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Bloodletting was once a common practice and a foundational treatment of “civilized medicine”. It was widely practiced in many cultures around the world, and as early as the fifth century BC. Today it is only used for lab testing purposes and also in cases of polycythemia, hemochromatosis and hepatitis C. Localized bloodletting is becoming more popular as the usefulness of leeches are being rediscovered.
 

 
 

Bloodletting / Phlebotomy can help with the following:
 
 
Circulation  Polycythemia Vera

Metabolic

  Hemochromatosis (Iron overload)
 Once a diagnosis of HHC is confirmed, the excess iron should be removed and family members should be screened for the disorder. Iron overload is treated with successive phlebotomies in patients with or without clinical manifestations. The total amount of blood that must be removed to produce iron deficiency provides an estimate of total body iron load.

Organ Health

  Hepatitis
 In studies of hepatitis C patients, removal of 200-400ml of blood every 2-4 weeks to produce a ferritin level of <11ng/ml resulted in a reduction in liver enzyme elevation (ALT), a reduction in fibrosis, and a reduction in inflammation compared with control hepatitis C subjects. [Am J Gastroenterol January 2002, 97(l):1-4]
 
 


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