Bloodletting?

Philippines
November 18, 2011 10:52pm CST
Do you know of someone who did bloodletting for health purposes? Doctors in the ancient world had some very strange ideas and came up with some truly wacky treatments and some are still believed to be effective today just like the bloodletting. They thought if you were ill, it was because you had too much blood. They cut the veins to let it out but those who followed this way of treatment has used different ways to make it not too ancient :)
2 responses
@waya616 (149)
• Philippines
19 Nov 11
I think bloodletting from the ancient times is different from the bloodletting that I know today due to the fact that blood from today come from healthy individuals. Usually when we say that we have a bloodletting today it means we will be getting blood from a donor. That blood will be tested against Hepatitis, HIV, Sypilis, Blood typing before giving to a sick individual who requires blood transfusion. Donating blood is good for the body because when you donate blood our bone marrow is stimulated to produce red blood cells. Thus making our organs to function effectively.
• Philippines
19 Nov 11
How about using suction cups to suck what they call the dirty blood from parts of the body, if you heard of it? Is that effective? Someone I know who has a stroke 2x and now bedridden was offered to have bloodletting that way and I don't know if it's okay. I've heard that donating blood, of course period for girls, are helpful like what you said. Thanks, waya!
@waya616 (149)
• Philippines
19 Nov 11
I haven't heard of that. Maybe its part of their culture. I'm a medical technologist and we don't do things like that.
• Philippines
20 Nov 11
I think it's done in some places in our country. They say it originated in China. Some even use blades to cut the veins then use suction to let the blood out. A familiar way that is not common today is the use of leeches. Thanks again :)
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
19 Nov 11
Bloodletting is still alive and well. I have another blood test next week and that shall decide if I have to let off a half of litre of blood for the next year and a half or so. To say I am happy is an understatement
• Philippines
19 Nov 11
Is it safe? I mean donating blood to Red Cross or to the hospital is okay but with the old ways where they have to you use needles, seems scary and not safe. Well, anyway thank you for the response.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
21 Nov 11
It must be safe as it is the only treatment as far as I have been told. In saying that I hope it does not come to that, looking good so far! This shall be no different to donating blood, it will just be inconvenient doing it once a week for so long.