Yes, this barbaric but sometimes effective method is still practiced and is available to the connoisseur of local peculiarities. Not as widespread as leaches though (see Leeches) which are entirely part of the mainstream. You’d need to go to the Muslim community for that. No, I will not publicly share the details for the fear of bringing trouble onto the practitioner but if you are interested I’ll provide the details.
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This quaint remedy against hypertension and a bunch of other blood circulation maladies is still available and used here, although not as widely as before, when these cuties were sold in any self-respecting apothecary. I recently saw them at Leningradsky prospekt 72 (Sokol is the nearest metro station) at 70 roubles (just over $2) each.
Still available in a time-warp apothecary on Leningradskoye Shosse, right side of heading out of town, after Metro Voykovskaya but before the river. Details soon. 70 roubles ($2.20) each. If you want to commit suicide by having your blood sucked out you’ll need $2000 worth of them but that’s another story. The exact address is coming up. Tried these myself. Heart beat and pressure comes to the norm in no time but I tend to think part of the reason is women who happen to witness the scene screaming. As a card-carrying sadist I find that satisfying, and my BP returns to norm. I also recall seeing blood-letting offered by Muslim old-timers.