Bleeding of an acupuncture point can 1) invigorate the smooth flow of qi and blood 2) disperse blood stasis 3) drain excess heat and fire 4) can bring down yang rising.
I felt that I needed it done, in laymans terms, to release some sort of blockage and stagnation in the meridian and the finger joint.
I am currently dealing with a Lyme Disease flare-up. The days preceding my scheduled appointment, I felt an unmistakable urge to poke and bleed LI 1 on my left hand. Part of my lyme symptoms involve arthritis in my index fingers.
When my acupuncturist poked LI 1, I had an amazing visual. It was as if my lower abdomen, the very lowest pelvic region, was a rounded bowl. When she pricked I both felt and saw the bottom of this bowl light up with the color white. I also saw gravely, dark, pea-sized granules. The left side granules shifted, moved, rose up and dispersed. It was a remarkable visual sight. That area of my body felt clearer and the arthritis in my left index finger was gone whilst I continue to have the pain in my right index finger.
I know that at my next appointment, I will ask my acupuncturist to bleed the right LI 1, as I could still see the gravely substance on that side.
Large Intestine 1 is known as Shangyang and is a jing-well point. Ahhh