In Chinese medicine we give special attention to the blood vessels, their color, location, and shape, because they play a very important role in physiology, and can be used therapeutically to achieve specific clinical results.
Enlarged veins happen when body fails to eliminate a pathogenic (invasive and foreign) factor through its preferred routes: sneezing, coughing, sweating, urinating, defecating, vomiting and menstrual bleeding. This unreleased pathogenic factor gets pushed into the most peripheral parts of anatomy- capillaries and small blood vessels, in order to be kept away from the vital organs.
Pathogenic factors, involved in this process, are often associated with unresolved emotions. A healthy emotional and psychological life insures smooth circulation of blood, while persistent or recurring difficulties in life can lead to changes in the blood circulation and blood stagnation. Unreleased emotions need to find their “storage” place so that the individual can maintain his or her daily activities. First peripheral blood vessels become this “storage” place and, when full, they empty their content into larger vessels, causing varicosities.
A usual treatment of varicose veins involves drawing a few drops of blood from enlarged blood vessels using a three-edged needle. In a single session a number of vessels in the same anatomical area are bled. This procedure releases the stagnant blood along with the pathogenic factor.
The treatment is repeated a few times. During this time the color of the blood, being let out, changes from dark to bright red, and the blood vessels begin to hide.
Sometimes it takes a longer time for enlarged blood vessels to disappear but one experiences emotional release. Often after treatments people have vivid dreams, and their old emotional issues might come back to the surface or get resolved right away subconsciously.
Bloodletting can be used to treat other problems as well. For example, bleeding the vessels behind the knee can treat sciatic pain, pain in lumbar spine and skin disorders. Lower leg vessels can be used to address digestive issues, migraine headaches, hypertension and shoulder pain.
To conclude, enlarged blood vessels should not be overlooked. While a better physical appearance of legs is desirable, other benefits of vessel treatment like emotional relief, clearer skin, painless back and better digestion might be more significant.
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