The benefits of bloodletting

How many remember the history of human, many people were sick. But to be healthy like everyone, in ancient times, as you know, aspirin was not, and operations were limited to basic cutting off the affected part. Therefore, the question arises as quickly and efficiently recover from colds/syphilis/distemper. And then people thought, not to let the blood? So there was a bloodletting. Rather, the blood was allowed before – in General, I adored this. All these wars, sacrifices, initiation – not life, and continuous bleeding. The old world ankle was red fluid, it does not bother anyone. Blood, if you like, was a member of the society. Here is one of the ancient wise guy thought, why not use it in a purely scientific purposes.

The earliest mention of bloody medicine is located in 3000 years of Egyptian texts. Similar methods are in ancient India and ancient Syrians so in General began to be used in a purely noble purposes leeches for bloodletting. In a word, is so cheap and exciting way of treatment was common until the 19th century, while good people did not invent drugs.


Despite three thousand years of global popularity, these days, the bloodletting was almost unanimously recognized as a barbaric method, which is more crippling than cure. In fact, modern doctors and greedy pharmacists are just jealous because they are unable to think of anything popular and accessible of aspirin and activated charcoal, which we treat all diseases (in some schools nurses are treated with coal even strokes).

But what if the world misses that if the bloodletting in vain written off? Yes, this may sound stupid, but from the bloodletting benefit. Especially for men. Below we look at a brief history of bloodletting, before looking at the potential benefits of real life. From a purely scientific point of view, and is totally unbiased.

In Western medicine, bloodletting was based on ancient Greek thought, the human body consists of four fluids: blood, phlegm, lymph and bile, which correspond to the four Greek classical elements: air, water, earth and fire, respectively. All illness was considered a result of internal imbalance of juices in the body, so the direct responsibility of the physician was to restore the balance. Vomiting, increased urination, discharge of blood are considered to be effective means of harmonization of four juices. The famous Greek physician Hippocrates believed that bloodletting – a thing extremely necessary, and drew Parallels with women’s menstruation, that is not allowed – not a man. After this bloody Islamic practices are being adopted by enterprising authors, and soon the bloodletting was common in all European and Arab countries.

Bloodletting was considered first in the treatment of almost every disease, from acne and asthma to cancer and smallpox. It decreased the inflammation, and the most interesting: the wounded, bleeding soldiers were treated by bloodletting! That is, he’s going to die from loss of blood, he was already beating in agony and held out his hand, already paid the ferryman to go to Hades and they pick him the wound and drain the blood. Merciful ancient medicine.

Bloodletting was also used as a prevention. That is, the stabbing itself with all sorts of syringes with shock doses of vitamins, it is better spray the blood.


Methods and tools for draining of fluid was not less original and varied. When the doctor to get rid of the unfortunate small amount of blood, used leeches, and the fashion for hirudotherapy became so widespread that in 1830 France imported 40 million leeches for medical purposes! For faster and more efficient blood loss, sharpened sticks, shark’s teeth, knives and arrows, Chinese chopsticks, grandma’s knitting needles, jokes Jimmy Carr – in General, any sharp objects. Picking, usually a vein in the neck or forearm, or any other, for that catch. There was even a special tool for the job – multileasing spring loaded mechanism called a Scarificator. The most common tool bleeder really was nothing like… a Barber shop with a razor.

Yes, the barbershop and the hospital has been synonymous. For centuries, barbers not only scraped the sharp blade of the cheeks and cut the hair, but also provided medical services, including bloodshed. Remember, foreign films on hairdressing has always seen striped red-white cylinder? Now, that’s still remnants of those times, and the stripes symbolize nothing like blood and bandages that were drying here and there.

Bloodletting reached its peak in the 18th and 19th centuries. Doctors of the time were carried away to such an extent that the patients fainted. It was a sign that they took the right amount of blood. Some historians believe that the father of the American nation George Washington died from acute respiratory infection, and from 4 of bloodletting for the day.

After three millennia of living under the flag lowered blood, in the late 19th century, the effectiveness of this method of treatment has been questioned, and the dawn of the 20th century from the old proven method is completely abandoned. It now we laugh looking from the height of years of technological progress on ancestors who thought bleeding a panacea for all diseases.

And yet, as it turns out, the bloodletting has its benefits. Some people around the world continue to practice bloodletting. Probably good that it still exists, or is unlikely to be someone practiced. Recent studies show that our ancestors endured the misery and went cut and sucked by leeches: the blood-letting potentially provides many health benefits. Here are some of them.


Most of the advantages of this method is connected with the iron. Not with what you’re doing in the gym, and the fact that is contained in your body.

