Bloody Nose, Epistaxis -- Stop them quickly!
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Medicine remedy for nose
bleeds, was to take: Cayenne pepper, green vegetables, &
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Continued below, is my prior experience using
cayenne pepper, vitamin C, and green vegetables to stop nosebleeds.
Why doctors' prevention methods (cauterization & vaseline) fail.
The information you will find here should work for most people who try it. The solution to nosebleeds requires maybe $4 monthly for dietary supplements which can be found at many grocery stores and most health food stores.
What causes nosebleeds? Nose bleed causes & causes of bloody noses: 1. Trauma or lack of proper healing from previous trauma such as nose picking and heavy nose blowing. 2. Weak blood vessels, lack of blood clotting ability, excess bleeding, and scurvy--which is a deficiency of Vitamins C & K.
This program is not a "cure." If you stop following this program, your nosebleeds will likely reoccur, and may actually get worse. If you do decide to stop following this program, I will tell you how to do so safely so that your nosebleeds will not get worse than they were before you started. At the least, you may decide to only partially follow the program to keep nosebleeds down to a minor inconvenience.
I discovered the various parts of this program over the course of many years. It took me about nine years to get it right and understand everything enough to achieve consistent success on my own. If you do not read everything before applying the knowledge contained in this program, your nosebleeds (like mine did) may actually get worse for a temporary time. Therefore, take your time reading this report, get comfortable, and re-read all of this again in a day or so, so that everything will sink in.
Health and Herbs Ministry - Nose bleeds -- advocates cayenne.
Nosebleed Cure Nosebleed - Prevention & Curing Protocol -- advocates cayenne.
Nosebleed Remedies --I advocate cayenne
Nosebleed information --advocates cayenne, "Recommended Action: Usually drinking a teaspoon of Cayenne in a glass of warm water will remedy a nosebleed."
Head & Throat --advocates cayenne & Vitamin K for nosebleeds.
Cayenne - Our Herb of the Month --advocates cayenne for nosebleeds, "Cayenne can be applied to open wounds or taken orally to stop bleeding. Nosebleeds, deep cuts, even arterial gushing will stop within seconds."
Products for Nose Bleeds! -- advocates Vitamin C with
http://www.welldesk.co.uk/Nosebleeds.htm -- advocates Vitamin C for nosebleeds.
Information Bible - Nosebleed -- advocates DARK LEAFY VEGETABLES.
Medicinal Herbs Online - Nosebleeds -- advocates DARK LEAFY VEGETABLES. -- warns about aspirin.
Vitamin C Links
Klenner 1971 Vitamin C paper
The vitamin C content of fruit of the world.
Vitamin C - Nutrition
"There is no other herb that stops bleeding faster than cayenne." "With any injury, remember to take cayenne, internally."
Cayenne Pepper Links
CAPSICUM for nosebleeds
Facts about Cayenne I recognize this article as the same writing that I received in the mail back in the late 80's, when I first learned about cayenne pepper.
Nature's Way - Cayenne Pepper (you can order online here)
Cayenne (Capsicum): Nourishment For The Circulatory System (you can also order online here)
Christopher Hobbs: CAYENNE--This Popular Herb is Hot - HealthWorld Online
HerbalMALL: online since 1 9 9 6
CAPSICUM OR CAYENNE PEPPER
Nosebleed Links at nosebleed.com
General Medical Pages:
Nose Bleed Precautions
Nosebleed - symptom - Overview
AIPM - SC 9 How to Stop a Nosebleed
Medical Self-Care Nosebleeds - HealthWorld Online
Ear Nose and Throat Patient Information
AAP Child Symptoms Book: Stopping a nosebleed
First, let me introduce myself. I have suffered nosebleeds for over 20 years--from my earliest childhood. At age 18, I got about 5 nosebleeds a day, each one lasting from 10 to 30 minutes. At times like those, I thought I was going to bleed to death. I've had anterior and posterior nosebleeds. I've bled severely, spontaneously, for no reason at all, no trauma, no nose picking, nothing. Today, in January 1997, I'm 26, and I do not get nosebleeds. I was diagnosed as a borderline hemophiliac when I was about 10 years old because the doctors said I was lacking a blood clotting enzyme in my blood. I bled continuously for about 9 minutes on a bleeding test, while 4 or less is normal. At 15 minutes or more of bleed time, one is considered to be a hemophiliac. I got severe nose bleeds and bruises during athletic competition in both Ski Racing and High School Football. My athletic accomplishments were good, but I probably could have done better if I was not held back by the severe bruising. Luckily both sports are ones in which you can wear lots of padding. But in my case, sometimes the pads were not enough. My heavily padded thighs got so bruised at times, in both sports, that I sometimes had difficulty walking.
