Ayurvedic treatment for Nose bleed

Nose bleed

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  • Definition
  • Causes
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Management
  • FAQS
  • References

Definition

Nose bleed Ayurvedic treatment

WHAT IS NOSE BLEED?

There may be a number of reasons for nose bleeds to occur. It may not be always possible to detect the exact cause of nose bleeds. The nose comprises of a large network of blood vessels. These blood vessels are situated closer to the surface in the anterior and posterior regions of the nose. They are very delicate and bleed easily. Nosebleeds commonly occur in adults and children (3-10 year old).1-2

Nose bleeds are of two types. Bleeding from the blood vessels located in the front of the nose leads to anterior bleeding. These make up to 90% of all the nose bleeds. Bleeding usually comes from an artery in the back part of the nose leads to posterior nosebleed. Posterior nosebleeds can be dangerous.2

Nose bleed in Ayurveda, is termed as NAKSEER. According to Ayurveda, disturbance of Pitta is the major cause for nose bleeds. Increase in pitta causes bleeding from the nose.3

Causes

Nose bleed

NOSE BLEED CAUSES

Nose bleeds can be caused by a number of things, including:1

  • Scratching the inside of your nose with a sharp fingernail
  • Forcefully blowing your nose
  • blow to your head, or a fall
  • A minor injury to your nose
  • Presence of cold or flu which causes a blocked or stuffy nose
  • Sinusitis
  • Very dry environment or places that have hot, dry weather
  • Hay fever or other allergies
  • High altitude
  • Abuse of nasal decongestants
  • A crooked nose that's either present from birth or the result of an injury.
  • broken nose
  • Recent nasal surgery
  • Hardened arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • Medicines that cause you to bleed more easily, including aspirin

Symptoms

Nose bleed

NOSE BLEED SYMPTOMS

Bleeding usually occurs only from one nostril. Nostril on the affected side may fill up with blood and overflow, spilling into the other nostril to cause bleeding from both sides.4

  • Excessive blood loss may cause dizziness, light-headedness, confusion, and fainting. However, excessive blood loss from nosebleeds is rare.
  • A disease in which the body is unable to form clots may cause additional bleeding from other parts of the body, such as bleeding gums when brushing teeth, blood in urine or bowel movements, or easy bruising. Additional bleeding or easy bruising can be a sign of a more significant medical problem.

Diagnosis

Nose bleed

NOSE BLEED DIAGNOSIS

The physician will conduct a physical examination to detect the exact cause of nose bleed.  He or she will look for the presence of a foreign object which might be stuck inside the nose. The physician will also take a detailed medical history. Sometimes the physician might ask for certain diagnostic tests to be performed, these tests include:2

  • Blood tests including complete blood count, to check for blood disorders
  • Nasal endoscopy, i.e., examining nose using a special instrument
  • Partial thromboplastin time, to check for bleeding disorders
  • CT scan of the nose
  • X-ray of the face and nose

Management

Nose bleed

NOSE BLEED AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

According to ayurveda, an imbalance of the Pitta dosha is the main cause for the bleeding of the nose. Increase in the pitta is associated with nose bleeds. The management comprises of pacifying the pitta dosha by making some simple changes in aahar and vihar and some herbs. 3

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Avoid spicy and hot food items.
  • Old rice, barley, green gram, lentil, bengal gram, red gram, crystal sugar, honey, sugarcane juice, cow ghee, banana, snake gourd, bitter gourd, cucumber, stem of lotus, leaves of neem, fruits of pomegranate, coconut, wood apple and grapes help to cure nose bleeds
  • A teaspoonful of Gulkand or rose petal jam helps in preventing a bloody nose.
  • Amla (Indian Gooseberry) is very rich in Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. Daily consumption of juice or preparations of amla make way helps in preventing nose bleeding.
  • Drinking sufficient water daily will lead to a healthy nose.
  • Whole wheat or the ‘Brown bread’ or ‘Brown rice’ has ample of Zinc nutrient in it. Zinc helps in maintaining the body’s blood-vessels.
  • Increase the consumption of dark green leafy vegetables.

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Avoid mental pressure and stress.
  • Full time and sound sleep at night is highly recommended.
  • Cold water is one of the best ways to stop nasal bleeding
  • Instillation of lemon juice should be dropped into nostrils provides excellent relief.
  • Juice of fresh coriander leaves can be used as nasal drops.
  • A cotton bud dipped in rosewater and kept inside the nostrils stops the bleeding.
  • Tulsi juice mixed with honey will also help and provide extra strength to the body.

FAQS

Nose bleed
  1. What is allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is inflammation of the lining of the nose in response to an immune response given by body when it comes in contact with certain allergens (things causing allergy in a person). It simply means that immune system is overreacting to certain allergy causing substances such as pollen, dust mites, skin and saliva of furry animals such as cats, dogs, etc. Around 10 to 30 percent of population in the world may suffer from this condition. Allergic disorders in Ayurveda are widely elaborated under the concepts of Ama, Asatmya ahara vihar, Anurjta and viruddha aahara. Impaired digestion and metabolism causes Ama. It leads to the manifestation of Rhinitis or Pratishyaya by affecting Rasa and Rakta Dhatu.

  1. What causes allergic rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis happens when your body releases histamine after coming in contact with an allergen. Histamine is a natural chemical that guards your body from the allergen. This chemical is responsible for the symptoms associated with allergic rhinitis, including a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes.

Other common causes in addition to pollen, include

  • Grass
  • Dust
  • Animal skin
  • Mites
  • Moulds

Some external factors that can trigger or aggravate this condition, include:

  • Dampness
  • Cold temperature
  • air pollution
  • chemicals in Hairspray/perfumes/colognes
  • Wood smoke
  • Fumes
  • Smoking
  1. What diet changes I can do to avoid ear infection in my child?

