Use of Leech Therapy

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Leech therapy for osteoarthritis, inflammation and pain

Leech therapy knee

Leech therapy osteoarthritis foot

Leech therapy cervical spine syndrome

Leech treatment - a centuries-old naturopathic treatment for:
Osteoarthritis of the small and large joints (knee, shoulder, hip, spine, ankle, hand
Pain and inflammation in the joints, rheumatism, gout
Tendon and muscle disorders e.g. Tennis elbow
Sprains and strains
Hematomas (sports injuries)
Boils, carbuncles, skin infections
Phlebitis, venous congestion and varicose veins
Tinnitus (sudden hearing loss)

The medical leech (hirudu medicinalis) has been part of the Aschner rejection and retuning procedures for centuries. In the past, the most important component of hirudotherapy was seen as blood withdrawal. Today it is known that the saliva of the leech contains unique, biologically active substances that have various healing effects in the entire organism. So far, only a part of the probably more than 100 biologically active substances has been identified. This includes hirudin, which reduces blood clotting, as well as callin and saratin, vasoactive neurotransmitters such as histamine and serotonin, lysing substances such as hyaluronidase and collagenase. (Source: Hirudotherapie D.K.Schweizer) Thus, leech therapy has an effect on the patient's basic system by developing its vasomotor, anticoagulant, immunulogical and anti-inflammatory effects. Pain-relieving substances ensure that the suction process is largely painless.

Use of leech therapy:

The area to be treated must be free of soap and cream. The leeches also bite badly on a joint treated with cortisone.

Biting in the broadest sense means that the leeches are provided with their suction cups in the shape of a Mercedes star and with tiny teeth, dig into the skin and remain in one place until after 1 - 2 hours they have reached a multiple of their size. The leech is a sensitive living being. In order to do his "work" well, he needs calm and balance. You have to leave it alone until the end. The leech falls off by itself. Violent detachment would cause it to vomit into the wound, which can lead to infection.

After the leech has fallen off, the bite area is covered sterile and provided with absorbent dressing material. Bleeding is intentional and can take up to 12 hours.

The joint or the treated body region should then be spared for several days to support the healing process.


When does the effect take place and how often should leech treatment be carried out?
Depending on the severity of the osteoarthritis, swelling, inflammation, leech treatment can be sufficient to be painless and free of symptoms for several months or even permanently. In the case of long-standing complaints or acute trauma, it may be necessary and sensible to repeat the leech treatment within 2-4 weeks, since the biologically active substances penetrate deeper into the tissue and can therefore have a greater healing effect. In the case of tinnitus or varicose veins or venous insufficiency, the therapy should be repeated systemically and several times at shorter intervals.

The leeches at "work" on an osteoarthritis knee. After the leeches have dropped off, bleeding is important to remove inflammatory substances from the joint and promote regeneration.

Leech therapy is not suitable for:
weakened immune system
Allergies to saliva ingredients (e.g. hirudin)
Anemia (massive anemia)
Blood clotting disorder
Taking anticoagulants such as ASS, Macurmar, Plavix and others After careful consideration, these must be discontinued for a few days
advanced liver disease