In my ski racing career, I was very competitive, and at my best I was ranked about 50th in the United States in Slalom. In Colorado, I finished in the top 15 in all my races one year, and I was spending tons of money on equipment, coaching, and racing to achieve such a level of success. My nose bleeds were a constant problem, sometimes worse, and sometimes better, and I was highly motivated to find a solution. But nosebleeds were not too troubling to me, since, after all, a ski race run usually lasts just over a minute.
Finally, after my ski racing days were over at age 23, and I became a manager of Healthy Habits Restaurant in Boulder, Colorado, I desperately needed a solution that worked 100% of the time. I was routinely on duty for 10 hours at a time with little or no time to take a "break" with a nosebleed. So, I put together everything I had learned about stopping nosebleeds, and with a bit of professional dedication and persistence, I discovered that what I was doing really worked. Now, about a year later, with the help of the internet, I have decided to present this information to the public in the form of this "Stop Nosebleeds Now" web page.
I say all this to convince the hemophiliacs out there that you will find relief. For those whose symptoms are much worse than mine were, I can promise you that you will find relief and that the information here will work for you as well. Even people suffering from the most severe case of hemophilia can and do stop bleeding eventually. Bruises do heal, even if it does take a long, long, long time. As long as you are alive, there is hope that your body can heal itself!!!
Before I begin to describe what worked, let me tell you what has not worked for me and why it is so ineffective.
The Medical establishment's solution to nosebleeds is a patchwork program treating the symptom and not the cause. They describe nose bleeds with their scientific word, "epistaxis," but their use of big and strange words is not very helpful. For prevention, they recommend two things: nasal cauterization, and the application of Vaseline or some type of ointment to the nasal passages. To stop bleeding once it occurs, they recommend ice packs on top of the nose, gauze packs for the inside of the nose, pressure on the nose for 5 to 10 minutes (but as long as 30), and elevation of the head or a slight tilting forward so that blood will not be swallowed. While some temporary relief may be found from this advice, none of it solves the problem of weak blood vessels and none of it addresses the problem of poor blood clotting ability.
Let's go over each of the medical establishment's recommendations for epistaxis individually so that we can see why they provide temporary relief and yet are ineffective for preventing nosebleeds in the long run, as long-time nosebleed sufferers are all too well aware.
First, cauterization. When I was little, and had my first of four cauterization procedures done, I was curious and I asked the Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist how it was going to work. He said that chemically burning the lining of my nose would create scar tissue and that the scar tissue built up would be stronger and more resistant to bleeding. I remember asking him, "Isn't scar tissue thinner and weaker than regular skin?" He said, "Well, we'll hope that this time it will be different." Hey, I was only about 10. Who was I to tell the doctor he was wrong?
Yes, scar tissue is thinner and less elastic than regular skin, and I have various other scars on my body to prove it. The reason why cauterization is effective for a little while after the procedure is done, is that one big scar is created to replace the many other little ones created by previous nosebleeds. Also, fresh scar tissue is soft and pliable, and does not easily crack or bleed. Old scar tissue is different. It does not stretch as easily as normal skin. Thus, when under strain, (from too forceful nose blowing when sick, or absent-minded picking) it is more likely to tear or crack, which will lead to more nosebleeds. If you have a scar elsewhere on your body, you can stretch the skin and see the scar tissues' lack of elasticity. Within the nose, the blood vessels lie much closer to the surface of the nasal membranes than in the skin on your body, so when the skin cracks, you can get a nosebleed.
