Describe what will happen during the experience
Hirudotherapy, also known as leech therapy, is a traditional medical practice that involves the application of leeches to the body for therapeutic purposes. Although it has been used for thousands of years, it is still occasionally employed in certain medical contexts today.
When it comes to hirudotherapy, leeches are not just ordinary creatures. They possess special properties that make them useful in medical treatments. Leeches secrete a combination of bioactive substances in their saliva, including enzymes, anticoagulants, vasodilators, and anti-inflammatory compounds. These substances play a crucial role in the therapeutic effects of hirudotherapy.
Here's how hirudotherapy generally works:
Preparation: Medicinal leeches are typically used for hirudotherapy. These leeches are bred in a controlled environment to ensure their sterility and health. Before the therapy, the patient's skin is cleaned thoroughly to minimize the risk of infection.
Leech application: The leeches are placed on the targeted area of the body. They attach themselves using their suckers and begin to feed on the blood. Leeches have an innate ability to locate blood vessels and create small incisions using their sharp jaws.
Bloodletting: As the leeches feed, they release their saliva into the wound. Their saliva contains a cocktail of bioactive substances, such as hirudin, which acts as an anticoagulant to prevent blood clotting. This promotes blood flow and allows the leeches to extract a significant amount of blood from the body.
Therapeutic effects: The bioactive compounds in the leech saliva have several therapeutic effects. They can help improve blood circulation, reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, and prevent the formation of blood clots. Additionally, the leeches' feeding stimulates the body's natural healing responses, including the release of growth factors and improved tissue oxygenation.
Leech removal and wound care: Once the leeches have finished feeding, they will naturally detach themselves from the skin. The wound is then carefully cleaned and dressed to prevent infection.
It's worth noting that hirudotherapy is typically performed by trained medical professionals who have experience in the field. The number of leeches used and the duration of the therapy depend on the individual's condition and the goals of the treatment.
Hirudotherapy is mainly used in a few specific medical scenarios, such as reconstructive surgery, where it can aid in the recovery of blood circulation and tissue grafts. However, it is essential to consult with a healthcare provider or medical expert before considering hirudotherapy to determine its suitability for your specific condition.
Ischaemic heart disease
Pre / post heart attack condition
Varicose veins (lower extremities)
Da Costa's syndrome
Peripheral nerve re-innervation disorders
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Polycystic ovarian syndrome
Vaginitis and endometritis
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
Fractures, sprains, dislocations
Rupture of muscles and tendons
Bruises and hematomas
Degeneration of joints and bones
Bone infection and necrosis
Sciatica & back pain
Prostate gland adenoma
Chronic renal failure
Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis
Scars (but not keloids)
Amputations and re-plantations
Haematomas and edemas
Subcutaneous tissue infection
Gastritis, gastric erosions and duodenitis
Gastric and duodenal ulcers
Purpose of the experiencehirudotherapy
Will there be a physical touch between the recipient and the creator?Yes
Location of the experience
Risks involvedThis is brief list of conditions. Please contact therapist for further advice. A list of commonly established contraindications for Hirudotherapy (P. Flecken, A. Michalsen): Haemophilia and anticoagulants (acenocoumarol, marcumar, warfarin, heparin and heparinoids) Anemia Upper gastrointestinal tract post - haemorrhage condition Severe infection Severe internal diseases, immunosuppression and immune system conditions such as HIV, AIDS, etc. Cancer Severe allergy Cold & flu Pregnancy Wound healing complications Children and unconscious patients Mental impairment Keloids Bleeding disorder Deep vein thrombosis Diabetic foot and tissue necrosis Dermatomycoses Skin malignancies Skin tissue loss, ulceration, decubitus Autoimmunological pemphigus
Who should avoid it? Under 18? Pregnant? Allergies and phobias?under 18 without an adult, or with above conditions
Should the recipient source medical advice prior to this experience?No
Do you offer medical advice for this experience?No
Your bio and contactGregory Curylo
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