Benefits of bloodletting procedure among Bad-mKhris-mGo-Nad patients: A prospective observational study


  • Karma Ugyen National Traditional Medicine Hospital, Kawangjangsa, Thimphu, Bhutan
  • Karma Tenzin Faculty of Postgraduate Medicine, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan
  • Tempa Gyeltshen Faculty of Traditional Medicine, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan


Introduction: Bad-mKhris-mGo-Nad is a type of headache caused by imbalance of bile and phlegm humor. In gSo-ba-Rig-pa, headache is categorized in two categories such as primary headaches and secondary headaches. In total there are 14 types of headaches and Bad-mKhris-mGoNad is one among the principal headaches. The gSo-ba-Rig-pa based bloodletting therapy for Bad-mKhris-mGo-Nad has been practiced by the traditional medicine practitioners since the inception of gSo-ba-Rig-pa more than 2500 years ago. Bloodletting is also believed to be one of the most important and effective therapy in the treatment regime of gSo-ba-Rig-pa. The Subsequent Tantra (last tantra) states that the bloodletting is the best remedy for all types of bile and
blood-related disorders. This study was conducted to observe the effectiveness of bloodletting procedure among diagnosed cases of Bad-mKhris-mGo-Nad. Methods: It was an observational prospective study conducted at the National Traditional Medicine Hospital, Kawangjansa, Thimphu. The three main parameters measured were frequency, duration, and severity of the headaches. The samples consisted of 31 patients with 23 females and 8 males. Data collection was carried out over the span of seven months (June - December, 2018) Results: The association test between before and after 10 days, before and after 30 days of bloodletting
was conducted on 30 patients by using Mid-Point test in Open Epi and the result was observed to be statistically significant at p< 0.05. Conclusion: This study shows that the bloodletting therapy on Tshoksang reduces the pain duration and frequencies of headaches. Moreover, it was also established to be effective in reducing the severity of the headache caused by Bad-mKhrismGo-Nad.






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