A nosebleed is a hemorrhage from the nose--syn., epistaxis (from one side), epistaxis bilateral (both sides); in other words, the escaping of blood from the nose. [HHH p.110]


Unless it is from injury, nosebleed results from a calcium deficiency. It is caused by the rupture of a small vessel in the nose due to pressure in the head. There are many causes for nosebleeds, but the weakness stems from calcium deficiency. Of course, it does not matter how much calcium is in the body if one is hit in the nose with a good blow; bleeding will start. [HHH p.110]

Herbal Aids:

Cranesbill: Use the powder as a snuff. [SNH p.153]

Nosebleed (epistaxis): See formula using cranesbill, bistort and raspberry leaves. [SNH p.154]

Witch Hazel: Snuff the tea up the nose. [SNH p.171]

Cayenne: Dr. Christophers many Cayenne Combinations: A teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of water (hot preferred) taken internally will stop most nosebleeds quickly. In an emergency such as this we use cayenne. As mentioned a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of water and drunk right down will stop a nosebleed in nearly every instance, by the time you can count to ten. This is not a miracle; it is the principle of the cell stimulant cayenne traveling through the entire blood stream and regulating the pressure so the pressure of the flow is the same in the feet as in the head or any other part of the body. This takes the heavy pressure off the hemorrhaging area and allowing a quick coagulation. [HHH p.110]

Herbal Calcium Formula: Dr. Christopher's Calcium Formula: One of our very finest herbal foods is our calcium formula of four parts comfrey root, six parts horsetail grass, three parts oat straw and one part lobelia. Make this into a tea, using a cup (one teaspoon of combined herbs to cup of distilled water) morning and one evening or two or three capsules or tablets two or three times in a day. [HHH p.110]

Bayberry Bark or Oak Bark Tea or Powder: If the nose bleeds often, the veins, capillaries and tissue often will be strengthened by inhaling a small amount of bayberry bark (Myrica cerifera) or oak bark (white, red Tanner's scrub, etc.) tea up into the nose. If desired, use an atomizer to spray it up. Another method is to take the bayberry bark or oak bark powdered and with a small straw blow a very small amount of the powder up the nose each day, until healed. Do not blow too much of the powder up the nose or it will plug up the area. Drink a small amount, one-fourth cup more or less, of the bayberry or oak bark tea each day until the condition is under control. [HHH p.110]


Cayenne: Within the last year, I purchased from you your wonderful book - The School of Natural Healing and have been enjoying very much using it as a reference book. It is GREAT. With red pepper having the ability to stop heart attacks and to stop bleeding either internal or external - I just can't see why that information is not more widely known and used, especially by paramedics, boy scouts and girl scouts and athletic managers. People are always hearing about someone having a nosebleed that is very difficult to stop and hikers, etc. having an accident out in the wilderness and almost bleeding to death. Our household or car will never be without some red pepper in it. I am now taking it twice a day. [NL 3-3]]

My 89 year-old grandpa was rushed to the hospital with a nosebleed that wouldn't stop.  His nose was packed, and he was told to return to the hospital in a few days to have it cauterized.  I asked my dad, who took him to the hospital, why he hadn't tried cayenne.  He said "you're right.  What was I thinking?  I will send some caynenne home with him."  The day after my grandpa's nose was cauterized, it started bleeding again.  This time my dad told my grandpa to take the cayenne.  His nose stopped bleeding in minutes.  My grandpa now takes cayenne every day, and the nose bleeding has not returned.

See Also:

Herbal Calcium Formula: Dr. Christopher's Calcium Formula
Cayenne: Dr. Christopher's many Cayenne Combinations

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