Shiraku: Bloodletting, Cupping and the Treatment of Blood Stagnation

With Dr. Ehrland Truitt, DOM
September 24 and 25, 2022

Zoom Follow-up on October 15
Sante Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Women’s Club

15  NCCAOM, CA, and TX continuing education credits

Shiraku (bloodletting) is a frequently misunderstood treatment method in East Asian medicine. Although the idea of bloodletting might sound medieval, there are numerous techniques that can be extremely effective (and painless) for treating chronic conditions in the body. Blood stagnation can be one of the most difficult conditions to treat in the clinic. The local or systemic presence of blood stagnation can reflect the chronic nature of the patient’s condition or symptom pattern. Understanding the nature of blood stagnation as well as the various methods used to treat it are essential for a successful clinical practice. As practitioners, these are some of the most complex and challenging conditions we encounter in the clinic. This seminar will focus on an examination of blood stagnation and various options for treating it.

This seminar will address the history of shiraku therapies and their current clinical applications. The weekend will be grounded in a detailed discussion of Chapter 75 of the Nan Jing, which discusses a specific method for identifying and treating blood. Understanding this chapter is essential to identifying when to use these techniques.  We will examine the nature of blood stagnation within the body and what symptoms we can look for to diagnose this oftentimes hidden condition.

We will demonstrate and practice the use of specific methods used to move stagnation within the patient’s body. Hands-on and specific treatments will include needle and moxa tonification for the patient’s constitution, cupping, and bleeding Jing-Well points and vascular spiders. 

About the Instructor:

Dr. Ehrland Truitt, DOM has been a Hari practitioner for over 20 years and is the Executive Director of the High Desert Hari Society. He has studied with T. Koei Kuwahara Sensei since 2001 and has been an assistant teacher for the Hari seminar series since 2002. Ehrland is a former clinical supervisor and assistant professor at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and Southwest Acupuncture College. He has traveled to Japan, Peru, Ecuador, and Nepal to study acupuncture, moxibustion, and traditional herbal medicine. Ehrland is a founding member of the High Desert Hari Society and currently maintains a private practice in Santa Fe, NM.


Saturday, September 24
Discussion of the history of shiraku as well as differential diagnosis of blood static conditions, demonstration of Hari-style acupuncture treatment with shiraku components, cupping, and moxibustion techniques.  

Sunday, September 25: Bleeding jing-wells points and areas on the extremities including vascular spiders with plenty of time for case studies and hands-on practice, including full treatments utilizing Hari-style acupuncture. 

Saturday, October 15: 10am-12pm follow-up on Zoom. After working with skills from the workshop for two weeks in the clinic, participants are invited to bring their practical questions. 

Saturday and Sunday, 09/24/2022-09/25/2022 – 9:00 am – 5:30 pm with a one-hour lunch

Saturday, 10/15, 10am-12pm virtual follow-up session