When I say "Have you had bleeding before? I'd like to try it to help your pain," I'm met with concerned stares and nervous chuckles. Patients are usually imagining losing copious pints of blood in a short amount of time. I'm quick to assure them that we're not living in the 1300s and knowledge and technology has improved!
In Chinese medicine, bloodletting is purposeful bleeding from the surface of the body for therapeutic purposes. It's approach is to let blood in a state of stagnation or heat, i.e. diseased blood. This is unlike Western medicine's historical approach to bloodletting that lets large amounts of healthy blood from veins.
Primary Functions of Bloodletting
Bloodletting has two of reliable actions on the body: improving circulation and clearing heat. When bloodletting is done over areas of visible blood stagnation, think spider veins, circulation is improved both locally as well as distally along the blood vessels.
Bloodletting also clears heat locally and systemically. In injuries with visible heat and swelling, bloodletting gives a place for heat to vent and swelling to decrease. Bloodletting at specific, heat-clearing acupuncture points clears heat from the entire body.
Secondary Functions of Bloodletting
Secondary functions of bloodletting are the effects of improving circulation and clearing heat. They are: stops pain, detoxifies, disperses swellings, stops itching, and calms the nervous system.
To sum up, bloodletting is a safe, effective, and excellent treatment to manage your pain and balance out your body. Give it a try!
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