Its main function is to help carry oxygen from our lungs through the blood and release it where necessary. If you have enough iron, then you look lost, pale and disoriented.

But here’s the problem: our bodies are not the only ones that require iron for survival and prosperity. Small tiny organisms that cause us illness, also need this mineral. When the bacteria, fungi and protozoa enter our body, they immediately hunt for blessed iron, and thus spread. Even cancer cells need a useful mineral. However, a sharp decrease of iron in the body will not help to get rid of «plague of the Millennium».

As you already realized, its excess can make us more vulnerable to disease, especially in an era when most of our food is fortified with iron. We do not encourage by all means withdraw it from his body, on the contrary: we’re just trying to show the advantages of bloodletting. Because iron is carried by the blood. And we are talking about it.

1. Can help prevent diseases

When you give blood, you reduce the amount of iron in the body. It turns out that such a noble cause as blood donation, can help you avoid a number of diseases.

Some proponents of the theory to mention a few examples. The first was in Sunny Somalia, where the population is divided into two types: refugees and pirates. In the refugee camp, diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and brucellosis, were as common as same-sex marriage in the Netherlands. Despite the prevalence of these diseases, as if nothing had happened remained healthy in an atmosphere of deep hygiene. You ask me why? Yes, because constantly underfed.

Good doctors, suspecting something was wrong, decided to conduct the study. Some have continued to starve, and the other riders added food. Happy refugees had no idea what it is happiness, but did not ask to eat is given. Of course, the number of infected has increased dramatically, and now it’s turn to laugh starving. And the doctors… But the doctors? All in the name of science.

2. May reduce the risk of cancer

Several studies show that there is a connection between the reduction of the amount of iron through blood donation and a lower risk of developing cancer. For example, one study showed that people who have reduced iron levels through phlebotomy, have dramatically reduced the risk of developing cancer. Another study also indicated an inverse relationship between iron levels and the risk of malignancy, particularly in men. However, the 2008 study found no link between iron levels and the development of cancer cells; moreover, scientists have found no connection between regular blood donation and reduced cancer risk. Researchers are still studying this dubious relationship, and the findings mixed. However, if you do not mind blood, then take all you want.

Reduces hardening of the arteries and heart attack risk. The study of nearly 3,000 middle-aged men showed that those who regularly donated blood, the risk of heart attack was reduced by 88%. Scientists have put forward several theories as to why this is happening. Several studies have found a link between high iron levels and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. One study showed that high levels of iron immediately constricts blood vessels and reduces blood flow. And when the blood flow in the arteries is reduced, they begin to harden. Moreover, high levels of iron in the blood can oxidize cholesterol, and the product of this oxidation is safely deposited on the walls of arteries, opening the way to heart attacks and strokes.

In addition to lowering iron levels, donating blood on a regular basis also reduces blood viscosity. Generally, men have great problems with blood circulation due to high blood viscosity. In women everything is easier. They have menopause. Save.

And finally, donating blood, you’d better know about it, because you all told in detail will show and make you watch even on the level of your blood pressure, pulse and cholesterol. Can use this information for your own good, namely: to improve their health.

3. Can improve insulin sensitivity

So, this will help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Excess iron can blunt insulin sensitivity, which makes you more susceptible to disease. Even if you’re not inclined to risk of developing diabetes, studies have shown that regular «blood loss can help you stay lean and slim.

4. Burns calories

Research at the University of California in San Diego found that on average you burn about 650 calories during a blood donation. Even on arrival from the hospital, lying on the couch, you burn 400 calories. Want to lose weight – ask me how.

Generally, all these experiments with iron useful for men’s health. On average, men have more iron in the body than women: 4 m compared to 3.5. One reason for this seems to be a correlation between testosterone levels and iron levels (just produces testosterone peptides that control controversial the mineral). In addition, women lose one gram of iron on time monthly expiry blood. Probably they are from, and live longer that the iron in them is less. As already described, the excess iron is very bad, the disadvantage is too bad. Need to find a middle ground. Keep your «metals» in check, man!

All you need to do to get rid of excess blood, no need to go to the hair salon and ask Barber to clip your vein. You rather send to the loony bin. Well, it is not necessary to fence at loggerheads with his friend, and then bring the infection or chop off what is not necessary. Just come to the hospital and donate a pint or two of blood. Again, good for you, and people. The good doctors are allowed to do it every 8 weeks.

The advantages of bloodletting. The bacteria will be shocked by the sudden decline of a fertile ground for breeding, and calories disappear, girls will love. But remember that one donation will not become healthier, so don’t forget fizkulturno in the morning, healthy eating, quitting bad habits. If you’re not Dylan Moran, and alcohol does not nourish your life force.

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