There are 4 ways in which internal bleeding is addressed (cancer, menstruation, injury, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, resulting anemia, etc):
- Physical intervention such as a surgical procedure.
- Astringents: These are substances that can constrict blood vessels and tissue and reduce the blood flow to areas that are bleeding, thereby reducing the bleeding. I am not totally sure how these differ from “vasoconstrictors”.
- Vascular permeability inhibitors: These are substances that structurally reinforce the integrity of the walls of blood vessels in order to make them less permeable.
- Coagulants: These are substances that cause blood clotting to seal the source of the bleeding.
Tackling internal bleeding does not seem like something that you want to mess around with, without consulting with a doctor. Misuse of coagulants for example could theoretically cause too much clotting and result in a stroke. Also, misuse of astringents might cause uncontrolled high blood pressure. Nonetheless, there is quite an impressive array of natural options for internal bleeding.
But first, here are 4 different factors that can accelerate the regeneration of blood and help in the treatment of anemia resulting from internal bleeding (or other types of anemia for that matter).
There is so much to say about lactoferrin, that I had to write a separate article. It increases the absorption and utilization of iron from both food and supplements, greatly enhancing the treatment of iron deficiency anemia. It also has many profound immuno-modulation and anticancer effects. It also may reduce the vascularity and blood flow to tumors, possibly improving internal bleeding due to cancer.
- Liposomal Vitamin B-12
As much as 39% of the population might be deficient in vitamin B-12, which is required in the production of red blood cells.
- Iron Supplements
Currently, there are only 2 iron products I like a lot. Most are bad due to poor absorption, stomach irritation, and constipation.
- Liposomal Iron
There is a product called IronSmart from Canada, which is a liposomal iron supplement. Liposomes cause nearly 100% absorption of the iron, which totally eliminates the intestinal side effects associated with iron supplements, as well as makes it more effective at regenerating blood.
Due to the fact that liposomes can selectively target cancer, this may be not the best iron supplement to use if the internal bleeding is caused by cancer. The next iron supplement should be considered in these cases. In fact, I think I like the next iron supplement better even if you don’t have cancer.
- Ferretts IPS liquid iron
Pharmics has studies show that this gets absorbed gradually and does not result in spikes in serum iron, which makes your body more able to effectively use the iron. They cite clinical studies that show that there are no side effects for about 94% of people. That is much better than ordinary iron tablets to begin with, and whatever digestive issues may remain , I am confident can be handled by taking lactoferrin at the same time. My only concern about this product is that it’s delivery mechanism uses a special arrangement of casein proteins. I am not sure how much casein is in the supplement, or whether or not this causes any issues with people who are highly allergic to casein. However, they report that only 6% of people have any side effects at all.
Amino acids have been shown to increase hemoglobin production quite drastically (at least in dogs). But amino acids are also used in humans for this purpose. It is simply providing the building blocks of hemoglobin protein.
Now here are the natural options for actually healing the source of a person’s internal bleeding:
“After internal scoping of prostate and bladder, urologist hit a blood vessel in the prostate which he cauterized during procedure. Very very significant Bleeding started again a week later with clots as long as 4in. Searching the internet found cayenne pepper as a possible remedy. Put 1 tsp, of the same stuff I use to season salmon before smoking it, in a cup of tap water and drank it UGHHHH! But within 15 minutes the (2 week long) bleeding had finally stopped!!!!” (More info)
“Once a child was shot in the abdomen; a bullet hit the spine, ricocheted, and made a second wound leaving the body. One of Dr. Christopher’s herbal students living next door heard the shot and raced over. She knew that the parents were not home and that the children, ages eight and four, should not be shooting guns. When she arrived, the eight-year-old was gushing blood out of both his sides. They had been playing cops and robbers with their father’s gun which she found under a pillow. She ran to the cabinet and mixed a tablespoonful of cayenne in a glass of water. She then poured it down the boy’s throat and called the ambulance which was 18 miles away. By the time you could count to ten, cayenne will stop the bleeding. The emergency room attendant said that the boy would probably bleed to death, being that the distance was so great. The ambulance arrived and rushed the child to the Primary Children’s Hospital, 18 miles away. When the child arrived at the hospital, he was the center of attention, not because his condition was so serious, but because he was chatting a mile a minute- and there was no bleeding.” (More info)
It is interesting that cayenne is also used as a blood thinner. And capsaicin has an animal study that shows it kills cancer: (More info)
