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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

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Do you know if leech therapy can restore any hearing loss which has been a hereditary condition (nerve deafness) ?

Do you know if leech therapy can restore any hearing loss  which has been a hereditary condition (nerve deafness) ?

Scam: Leeches have been used experimentally for skin ulcers, but the crazy stuff that's being endorsed by celebrities nowadays (putting them on acupuncture points, using them with castor oil massages, and so forth) is just silly. They'll target hereditary hearing loss because you may be desperate, real science has little to offer, and wishful thinking makes people say it seems to be working. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could medical leech therapy help someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Could medical leech therapy help someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Leeches leg ulcers: Leeches can be effective when an area has venous congestion; the leeches withdraw the blood from the congested area. Medicinal leeches are different than those obtained elsewhere. There are no studies of value showing that they help with infection. ...Read more

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Is medical leech therapy effective for someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

Is medical leech therapy effective for someone with infected leg ulcers (necrobiosis lapoidica)?

For dead tissue only: Maggot therapy removes necrotic (dead) tissue from wounds and stimulates healing as well as removing a possible source of infection. ...Read more

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What do leeches do to you during detox therapy?

What do leeches do to you during detox therapy?

Improve circulation: Leeches are used for multiple medicinal purposes. In their salivary glands is produced hirudin and other biologically active substances which improve circulation locally but also of the whole body. They influence the cholesterol profile, the atherosclerosis process and the inflammation in the whole body which has rejuvenating effect. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to leech detox therapy?

Can you be allergic to leech detox therapy?

Yes: A person can become allergic to almost anything. Having said that, using leeches for detox makes no sense. A leech will drain some blood, but they are not filters that cleanse for you. In addition, the agents they secrete to thin your blood do not have much of an effect systemically, and haven't been shown to have any detox properties. ...Read more

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What's the difference between wild leeches and leeches used in medical treatment?

What's the difference between wild leeches and leeches used in medical treatment?

Wild vs Bred: Farmed leeches are grown under strictly clean techniques fed on HIV negative blood. Wild leeches, well they're fed on unknown. ...Read more

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Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?

Bitten by leech while in river, top of foot over arch. 1 week later top of foot large red, swollen area. Itchy, dark purple spot at bite. Treatment?

Leech Bite?: It is actually rare to be allergic or to have a reaction to a leech bite. Assuming it was a leech bite, you could have some irritation and itching, but normally should have no further problems if you have good health and no leech allergies. However, if you are experiencing symptoms such as you describe, then you need to seek medical attention as it may be infected. ...Read more