Nosebleeds are a common occurrence, and while they can be alarming, they are often not a serious health concern. In Chinese medicine, nosebleeds can be attributed to several conditions, including hot lungs, hot stomach, and hot liver. This article will discuss the symptoms and treatment options associated with these conditions using traditional Chinese medicine.

Hot Lungs

Symptoms of hot lungs may include acute panting, bitter taste in the mouth, coughing with subdued and oppressed sounds, coughing out and vomiting of pus and blood with a fishy smell, coughing out yellow and sticky sputum, discharge of dry stools, dry nose, dry sensations in the mouth, flickering of nostrils, hot sensations in the body, light but periodic fever, nosebleed with fresh blood, pain in the chest or throat, presence of sputum that can't be coughed out easily, psychological depression, and urgent panting.

Treatment for hot lungs involves sedating the lungs, clearing the heat in the lungs, cooling the blood, and stopping bleeding. Traditional Chinese medicine remedies include Sang-Xing-Tang or He-Ye-Wan. Foods and ingredients beneficial for hot lungs include apple, apple cucumber, apricot, white fungus, ham, jackfruit, lemon, maltose, mandarin orange, mulberry, olive, peach, pear, sweet potato, red and black date, tomato, white sugar, mung bean, and eggplant.

Hot Stomach

Symptoms of hot stomach include bad breath, bleeding from gums, dry nose, nosebleed with fresh red blood, pain in the gums with swelling, pain in the throat, perspiring on the head, stomachache, thirst and craving for cold, vomiting, vomiting of blood, and vomiting right after eating.

To treat hot stomach, traditional Chinese medicine aims to clear the heat in the stomach, nourish the yin, cool the blood, and stop bleeding. A common remedy for this condition is Yu-Nü-Jian. Foods and ingredients that help alleviate hot stomach symptoms include salt, lily flower, bitter endive, camellia, cattail, black fungus, spinach, strawberry, banana, cucumber, and licorice.

Hot Liver

Symptoms associated with hot liver include bitter taste in the mouth, blood in urine, deafness, dry throat, head swelling or headache, nosebleed with abundant fresh red blood, pain in the upper abdomen, partial suppression of lochia, pink eyes with swelling, psychological depression, sour taste in the mouth, spasms, twitching, and vaginal discharge with fishy and foul odors.


Traditional Chinese medicine offers a variety of treatment options for nosebleeds related to hot lungs, hot stomach, and hot liver. By understanding the symptoms and underlying causes, individuals can seek appropriate remedies and incorporate specific foods and ingredients into their diet to alleviate symptoms and promote overall well-being. As always, it is important to consult with a healthcare professional before making any significant changes to one's health regimen.