Here are few diet tips to avoid ear infection in your child:

Since ear problems are associated with an imbalance in the kapha dosha, a diet that does not vitiate the kapha dosha, should be followed. The following dietary guidelines must be followed: -

  1. Sour foods must be avoided as it impairs the kapha dosha. These include sour fruits and curds.
  2. Fruits like bananas, watermelons, oranges, papayas and cucumbers must be avoided since the increase the risk common cold. This would aggravate the ear problem. All refrigerated foods must also be avoided for the same reason.
  3. Onion, ginger and garlic should be preferred during ear problems.
  4. Turmeric is also very good remedy for infections, and must be used for spicing the meals
  5. Avoid processed and oily food
  6. Avoid water getting into ear during bath.
  1. What are the causes of nosebleeds?

Nose bleeds can be caused by a number of things, including:

  • Scratching the inside of your nose with a sharp fingernail
  • Forcefully blowing your nose
  • blow to your head, or a fall
  • A minor injury to your nose
  • Presence of cold or flu which causes a blocked or stuffy nose
  • Sinusitis
  • Very dry environment or places that have hot, dry weather
  • Hay fever or other allergies
  • High altitude
  • Abuse of nasal decongestants
  • A crooked nose that's either present from birth or the result of an injury.
  • broken nose
  • Recent nasal surgery
  • Hardened arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • Medicines that cause you to bleed more easily, including aspirin
  1. What can I do to manage or avoid nosebleed?

Here are some tips to manage/avoid nosebleed:

  • Avoid mental pressure and stress.
  • Sound sleep for 7-8 hours is highly recommended.
  • Cold water is one of the best ways to stop nasal bleeding
  • Instillation of lemon juice should be dropped into nostrils provides excellent relief
  • Juice of fresh coriander leaves can be used as nasal drops
  • A cotton bud dipped in rosewater and kept inside the nostrils stops the bleeding
  • Tulsi juice mixed with honey will also help and provide extra strength to the body
  1. My husband snores a lot. What could be the reasons?

Snoring may be caused by a combination of factors which are as follows:

  • Sleeping on the back
  • Being overweight/obese
  • Congestion of the upper respiratory tract
  • Heavy consumption of alcohol in the evening prior to sleep
  • Use of sleeping pills and tranquilizers
  • Inadequate sleep
  • stress
  • Saggy and extra soft mattress
  • A pillow that is too low/high
  • History of smoking
  1. How is snoring treated in Ayurveda?

Ayurveda classifies sleep disorders as Kapha dominant disorders since they are highly associated with obesity as a main symptom, however, Vata and Pitta could have an impact on this disorder. Kapha dosha first accumulates, and aggravates in the digestive system, it then over-flows into the circulatory system, subsequently relocating into the Medas (Medovaha srota), then manifest and diversifies.2  Lekhana and Medohara (fat scraping/ reducing) ahara and vihar and Shodhana therapies may be beneficial.

Ayurveda has a holistic approach in treating different conditions that include a combination of ahar (diet) and vihar (lifestyle regime) recommendations for effective management.

  1. What are few tips to reduce snoring?

Here are few tips to reduce snoring:

  • Maintain a proper diet and exercise well to lose weight
  • Avoid alcohol consumption since it can increase sleep apnea
  • Prefer sleeping on the side (especially the left side as this promotes better digestion)
  • Avoid smoking
  • Ensure that you always get sufficient and a sound sleep
  • Sleep on a firm mattress
  • Use a pillow of an appropriate size and firmness
  • If possible, elevate the head end of the bed if possible
  • Use of nasal spray to relieves nasal congestion
  • Inhale steam with eucalyptus oil
  1. My child frequently gets chest infection, what diet can I give to improve his condition?

Following are the diet tips to improve/better manage chest infection:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet as it can help strengthen the immune system, makes you less susceptible to developing chest infections
  • Avoid milk products and other mucous forming foods like ice-cream, cold water, sugar salt refined flour, bread and fruit juices
  • Prefer hot food and drinks since they help in soothing the discomfort associated with cough
  • Preparations containing long pepper and dry ginger are helpful in treating cough
  • Ghee can be used to soothe the throat
  • Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
  • Prepare a solution of a glass of hot water, half a lemon’s juice squeezed in it and a teaspoon of honey. Drink this mixture sip by sip
  • Avoid excessive consumption of tea, caffeinated and carbonated drinks 
  1. My child has crying spell and pulls his ear sometimes. Is he having ear pain?

The symptoms of ear pain in infants include:

  • Fever and irritability in babies
  • Pulling tugging or rubbing of ears in children
  • Babies do not feed well; loss of appetite in children
  • Sleep problems and restlessness at night
  • Coughing and runny nose

 

References

Nose bleed
  1. Available at: http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Nosebleed/Pages/Causes.aspx. Accessed on: 21 Sep. 16
  2. What causes nosebleed? Available at: http://www.healthline.com/symptom/nosebleed. Accessed on: 21 Sep. 16
  3. Ayurvedic Cure for Nose Bleed. Available at: http://home-cure.net/ayurvedic-cure-nose-bleed/. Accessed on: 21 Sep. 16
  4. Available at: http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/nosebleeds-causes-and-treatments. Accessed on: 21 Sep. 16
  5. Home Remedies for Nose Bleeding. Available at: http://www.ayurveddoctor.com/home-remedies-nose-bleeding.html. Accessed on: 21 Sep. 16
  6. Nose bledding and ayurvedic treatment. Available at: http://www.muralimanohar.com/Articles,%20English/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/Nose%20Bleeding.htm. Accessed on: 21 Sep. 16.

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