Orthopedic Leech Therapy

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The medical leech (Hirudo medicinalis) has been used for centuries to treat various diseases.

Leech therapy is one of the elimination procedures in which the focus is on the excretion of stored slags and other pollutants via the blood and the relief of the entire organism.

The substances hirudin and eglin contained in the saliva of the leeches have an anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, immune-boosting effect and have a positive influence on the flow properties of the blood.

Who does leech therapy help?

In general, leech therapy is ideal for diseases that are based on inflammatory processes and circulatory disorders, in particular for:

Venous diseases (congestion, thrombosis, painful varicose veins) joint diseases (arthrosis, arthritis) inflammation of tendons, muscle pain after overload, muscle tension chronic neck, shoulder and back complaints gout bruising sudden hearing loss and tinnitus fibromyalgia

Leech therapy for bursitis on the knee joint Procedure of the therapy In preparation for the therapy, you should only wash the skin with clear water and never apply cream, since leeches are extremely odor-sensitive animals.

Depending on the clinical picture, 2 to 6 animals are usually used, the "biting" being perceived as no more painful than a mosquito bite and the bite area is also immediately anesthetized by the pain-killing substances in the saliva of the leech.

After the bite, the leech sticks for approx. 20 - 90 minutes. If it is soaked, it lets go of itself and falls off. The subsequent bleeding is desirable and usually comes to a standstill within 12 to 24 hours. This decongesting and wound-cleaning effect should never be caused by pressure bandages or similar. be prevented.

Please wear loose washable, loose clothing, plan rest for the day of treatment and avoid excessive physical activity. Drink enough to support your circulation.

After the bleeding has subsided, the bite wound is covered with a plaster to prevent the penetration of germs. The small wound usually heals after 1 to 3 weeks, rarely a tiny scar remains.