Updated: Apr 7
While any excessive or unusual bleeding is certainly a medical emergency, herbs can also be very effective for bleeding from a wide variety of causes. Check out the home remedies bleeding below.
Traditionally these anti-hemorrhagic herbs are called styptics. Indeed, their unique ability to both prevent and arrest bleeding should make them part of every emergency kit. Botanical medicines can work speedily for bleeding from injuries or wounds. They are also very effective for ruptures of capillaries or small veins in the nose, gums or around hemorrhoids.
Several herbs are particularly effective as a compress, wash or lotion for these types of external bleeding, especially calendula, St. John's wort and witch hazel. These vulnerary herbs also have the advantage of accelerating wound healing, while being antiseptic. Additionally, herbs rich in collagen-building nutrients, bioflavonoids and vitamin C can strengthen blood vessels to prevent excess bruising or bleeding.
Other plants are effective for internal bleeding as well, affecting organs that include the stomach, intestines and bronchial tubes. Geranium, lesser periwinkle and lady's mantle are good examples. Excess menstrual bleeding (hemorrhagic) or bleeding between periods (hemorrhagic) require attention and specific herbs such as trillium and shepherd's purse. Naturally, any underlying causes of bleeding, such as hormonal imbalance, need to be discovered and dealt with.
List of Home Remedies for Bleeding
Calendula**—Marigold/Calendula officinalis: Stops bleeding from wounds, or from the scalp, mouth or gums. For external use on wounds, scrapes, cuts. Antiseptic and disinfectant, while accelerating tissue healing and prevents secondary infection.
Cayenne***—Capsicum frutescens: Extract or powder applied externally stops bleeding in small wounds. Speeds healing by improving circulation and has antiseptic effects. Capsules or tea reduce internal bleeding. Useful for nosebleeds.
Geranium**—Cranesbill/Geranium maculatum: An astringent and styptic; decreases clotting time in external wounds. Especially for bleeding in the digestive tract, including stomach ulcers, bleeding and diarrhea in irritable bowel syndrome or Crohn's disease. May also be used in excess menstrual or vaginal bleeding.
Lady's Mantle*—Alchemilla vulgaris: Promotes blood coagulation and is a strong astringent for internal bleeding, heavy menstrual flow or bloody diarrhea. Useful as a rinse after dental surgery or as a douche for vaginitis.
Lesser Periwinkle**—Vinca minor: Astringent/styptic for internal bleeding, bloody diarrhea or heavy menses. Reduces bleeding from nose, gums, mouth or after tooth extractions. Useful for arteriosclerosis and insufficient blood flow to the brain.
Raspberry Leaf*—Rubus idaeus: Traditional use to prevent or treat bleeding during pregnancy or labor. Used to stop bleeding from skin ulcers, wounds, gums or sore throat. An effective astringent used to treat conjunctivitis, diarrhea, vaginitis.
Shepherd's Purse***—Thlaspi bursa pastoris: A strong styptic; stops bleeding from external wounds, nosebleeds. Internally for bloody diarrhea and dysentery or urinary tract bleeding. Used for heavy uterine bleeding during or between menses or due to fibroids, miscarriage, menopause or post-partum bleeding.
St. John's Wort***—Hypericum perfoliatum: Stops bleeding from injuries and open wounds, puncture wounds, abrasions, irritated gums or hemorrhoids (take internally and externally). Internally: effective for various kinds of bleeding or bleeding tendency. Externally: antiseptic and antiviral, speeds healing of wounds, burns.
Trillium***—Birthroot/Trillium erectum or pratense: Excellent for excess bleeding associated with fibroids, too frequent or prolonged periods, bleeding between periods or uterine prolapse. Specific benefit for excess blood loss during menopause. Uterine tonic; relieves pain in the back, hip and pelvis.
Witch liazel***—Hamamehs virginiana: Apply to wounds, cuts, nosebleeds, or for injury to veins, eyes. Good for chronic effects of trauma, for bruising; relieves pain, soreness. Stops bleeding, prevents infection, promotes healing in ragged wounds.
Yarrow***—Achillea millefolium: An astringent healing herb, effective for hemorrhage from wounds, internal injuries, hemorrhoids, after surgery or childbirth, nosebleed. Internal use to staunch bleeding from lungs, bladder, bowels, uterus. Specifically benefits endometriosis, bleeding from varicose veins.
Note: Other astringents that arrest bleeding include oak, bistort and plantain. For hormone-related bleeding, consider vitex, rnaca and especially clong quai to regulate menses.