Bloodletting Treatment in Delhi

Collection with 16 media items created by Rajan Zaveri

26 May 2014 22:00

Bloodletting practitioner Mohammad Gyas watched as his son sliced open the tourniquet-bound hands and feet of the sick with single-use razor blades in the garden of Old Delhi's Jama Masjid.

The ‘bad blood’ spilled into gutters that ran along the side of the platform, washed from the patient’s limbs with jugs of water. This ancient medical practice is said to cure everything from heart pain and arthritis, to cancer and diabetes.

"The darker the blood, the longer you have to bleed," Gyas said. A typical treatment regime runs for six weeks.

Gyas’ son was working with half a dozen assistants. They wrapped the tourniquets and washed water over the blade wounds to flush out blood. They then treated the cuts with a mixture of spices and doctor was on hand to give tetanus injections.

Gyas learned the trade from his grandfather and passed on his skills to his son. He has been practicing and overseeing treatments at the same place every day since 1980. During that time he has saved every single razor blade he used, which he proudly displays in 20 plastic drums.

“This many years, this many people, this many blades,” he said, pointing proudly to the plastic drums. “How could you doubt my treatment working?”

Gyas suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which has prevented him from doing any of the work himself since 2008. Interestingly, neither he nor his son sported any nicks or cuts on their own limbs. However, that does not deter the duo's patients who travel from far-flung parts of India and even other countries, including Japan and the United States. Many of them swear by the treatment, which includes following a strict no-booze, no-smoking, legume-rich diet.

One of Gyas' longtime arthritis patients demonstrated his belief in the treatment by leaping spiritedly on and off a brick platform in the garden.

“Look at me now!” he exclaimed in broken English, grinning and bouncing gratefully. “I can move everything, there’s no pain.”

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Blood Letting
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01 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 Mohammad Iqbal is well practiced at his craft. He moves quickly over each patients hands and feet and in just a few seconds makes the cuts needed for the treatment.

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Blood Letting
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01 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 Single blades are used for the treatment. Each blade is only used once and each new patient is given a tetanus shot as a precaution.

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20 Oct 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 Each customer is given a timetable book to keep track of his or her visitations. Treatments cost between 50 to 200 rupees depending on the ailment and amount of sessions needed.

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15 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 A strict diet is enforced in combination with the bleeding treatment. According to Mohammad Gyas, both must be followed to be healed of ailments.

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20 Oct 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 Mohammad Iqbal has taken over from his father and now treats a constant stream of patients who come from all over India.

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01 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 Over the Last 10 years Ibn Umar has been treated at Rahat for various problems including diabities. "The treatments and recommended diet have helped me to live a longer and healthier life'.

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By Rajan Zaveri
15 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 To keep the blood flowing, patients bend the knee of the leg that is bound at a constant rate. There is no age limit to the treatment with children as young as 7 particpating in treatment.

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By Rajan Zaveri
15 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 Abdul-Ghani has almost completed 6 weeks of treaments for pains in lower back and legs. " I have never felt as healthy and strong as I do now and my pains have almost dissappeared'.

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24 Oct 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 Anywhere between 5 to 10 cuts are made on each foot to allow enough bleeding.

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15 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 The Open Surgury also sells a varity of homopathic medicines that help with problems such as tooth rot.

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15 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 Laksha, 42, is a first time patient to Rahat Open surgury. She decided to undergo treatment for her atheritus and joint pain after a friend claimed to be completely cured using the bleeding method.

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01 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 The legs and arms are bound tight above the areas to be cut. Razeen, 28, helps to treat at least 30 patients a day.

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15 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 A dressing of mixed spices is applied to the cuts after each treatment. It is used to help clean and seal the wound.

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23 Oct 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 Mohammad Gyas has had patients from as far as the US and Japan. He collects and decorates his office with pictures, business cards and newspaper clippings of all those who have visited.

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By Rajan Zaveri
06 Nov 2012

New Delhi: India: 2013 Mohammad Gyas has kept every single blade used on a patient since 1980. He says it proves just how many people are affected by his therapies. "This many years, this many people, this many blades. How could you doubt my treatment working?"

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20 Oct 2013

New Delhi: India
The darker the blood the longer the bleed. Water is poured over the cuts to keep the blood flowing.