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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.
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.