Blood Letting Therapy
Blood letting therapy, or bleeding therapy, refers to the practice of intentionally letting blood from the body at certain specified points in order to remove Stagnant and/or Toxic Blood. This therapy is commonly applied where there is visible congestion of superficial blood vessels yet may be applied to normal looking skin as well. Blood letting is also employed to remove Heat pathogens from the Channels and/or Blood. The amount of blood that is let varies depending on the condition treated. One of the original nine ancient needles of acupuncture known as the three-edged needle is the common tool employed in blood letting therapy. These needles are slightly bigger than hypodermic needles and are only used to prick the superficial tissues. They are not used for regular acupuncture needling and are not retained in the body.
Cupping is usually employed in addition to blood letting therapy in order to more thoroughly remove Stagnation so that fewer treatments will be needed to obtain the desired results. This dual method is also used to reduce the chance of subdermal bruising in areas of marked Stagnation.
Bruising may occur after blood letting and will naturally resolve after a few days to a week in the average patient. To quicken the absorption of a bruise, first apply sustained pressure to the affected area, then gently massage the bruise away with a circular rubbing motion. After the first day, a heat pack may be used to bring a fresh supply of blood and nutrients to the area to speed up healing. (The heating pad should be on a low setting and kept over the affected area for about 30 minutes.)
After blood letting treatments extra care should be taken to avoid wetting or dirtying the punctured area for at least six hours to ensure that the skin has properly and thoroughly sealed itself thereby reducing the risk of infection. Due to the nature of this therapy, extra precautions are taken to ensure Clean Needle Technique so as to prevent contamination and to avoid the transmission of blood-borne pathogens.
Disclaimer: Certain genetic and circulatory conditions and old age may increase the probability of undesireable side-effects and risks as outlined in the Specified Informed Consent Form for this therapy.
Notice: Patients with hemophilia or those patients taking prescription blood thinners will NOT be treated with this therapy.