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Exploring Bloodletting Therapy: Clearing Toxins To Restore Balance and Emotional Wellness.

Updated: May 10


Luo vessels

The major acupuncture channel system responsible for managing blood circulation is known as the Luo vessels. These vessels serve as reservoirs for unresolved pathological substances. When an individual is unable to let go of something via catharsis, the vessels fill via the blood capillary system.

Whether physical or emotional, toxins become lodged in the bloodstream, manifesting as fixations, obsessions, or emotional imbalances that challenge one's willpower and ability to stay focused and energised.


Traditionally, Bloodletting Therapy treats Luo vessels by focusing on detoxification and clearance. This involves puncturing Luo points and extracting small amounts of blood from swollen areas to reduce toxin buildup.


Varicose and spider veins are often found in areas like the thighs, calves, inner legs, lower back and arms. When I assess my patients, I pay special attention to the condition of their limbs. Are the muscles too tight, too soft, too firm, or too loose? Do they experience pain upon palpation? Are there varicose or spider veins present?


The circulation of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood from the heart to the entire body is crucial for optimal health. Upon its return journey through the veins, the muscles in the calf and leg play a vital role in pushing the blood back to the heart against gravity.


In Eastern medicine, our primary goal is to maintain the harmonious flow of energy and blood within the body. When this flow becomes stagnant, it can lead to various discomforts such as pain, sluggishness, or a general sense of unease. Spider veins serve as visible indicators of this stagnation. In Chinese medicine we also say that emotions are carried in the Blood, therefore we are extra curious about where the build-up of spider veins are located in the body because that can indicate which meridian, organ and/or emotion(s) are involved.


When I find spider veins on a patient, I will always ask permission before commencing bloodletting therapy, which involves being fully gloved up, swabbing the area, and then using a very small diabetic lancet to prick the vein. Usually, a drop or a few drops of dark, stagnant blood will be released- from the site and the patient often lets out a sigh of relief or an emotional release through some tears. It’s a non-invasive and low key procedure that usually yields fantastic results.


Curious about this treatment? Get in touch to see if Bloodletting therapy is right for you.

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