So, after about a year after cauterization, nosebleeds are just as bad as they were before, if not worse. I went in for cauterization at least four times at periodical intervals during my teenage years. The big problem with cauterization is that you can only cauterize your nose a certain number of times. When I went in the last time, they said they were afraid to cauterize again because there is now a danger of destroying the thin wall in my nose (the septum) that separates my nasal passages. So of all people who should be suffering from truly bad nosebleeds, it should be me. Borderline hemophiliac, weakened septum... But today, I no longer suffer from nosebleeds.
Next, the medical establishment recommends putting some type of oil on the nasal membranes to keep them moist and to prevent them from cracking. This may work to keep the skin moist, but it does nothing to stop bleeding. In fact, touching your nasal membranes to apply Vaseline or some other oil three times a day while they are fragile and weak from previous nosebleeds is likely to cause more nosebleeds, and prevent the healing that needs to take place. I honestly wish the doctors had a clue, so that I wouldn't have had to go through those 20 years of being annoyed and embarrassed by my nosebleeds.
Finally, for a nosebleed in progress, the doctors all know and repeat the R.I.C.E. mantra: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. This is standard procedure for any bleeding in progress. While this method has been proven to be effective for stopping bleeding, reducing swelling, and speeding up the healing process, I have found something better for quickly stopping bleeding in progress. (In emergency situations, doctors may cauterize bleeding blood vessels (ie. destroy them) to help stop the bleeding.)
Once again, medical doctors try to fix the symptom and ignore the root cause of nosebleeds: weak blood vessels and poor blood clotting ability. So, after my first cauterization procedure began to fail, and once I discovered that Vaseline also didn't help much, I began looking, and was open-minded enough to listen to other solutions.
When I was 17, I heard that Vitamin C should be effective for weak blood vessels. Although skeptical, I began taking one 1000 milligram pill three times a day. I was having trouble with nosebleeds at the time, and so I was very happy to find immediate results, and moderate relief. However, not knowing what I was doing, or how Vitamin C worked, I actually ended up making my nosebleeds worse -- much worse. My problem was that I thought that if a little was good, a lot would be better. I started taking 2 or 3 1000 milligram pills at a time, going up to 10 grams of Vitamin C a day.
The problem began when I forgot to take them for a day or so. It's easy to forget to take a pill for a problem once that problem has gone away... And so, my nosebleeds returned with a vengeance! I got severe ones lasting over 15 minutes, and the blood would gush out fast like a stream, or it would fill up my nose and run down the back of my throat even when I had my head tilted forward! This was scary! I figured it must be due to the Vitamin C somehow--but I knew that Vitamin C worked, and that I had forgot to take it. So I took Vitamin C again. Sometimes it seemed to work and sometimes it didn't. All I knew was that I should probably avoid it because of the severity of the nosebleeds I got. For a while when I was 17, and I was experimenting with Vitamin C, I got up to about 5 nosebleeds a day, each one lasting from 10 to 30 minutes. So, finally, I decided to stop taking Vitamin C, as I thought it was too dangerous.
When I was 18, I read that an herb called cayenne pepper was good for stopping bleeding. The pamphlet I read said that for best results, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper powder should be taken in hot water three times a day on an empty stomach. Cayenne pepper is very safe, but it is a very hot spice--used in cooking, and in tiny amounts.
So this was a very painful solution to my nosebleed problem. When I first began taking it, my eyes would tear up and my mouth would burn like crazy, and my nose would run, and in fact, I sometimes got mild nosebleeds trying to drink the hot cayenne pepper tea! But that was not the worst of it. When large amounts of cayenne pepper go through your digestive tract in one large clump, guess what happens? The burning sensation that is created as it leaves the body through the anus is something I would not wish on my worst enemy! Yikes! Cayenne pepper also stimulates contractile movements in the intestines. When it exits in a large and undiluted clump, and no stool comes out behind it, you are left with a rectal burning sensation and continual cramping that is too painful to describe.
