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Doctor insights on: Leech Therapy Risks

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Does leech therapy work well?

Does leech therapy work well?

Entertainment only: Just because some Hollywood celebrities have been suckered by these practitioners doesn't mean you should fall for it, too. ...Read more

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How effective is leech therapy?

How effective is leech therapy?

Increasing use: Once you get over the "ick" factor, leeches can be useful for treating surface lesions in which bleeding and swelling are likely to compromise the result. Useful areas are the ears, and nose for instance. It can be quite effective in the proper circumstances. ...Read more

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Can you still get leech therapy?

Can you still get leech therapy?

Yes: Leeches have been used for circulatory & C/V disease because they can break down blood clots & ^ circulation. They may be used in plastic surgery / microsurgeries. ...Read more

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Has leech therapy ever been proven to work?

Has leech therapy ever been proven to work?

Yes- for some things: Leeches are used to treat meany ailments. They have been critically tested only for some of these. For example, a controlled prospective clinical trial of leech therapy for osteoarthritis pain demonstrated effectiveness of leech therapy (michalsen et al, ann intern med. 2003; 139:724). Also, demonstrated efficacy for treatment of vascular congested in the context of complicated plastic surgery. ...Read more

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Where are the leech therapy centres available in mumbai?

Hirudotherapy: Check for vaidya paranjpe for hirudotherapy in mumbai. ...Read more

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I'm looking to doing leech therapy for a wound--anyone doing this?

I'm looking to doing leech therapy for a wound--anyone doing this?

EEEWWWWWWwwww Leech: The need to use leeches and maggots always intrigues me, but that issue may be better addressed by the psychiatrists in our healthtap team! leeches are an effective tool when there is an injury or procedure that results in venous congestion. The leeches (sterile from a medical grade source) can be applied to decongest an edematous area due to venous congestion, thus allowing for a better healing. ...Read more

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Could leech therapy be used to treat miocardial infrction&?

Could leech therapy be used to treat miocardial infrction&?

Worthless: If you are offered this as an evidence-based treatment by a licensed practitioner for an extremely serious situation, phone the state agency that licenses the practitioner. If this is being offered by some sweet-talking charlatan as part of "rehabilitation", just put your hand over your wallet and walk away. ...Read more

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I am getting off of Coumadin (warfarin) for leech therapy. Should i expect withdrawals?

Leech therapy: There is a paucity of controlled scientific evidence of this form of therapy. If you have thromboembolic disease, i would be most careful about this decision. ...Read more