The humble leech: A doctor’s oldest friend

The humble leech: A doctor’s oldest friend

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The use of medicinal leeches (hirudo medicinalis) throughout the ancient world is common knowledge, seen in ancient Egyptian carvings and it is still being used by doctors today. Technically, the leech is a segmented worm, related to the earthworm, and it can live on land, in freshwater and seawater. Most leeches are predatory, feeding on other invertebrates, but the medicinal leech prefers blood.
6 Sep 2016 - General
Maria Cristina Inserto I was about to say that leech therapy has a lot of benefits but would be a tough sell when I saw your comment haha. The sensation of having slimy creatures crawl and suck blood out of a body part will definitely be an unpleasant experience. Patient compliance will be hard with this type of therapy. Moreover, there is no way to quantify how much blood the leeches have sucked in a certain peri...
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In some countries, you can buy leeches online---waaaaaaah! I don't think I can go through leech therapy. I will have to be sedated or not know what's happening (because I am knocked out or something). In a life or death situation, I will consider this, but not if there are other options. And oh my, leeches are amazing! "It is a powerhouse predator, with 32 brains, 10 stomachs, 10 eyes and six hearts. It has a nifty set of teeth too – 90 little incisors stacked in three layers that a...
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I was in Malaysia and Indonesia recently and noticed this leech therapy all around street shops and malls. It kind of gross me out to look at these leeches kept in a jar and looking at the people who are using it. especially putting the worms on their faces to receive "treatment". But this article has explained the benefits and history of the leeches which I was initially skeptical about but still will never try it. The benefits are great but how often does a person need these leech tr...
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After watching Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events yesterday, I was intrigued with the article about the leeches. In the movie they were called Lachrymose leeches, they normally feed on small fish and crabs, but will devour human beings if they smell food on a person. Thus, anyone traveling on the lake is advised to wait one hour after eating before entering the lake for any reason. Anyway, back to the article, I've heard of maggot therapy before but not of leeches. It look...
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