What diseases can be treated by the medicinal leech?

The use of the medicinal leech is not suitable for every patient and for all circumstances.

Anyone who wants to carry out self-treatment is recommended to consult our specialist in hirudotherapy. Consulting can be requested using the contact form.

Taking into account the large number of existing diseases we choose the most common problems that we face. If you did not find the requested disease, please contact us.

The website is divided into three parts:

The first part: Under what circumstances leeches must not be used.
The second part: Under what circumstances leeches can be used.
The third part: Under what circumstances the use of leeches is recommended.

The first part: Under what circumstances leeches must not be used.

– poor blood clotting and severe blood diseases
– oncology diseases
– during pregnancy
– under the influence of alcohol and other drugs
– intolerance of leeches (applies to one person in 10,000)

The second part: Under what circumstances leeches can be used.

– cirrhosis of the liver
– acute conditions requiring surgery
– internal bleeding
– AIDS
– minor blood diseases
– high or low blood pressure
– during illness or rapid cachexia
– the period after childbirth
– active forms of tuberculosis
– acute fever, sepsis
– infections
– stomach ulcer
– aortic aneurysm and dissections

The third part: Under what circumstances the use of leeches is recommended.

Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
1. Arthritis of the joints2. Other injuries such as burns3. Sprains and deformations of joints and ligaments
4. Osteoporosis5. Myositis6. Polyarthritis — Rheumatism
Respiratory diseases
1. Chronic pneumonia 2. Chronic bronchitis3. Bronchial asthma
4. Acute pneumonia5. Pleurisy
Cardiovascular diseases
1. Atherosclerosis2. Ischemic heart disease, angina3. Myocarditis
4. Cardiomyopathy5. Cardiology6. Arrhythmia
7. Hypertensive heart disease of the 1st – 3rd degree8. Vascular dystonia9. Rheumatism
Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
1. Chronic gastritis2. Chronic pancreatitis3. Chronic hepatitis,
4. Cholecystitis, biliary dyskinesia5. Chronic colitis, enterocolitis, constipation6. Hemorrhoids, anal fissures
Surgical diseases
1. Prevention and treatment of scars2. Pathological conditions of the venous system3. Trophic ulcers
4. Contractures5. Elephantiasis of the lower limbs6. Plastic surgery
7. Arterial disease of the lower limbs
Neurological diseases
1. Osteochondrosis2. Conditions prior to the development of stroke and post-stroke3. Neuritis, neuralgia, plexites, radiculitis, neuroses
4. Raynaud’s disease5. Vascular brain and spinal cord diseases 6. Headaches, dizziness
7. Ankylosing spondylitis
Gynecology and Obstetrics
1. Inflammatory processes in the pelvic area (endometritis, adnexitis) 2. Menopause 3. Adhesions of pelvic organs
4. Infertility 5. Painful menstruation6. Breast disease
7. Irregular menstruation 8. Benign tumors of the uterus and suspension (ovarian cysts, endometriosis, fibroids)
Skin diseases
1. Neurodermatitis2. Scleroderma3. Eczema
4. Psoriasis5. Allergies, itchy skin6. Acne
Diseases of the genitourinary system
1. Chronic pyelonephritis, glomerulonephritis2. Multicystic kidney disease3. Chronic renal failure
4. Inflammation of the bladder5. Chronic prostatitis, prostate adenoma6. Secondary infertility in men
Endocrine diseases
1. Diseases of the thyroid gland (thyroiditis, hyperthyroidism)2. Obesity3. Diabetes
Diseases of ears, nose, and throat
1. Chronic inflammation of the middle ear2. Neuritis of the auditory nerve 3. Hypertrophy of tonsils
4. Chronic rhinitis, laryngitis5. Inflammation of the sinuses6. Sensorineural hearing loss, tinnitus
7. Meniere’s disease
Eye diseases
1. Glaucoma2. Retinal dystrophy3. Inflammatory eye diseases
4. Vascular eye diseases5. Macular edema
Diseases of teeth
1. Stomatitis 2. Gum disease 3. Periodontitis