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What is Leech Therapy?

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 04/05/2021

What is leech therapy, and is it useful? Here’s what you need to know.

DATA: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3757849/









0:00 What is leech therapy?

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1:02 Conditions people use leech therapy for

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Today we’re going to talk about leech therapy. Leech therapy has been around for a very long time. In 2004, the FDA approved medical leeches as a medical device in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

In the saliva of leeches, there are over 100 bioactive substances with a wide range of effects.

These effects can include acting as a:

• Anti-coagulant

• Blood thinner

• Vasodilator

• Anesthetic

• Antibiotic

Conditions people use leech therapy for:

1. Venous congestion

2. Cardiovascular (to help reduce the clotting mechanism in stroke patients and heart attack patients)

3. Arthritis

4. High blood pressure

5. Hemorrhoids

6. Blood clots

7. Skin diseases

Thanks for watching! I hope this helps you better understand leech therapy.

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