Witch hazel treats minor irritation caused by hemorrhoids, notes WebMD. Witch hazel contains tannins and oils that slow bleeding, draw tissue together and reduce inflammation. In Native American history, the bark and leaves of the witch hazel plant served as a common folk remedy.
TUCKS medicated hemorrhoidal pads contain witch hazel, according to the manufacturer’s website, TUCKSBrand.com. When folded, the pads work as moist compresses placed on the inflamed tissue to sooth and protect irritated areas. TUCKS recommends its pads for hemorroidal relief and discomfort following childbirth or vaginal or rectal surgery.
People also take witch hazel orally for treating conditions such as diarrhea, colitis, tuberculosis, colds and fevers, states WebMD.