But cayenne pepper brought results. Astounding results! My nosebleeds would only last about 30 seconds to a minute and a half at the most, instead of the usual 10 minutes--a dramatic difference for me. I still got nosebleeds, but they were over quickly. I was amazed! I literally couldn't believe it. I finally found something that actually helped. Unfortunately, it was painful and not something I wanted to continue, so I'd stop taking it, get nosebleeds lasting 10-15 minutes again, and then start taking cayenne, and find immediate relief from long bleeding times. I still got nosebleeds, but I was so desperate, I continued to just bear the pain on and off when I felt like I could handle it.
After trial and error, I knew that when I wasn't taking cayenne pepper at all my nosebleeds lasted about 10 to 15 minutes, on average. So, wanting to take as little of the cayenne pepper as possible, I discovered that a nosebleed could be shortened to about 5 minutes if I took cayenne pepper just as my nose began to bleed. But still, this method was not the best, as I would still get nosebleeds. Furthermore, I experienced greater burning sensations when defecating because my body would not be accustomed to the cayenne like it would become if I took it regularly. Also, I could not always carry around hot water and cayenne pepper powder in case I got a nosebleed while skiing.
After a while, I remembered that Vitamin C sometimes stopped me from getting nosebleeds altogether but sometimes made the bleeding last longer... Well, I figured that since cayenne pepper made the bleeding shorter, I wouldn't have as much trouble with Vitamin C as I did the last time I tried it. So, I began to take Vitamin C and cayenne pepper together. I finally found great success--but still, it had its price: I experienced burning sensations when defecating and now also while urinating, so I still did not consistently take this vitamin and herb combination, and so I did not achieve consistent results.
After over a year of taking cayenne pepper powder in hot water, I found out they made it in capsules--which were much nicer since I could take it without burning my mouth, eyes, and nose.
Finally, I realized that if I took cayenne pepper with meals, I would be much more comfortable, and I got much less burning sensations. Hurray! And finally, to stop the burning sensations while urinating, I learned I just needed to drink more water. Let me repeat, if you are taking Vitamin C, be sure to drink lots of water, so that you are urinating throughout the day.
So, now you know (roughly) how to reduce bleeding times (with cayenne pepper), and how to keep nosebleeds from happening in the first place (with Vitamin C). But how much and what kind should or can a person take? All bodies are have different amounts of toxins built up in their systems, so you need to start taking these things SLOWLY, or you may experience painful and alarming results. Vitamin C in large amounts can cause diarrhea. And cayenne pepper is HOT and makes your bowels move a LOT.
I recommend that you start by taking ONE 1000 milligram Vitamin C tablet and ONE cayenne pepper capsule each day with your largest meal, and stay at that dose until you feel comfortable and have regular, normal bowel movements. Remember to drink lots of water at least 20 minutes before your meal, and also after about an hour after your meal. It's best not to drink a lot of water with your meal, as this will dilute your digestive juices and make digestion more difficult--unless, of course, you are severely dehydrated.
The best kind of Vitamin C to take comes with bioflavonoids and is in a timed released capsule. I do not recommend that you take Vitamin C unless it has bioflavonoids in it!
Here's why: Vitamin C is a water-soluble Vitamin that cannot be manufactured by the human body. We need a constant supply of it, yet it is easily lost by the body.
Problems can arise from inconsistently taking Vitamin C supplements. When you take a lot, the body compensates and manufactures more enzymes to process the vitamin C. Thus, if you stop taking large doses of Vitamin C (over 1000 mg) you can experience what is known as a rebound scurvy effect. Although you may still be taking in the minimum needed to prevent scurvy (about 150mg) you may still experience the symptoms of the disease rather quickly--excess bleeding, and/or bleeding gums, bad bruising, etc.
