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Can a human beings live on eating leeches?

Can a human beings live on eating leeches?

Possibly but why?: Leeches are probably a reasonable source of protein and fat. It is difficult to imagine why one would want to subsist on such a diet and it would be difficult to acquire enough leeches to provide the caloric needs daily. But people have over time survived on some amazing diets. ...Read more

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In what way can leeches benefit your health?

In what way can leeches benefit your health?

Wound care: Leeches are being used at some wound care centers to remove dead and damaged tissues from wounds, thus avoiding surgical debridement. I believe that their use is still experimental.. ...Read more

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Where can I buy medicinal leeches in sydney?

Leech Therapy: There is reportedly only one medicinal leech therapist in syndey. That might be a good place to check: http://www.Leechtherapy.Com.Au/. ...Read more

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How can leeches and maggots help in medicines today?

How can leeches and maggots help in medicines today?

Yes: There are circumstances with infected tissue and blood strangulated tissue where leeeches and maggots can be useful. Medicinal leeches and maggots are available on the market for this purpose. ...Read more

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Can people actually get treated from applying leeches?

Can people actually get treated from applying leeches?

Yes, thankfully.: Because leeches drain blood effectively, efficiently, and nearly painlessly, they are very effective at treating problems where blood has pooled to a dangerous level. Examples: post-operatively, if wound swells with blood, pressure builds and fresh blood can not enter the area, so the area could die. Fda clearance for leeches used to treat this. Research also shows efficacy in pain control. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some uses for medicinal leeches?

I was wondering what are some uses for medicinal leeches?

Medicinal leeches: The most common use of medicinal leeches today are for ridding the body of excess blood that may pool post injury or post operatively in an area. For example, in outer ear surgery, the leeches would be placed on the outside of the ear to allow healing to take place after a surgical correction to the ear. The leeches simply fall off when they are engorged. No harm to the patient. ...Read more

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Are medicinal leeches still used and what they are used for?

Are medicinal leeches still used and what they are used for?

Better techniques av: I don't treat my patients by prescribing leeches nor recommend those. We have much better techniques to treat wounds. ...Read more

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Are leeches really effective for medicinal purposes?

Are leeches really effective for medicinal purposes?

Leeches Effective!: Yes they are effective for draining blood from a part that needs draining, for example in a flap surgery if there is good arterial supply but the vein is sluggish in removing the blood, and it is swelling, they are very useful in removing the unwanted blood. ...Read more

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Can leeches cure aids?

Can leeches cure aids?

Unfortunately no. : At the current time, there is no cure for the HIV virus that causes aids. While the antiviral medications are improving the quality of life of people infected with aids and a vaccine may be in the future, it is best to prevent HIV infection by avoiding high risk behaviors and HIV exposures. Leeches may still have a role (although very limited) in modern medicine, but not for aids. ...Read more

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Do leeches carry any diseases?

Do leeches carry any diseases?

Leeches: Unlike medical maggots which are sterile when delivered, leeches are not. The few physicians that utilize leeches in wound care know that the leeches carry bacteria including one called aeromonas and will empirically place patients on an antibiotic to prevent infection. ...Read more

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How can leech suck the skin without pain ?

How can leech suck the skin without pain ?

Evolution: The leech is a wily bloodsucker; uses its own brand of numbing before it injects its sucking mouth part. Don't think about it too much;use it as motivation to avoid where they wait and wait. ...Read more

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What can I do for a ring around a leech bite?

What can I do for a ring around a leech bite?

Rule out infection: there could be quite a few. probably the most common would be from germs on YOU rather than from the leech, AND any cut in the skin can cause germs to get in and spread. ...Read more

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Does anyone believe healing with leeches can work?

Does anyone believe healing with leeches can work?

In certain cases: Leeches inject a blood thinner into the area upon which they attach, and then suck out the blood and fluids. It turns out that is very useful for tight skin areas with limited subcutaneous tissue such as ears and over joints. There is a lively trade in medicinal leeches and once you get over the yuck factor, they can do a lot of good. ...Read more

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Can you advise me if having bitten by a mosquito or a leech?

Can you advise me if having bitten by a mosquito or a leech?

Mosquito Bite: To treat bug bites consider applying calamine lotion. Apply crushed ice or a cold pack. A 1 to 1 mix of water and baking soda is effective when applied to the lesions. You can take oral medications like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Chlorpheniramine. ...Read more

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Are there active antibacterial substances in a leeches body fluids?

Are there active antibacterial substances in a leeches body fluids?

EEEWWWWWWwwww Leech: Leeches are an effective tool when there is an injury or procedure that results in venous congestion. The leeches ) can be applied to decongest an edematous area due to venous congestion, thus allowing for a better healing. They do carry bacteria as medicinal leeches are not sterile. Aeromonas can be found and is treated prophylactically with a flouroquinolone antibiotic. ...Read more

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What did doctors used to use leeches for? When did that start and stop?

What did doctors used to use leeches for? When did that start and stop?

Lots of leeches: Leech therapy has been around since Egyptian times when medics used them for a wide variety of ailments. Early western medicine used leech therapy also. Today leech therapy has made a come back and became FDA approved in 2004. Surgeons use leech therapy to draw off unwanted blood (hematoma) at surgical sites. Medicinal leeches are raised and sold today. ...Read more