Hirudotherapy (from Latin “hirudo” – a leech) is treatment by means of leeches. This method of treatment has been used for thousands of years BC. The medicinal leeches were used by Egyptian Pharaohs, and the first mentioning of leeches can be found in the Bible and the Quran. In ancient documents we can find evidence that clever Cleopatra used leeches to heal a serious illness and ordered her servants to draw leeches on the walls of the pyramid for ten generations as a symbol of health. Such great physicians as Hippocrates, Galen and Avicenna used leeches to relieve the suffering of patients.
In Medieval Europe the leech was officially recognized in the treatment of many diseases.
In the 19th century 27 million leeches were sold in Russia, and their assistance benefited farmers, beautiful ladies and even kings.
Currently a worldwide rise in interest to leech therapy is observed globally. However, this is not just a trend of fashion. On the contrary, this is a sign that people are becoming wiser and start taking care of their health. This method is becoming popular because it combines the features of pharmacology, acupuncture and body cleansing. The leech is a kind of alive needle, which finds a biologically active location to make one bite. Thus, this method is much easier and safer than traditional acupuncture. Furthermore, leeches inject saliva into blood, which contains more than a hundred of different biologically active compounds which normalize the body.
Hirudotherapy helps to treat many diseases, and can even prevent surgical intervention. Often the leech becomes the only real assistant, which helps the patients in the treatment of endometriosis, myoma of the uterus, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, thrombophlebitis, ovarian cysts, etc.
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Hirudotherapy is effective in urology, for the treatment of potency disorders, prostate, kidney disease, and infertility in men. With the great success leeches are used for cosmetic purposes: cellulite, wrinkles, scars, acne, and so on.
Leeches help in curing acne, bruises, pyoderma, dermatitis, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema and systemic sclerosis. Leech therapy also helps with insomnia, headache, dizziness, nervousness and migraines, neuritis of the auditory nerve, rheumatism, rheumatoid arthritis, arthritis, osteoarthritis, various lesions of bones and pain in joints after an injury.
Hirudotherapy is effective in treating chronic inflammatory processes of the uterus, mastitis, obesity, ovarian dysfunction, menopausal symptoms, and menstrual disorders. It helps in the treatment prevention of complications caused by inflammation or abortion.
Hirudotherapy is useful for a number of cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases: high pressure, atherosclerosis, breast pang, ischemic heart disease, asthma, bronchitis, and fibrosis. Leech therapy has also been successfully used for prevention of stroke and heart attack.
Hirudotherapy relieves constipation and abdominal adhesions, cholecystitis, gallstones, gastritis, pancreatitis, colitis, duodenal inflammation, cirrhosis of the liver, biliary dyskinesia and other diseases of the liver, and helps with metabolic disorders: obesity, diabetes. Leeches are used for the treatment of inflammation of the sinuses, otitis media, and greatly help with bruises, fractures and reduce swelling.
Medicinal leeches are kept at biological factories and are sterilized prior to application. Leeches should be observed by a certified specialist in hirudotherapy to correctly identify the method of treatment, the location for application and the amount of leeches to be used.