Hirudotherapy is one of the oldest areas of medicine and cosmetics. The history of usage of leeches for medical purposes is very old — it is almost as old as medicine itself. Egyptian rulers did not hesitate to suffer in order to have a beautiful body, and in the Middle Ages all kinds of diseases were treated by means of leeches. And oddly enough, they really healed and were highly successful.
Besides recovering from the disease, the main advantage in leech application is primarily the fact that it improves overall patient condition and mood, and in regards of cosmetics it helps in maintaining a youthful appearance.
What is the secret of leeches? And how does this miracle actually happen?
In fact, there are more than 600 species of leeches, in the world, but only three of them are suitable for treatment, and they are all the subspecies of the medicinal leech. Currently the leech is a threatened species on the planet, and therefore, it is included in the Red List of Threatened Species.
Leeches are annelids, but throughout their long history they have mutated and adapted to the different conditions. They have a body with strong suction cups and strong jaws. Thanks to suction cups leeches tightly suck on the body and stay in this state for a really long time. The so-called jaws are represented by three muscle edges which consist of strong chitinous teeth, which can cut human skin to a depth of 1.5 mm.
Is a leech bite painful?
The result is a small wound and a sense of a mosquito bite or needle sting. The pain does not last long. As a good physician the leech immediately uses natural anesthetic, which is a special secret to eliminate pain, and which can act for a long time in the place of the bite (up to 24 hours).
The digestive tract of the leech processes human blood and simultaneously produces medical substances which penetrate back into the human circulatory system.
What is the result?
A very important result of this is a sharp surge of joy and fun and also the cosmetic effect, which means that the leech is indeed a universal medicine, which will never lose its relevance and popularity.