“It contains anthocyanins that are useful for blood vessels and capillaries. The anthocyanins regenerates and repairs leaky or broken blood vessels and capillaries, it also improves the production of mucopolysaccharides that aid in synthesize collagen which in turn strengthen the walls of capillaries. Dietary supplements are available” (More info)
“Bilberry is used in Europe before surgery to prevent excessive bleeding and hemorrhaging. A recent German medical journal reports bilberry effective in reducing excessive bleeding by 71% (Lietti). Bilberry also thins the blood by inhibiting platelet adhesion (Bottecchia). This combination of actions
1. improving capillary strength,
2. reduction of capillary leakage, and
3. blood thinning
Results in improved blood flow and may reduce clotting-related health risks.” (More info)
“The antiseptic and astringent qualities may also help in cases of periodontitis, sore throat, laryngitis; and astringency is said to be beneficial for hemorrhoids and internal bleeding.” (More info)
“Bilberry is used specifically to prevent and treat fragile capillaries and capillaries which leak either fluid or blood into the tissues.” (More info)
- Butcher’s broom
“Recent tests by German and French doctors indicated that butcher’s broom root lessens post-operative thrombosis; and also showed definite and measurable relief for hemorrhoid and varicose vein sufferers.” (More info)
“Chemicals in butcher’s broom attach to and strengthen certain parts of blood vessels, notably collagen. As a result, butcher’s broom tightens blood vessels, which helps to keep blood circulating throughout the body. It also acts to improve the flexibility of blood vessel walls. Therefore, less blood leaks out of weak, stretched vessels such as those that cause hemorrhoids.” (More info)
“The active ingredients in the rhizome are saponins that contain the aglycones ruscogenin and neuroscogenin and the associated spirostanol and furostanol glycosides. The receptors that cause vasocontraction are known as adrenoreceptors, these receptors can be selectively stimulated by butcher’s broom extract to tighten the veins and improve the return of blood. When introduced intravenously, butcher’s broom was noted to constrict venules (small veins that feed the main veins but not arterioles (the small arteries than feed the capillaries). Hence blood vessels can be selectively treated, and the effect on isolated blood vessels was enhanced by heating.” (More info)
- Bioflavanoids: Hesperidin, Rutin, quercetin, diosmin (modified hesperidin), Hawthorn (contains bioflavanoids)
“Hesperidin and other bioflavonoids have been shown to reduce the permeability of blood vessels and make them less fragile. Most of the studies in humans have been carried out with a particular product that contains hesperidin and diosmin, another bioflavonoid, in a fixed 1:9 ratio.” (More info)
- Grape Seed Extract:
“Dr. Masquelier’s work extracting compounds from plants started with peanuts in 1948 before moving on to grapes. He found that when he fed laboratory rats the new substance, it was absorbed rather quickly, particularly influencing blood vessels and doubling their strength in a matter of hours” (More info)
- Yunnan Baiyao
This is a TCM formula famous for being carried by the Vietcong to stop bleeding during the Vietnam War. One veterinarian claims to successfully use it in dogs to stop bleeding cancerous tumors: They suggest stopping anti-coagulants while on this. This is recommended on a short term basis, so this should not be taken long. This sounds like an option that would need to be handled carefully. (More info)(More info)
- Yarrow plant stem cells
Plant stem cells can only be ordered by a health professional. Plant stem cells contain all the phytochemicals of the adult plant, but in higher quantities. Yarrow contains phytochemicals that have killed cancer in vivo: (More info)
The stem cells themselves can help heal damaged tissue. Yarrow has also been used as a remedy for internal bleeding, so those responsible phytochemicals will also be present in higher quantities.
Plant stem cells are also said to have many numerous systemic effects that are beneficial in cancer.
- White oak bark
“White Oak Bark is a powerful astringent that has been used for centuries to control diarrhea, internal and external bleeding, excessive menstrual flow, nosebleeds and hemorrhoids.” (More info)
- Horse chestnut
“The active ingredients in horse chestnut appear to be a group of chemicals called saponins, of which aescin is considered the most important. Aescin appears to reduce swelling and inflammation.1,31 It’s not exactly clear how aescin might work, but theories include “sealing” leaking capillaries, improving the elastic strength of veins, preventing the release of enzymes (known as glycosaminoglycan hydrolases) that break down collagen and open holes in capillary walls, decreasing inflammation, and blocking other various physiological events that lead to vein damage.” (More info)
Reduces leaky blood vessels (More info)
- Liposomal Vitamin C
“Severe vitamin C deficiency (scurvy) is a well-recognized but uncommon cause of increased capillary fragility. Whether vitamin C supplementation can help capillary fragility in people who do not have scurvy is less clear” (More info)
Liposomal vitamin C is also probably one the best stand alone cancer killers there is in my opinion.
