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Leech Therapy Aftercare

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Leech Therapy Aftercare

For three days after leech therapy, do not drink any alcohol and do not eat any meat. If you decide to do so, you might get a severe itching reaction and you could get a fever. Limit your proteins altogether, to prevent itching. If you get itching, you may pop the bubbles of the wounds and squeeze out the water, until the itching stops. It is perfectly OK to do this. The bites turn into something similar to zits, which you can squeeze out periodically. Drink “Epsom Salt” solution every day (Magnesium Sulfate) first thing in the morning or just...

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Leech Biology & Behavior

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Leech Biology & Behavior

Endosymbiosis Hirudo medicinalis has virtually an obligatory symbiotic relationship with the bacterium Aeromonas hydrophila (Pseudomonas hirudinis), the only species of bacteria which lives in its gut (Zirpolo 1923; Lehmensick 1941, 1942; Hornbostel 1941; Büsing 1951; Büsing et al. 1953; Wilde 1976; Jennings and Van der Lande 1967; Whitlock, O'Hare, Saunders and Morrow 1983). Aeromonas hydrophila is important in the life of H. medicinalis in several respects. 1. It secretes an antibiotic which prevents the growth of other bacteria and accordingly retards putrefaction so that blood can be stored for long periods. 2. It contributes enzymes which play a major role...

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What Are Leeches?

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What Are Leeches?

          The leech is an aquatic worm with a flattened body, tapering end terminating in circular flattened disc, the hinder one being larger of two. It swims with a vertical undulating motion and moves, when out of water by means of these discs or suckers, flattening itself first by one and then by other and alternately stretching out and contracting its body. The mouth is placed in the centre of the anterior disc and furnished with 3 cartilaginous lens shaped jaws. These jaws are lined at their edges with fine sharp teeth and meet so as...

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Techniques of Applying Leeches at Home

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Techniques of Applying Leeches at Home

     Holding your leeches only in a small fish tank or aquarium and using the special leech forceps carefully, so as not to hurt or injure them them,       To test the leeches' capacity and capabilities of performing leech therapy, check the following vital signs:       1. Pesence of a pronounced reflex contraction, i.e, when you touch the body, the leech becomes short, thick, firm and dense;      2) The should have a strong desire to crawl out of the vessel;      3) They should exert high level of activity: if the you lower your hand into the vessel, leechs immediately...

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