People with heart disease use leech therapy because of its potential to improve inflammation and blood flow. In the past few years, leech therapy has become an acceptable alternative therapy for people with vascular disease and disorders.

Leech Therapy for Cosmetic Use

Leeches have become popular for preserving soft tissue and promoting healing after facial reconstructive surgery. In both old and new case studies, leech therapy has been shown to increase the chance of positive outcomes in reconstructions affecting the:

  • Nose
  • Forehead
  • Breast
  • Cheek
  • Digits (fingers and toes)

Leech therapy’s effect on blood clotting during and after these surgeries helps the body to heal more naturally and completely.

Are there NO side effects?

There can be some risks involved.

Some participants in the therapy develop a bacterial infection, sometimes involving drug-resistant bacteria. To lessen this chance, make sure to avoid leeches outside of a regulated environment.

Sometimes leeches will try to move to another area of the body where you do not need treatment, causing unnecessary blood loss.

On occasion, a person will discover during or after leech therapy that they are allergic to leech saliva.

If something goes wrong after a round of leech therapy, blood will ooze out of the area that has been treated, and the site of the leech bite will not close.

So if you can handle blood sucking leeches attached to your skin… this therapy might be for you.