Leech Therapy is an effective, pain less and safe method. This is recognized by US FDA. This is one type of Panchakarma, called Rakta mokshana (blood letting). Applying leeches externally at specific points on the affected body parts to cure disease by letting out a small amount of blood which is loaded with disease causing bacteria or toxins is called as Leech therapy or Hirudo therapy.
Leech therapy is advocated in Ayurveda as “Jaloukavacharaneeyam”. Its usage is in many conditions.
Ulcers (Diabetic/ non healing )
Piles are some of the diseases where we can apply leeches. What happens with this in our body?
Firstly, leeches leave some saliva over the affected area. Active enzymes and alkaloids present in this saliva will numb the area and then with the help of 3 jaws having teeth on them will make saw like movement to open the area for blood flow. Once the blood flow is started, some enzymes in saliva will prevent the normal clotting mechanism and ensure uninterrupted flow. These enzymes will burst open the clots in capillaries and ensures circulation. Exactly this point helps us to cure clotting diseases like DVT and Diabetic ulcers and muscle spasms and stiffness.
Secondly, the blood along with disease causing toxins will be sucked out from the body will greatly helps us to get rid of the diseases. Leech therapy needs some investigations as a pre requisite. They are
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