No, not a therapy to get over that partner who latched onto you and tried to suck every dime and ounce of energy they could get from you. But legitimate medical applications using leeches.

Medical applications for leech therapy

Live leeches are placed on a targeted area where they attach themselves and draw blood. They release the proteins and peptides that thin blood and prevent clotting. This improves circulation and prevents tissue death. Once sated (about an hour), they automatically detach from your skin. The small Y-shaped wounds that the leeches leave behind usually heal without leaving a scar.

Turns out, leeches are effective at increasing blood circulation and breaking up blood clots. Because of this, they can be used to treat circulatory disorders and cardiovascular disease.

Good blood circulation is vital! In a painful area, it’s absolutely necessary. Medications can have serious side effects, unlike leeches which, if handled correctly, are relatively safe and have no prolonged adverse effects.

Medicinal leeches remain attached to the patient for approximately one hour before they automatically disengage.

Leeches being placed onto your body is not the only way to benefit from leeches, chemicals derived from leech saliva have been made into pharmaceutical drugs that can treat:

  • Hypertension
  • Varicose veins
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Skin problems
  • Arthritis

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