- Liposomal Vitamin K
“Control mechanisms for the coagulation cascade exist, because uncontrolled clotting may be as life threatening as uncontrolled bleeding. Vitamin K-dependent coagulation factors are synthesized in the liver. Consequently, severe liver disease results in lower blood levels of vitamin K-dependent clotting factors and an increased risk of uncontrolled bleeding (hemorrhage)” (More info)
Vitamin K is actually used as a mainstream treatment for internal bleeding. Because it can increase systemic clotting, it has to be implemented carefully. I think a low dose (say 100mcg a day) in liposomal form (already available on the market) could target the vitamin K to the site of the bleeding, and avoid most of the systemic clotting effects. Cancer therapy and emergency treatment for internal bleeding use IV doses ranging in the many milligrams.
- Shepard’s Purse
“Shepherd’s purse has also been used internally to treat cases of blood in the urine and bleeding from the gastrointestinal tract, such as with bleeding ulcers.
An astringent agent, shepherd’s purse constricts blood vessels, thereby reducing blood flow. Shepherd’s purse is also thought to cause the uterine muscle to contract, which also helps reduce bleeding.” (More info)
It is also said to improve blood clotting. It contains vitamin K, which may exaplain its effect.
“Its toning and astringent action make it of value in the treatment of incontinence and bed-wetting in children. It may be applied to such conditions as urethritis or cystitis with haematuria, reducing haemorrhage and healing wounds thanks to the high silica content. This local astringent and anti-haemorrhagic effect explains the application of horsetail to such conditions as bleeding from the mouth, nose and vagina, its use to check diarrhoea, dysentery and bleeding from the bowel, and for slow-healing wounds, chilblains and conjunctivitis.” (More info)
- Lagochilus inebrians Bunge
“It is employed as an infusion or tincture as an antihemorrhagic for its hemostatic effects, to reduce permeability of blood vessels and aid in coagulation of the blood… The most effective haemostatic activity appeared in various bleedings: uterus, haemorrhoidal, nasal (epistaxis), lung, and for hemorrhagic diathesis.
Clinical efficiency of the extract and tinctures in various bleedings the following data was observed, study on 300 patients accepting this preparation, good effect has been seen in 193 (64 %), satisfactory – in 58 (19 %), weak – in 29 (10 %), no effect in 20 (7 %) patients…
…Special Data on clinical efficiency of this preparation in hemorrhagic diathesis and hemophilia. have been proven by the tests which have been carried out in Leningrad institute of hemotransfusy and in the Central institute of hematology and blood transfusion. Though these data were formulated, from experiments, on a small amount of patients, they are worthy, taking into consideration the difficulties arising with treating patients with these disease.” (More info)
This is also traditionally used by native peoples as an intoxicant. That (and potential clotting) suggest this should be used at least in much lower doses than required for intoxication.
- Stinging Nettle
“Bleeding in any area of the body is treatable by the strong astringent action of the nettle. Nettle in the form of an herbal infusion, as a tincture or in the fresh juice form can be applied externally as a topical measure for the treatment of various cuts and wounds to stanch the bleeding, it can be used in cases of hemorrhoids, it can stanch nose bleeds, and it can also be used as a soothing and healing salve against various burns and scald injuries. The herbal remedies made from the nettle have also been extensively used as a remedy for stemming bleeding during heavy menstrual periods, and paradoxically also in inducing bleeding during delayed or absent periods in women….
…The anti-hemorrhagic actions of the nettle is also used effectively in many forms of herbal medicine, excessive bleeding can be stanched by its astringent action, in this form the herb can stop bleeding arising either from wounds, or due to impairment in the reproductive system such as to diminish heavy bleeding occurring during menstrual disorders.” (More info)
Also used as a natural blood thinner.
“Early Africans drank teas made with the leaves of geranium to cure stomach upset and stop internal bleeding. Furthermore they believed that the plant can eliminate certain kinds of cancer and mend broken bones.” (More info)
“• 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.” (More info)
- Lesser Periwinkle
“Lesser periwinkle is employed as an astringent and blood-staunching herb. Its astringency makes it a useful mouthwash for sore throats, gingivitis, and canker sores. Its staunching ability is effective against internal bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding, and nosebleeds. Since vincamine was discovered in the leaves, lesser periwinkle has been used to treat arteriosclerosis and for dementia due to insufficient blood flow to the brain.” (More info)
The FDA lists this herb as “unsafe” though others disagree. In general, the FDA’s decisions are about as accurate as a coin flip.
