Leech Therapy: All you need to know about this pain management technique

Did you know that leeches – the parasitic worms belonging to the Hirudinea subclass, have been used in medicine to treat nervous system anomalies, dental difficulties, skin illnesses, and infections since ancient times? Not only that but modern medical science employs leeches for surgery and other microsurgery purposes because they secrete anticoagulants in form of peptides and proteins that help to keep blood clots at bay. Hence the wounds quickly heal by keeping the blood flowing through them. Most importantly, leech therapy is currently experiencing a resurgence due to its ease and low cost of use in reducing problems.

​How does it work?

Leech Therapy: All you need to know about this ayurvedic pain management technique | The Times of India

Medicinal leeches, which are most commonly found in Hungary or Sweden, have three jaws, each with a single row of teeth. They use their teeth to penetrate a person’s skin and inject anticoagulants present in their saliva. After that, the leeches are permitted to drain blood from the patient for approximately about half an hour (this translates to only a few millilitres of blood per leech).

Those who are at risk of limb amputation due to diabetes complications, those who have been diagnosed with heart disease, and those who are having cosmetic surgery and risk losing some soft tissue may all benefit. Blood clots and varicose veins can also be treated with this therapy.

Heart disorders

Because of its ability to reduce inflammation and enhance blood flow, leech therapy is used by people with heart disease. For persons with vascular illness and problems, leech therapy has become an accepted alternative therapy to cure them.

Clogged arteries are not the only sign of cardiovascular disease | American Heart Association

​Cancer

Because of the platelet inhibitors and unique enzymes found in leech saliva, cancer treatments involving leech therapy are being researched. While leech therapy is not recommended for persons with certain blood malignancies, it has been demonstrated to reduce lung cancer symptoms. Injecting leech saliva into the body has been shown in numerous trials to help prevent cancer cells from colonising the body.

Read more: indiatimes.com

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