What kind of leech is used?

Hirudo Medicinales (medical leech). Leeches are used once as a single-use syringe during treatments.

After treatment we dispose them in alcohol. Leeches raised in the sterile environment in the bio-farms. 

 

How long last single treatment?

From 20 to 60 minutes.

 

How many sessions do I need?

Depend on client and history of condition.  We will decide how many session and quantity of leeches have

to be applied. Some conditions require only one treatment and some up to 3-4 month of intensive

treatments with following supportive visits.

 

What are some side effects of leech therapy?

Some side effects of leech therapy include feeling extremely energetic, tired, or lethargic.

Itching may occur and if any itching persists after treatment, you may use over the counter medications.

Some people might develop allergy reaction on salivary substances of the leech with

localized swollen areas, increased temperature and itching. It will go away on its own

You might use over counter antihistamine and anti-itching creams.

 

Who can't use leech therapy?

 

 Hirudotherapy is not recommended for people with:

  • HIV

  • Cancer

  • Hemorrhagic Diathesis (abnormalities characterized by excessive bleeding like Fanconi's Syndrome, Hemophilia, von Willebrand's disease)

  • Anemia (low red blood cell count or hemoglobin level is less than normal)- is a medical condition in which the red blood cell count or hemoglobin is less than normal.

      For men, anemia is typically defined as hemoglobin level of less than 13.5 gram/100 ml and in women as hemoglobin of less than 12.0 gram/100 ml.

  • Low blood pressure (hypotension) - blood pressure reading of 90 millimetres of mercury (mm Hg) or less systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) or 60 mm Hg or less diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) is generally considered low blood pressure.

  • Pregnancy

  • Hypersensitive to the saliva of leeches, or some of its components

 

Please discuss  all your blood test results, x-rays, MRI and other tests with your doctor. We do not do any diagnoses in our center.

 

Does it hurt?

Leech bites are generally not painful. Patients describe the bite of the leech as a light pinch or mosquito bite. It last from few seconds to couple minutes. Leech releases anesthetic that resembles a natural morphine on molecular structure as well as an antibacterial enzyme, which destroys the bacteria present, preventing further infection of the site. Leech is gentle parasite.

 

Can I work out after therapy?

 

No. Get plenty of rest after leech therapy. 

 

 

What would I feel after session?

You might feel relaxed, sleepy after leech therapy or you might feel increased of energy. 

 

Leech bite might feel itchy and little swollen.  It is indication of Herxheimer Reaction is a short-term (from days to a few weeks) detoxification reaction in the body. As the body detoxifies, it is not uncommon to experience flu-like symptoms including headache, joint and muscle pain, body aches, nausea or other symptoms. This is a normal — and even healthy — reaction that indicates that parasites, fungus, viruses, bacteria or other pathogens are being effectively killed off. The biggest problem with the Herxheimer reaction is that people stop hirudotherapy that might cause the reaction, and thus discontinue the very therapy that is helping to make them better. Although the experience may not make you feel particularly good, the Herxheimer Reaction is actually a sign that healing is taking place.

The Herxheimer Reaction is an immune system reaction to the toxins (endotoxins) that are released when large amounts of pathogens are being killed off, and the body does not eliminate the toxins quickly enough. Simply stated, it is a reaction that occurs when the body is detoxifying and the released toxins either exacerbate the symptoms being treated or create their own symptoms. The important thing to note is that worsening symptoms do not indicate failure of the treatment in question; in fact, usually just the opposite.

It takes 4-5 sessions if leech therapy in some cases to start feel better.

 

How to prepare for session?

Leeches are sensitive to the aroma and smells.Take shower before session. You won't be able to shower for 24 hours after treatment. Don't use body oils, lotions, perfume or other topical creams. Dress comfortably. You might ask someone to ride you after session.

 

Does my insurance covers your treatments?

No.

 

Does leech therapy can interfere with medications I am taking?

You can continue taking your medication proscribed by your doctor.

Exception: blood thinners. Please consult your doctor. 

 

 

Do and Don't

 

Don't use creams, lotions, oils and perfume on your face and body.

Don't wear make up for facial treatment.

No alcohol 24 hours before and after.

Don't bath or hot tubs after treatment at least for 12 hours after session.

Don't do any physical activates for 24 hours after session.

Allow yourself  rest after session.

Drink plenty of water and herbal teas.

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