- Lady’s Mantle
“Lady’s mantle has coagulant properties, which help to treat bleeding and discharge. Herbalist John Lust notes that lady’s mantle infusion can relieve internal bleeding” (More info)
“Lady’ Mantle is also used for a number of women’s ailments especially menstrual problems, chronic infection and discharges. It can be used for vaginal discharges, itching, cervicitis and urethritis. It is a progesteronic herb that controls menstrual bleeding and can be used as a treatment for excessive menstruation, intermenstrual bleeding, postpartum bleeding and menopausal flooding. Lady’s mantle can be used to treat symptoms of progesterone deficiency such as PMS, painful menstruation, menopausal symptoms with bleeding and breast swelling and to heal lesions after pregnancy. Generally, Lady’s Mantle is the herb of choice for haemmorhage and bleeding in general and taken internally as an infusion it is said to be excellent to stop all bleedings.” (More info)
- Callicarpa leaf
“The whole plant is analgesic, antiphlogistic and haemostatic. a decoction is used in the treatment of haemoptysis, haematemesis, nose bleed, haematuria, traumatic bleeding, traumatic injuries and rheumatoid arthritis. The whole plant can be crushed for external applications to wounds.” (More info)
- Supercritical Gotu kola
“Due mostly to the actions of asiaticoside and madecassoside that it contains, gotu kola may prevent, delay and treat a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency. This occurs when valves in the veins that carry blood back to the heart are weak or damaged and blood collects in the veins of the legs. This collection of blood can lead to varicose veins, spider veins, or sores on the legs. More serious results can include blood clots in the legs. Asiaticoside and madecassoside may help keep veins and other blood vessels from leaking. Because it strengthens the walls of blood vessels, gotu kola may also be effective for slowing retinopathy, the gradual break down of the retina in the eyes. It may also help to relieve hemorrhoids. These same effects are thought to strengthen the lining of the gastrointestinal tract, making gotu kola potentially useful for treating ulcers.” (More info)
This supplement is available in “supercritical extract” which concentrates many of the fat and water soluble extracts. These soluble extracts will make this an especially effective choice for liposomal encapsulation.
- Liposomal Curcumin
Curcumin stops PAF, which is the platelet-activating factor. This in turn seal leaky blood vessels, in part by causing the production of fibrous tissue. This is especially beneficial in those who have diabetes and suffer from loss of protein through the kidneys. (More info)
This is also available in a supercritical turmeric product – especially valuable for liposomal encapsulation. Premade liposomal Curcumin products are also on the market.
“The protein, known as angiopoietin-1, or Ang1, can restore leaky vessels to normal, block the effects of substances that make vessels leaky, and complement the action of another natural blood vessel growth stimulant known as VEGF, researchers at UC San Francisco and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. report in the December 24 issue of Science. (VEGF stands for vascular endothelial growth factor, the focus of current clinical trials to increase blood vessel growth in limbs and hearts with inadequate blood supplies.)” (More info)
“Thus, Ang-1 could potentially serve as an antineoplastic or anti-permeability agent for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.” (More info)
I don’t think this is available as a treatment.
“Fifty patients with bleeding internal hemorrhoids are studied and randomized in two groups. Patients in the study group were treated with a commercially available preparation of Plantago Ovata and those in the control group were treated with a placebo…Addition of dietary fiber may improve internal bleeding hemorrhoids although with no immediate effect. Fiber addition should be ensured in patients who refuse invasive treatment, waiting for a more defined form of treatment, or with contraindications.” (More info)
“Due to its effects on blood vessel tone it has been used to control the bleeding of excessive menstruation and other internal bleeding.” (More info)
Chinese herb used for internal bleeding. (More info)
Chinese herb used for internal bleeding (More info)
- Cattail pollen:
Chinese herb used for internal bleeding (More info)
- Dong gui
Chinese herb used for internal bleeding (More info)
“The aqueaous extract of the herb reduced vascular permeability” (More info)
- Sangre de Grado (Dragon’s Blood)
Herb used to treat internal bleeding. (More info)
This is a combination TCM formula said to treat internal bleeding. (More info)
During the Civil War and the First World War, the flower was used to stop internal bleeding (More info)
“Chinese medical practitioners use mulberry to stop internal bleeding in patients who are vomiting blood.” (More info)
- Caper bush
Not much info except claims that it stops internal bleeding. It is said to contain vitamin K, which may be the reason. (More info)
I should also mention that oak is available in plant stem cell form.
Disclaimer: This article contains opinion and is for informational purposes only. It is not to be interpreted as medical advice. If seeking medical advice, consult a licensed physician.
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