In the 1980's, however, scientists have discovered the importance of bioflavonoids, which help the body use Vitamin C. Bioflavonoids keep Vitamin C in the body much longer than it otherwise would. Also, much less Vitamin C is needed when it is mixed with bioflavonoids. Vitamin C has a positive effect in the body partly because it is an antioxidant. Bioflavonoids are much more powerful antioxidants than Vitamin C. Also, there are hundreds of different kinds of bioflavonoids. Bioflavonoids alone can reduce inflammation, boost the immune system, reduce bleeding, and detoxify the body. In the mid 1980's, they were considered the "hot" new supplement. Now, guess which foods bioflavonoids are found in the highest quantities?
It's fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly citrus fruits. (That's why in the olden days, sailors got scurvy on long voyages and were known for having missing teeth). Interestingly enough, whether you are an evolutionist, or creationist, it is clear that we are fruit and vegetable eaters. Look at man's body, and compare it with other animal forms and see what they eat. Like fruit eating apes, our teeth are best suited for grinding, not tearing or ripping meat. Our digestive tracts are much longer than those in animals that eat primarily meat. The creation account says that Adam, in the Garden of Eden, was given all the fruit to eat. So, from every way you look at it, Vitamin C and bioflavonoids are important, and not just for stopping nosebleeds. Here's a very small list of what they can do:
1. Boost the immune system. 2. Create an anti-inflammatory effect. 3. Speed healing from wounds and ulcers. 4. Prevent cataracts. 5. Prevent or reduce allergies. 6. Prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. 7. Reduce PMS symptoms. 8. Detoxify carcinogens. 9. Extend the lifespan of humans.
How much Vitamin C can one safely take? Vitamin C is extremely safe. I've read of several people who recommend that people take 30 grams (that's 30 1000 milligram pills) per day. Dr. Linus Pauling, winner of two noble prizes, the discoverer of Vitamin C, took, on average, 6 grams per day. He lived to be in his 90's, and just died recently. Before his death, he was taking 18 grams per day. I suggest that you start with one gram, and SLOWLY work your way up to what you feel you are comfortable with. Whatever you do, be aware that abruptly stopping Vitamin C supplementation can be dangerous, especially if you are a bleeder--like I am. Taking Vitamin C with bioflavonoids will greatly reduce that risk if you forget to take your vitamins for a day or two, because bioflavonoids will keep Vitamin C levels in the body higher for up to 30 times longer than normal.
Now, for cayenne pepper: Cayenne pepper also contains both Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, but has a much stronger effect on the body than those two supplements would have alone. Cayenne pepper helps to reduce cholesterol in the bloodstream, it clears mucous from the lungs, nose and entire body, nourishes the heart muscles, aids digestive movements, prevents clotting within the bloodstream--acting as an anticoagulant which reduces risk of stroke and heart disease--the two biggest killers, while at the same time, increases blood coagulation ability when the blood is exposed to the air.
Again, start taking cayenne pepper in as small doses at first, to minimize discomfort, and allow the body time to adjust to it. Solaray, Inc., in Ogden, UT 84401, makes a "Cool Cayenne" formula that reduces the heat one will feel in the stomach from taking cayenne. You can find cayenne pepper capsules for sale in a few grocery stores, and in most health food stores. You do not want to take excessive amounts of cayenne pepper or you may experience unpleasant results. The master herbalist who I read about took 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper three times a day for life, and he, like Linus Pauling, lived to be in his 90's. I am a 180 pound man, and I have taken as much as two capsules three times a day, but only for a few days at a time. I've never needed more than this to get nosebleed relief, but each person is different. I like to try to scale back to the minimum necessary for myself, which I've found to be as little as three pills a week. Again, as it is with Vitamin C, you need to drink lots of water when taking cayenne pepper. If you experience unpleasant burning sensations while urinating, or defecating, it is a clear sign that you need to drink more water--immediately.
