How to overcome fear of the medicinal leech

Quite often in my practice I face the presence of a certain sense of fear and resistance, or aversion to the medicinal leech, especially in women. This may happen due to the fact that the leech produces liquid in the form of mucus, and it is often perceived as something disgusting and slimy. That’s why the leech is often considered as a dirty and ugly worm. An important role here is played by experience and information. And, of course, prejudice. People who become interested in hirudotherapy have too little experience and they are very often full of prejudice. They do not want to take the medicinal leech with their hands, because they are afraid that it will bite them. They do not know how it will react to them. Worms, snakes, and insects rarely become pets, and are especially feared by women.