Leech therapy: background, processes and effects

Leech therapy: background, processes and effects

Leech therapy: background, processes and effects The medicinal use of leeches has an exciting and long tradition. Even the Egyptians of the pharaohs knew about the healing effects of the small animals. The natural combination of active ingredients in the leech is unique. The saliva ingredients can help with a variety of diseases. The leeches I use are classified as...
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Once dismissed as quackery, medical leeches are back for blood

Once dismissed as quackery, medical leeches are back for blood

For thousands of years before modern science-based medicine became the norm, bloodletting, frequently by leeches, was considered something of a medical cure-all. The treatment’s persistence was at least partially attributable to the Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates’ ‘four humours’ theory of disease, which held that illness was the result of an imbalance of the bodily fluids black bile, yellow bile, phlegm,...
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