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Leech Therapy Risks
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
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
Hirudotherapy: Check for vaidya paranjpe for hirudotherapy in mumbai. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Increased risk of: Bleeding and i would not recommend.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm supposed to be on Coumadin (warfarin) my whole life but id like to stop taking Coumadin (warfarin) for leech therapy. Anyone know a way of going about this?
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
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