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Leech Therapy

BEFORE & AFTERCARE

We want your Leech therapy to work the best for you.

 

There are some things to do before you start your treatment and certain aftercare practices to ensure you get the best results from your treatment.

We do NOT treat people with
Anemia, Hemophilic and/ Pregnant Lady's 

Do​

  • Shower before your treatment 

  • Don't use any strong shower gels, perfumes, etc. 

  • Drink plenty of water, ensure you are well hydrated

  • Wear loose, old comfortable clothing to your session, which can be washed at 90°C 

  • Prepare heaps of sterile absorption dressings where the blood can be absorbed

  • Prepare sterile water to clean the wounds

Don't

  • Don’t overeat 2 hours before your treatment

  • Don’t take any over-the-counter medications that contain blood thinners. 

    These include Nurofen, Ibuprofen, Aspirin etc.

  • Temporarily discontinue high doses of fish oil tablets or ginkgo Biloba products (if applicable)

  • Don't shower straight after your treatment. Wait at least 12 hours.

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  • Don't engage in strenuous physical activities for 48 hours after the treatment.

Medical Leech Therapy Info Care 

One should understand and accept the possibility that there will be temporary bite marks left on your body that may last between a few weeks or a month before one decides to undergo Medicinalis Leech therapy.
During the Hirudo Leech Therapy
 
The anti-inflammatory and anesthetic compounds in the leech saliva act to numb the bite area and reduce pain during your treatment. You may feel a tingling sensation during your Hirudo Leech therapy. 
After the Leech Therapy

After your Leech therapy, the bite wounds can bleed for up to 48 hours
(approx. 2 tbsp. of after bleeding you can expect).
It is essential that you regularly change the dressing and clean the wounds with sterile water. Keep the dressing- pads loose and the dressing tap secure to increase the maximum bleeding.
It is important to let the bleeding take place in the dressing.
 

The bleeding should reduce after 15 hours.

If you get itchy, DO NOT scratch or rub the wounds.

The scratching and rubbing will cause an infection.

Instead, you can put brown raw onion dressings onto the wounds; this will ultimately ease the itchiness.

You can visit the Gallery for a visual picture of Leech bites and the

appropriate wound dressing. 

If you're unsure, please get in touch with your therapist for advice.

Leech therapy is Not Recommended for a person with any of the following conditions:
  • Anemia

  • Taking anticoagulant medication: Clexane, Heparin, Warfarin, etc.

  • Erosive gastritis and potential gastrointestinal bleeding

  • Wound healing disorder 

  • Haemophilic

  • Immune compromised patients 

  • Infectious diseases (HIV, Hepatitis etc.) 

  • Pregnancy

  • Severe allergies to foreign proteins 

Common Side Effects 

  • Short term reddening of the skin and itching around the bite mark

  • After bleeding for up to 15 hours (works as a disinfectant) 

Leeching rarely ever leads to severe complications, but cases worldwide have been reported, and you should be aware of them. 

Rare Side Effects

  • Temporarily enlargement of lymph nodes

  • Scaring at the bite site

  • Temporarily swelling of the treated body part

  • Skin infection 

Recommended Vitamins
 
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B
  • Zinc