- by Dr Jameela Khalid
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- Apr 20 2018
What is leech therapy and how does it work?
Leech therapy is a very ancient method of healing various diseases and ailments related to nervous system, dental problems, skin diseases etc. It was widely used as long back as the ancient Egyptians. It is currently a very affordable and accessible way to treat many complications.
What is it exactly?
Letting blood flow from the body is said to heal various diseases. Even in sushruta samhita, it is stated that by letting controlled amount of blood flow out of the body can be very effective in many diseases. Though it seems primitive, it is said to work.
And leeches do exactly that, they suck the blood from the host. The blood sucked by leeches is very less in amount and there is no danger involved. Besides, there are many proteins and peptides secreted by leeches while sucking, which is of great benefit and hence leech therapy is more effective than surgically letting blood out.
The science behind it:
Leeches have three jaws which cut through the skin and secrete anticoagulating agents through their saliva. After this, leeches are allowed to suck blood for about 30 minutes from the body. This will roughly account to 15 ml of blood per leech. Leeches also secrete proteins and peptides which lessen the viscosity of blood locally and enhance blood flow.
Especially people who risk limb amputation, problems due to varicose veins like ulcers etc, heart diseases, and diabetes benefit from this. Saliva of leeches also have chemicals with anti-inflammatory properties which is great to prevent various joint and knee diseases like osteoarthritis.
Simply put, leeches enhance the blood flow by thinning it, and release various chemicals beneficial for the body. Though there is no scientific study as of yet to back this, but it has shown very positive results in application.
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