Herbs that stop
bleeding, or hemorrhaging, are used to treat cases of vomiting blood, epistaxis,
cough with blood, bloody stool, bloody urine, uterine bleeding or traumatic
The herbs stop bleeding
by different methods, including cooling the blood, astringing, resolving blood
stasis and warming the channels. Based
on the caused of bleeding and its accompanying manifestations, the appropriate
herb should be selected in combination with other herbs.
For example, if bleeding is due to extravasation of blood by heat, herbs
that clear heat and cool the blood are used in combination.
If bleeding is due to deficiency of Yin with hyperactivity of Yang,
herbs that tonify yin and subside Yang should be chosen.
If bleeding is due to deficiency and cold, herbs that warm Yang,
promote Qi and strengthen the spleen should be combined.
In cases of great loss of blood leading to collapse of Qi, herbs
must be added to tonify the source Qi, so as to prevent further collapse.
It is important
to remember that blood stagnation can be a factor in bleeding.
In such cases, herbs that invigorate the blood and remove stasis should