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11880 Bustleton Ave Suite 201, Philadelphia, PA 19116

(484) 358-0325

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 Hirudotherapy (Leech Therapy) The Natural Way to Significantly Impruve Your Health

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 Leech therapy has a long history. Records indicate that Egyptians used leech therapy 3,500 years ago. Dhanvantari, the Hindu God of Medicine, was first referenced in the 8th century B.C.E., and he is depicted as holding a leech in one of his four hands. Leech treatments were very popular during the Middle Ages. Again leech therapy was commonly practiced in the 1800's by American physicians treating a variety of diseases. is a treatment using medical leeches. This kind of therapy is known from the time of extreme antiquity and is still alive nowadays. This fact testifies its efficiency in healing various kinds of illnesses and diseases. The method of hirudotherapy is approved by many countries includ by the US. Hirudotherapy is approved as a medical therapy by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The enormous experience of using medicinal leeches in medical purposes is saved up during many centuries. With the development of science the mechanism of action of a secret of salivary glands of leeches was deciphered, biologically active substances which are included in it were opened,their influence on the certain structures of an alive organism is investigated. Some medical forms are created on a basis of biologically active substances of salivary glands of leeches and work on creation of new substances is conducting. Modern hirudotherapy differs from the ancient one because now we do not use wild leeches: instead we use leeches grown at special biofactories where they are in a severe quarantine. Besides, nowadays we use a leech only once. This fact completely excludes the chance of infecting a patient. Roughly 600 leech species have been identified to date, but only about 3 are used in medicine. Leeches classified as medicinal leeches, Hirudo Medicinalis, in the narrower sense have been used to treat patients for centuries. Today, doctors use leeches for treating abscesses, painful joints, glaucoma, myasthenia, and to heal venous diseases and thrombosis. Medical leeches are used in plastic surgery, for improving brain circulation and for curing infertility. The way of leech secret injection is very simple: being placed on the skin it bites the skin, then the secret of the leech saliva falls into the blood channel and goes to the disease focus through vessels. In the treatment we use hirudoreflexotherapy placing the leeches on the reflexogenic points as a "Life needle".

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 Hirudotherapy (Leech Therapy) The Natural Way to Significantly Impruve Your Health

Hirudotherapy is mainly used in trauma and plastic and reconstructive surgery to salvage tissue flaps and skin grafts whose viability is threatened by venous congestion. Physicians are discovering other conditions where the practice may have a role to play. These include:

  •  Venous congestion
  • Ear infections
  • Sinusitis
  • Tonsillary abcess
  • Thrombosis (blood clot)
  •  Hypertension
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Cholecystitis
  • Orchitis
  • However, the salivary glands contain more than 100 bioactive substances with more benefits than anticoagulation. These include: anti-edematous, analgesic, bacteriostatic, eliminates microcirculation disorders, detoxifies the organism thereby reducing complications such as infarct or stroke, restores damaged vascular permeability (organs and tissues), reduces blood pressure, increases immune system activity and eliminates oxygen starvation.
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Somerton, Northeast Philadelphia
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