Drainage and Mobilisation Methods
These methods, designed to help eliminating toxins and other harmful or waste products from the body, were already known and practiced by the legendary philosopher and doctor Paracelsus.
Methods such as for example dry cupping help mobilise the lymphatic fluids and through this wash toxins from the cells and the extracellular matrix into the lymphatic system. From here, they can then be actively eliminated by the body through the skin, lungs, liver or kidneys. Drainage methods such as bloodletting and blood-cupping take over the active role of toxin elimination from the body. These are particularly useful when, e.g. liver and kidneys are already working at their limit. Herbs can further support these processes by activating the different organs and lymphatic system.
Indications for drainage and mobilisation methods are:
Supporting the body's metabolism
Positively influencing pain and mental stress
„Cleaning“ blood, lymphatic fluid and the extracellular matrix
Strengthening and balancing the immune system etc.
Bloodletting (Hildegard von Bingen)
There are different types of bloodletting still practiced today. To differentiate the traditional from the modern use, modern-day bloodletting is now called phlebotomy. An example of which is donating blood. In this case 500 ml of blood are withdrawn from the body. Another example is alleviating cardiovascular hypertension for which small amounts (less than 100 ml) are taken. The traditional bloodletting method, as practiced by Hildegard von Bingen, was and still is used for influencing the body's metabolism. Its aim is to help the body to detoxify and "recalibrate". In contrast to general medieval bloodletting, the method as practiced by Hildegard von Bingen, is aligned to the moon phases. Only small amounts, no more than 180 ml, are withdrawn from the body. Importantly, It is contraindicated on emaciated patients.
Bloodletting is not only used as a therapeutic but also as a diagnostic tool.
Bloodletting is indicated for:
Metabolic disbalances, such as diabetes and gout
Chronic inflammation and pain
Hormone disbalance, etc.