Chronic Pain Conditions

Ischemic Heart Disease

Hypertension

Cardiac Insufficiency

Bronchitis

Bronchial Asthma

Gastritis

Hepatitis and Liver Cirrhosis

Constipation

Pancreatitis

Allergies

Peptic and Intestinal Ulcer Disease

Obesity

Hormonal Imbalances (some etiologies)

Post-surgical Complications

Varicose Veins

Thrombophlebitis

Osteomyelitis

Bone Fractures

Mastitis and Lactostasis

Hemorrhoids and Anal Fissures

Radiculopathy

Non-healing Vascular Wounds

Traumatic Hematomas

Chronic Arterial InInflammatory Skin Conditions (furuncles, carbuncles, abscesses)sufficiency

Facial Neuralgia

Migraines and Headaches

Trigeminal Neuralgia

Strokes (both Ischemic and Hemorrhagic)

Fallopian Tube Scarring

Infertility (some etiologies)

Non-malignant masses

Dysmenorrhea

Endometriosis

Ovarian Cysts

Erectile Dysfunction

Kidney Disease (various etiology)

Prostatitis

Interstitial Cystitis

Pelvic pain

Tinnitus

Rhinitis

Chronic Sinusitis

Otitis (Acute and Chronic)

Back and Neck pain

Skin Rejuvenation

Radiculopathy

Arachnoiditis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Joint Pains (multiple etiologies)

Ischemic Limb Pain

Painful Peripheral Neuropathy

Migraines and Headaches

Chronic Pancreatitis

Hair Restoration

Skin Rejuvenation

Leech medicine has been studied extensively in treatment of both acute and chronic pain syndromes. Its efficacy for this purpose is famous. Compared with in my opinion barbaric solutions that Western medicine offers in the form of narcotic medications and steroid epidural injections, hirudotherapy is an elegant, safe, and very effective method in achieving significant pain resolution.

Some of the conditions often treated by us include acute and chronic back pain, radiculopathies, chronic generalized musculoskeletal pain, tendinopathies of many joints, complex regional pain syndrome, migraines/headaches - these are just a few of the examples of chronic pains that we can treat. Osteoarthritis of nearly all of the joints, including the knee and the hip, responds extremely well to this therapy.

The mechanism of treatment has to do with medicinal leech saliva that contains both aesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties. We had patients that changed their minds about pursuing joint  replacement surgeries. This therapy would be ideal in people who for some reason are considered to be not safe surgical candidates due to other medical problems. Functionality can be maintained for many years with intermittent therapy a few times per year therapy to boost the original treatment results.

Innovative approach
to modern medicine

From osteoarthritis to skin grafts, hirudotherapy has demonstrated its therapeutic potential, providing a unique and innovative approach to modern medicine that draws on the ancient wisdom of traditional healing practices.

FDA Approved

This treatment has received the seal of approval from the U.S Food and Drug Administration, which classifies leech as a medical device, while in Canada it is deemed a medication.

Powerful Punch

The Hirudo medicinalis leech may be a small creature, but its medicinal properties pack a powerful punch, representing an exciting frontier for medical research and practice alike.

BENEFITS OF HIRUDOTHERAPY

To understand the therapeutic effect of the medicinal leech application one must understand the ways in which this medical intervention functions. Unfortunately, the misconception of the public and medical community is that leeches just “suck your blood.” One must appreciate that the relationship between the human and the leech is symbiotic. There are tremendous benefits to both species. It is true that for the leech, human (and other animal’s) blood is essentially its food. The benefits to humans can be categorized as mechanical and chemical.

Mechanical Benefits

It is a common misconception that leeches remove only blood from their prey. Although mechanical bleeding has multiple benefits that include stimulation of new blood production, removal of the stale blood that has difficulty returning to the general blood circulation, the benefit that is overlooked is that the leech removes the fluid in between the cells: interstitial fluid. This “cleans up” the space between the cells from cellular toxins and debris that are produced by each of our cells during normal metabolism

One of the components of leech saliva that will be described below is able to lice the scarring and adhesions as well as bust the blood clots thus freeing up the normal return of interstitial fluid back into the lymphatic system. This allows the micro vessels to re-open and deliver fresh blood with oxygen and nutrients to the human tissues and vital organs. This improves overall blood circulation that aids in wound and organ healing.

Chemical Benefits

The main therapeutic effect comes from leech saliva that has multiple individual components that are described below. The leech injects this incredible “medication” usually during the first 20 minutes of the treatment. Approximately 70% of the injected saliva will act locally at the organ or the part of the body that is being targeted, and 30% of the saliva will enter the general circulation and will act systemically. Here are some of the most studied components of the leech saliva with its medicinal benefits:

  • Hirudin - Inhibits blood coagulation Hirudin contains valuable amino acids:glutamine - strengthens the immune system, especially during physical trainingcystine - participates in cell regeneration, has an antimicrobial effectlysine - improves the absorption of calcium and stabilizes the mental stateglycine - regulates metabolism, reduces mental stressserine - it is a component of brain cells, responsible for the synthesis of important amino acids
  • Calin (saratin) - inhibits blood coagulation
  • Destabilase - dissolves blood clots and improves the transport of nutrients to cell membranes. It has a positive effect on the organs of vision, so treatment with leeches is used for cataracts.
  • Hirustatin (serine proteinase) - immune system modulator
  • Bdellins - anti-inflammatory
  • Eglins - anti-inflammatory
  • Anesthetic substance - anesthetic 
  • Orgelase - Leeches, like many annelids, have a well-developed ability to regenerate (restore) their body. After the session, the vessels and tissues of the patient acquire a similar property for a while. As a result, blood circulation is restored, defects in the walls of blood vessels heal. It enhances the synthesis of new capillaries.
  • Collagenase - Accelerates the healing of wounds, dissolves scars, reduces the appearance of cellulite.
  • Lipase - breaks down fat and cholesterol, therefore, promotes weight loss and improves the condition of atherosclerosis.
Testimonials
"Before I discovered hirudotherapy, I struggled with the pain and discomfort of varicose veins for years. After just a few sessions at Leech Medicine, I noticed a significant reduction in swelling and discomfort. The staff was knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process. I highly recommend their services to anyone seeking a natural solution for varicose veins!"
Testimonials
"I suffered from chronic migraines for years, and nothing seemed to work until I discovered hirudotherapy at Leech Medicine. After a few sessions, my migraines have become less frequent and less severe, allowing me to enjoy my life without constant interruptions. The team at Leech Medicine is compassionate, knowledgeable, and dedicated to helping their patients find relief through this unique, natural therapy."

Before your hirudotherapy treatment, we recommend the following:

Avoid alcohol and drugs for at least 24 hours prior to your treatment

Eat a light meal and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows easy access to the treatment area

Bring any necessary medical records or information with you to your appointment

During your hirudotherapy treatment, our experienced practitioners will guide you through the process and ensure that you are comfortable throughout the treatment.

Before your hirudotherapy treatment, we recommend the following:

Avoid alcohol, drugs, and strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after your treatment

Keep the treatment site clean and dry

Avoid touching the treatment site

Monitor the site for any signs of infection or adverse reactions

Follow up with your primary medical team of practitioners as needed

before & after care

Instructions to help you prepare for your        treatment

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