Leech Therapy: A Low-Cost Technique for Pain Management

Did you know that from ancient times, leeches have been used in medicine to treat nervous system abnormalities, dental problems, skin disorders, and infections? Additionally, current medical research exploits leeches for surgery and other microsurgery procedures. This is because they release anticoagulants in the form of peptides and proteins that aid in the prevention of blood clots. As a result, wounds heal quickly when blood is kept flowing through them. Most importantly, the leech therapy is witnessing a renaissance in popularity due to its convenience and low cost of use in resolving issues.

How does it function?

Three jaws, each with a single row of teeth, are characteristic of medicinal leeches. They puncture a person’s skin with their fangs and inject anticoagulants found in their saliva. Following that, the leeches are allowed to drain the patient’s blood for around half an hour (this translates to only a few millilitres of blood per leech).

Leech Therapy: A Low-Cost Technique for Pain Management

Individuals at danger of amputation as a result of diabetes problems, those diagnosed with heart disease, and those undergoing cosmetic surgery and risk losing some soft tissue may all benefit. This therapy can also be used to treat blood clots and varicose veins.

About the Author:

Germie Alderite is a Registered Medical Technologist in the Philippines. She is currently studying Doctor of Medicine in the said country. Germie worked in an Adventist Wellness Center for a year before entering Medical School. She believes that many transgress the laws of health through ignorance, thus, people need instruction. They need to be impressed with the importance of making their knowledge a guide of life. Physician has many opportunities both of imparting a knowledge of health principles and of showing the importance of putting them into practice.

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