The use of medicinal leeches

Once again one should pay attention to the place of use. If a medicinal leech does not want to suck in, you may try pricking this spot with a sterile needle, and when a drop of blood appears, this is 100% sure that a leech will suck in. It does not happen that a leech fails to suck in when it feels blood. I have never had similar cases. I should mention we use this manipulation when we need to apply the leech in the exact place. In other cases, when a leech does not want to suck in, you can apply it to another nearest spot or you can discuss the procedure and find another more suitable spot to apply.

It is ill-advised to apply medicinal leeches directly on the veins. Thus, it is necessary to have experience and knowledge of the human body anatomy. We need to know how to find out whether there are veins under the place we chose for applying. Leeches would not suck in that deep on the solid area with joints and muscles to gnaw the vein. However, there is an area on fingers of the hand, where the skin is very thin and it has lesser muscle mass, so it is very easy for a leech to gnaw the skin along with the vein. In case a leech gnaws a vein, it gets full very quickly and that reduces the time of extracting its biological substances that have a therapeutic effect. In this particular case it is very difficult to stop the bleeding. The vein is only part of a problem because we have enough time to handle the wound. Try to stop the bleeding by pressing your fingers hard on the wound until you put a pressure bandage. If you feel that you cannot cope with the bleeding, then there is always time to transport your patient to the hospital. However, if you put a medicinal leech directly on the vein and it gnaws the vein, then it really poses a great risk to life. The blood starts spraying from the artery under pressure and the person loses tremendous amount of blood. One cannot stop the bleeding of this magnitude at home, so time is against us. In no event shall you put a leech on the vein!