Bleeding techniques of Cosmetic Acupuncture

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Bleeding techniques of Cosmetic Acupuncture , Bleeding is used for two purposes:
~~ to eliminate heat
~~ to remove stagnant Blood.
Eliminating heat
Heat is not always a bad factor. We need heat for warming, and in order to activate organ functions, the metabolism and functional Qi.
But heat can be a pathogenic factor. It can show the presence of an infection or inflammation – in which case it would inhibit the functional Qi – and as such, this pathogenic heat should be eliminated and not transferred to another organ. Generally speaking, when the sedation point of a meridian is used in order to disperse excessive heat, this excessive heat will flow to the son organ – as the sedation point of a meridian is also the son point. But when a point is bled, this releases heat to the exterior. Sometimes, releasing only a few drops of blood will make an immense difference.

There are three techniques used to release Blood:
~~ venous bleeding
~~ fingertip bleeding
~~ plum-blossom needle tapping.
Venous bleeding
This is used in order to create an effect on a large area – such as the entire upper body. It is ideal in the acute treatment of urticaria, acute skin inflammation on the upper body area, or even pneumonia or severe bronchitis.

I once treated a young woman (aged 28) with acute psoriasis. She had angry red patches of burning, itching skin involving her arms, neck, face and breasts – yes, breasts! It came on suddenly for the fi rst time in her life when she had taken her two young children to visit her parents on holiday. The old couple felt unnerved by the active energy of the grandchildren, and she witnessed her father beating one of her children. She did not make a fuss about it at the time, but cut short her holiday and returned home. When she arrived home, the psoriasis broke out. It was so bad that she could not breastfeed her baby.
We treated her twice with Lu 5 venous bleeding and Lu 6 sedation, and she was much better within three days.
The case study above illustrates the unresolved anger creating wind–heat in the Liver and attacking the Lung and ascending to the upper warmer. With bleeding of the vein at point Lu 5, it was possible to eliminate heat from the Lung and the upper warmer.
The technique
Using a hypodermic needle and syringe, draw out 3–5 ml of blood from the vein, as close to the point as possible. Remove the needle and press to stop bleeding.
Fingertip bleeding
This treatment could be performed either on the finger- or toe-tips or on the jing-well points of the meridians. For instance, if the skin of the hand is very dry and the palm inflamed and itchy, the fingertips could be bled especially at point P 9, as the meridian flows directly through the centre of the palm. The bleeding need only be done once or twice. This will release the heat in the hand, and when combined with needling of point P 8 to tonify yin, will make the skin soft and moist within three or four treatments ( Figure 5.10 ).

Fig 5.10 Fingertip bleeding

Fig 5.10 Fingertip bleeding

Fingertip bleeding is used to treat small joint inflammation, and is very useful in the treatment of psoriatic arthritis, for both conditions. The jingwell point bleeding is used more for releasing heat from the meridian and sensory organs – Lu 11 is bled in sinusitis or pharyngitis; St 45 is bled in herpes labialis.
The technique
Squeeze the finger around the distal phalangeal joint, and using a blood lancet or similar instrument make a quick puncture at the tip of the finger, and continue to squeeze and extract 5–10 drops of blood. Apply pressure to stop bleeding.
Fig 5.11 Plum-blossom tapping

Fig 5.11 Plum-blossom tapping

Plum-blossom needle tapping
This is a very superficial bleeding technique, and is employed when removing heat in areas of thick and dry skin, or damp–heat situations. Flexural
eczema with thick raised lesions would be a good case for this treatment. In this case, the cause of the skin condition is stagnation of dampness. The heat appears because of the stagnant fluid. The dampness can be treated with points to circulate the stagnant fluid. But the heat needs to be eliminated from the surface. The plum-blossom hammer has seven short needles which, when tapped hard, will injure the epithelium of the skin and cause drops of blood to ooze. This will release the superficial heat on the skin and make the patient feel very comfortable afterwards. In fact, patients often itch themselves till they bleed, and this makes the irritation feel better.
The technique
Hold the flexible handle of the plum-blossom needle and tap hard on the areas of the eczema several times, until blood appears on the skin surface.Tap the entire area until it starts to show drops of blood. Stop tapping, wait 1 or 2 minutes, and then swab the blood ( Figure 5.11 ).
It is good for the patient to take home their own plum-blossom needle, so they can use it when necessary. This treatment will create a noticeable change in the appearance of the skin the very next day – it will be flatter, pink and smooth instead of scaly and rough. It will also make the pruritus better.
Removing stagnant Blood
In the treatment of musculoskeletal pains, this method is employed in a deep-seated pricking or stabbing pain in a fixed area; in skin problems, this method is used mostly in treatment of varicose ulcers or varicose eczema. As the Blood return to Heart is poor because of the varicose veins, there is Blood-heat and oedema in the legs. It would be virtually impossible to improve the skin condition if the circulation does not improve. In such situations, Blood-letting is a quick and effective way to reduce the Blood-heat.
The technique
The patient should sit or lie with a kidney tray positioned so blood will drip into it. Push in a hypodermic needle upwards into the vein, below a tortuous cluster of varicose veins, ideally distal to the varicose ulcer or eczema. Leave it there for 1 or 2 minutes to drip blood into the tray ( Figure 5.12 ) .

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