Haemorrhage or bleeding from the nose is called epistaxis. It is
a sign of vitiated body heat and is often associated with high blood pressure
and some other systemic diseases caused by excessive heat in the body. Many
people suffer from epistaxis during the hot summer months.
Factors such as excessive heat, intake of hot, spicy food and
alcohol are the general causes of epistaxis. Local causes such as trauma on the
nose, irritants in the air, inserting sharp object in the nose, blowing the
nose very strongly can cause epistaxis. Diseases like sinusitis, rhinitis,
hypertension, tumours in the nasal area, heart diseases, liver diseases,
alcoholism, and malignancies such as leukaemia, deficiency of platelets, and
Vitamin C and K can also cause epistaxis.
Bleeding through nose
From Ayurvedic perspective nasal bleeding indicates aggravation
of pitta. Aggravated pitta mixes with rakta dhatu (blood tissue) to cause
epistaxis. It can occur as an independent disease or as a symptom of diseases
like urdhwaga raktapitta, kamala and so on. Ayurveda utilizes herbal
preparations that contain haemostatic herbs for internal and external usage
that help check bleeding.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
Some people, especially those having pitta constitution display
a tendency to suffer from epistaxis repeatedly. Such individuals should avoid
hot, spicy food and spices like pepper.
Drinking excessive tea, coffee or alcohol must be avoided.
Playing or walking in hot sun should be avoided. Avoid high
temperature environments and humid places.
Avoid keeping awake at night.
Drink sufficient amount of water, milk, coconut water, grapes,
Eat gulkand and amla jam regularly.
Place crushed iced into a plastic zipper-type bag and cover with
a towel. (A bag of frozen vegetables works fine, too.) Place the compress on
the bridge of the nose and hold until well after the bleeding stops.
Take a cloth or cotton ball and wet it with white vinegar. Plug
it in the nostril that鈥檚 bleeding. Vinegar helps seal up the blood vessel wall.
Drink 1/4 cup of amla juice with water once daily. You can also
apply fresh amla paste on the center of the head or skull to stop nose
Keeping the head in an elevated position reduces also nasal