Medicinal leeches have three jaws with tiny rows of teeth. They pierce a person’s skin with their teeth and insert anticoagulants through their saliva. The leeches are then allowed to extract blood, for 20 to 45 minutes at a time, from the person undergoing treatment. This equates to a relatively small amount of blood, up to 15 milliliters per leech.
During a session, live leeches attach themselves to the target area and draw blood. They release the proteins and peptides that thin blood and prevent clotting. This improves circulation and prevents tissue death. The leeches leave behind small, Y-shaped wounds that usually heal without leaving a scar.
Leeches are effective at increasing blood circulation and breaking up blood clots. It should be no surprise that they can be used to treat circulatory disorders and cardiovascular disease.It helps in the detoxification process in the body.
leeches have become popular for preserving soft tissue and promoting healing after facial reconstructive surgery. In both case studies, leech therapy has been shown to increase the chance of positive outcomes in reconstructions affecting the nose, forehead, breast, cheek and fingers.
Leech therapy’s effect on blood clotting during and after these surgeries helps the body to heal more naturally and completely.
Leech therapy’s benefits for blood circulation has also led some people use leech therapy to treat baldness and hair loss on the scalp.Its has been proven very benefecial in skin diseases and varicose veins.