Leeches are animals with suckers on both the fore and aft ends and which they use to suck up to 8 times their bodyweight in blood (5-15ml). Leeches secrete a fluid that prevents blood clotting, breaks up any existing clots, regulates blood pressure, strengthens the immune system and this fluid also has pain killing, muscle relaxing and antibacterial properties. Normally 5-7 sessions are recommended, though this can vary from person to person, and the number of leeches used vary too depending on the part of the body they are used on.
Leeching is performed for the situations and illnesses below:
- Anti-ageing and skin rejuvenation.
- Skin problems such as acne, eczema and psoriasis.
- Migraines and other headaches.
- Varicose veins.
- Diabetic wounds.
- Clogged veins.
- Dizziness and tinnitus.
- Depression and panic attacks.
- Slipped disks and cervical disk hernias.
- Knee pain.
- Eye illnesses.
Leeches are ever only used once and never again on another person. Leeching must be performed by a trained specialist to avoid complications such as extreme blood loss, damage to the nerves, veins, or lymphatic tissue, or exposure to infectious diseases and serious infections. Furthermore, bloodletting is not suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women or patients using high doses of anticoagulants, are anaemic, undergoing chemotherapy, haemophiliacs or patients with similar blood clotting illnesses such as thalassaemia.