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Imbalanced yin and yang can cause nosebleeds

ALMOST everyone has experienced a spontaneous nosebleed. The medical term is tepistaxis. If it's occasional, there's is no need to worry. Exterior conditions such as dry air, too much exercise, too much sun or heat, especially in summer, might be the reason. However, if nosebleeds are regular, frequent or very heavy, a doctor should be consulted about the underlying cause.

In traditional Chinese Medicine, three main patterns are usually related to nosebleeds.

In acute bleeding, the diagnosis is mostly wind-heat in the lungs. Patients often suffer from a cold and are coughing and feverish. The nose is very dry and sensitive, so blood vessels can easily burst.

In chronic nosebleeds, patients are usually affected by heat in the stomach. This condition is related to an unbalanced diet (too much greasy, spicy and sweet food) leading to excess yang (hot energy). Symptoms are bleeding gums and bad breath. Many patients are restless, very thirsty and crave ice-cold drinks.

The third condition is a yin (cold energy) deficiency in the kidneys and liver. Patients complain about dry skin, eyes and nose. Symptoms include night sweats, insomnia and dizziness.

To stop nosebleeds, people should sit upright and put a cold, wet towel on the forehead and neck. Nostrils should not be plugged, since blood needs to flow out. Patients should get extra rest in the following days.

Nosebleeds are worsened by yang foods (spicy, greasy, sweet and alcohol) that should be avoided in the first three days after a nosebleed. TCM practitioners often prescribe medicinal herbs to treat the underlying cause and prevent regular nosebleeds.


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