For which diseases is leech therapy indicated? Posted on 28 Apr 15:30

For which diseases is leech therapy indicated?


Leech therapy has been established as a naturopathic treatment for centuries and is now available as a modern treatment with a broad spectrum of efficacy and good tolerance.

For which diseases is leech therapy indicated?

  • acute and chronic joint pain (e.g. knee joint, thumb saddle joint arthrosis)
  • Varicose veins / spider veins / lower leg ulcers
  • tendon and tendon sheath infections (e.g. tennis elbow / golf arm)
  • high blood pressure (supportive treatment)
  • Rheumatic diseases
  • otitis media / tinnitus
  • Boils / carbuncles / abscesses
  • Spinal and sacral syndromes
  • Circulatory disorders after skin and tissue transplants

What happens in leech therapy?

A treatment usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. Depending on the indication, one session is often sufficient.

At the start of treatment, the leech is placed in the appropriate place, soaks itself in and carefully saws into the skin with its calcareous teeth.

This process is largely painless, since the leech releases pain-relieving substances. In the further course, the leech introduces the active substances into the tissue during suction and then falls off on its own. The small bite wound is kept open for 8 to 12 hours by the active ingredient calin and continues to bleed. During this time, the wound must be covered well with absorbent dressing material.

The desired effect often occurs immediately after treatment and often lasts for months.


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