The Ancient Art of Bleeding

Susan Johnson discusses the origin, styles, sterile techniques, and contraindications, of Blood-Letting Therapy.

Susan Johnson
Susan Johnson

Course Overview

The Ancient Art of Bleeding is a cross-cultural modality used from time immemorial, in ancient Egypt, India, the Middle East and throughout all of Asia. In Chinese medicine, bleeding is commonly referred to as: pricking bleeding, micro-puncture, triangular needling or simply, blood-letting. This series of webinars are designed to explore: the origins of blood-letting; different styles and forms of bleeding; sterile methodology and safety concerns; and to provide instruction on a wide variety of points that are bled for common ailments.


  • Describe a brief history of blood-letting

  • List seven primary functions attributed to blood-letting

  • List four different methods of bleeding

  • Describe five different implements of bleeding

  • Demonstrate proper sterile technique

  • Recite eight reasons not to bleed


  • 0 hrs - 1.5 hrs

    Bleeding Lecture, Part 1: This webinar begins with an introduction to bleeding techniques, followed by a narrated slideshow from Susan’s 1987 trip to HeFei Research Hospital, in China, with Dr. Miriam Lee, where they studied bleeding techniques with a third generation bleeding expert, Dr. Wang Xiu-Zhen. Susan discusses: sterile technique; different sizes and types of bleeding needles, including disposable hypodermic needle tips and lancets; points that are commonly bled; bamboo cupping; and some interesting case studies.

  • 1.5 hrs - 3 hrs

    Bleeding Lecture, Part 2: In Part 2, Susan discusses: the theory behind the use of bleeding, including seven distinct functions of bleeding; further safety concerns, including sterilization and the proper disposal of blood products; knowing the laws regarding bleeding; superficial bleeding, like: seven-star hammering; common conditions that are bled; a slideshow of bleeding being done in New Delhi; a slideshow of bamboo cupping being performed in Viet Nam; and a series of six movie clips from Susan’s previous bleeding classes, used to demonstrate different bleeding techniques.

  • 3 hrs - 4 hrs

    Bleeding Demonstration, Part 1: In this section, students begin by examining each other’s veins and determining which volunteers will receive which technique. Susan demonstrates: bleeding in the temple region of the head on two different volunteers; bleeding in the popliteal crease on a volunteer lying face down on a massage table; and DT07 Three Gold is bled bilaterally for chronic degenerative internal knee pain. Volunteers talk about their experience after each demonstration. Careful attention is devoted to proper preparation of the patient and field for bleeding; a thorough explanation is given of the point choice and the bleeding style implemented; and efficiency in proper cleanup is shown and described.

  • 4 hrs - 5.5 hrs

    Bleeding Demonstration, Part 2: This webinar includes a full length demonstration of bamboo cupping (and bleeding) on the spine, highly effective in the treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis and scoliosis. Bamboo cupping is a bleeding technique that vitalizes blood in a very specific area, especially good on: joints; areas of calcification, stagnation or numbness. Detailed instruction is provided throughout the video and at the end the patient gives his impressions of the experience. Susan then continues her demonstration of unusual bleeding techniques with: 77.15/.16 Two Lips for herpes; and seven-star hammering of DT.01/.02 The Toxin Area, used in cases of extreme itching or toxic exposure.


  • Teresa G. (Canada)

    Enjoyed the course and still learned more about bleeding than was taught in school. I believe in bleeding and use it already in practice and will do so more.

  • Jolanda K. (Australia)

    Truly recommendable for any TCM practitioners wanting to add to their practices with this ancient old tradition

  • Michael W. (United States of America)

    Thank you, Susan! Great course - precious information and techniques every acupuncturist should study and implement.

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Enjoyed the course and still learned more about bleeding than was taught in school. I believe in bleeding and use it already in practice and will do so more.

Teresa G. (Canada)

Truly recommendable for any TCM practitioners wanting to add to their practices with this ancient old tradition

Jolanda K. (Australia)

Thank you, Susan! Great course - precious information and techniques every acupuncturist should study and implement.

Michael W. (United States of America)

I have studied Tung acupuncture, cupping and bleeding with Susan Johnson. I find her to be a knowledgeable and skilled practitioner. She is very generous with her knowledge.

Timothy B. (United States of America)

Very good class. Love Susan Johnson and her teachings!

Tara P. (United States)

Susan is one of the best well-known instructor out there alive today. She delivers everything she knows and very sharing. Good speaker also. She knows how to deliver information very well.

Takashi Y. (United States)

Great handouts and video demonstrations.

Nicholas H. (United States)

A highly skilled and experienced teacher shares her extensive knowledge of bleeding. Excellent, detailed presentation of the techniques of bleeding, and multiple stories and cases illustrating it's power. Bleeding was discussed occasionally in my training, but this course gave me a much better sense of its wide range of application. Highly recommended!

Henry B. (United States)

Excellent teaching style. Explains things thoroughly and completely making note of the little things that are gained from experience. Ensures the student has all the information including those important little details that often get overlooked during instruction. Excellent course and instructor.

AMANDA K. (Canada)

Susan Johnson is an inspiration teacher. I am so grateful for her life's work. She generously shares all the details of her extensive experience. She is the real deal doctor of Chinese Medicine. She teaches the points brilliantly and gives so many useful details and insightful stories from her own practice. She continues to study and deepen her knowledge. Every student of acupuncture I've been practicing for 23 years like myself can learn so much from Susan Johnson. Both her presentation of the theory and training on how to logically figure it out for oneself are invaluable.

Karen B. (United States)

I love Susan Johnson and the passion she has for Master Tungs Acupuncture. The material is clear, concise and well presented. I feel so fortunate as this is probably the closest most of us will get to training with a Master in our lifetime. Thank you, Susan, for imparting your thirty years of experience.

Wendy C. (Canada)


Susan Johnson

A graduate of the ACTCM, Susan Johnson, L.Ac., has been practicing TCM for over 30 years. She studied extensively with Drs. Miriam Lee and Young Wei Chieh, and teaches Tung's Points internationally.


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  • Medical Disclaimer

    This course mentions bleeding techniques or the treatment of cancer as part of its historical discussions. Bloodletting and Cancer treatment are not within the scope of practice for most licensees. Furthermore, bloodletting and/or the treatment of cancer may or may not be included in your scope of practice in your particular jurisdiction. The mention of the historical use of these techniques does not certify the learner to use these points or condone the use of these techniques outside the scope of one’s practice in their jurisdiction.

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  • CEUs:

    Approved By: NCCAOM (5.5), Florida (5.5), IVAS (5.5), Standard Certificate (5.5)

    Pending: California [Ineligible]*

  • Language: English

  • Course Type: Recorded Seminar

  • Course Length: 5.5 h

  • Course Notes: Notes are provided with this course.

  • Access Period: 1 Year


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