I've read about people achieving great success from taking as much as a heaping tablespoon of cayenne pepper in emergency cases for ulcers or for severe bleeding from gunshots or car accidents. I've always been too scared to take that much at once, and I've never had such an emergency case. It's probably wise to keep a bottle of cayenne pepper capsules in your car for emergencies. Just remember to change the bottle every now and then. The stuff probably keeps forever, but I just don't think you'd want to take 3 year old cayenne pepper capsules that have been sitting in a car that experiences repeated temperature fluctuations.
The 4 other things you need to do in addition to taking cayenne pepper and Vitamin C are as follows:
1. Regularly eat green leafy vegetables. 2. Avoid alcohol. 3. Avoid aspirin. 4. Put Vaseline in the nose at night, and once or twice during the day until your nosebleeds stop occurring.
1. The green leafy vegetables are a source of Vitamin K, which is needed in trace amounts to help blood to clot. This Vitamin is needed in such small amounts that it's difficult to find it made in tablets all by itself. You need to eat green leafy vegetables regularly.
2 & 3. Alcohol and aspirin both thin the blood, and will cause increased bleeding. Avoid them whenever possible.
4. Vaseline works well to help to heal a specific, recurring nosebleed episode, but there's no need to do this for life. Within a week or two, once your nosebleeds stop recurring, you can discontinue the use of Vaseline.
So there you have it. That's it: Cayenne Pepper, Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids, Green Vegetables, Vaseline, and avoiding aspirin and alcohol. I hope you will find this information to be useful. Please let me know of your results. Thank you.
P.S. Many parents have written me about giving cayenne to their children, because, hey, kids get nosebleeds too, and parents don't want to "inconvenience" their bowl movements. My suggestion is, hey, kids are probably not eating green leafy vegetables, or spicy "cayenne peppery" type foods, right? Well, the cool cayenne pills (that contain ginger to cool the heat) taken with a meal have never caused me any problems. Only when I take cayenne on an empty stomach causes problems.
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Last fall, 1998, I went in to have surgury done. I mentioned that I was a 'mild bleeder'. So, the doctor ordered a bleeding time test. After 15 minutes, I was bleeding just as much, with no let up... He wanted to call off the operation, since it was optional. I told him to let me take some cayenne pepper and vitamin C and to do another bleeding test about 5 minutes after, and I told him how Vitamin C and cayenne work to stop bleeding. Well, you are supposed to have an empty stomach when going under general anesthesia, so he was a little hesitant, but he agreed, since he couldn't see operating on me at all given the current situation.
My mom had to go to a local GNC store, and meanwhile, a hemotologist came by to ask me some questions about my excessive bleeding history. I told him I had an enzyme test when I was about 10, but I couldn't remember the enzyme I was lacking. So he went off to see if he could try and track down my old medical records.
My mom came back and I took 3-4 cayenne pepper pills, and 3-4 chewable vitamin C's. 20 minutes later, my bleed time was 4 minutes, with not nearly so much bleeding. The surgeon came back, noted the results, and said, "Looks good, let's have you take some more of that stuff and do the surgery." The anestheologist wanted my consent to give blood in case I started bleeding a lot. I told her not unless I was about to bleed to death, and that I'd rather have 1/2 the bottle of cayenne pepper poured into my stomach before she gave me any blood. So, she took my bottle of cayenne into the operating room, 'just in case.'
The operation went without incident, and the surgeon said, "There was no bleeding."
When I was in the recovery room, the hemotologist came in and said he couldn't find my old medical history, and that he was going to recommend that I not have surgery, because he "didn't know what he was dealing with, and it's better to be safe than sorry." But, I was already in the operating room by that time.
Then, two other hemotologists heard about the story, and came by to find out what in the world was I taking that reduced my bleeding time so effectively.
You see, medical science today knows of no substance in the world, no drug, no injection, no compound that can stop bleeding as quickly as cayenne pepper did in my case. And cayenne pepper stops bleeding for everyone, not just me.
You can call Dr. Garza
at the endoscopic-surgery.com website to verify my story;
909 Frostwood Suite 356 Office: (713) 932-1001 Houston, Texas 77030 Fax: (713) 932-0037
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