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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
They are not: They are completely different things. Chelation is the administration of agents to remove heavy metals from the body. It has a long history of use in clinical toxicology. Ionic foot detox are spa treatments that might feel good, and provide no clinical benefits beyond that. ...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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Some expected: Toxicity recovers and full doses can be used next cycle. Other toxicity, particularly kidney, lung or liver problems may make re-administration after recovery hazardous. Need to discuss with your oncologist; too many variables to cover in short answer. ...Read more
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