This section is from the book "Dental Medicine. A Manual Of Dental Materia Medica And Therapeutics", by Ferdinand J. S. Gorgas. Also available from Amazon: Dental Medicine.
Hamamelis Virginica is an indigenous shrub, common to all parts of the United States and Canada, and usually found in stony places and on the banks of streams. The bark and leaves are the medicinal portions.
It is tonic, astringent, sedative, and anodyne. The bark has a bitter, astringent, and somewhat sweetish and pungent taste, and was first employed by the Indians as a sedative and discutient application, in painful tumors and other cases of superficial inflammation. The bark contains from eight to ten per cent. of tannic acid, and also a bitter principle.
Hamamelis Virginica, although not until recently officinal, has for some time been employed in hemorrhage of the lungs, haematemesis, and in phthisis. Externally, it is applied to tumors, inflamed and painful parts, etc., etc., in the form of a fluid extract, decoction and tincture. Two minims of the tincture of hamamelis every half hour, will often control hemorrhages from nose, uterus and from hemorrhoids.
Of the fluid extract of hamamelis, to ; of the decoction to
Hamamelis is employed in dental practice as a sedative or anodyne application, in incipient periodontitis, in the form of the fluid extract, applied warm on lint or cotton as a lotion; also as an anodyne, to irritated and painful exposed pulps of teeth; also for passive hemorrhage from the mucous membrane of the mouth; also for the soreness arising from the removal and effects of salivary calculus. The tincture may be applied as a sedative lotion, in the proportion of one part to ten of water.