Bloodletting for Nausea
Nowadays, if we’re nauseous, we take anti-nausea medications to help relieve the symptoms. Back in the 1800s and early 1900s, doctors used different techniques to help patients get relief. Often called bloodletting, doctors would cut into the skin and drain blood from the patient. That’s right – your doctor would actually cut you and drain some of your blood with the belief that draining your blood would rid your body of the disease or illness you had. Doctors mainly prescribed it for morning sickness and nausea but also for other types of conditions. It seems like it was somewhat of a guessing game for your doctor. Bloodletting goes back thousands of years as people thought it would calm the pain, regulate your pulse, and even rid the body of a fever.