

Must be chosen from the current Natural Health Products Ingredients Database (NHPID) and must meet the limitations outlined in the database.

Storage conditions

Must be established in accordance with the requirements described in the Natural Health Products Regulations (NHPR).


References cited

References reviewed