Phlebotomy-the treatment by blood letting
The act of bloodletting has existed for centuries for the treatment of various diseases is the withdrawal of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. In ancient china for instance Bloodletting was based on and a system of medicine in which blood and other bodily fluid were regarded as that had to remain in proper balance to maintain health. This was done using the system of acupuncture.
Bloodletting therefore involved a concerted effort aimed at helping an individual. Maintain the required amount of blood in the body. In the traditional Africa, some communities believed that excess blood in the body led to a lot of excitement and so the blood needed to be removed from time to time.
The process of menstruation in women was seen as one of the models of the principle of bleeding to health as postulated by certain ancient schools of thought. Socrates in his view gave credence to the principles of surgical bloodletting.
It is worth noting that certain cultures even reserved the specific days of the month for the practice of bloodletting considered to relieve people of the effects of bad and humorous effects from the body. Some instances where animals like leeches were used were very common though.
In the 20th century, the use of bloodletting as a treatment technique was questioned and this led to what is now phlebotomy or breathing veins. It was discovered that veins were more filled with blood and so easier to relieve of the blood. It was even believed that the removal of blood to induce fainting was good for the body.
Despite all the evidences, phlebotomy establishes that bloodletting is not effective in the treatment of so many diseases. It is thus worth noting that phlebotomy believes bloodletting can expose the patient to disease attacks by weakening his defense making it easy for disease attacks. It is thus used in the current world in the treatment of very few ailments.
Diseases like hemochromatosis, a hereditary disease has seen the popularity of bloodletting to be reaffirmed in the current medical practice where it is rather life saving.