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Leeches And 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Is it true if you don't sit in a sauna/hydrocolon therapy during a detox, you awaken toxins but they never leave?
Don't do it!: Healthtap physicians have repeatedly addressed this subject with a clear "no" answer to your question. There is virtually no value to colon flushes, cleansers, enemas, irrigation machines when the technique is accomplished to "detox" or eliminate "accumulated waste" or for weight loss. There are few real health benefits, but sigificant unjustified risk. Seriously, what toxins concern you? ...Read more
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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