Updated: Apr 15, 2018
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) understanding, nosebleeds are usually due to over-heated blood, and cooling herbs for this include couch grass rhizome, hairyvein agrimonia herb, common bletilla tuber and oriental arborvitae leafy-twig.
Persistent or recurrent nosebleeds may indicate an internal disharmony has formed, and the source of heat should be eliminated. Physicians will consider the characteristics of the bleeding, including the duration, interval, amount of bleeding, color and texture of the blood, and the overall condition of the body when identifying a disharmony pattern.
Occasional nosebleeds are very common. The nasal lining is rich in tiny blood vessels, very fragile and sensitive, when the air is too dry or if you pick or blow your nose vigorously, nosebleeds can easily result. Nosebleeds are a nuisance but are usually not a sign of a serious medical condition. Common nosebleeds can be handled at home:
Proper posture to stop nosebleeds
Sit upright and lead forward, and breathe through your mouth;
Blow your nose to clear out any blood clot, and pack it with cotton or gauze;
Squeeze shut the soft part of the nose for 10 minutes;
If the bleeding does not stop, apply fresh packing and pressure for another 10 minutes.
Remember that the ruptured blood vessel needs 7 to 10 days to heal completely, do not pick your nose or knock the scab off during this period. The following tips help prevent the nose from bleeding again:
Humidify your home or sleeping room
Avoid lifting or straining
Elevate the head on one or two pillows while sleeping
Apply lubricating ointment inside the nose
Do not take cold and allergy medicines, and drugs that thin the blood
Quit smoking and alcohol
In case if you have frequent nosebleeds, or if the bleeding is heavy and hard to stop, you should call your doctor. Medical conditions that may cause nosebleeds include allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, infectious diseases, hypertension and bleeding disorders that need clinical examinations to differentiate.
Herbal prescriptions for nosebleeds
Heat in lung meridian
Bright red nasal drippings, extreme dryness and a burning sensation in the nasal passages; individuals may also experience dry coughing, mouth dryness or a feverish sensation in the body. The tongue is red and covered with yellow coating, and the pulse is floating and rapid. This disharmony often occurs during the dry season or common cold. The remedy should aim to clear lung heat and cool blood.
Mulberry Leaf and Chrysanthemum Decoration plus peony root bark, couch grass rhizome and oriental arborvitae leafy-twig.
Nosebleeds and menstruation
For some women, nosebleeds occur periodically with menstruations, or follow the hormonal fluctuations of the body. TCM believes that the symptom is mainly due to over-heated blood or reverse qi flow in the thoroughfare vessel meridian that forces the blood flowing out of the normal pathways. Individuals are usually accompanied with a decreased menstrual flow or missed period.
These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, if clinical examination rules out any physical cause for your nosebleeds, you may seek relief with to Traditional Chinese Medicine which includes Chinese Herbs and Accupuncture.
Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing Acupuncture and Herbs from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for a treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.