Posted on 2023-05-25
Parisa Parisa

Medicinal Leech Therapy - hirudotherapy

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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.

for Hirudotherapy:

Cardiovascular diseases:

Ischaemic heart disease


Pre / post heart attack condition



Varicose veins (lower extremities)



Da Costa's syndrome


Neurological disorders:

Hypertensive encephalopathy


Peripheral nerve re-innervation disorders

Concussion symptoms

Parkinson´s disease

Alzheimer’s disease


Cerebral palsy

Gynecological diseases:

Pelvic inflammatory disease

Polycystic ovarian syndrome


Uterine fibroid

Endometrial adenoma

Painful menstruation


Menopausal symptoms

Vaginitis and endometritis

Odontic diseases:



Odontical haematomas


Musculo-skeletal (MSK):

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

Fractures, sprains, dislocations

Rupture of muscles and tendons

Bruises and hematomas

Degeneration of joints and bones



Joint inflammation

Bone infection and necrosis

Post-surgery recovery

Sciatica & back pain

Urological diseases:

Nephrogenic hypertension


Prostate gland adenoma

Chronic renal failure

Erectile dysfunction

Respiratory diseases:




Pulmonary thrombosis

Otolaryngological diseases:

Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis





Eye haematoma


Dermatological diseases:

Varicella (chickenpox)

Herpes zoster


Collagen disease


Skin allergy

Subcutaneous haematoma

Scars (but not keloids)


Amputations and re-plantations

Haematomas and edemas

Post-operative thrombosis

Subcutaneous tissue infection


Gastrointestinal diseases:

Gastritis, gastric erosions and duodenitis





Gastric and duodenal ulcers


Purpose of the experience


Will there be a physical touch between the recipient and the creator?


Location of the experience

  • Venue

Risks involved

This 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?


Do you offer medical advice for this experience?


Your bio and contact

Gregory Curylo

BSc (Hons) Osteopathy

Cert. Physiotherapy Management of Temporomandibular Disorders

Cert. ITEC Sports Massage Therapy
Cert. Medical Acupuncture (Dry Needling)

Dip. Bowen Technique

Dip. Personal Trainer

Cert. Modern Medicinal Leech Therapy

Cert. Fascial Manipulation ® Stecco Method level 1

Cert. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT)

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