How Ayurveda Helps to Heal Epistaxis (Nose Bleeding)?
Epistaxis is also known as acute hemorrhage or nose bleed. It is an ailment wherein bleeding happens from the nasal pit or nostrils. This is an indication of an increase in the body's heat and is also caused because of increased blood pressure and a few other disorders. People usually suffer from this condition in the summer.
Most nosebleeds are harmless, self-restricting, and unconstrained. Bleeding from the nose normally happens when the membranes covering the inner nose are disturbed or aggravated and cause unusual bleeding.
Epistaxis is in many cases a terrifying sight and can be because by heart disease, pregnancy, bleeding problems, and acute health conditions like typhoid, pneumonia, dengue fever, measles, and so on.
According to Ayurveda, bleeding from the nose is a type of Urdhvagata raktapitta, which occurs due to vitiated Pitta getting aggravated and mixed with exceeded Rakta. Improper diet and lifestyle aggravates Doshas, especially Pitta, and creates Aam. This Pitta vitiates into Rakta vaha channel. The polluted Rakta dhatu increases in the amount due to the Hot & Drava guna (Hot & Liquid potency) of Pitta, and it starts flowing out from the channels.
Any sudden action like blowing the nose to hard results in bleeding from the nose due to the sensitive and dry inner membrane of the nose. The appearance of blood coming from the nose looks thick, pale unctuous, and viscid. This is known as Epistaxis.
Signs and Symptoms
- Trauma or injury to the nasal area
- Insertion of sharp objects into the nose
- From Excessive sneezing
- Due to Nasal surgery or Allergic rhinitis
- Exposure to irritants (Ammonia)
- Suffering common cold
- Overuse of nasal sprays
- Change in altitude
Frequent bleeding usually occurs only from one nostril. If the bleeding is heavy enough, the blood can fill up the affected nostril and overflow into the nasopharynx, causing simultaneous bleeding from the other nostril as well. Blood can also drip into the back of the throat or down into the stomach, causing a person to spit up or even vomit blood.
- Bleeding from one or both nostrils
- Might experience bleeding from other body parts (teeth, gums, etc) indication of the inability of the blood clot
There are two types of nose bleeding
Anterior bleeds come from the front of the nose and are more frequent.
Posterior bleeds come from the back of the nose. These are usually heavier and more difficult to control.
Causes of Epistaxis
- Dry air leads to dry nasal membranes
- Nose picking
- Acute sinusitis
- Common cold
- Deviated septum
- Foreign body in the nose
- Nasal sprays, such as those used to treat allergies, if used frequently
- Non-allergic rhinitis
- Trauma to the nose
- Alcohol use
- Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
- Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP)
- Nasal and paranasal tumors
- Nasal polyps (painless soft growths inside your nose)
- Nasal surgery
- Aspirin use
- Anticoagulants, such as warfarin and heparin
- Bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia
- Chemical irritants, such as ammonia
- Chronic sinusitis
- Substance abuse
Pathological Representation of Epistaxis
Ayurvedic Treatment For Epistaxis
According to Ayurveda, epistaxis is contrasted and the Urdhavaga Rakta pitta. When there is an imbalance of vata and pitta dosha in the body, it stirs up the blood tissue or rakta dhatu and causes bleeding from the nose.
- Balances Doshas (Balance aggravated doshas)
- Pacifies Vata (Correct Vata movements)
- Blood Purification (Remove toxins from Rakta Dhatu)
- Nasya (Maintain normal texture of inner membrane of the Nose)
Ayushaktii Herbs Therapeutics For Epistaxis
- Suniram : Blood purifier – Khadir, Devdaru
- Skin Tonic : Anti-Itch Action– Neem,Haridra,Sariva
(Removes Toxins - Haridra, Triphala, Manjishtha)
- Pittashamak : Reducing Heat- Guduchi, Gairik
- Chandrikaras : Reducing Heat-Usheer, Sariva
- Raktabandh : Blood Coagulant – Nagkeshar, Priyangu
- Virechan : Carminative – Haritaki, Nishottar, Aragvadh
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Ayushakti Recommended Home Remedies
- Take dudhi (BOTTLE GAURD) juice with honey or sugar, it stops bleeding from your nose or mouth.
- 1 tsp. Coriander +
- 1 tsp. Cumin +
- 1 tsp. Fennel seeds
Soak it in 1 glass of water for 20 minutes & then drink.
Ayurvedic measures are helpful in the management of Epistaxis or Nosebleeds. At Ayushakti, We eliminate the root cause of the disease by using several ayurvedic treatments to heal various conditions from mild to severe ones.
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Author of the Blog: Dr.Ronak Naik
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd.