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Bloodletting is the withdrawal of blood from a patient to prevent or cure illness and disease. Bloodletting, whether by a physician or by leeches, was based on an ancient system of medicine in which blood and other bodily fluids were regarded as "humours" that had to remain in proper balance to maintain health.

From Egypt into Greece, and all throughout Asia bloodletting is a practice that has been around for centuries. Today, most acupuncturists practice this technique. And in In Ayurveda system of medicine Raktamokshana Karma is considered as a regimental therapy. It is essential to adopt this procedure in the autumn season for purification of body humors, which are otherwise deranged due to seasonal change.

Yesterday, I had the great fortune to receive this treatment with my new acupuncturist. I would love to have before and after pictures of my face, mostly my eyes - there's been a darkness around my eyes since the accident. Like dark circles from too much coffee. I thought perhaps trigger point therapy could help, but this really did it. I was amazed not only by how I felt coming back home, a lift in my face and in my spirit, the shroud of darkness felt, different, lighter, altered, lightness restored.

There are a few interesting techniques such as this one I've wanted to experience over the years, and practitioners never felt a need for it at the time of treatment. How Daniel explained this to me was the following " there is stagnant blood showing up, which this will help to get moving again." " It's like old dried-up maple syrup dried at the top of the spout, once that is removed the syrup can flow freely".. and it is!

There is so much to Chinese Medicine, it's not just about the physical but emotional and spiritual bodies. What I took on from this accident, having to repeat the story over and over again, paperwork, my car, the attorney, the report, the police, it goes on and on.. doing this alone it adds up. And it shows up in our systems. How do I feel today? Fan-freaking-tastic-mellow-happy-calm-centered-lightfooted and lighthearted. Eighteen hours of sleep, bone broth, and watermelon ice. One foot slowly in front of the other.

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