RAKTAMOSHAM (LEECH THERAPY)
Since ancient times of Acharya Sushruta Raktamosham in panchakarma.
leeches were used to treat many illnesses and disease through bloodletting, a
method where blood was drawn out in the hope that removing impure blood would
heal the body. Believe it or not, leech therapy is sometimes the best
alternative in treating illnesses, and even surpasses pharmacological
treatments. Because of its healing effects to the human body, this traditional
method of curing diseases is still thriving today.
Treating Vascular Disease
It is in the leeches saliva that has been known to cure or prevent diseases. Their saliva has over 100 bioactive substances that are very beneficial. One such component is hirudin, which acts as an anticoagulation agent. Calin is another component that also inhibits blood coagulation. A component that dissolves fibrin clots as well as inhibits the formation of thrombus is the destabilase. Leech saliva also contains a Factor Xa inhibitor, and this compound restrains the coagulating effect of the coagulation Factor Xa. It also has hyaluronidase that enhances the viscosity of the interstitial fluid. For vasodilating effect, it has acetylcholine and histamine-like substances as well as carboxypeptidase A inhibitors. These three can increase blood flow by dilating constricted vessels. These are just some of the very useful components in leech saliva.
Those mentioned above all work together to decrease the viscosity of the
blood, making its consistency thinner so as to promote better blood flow. Blood
that has a thick consistency makes it prone to clot formation as well as
increases the blood pressure of an individual. These clots can travel to
different parts of the body and block a vessel, which could then cause a stroke
or heart attack. Thick blood poses a risk that the distal extremities,
especially the tips of the fingers and toes, will not receive adequate
oxygenated blood and the nutrients they need. Therefore, the anticoagulation
component in leeches saliva is vital as it naturally makes the blood thinner
and works to inhibit platelet coagulation.
Patients with cardiovascular disease undergo leech therapy on different
areas of their body than, lets say, patients with peripheral vascular
disease. In each case leeches will promote better blood flow to the
Treating Cardiovascular Disease
Since the early days of the 20th century, people have been using leeches to treat cardiovascular diseases because of the Hirudin enzyme in the leeches saliva, a substance which has systemic anticoagulative effects. A physician would usually prescribe the use of leeches when a person suffered a stroke or heart attack. Also, Hirudin stimulates segmental reflex mechanisms and this contributes to the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
Treating Alopecia and
Baldness by Leech Treatment in Nagpur
How can Leech Therapy Help People
Leech therapy is known to increase blood circulation, therefore when
therapy is applied to thinning or bald areas, the increase of blood circulation
helps enhance the concentration and delivery of nutrients that assist in making
hair follicles strong, thereby assisting in the promotion of hair growth.
People suffering alopecia caused by fungal infections or dandruff can
also benefit through the antibacterial component in the leeches saliva, which
helps combat fungal infections.
Treating Arthritis by Leech Treatment in Nagpur
There are approximately 600 species of leeches known worldwide and only
15 species are considered as medicinal leeches and used for arthritis and other
The arthritic joint is first cleansed before medicinal leeches are
placed on specific areas relating to the problem. This is a simple and natural
process and feels similar to experiencing a mosquito bite as leeches release a
natural anesthetic. The Leech has a natural process that removes infected blood
and at the same time, releases therapeutic components and enzymes from its
saliva, allowing these components and enzymes to work their wonders in reducing
inflammation and pain in the joint.
Medicinal leeches remain attached to the patient for approximately one
hour [times can vary] before they automatically disengage. Through the entire
process, patients feel relaxed. The area is then cleansed and dressed.
All cases are individual, but on average, medicinal leech therapy is
usually repeated if necessary every 6 to 8 months. Improvement in joint pain
and inflammation will be noticed the following day after Therapy. Not only is
it a safe way to treat arthritis, but it has been a universal treatment for
Therapeutic Benefits for Diabetics
One of the most important substances recognized in leech salivary glands
is Hirudin, a substance that suppresses the blood clotting mechanism. If you
remember, it was mentioned earlier that Diabetes patients have viscous [thick]
blood, which creates a higher risk of developing blood clots. Development and
dislodgment of clots into the general circulation poses serious threats to
anyone and can cause instant death, so the suppression of blood clotting is
Hirudin also has a blood diluting effect, so apart from preventing blood
clots; it also thins the blood, allowing the blood to circulate more easily,
relieving pressure on the heart and blood vessels.
Treating Ear and Hearing Problems by Leech Treatment in Nagpur
Leech therapy can help cure the three most common ear and hearing
problems – Sudden Hearing Loss, Tinnitus and Otitis Media.
How can Leech Therapy Help Ear and
People suffering from the above-mentioned ailments can greatly benefit
from leech therapy, particularly when the ear and hearing problem is caused by
an infection or a vascular problem.
Firstly, leeches secrete an anesthetic enzyme to desensitize the area
and will then release beneficial enzymes and components into the bloodstream
which will work to prevent the coagulation of blood and dissolve blood clots.
Blood vessels will be dilated by the enzymes, bringing good circulation.
Antibacterial enzymes will also be released to kill the bacteria that are
causing the ear problem; these anti-bacterial agents will also boost the immune
system and fight off further infection.
Treating Endometriosis by Leech Treatment in Nagpur
It has been found that leech therapy is very beneficial to women who are
suffering from Endometriosis.
The saliva in leeches is rich with enzymes that can prevent coagulation
of blood which leads to blood clots. Once these enzymes have dissolved the
blood clots and restored a normal flow of blood into the uterus, toxins are
Another important compound in leech’s saliva is the anti-inflammatory
enzymes, which aid in the reduction of inflammation. Once inflammation
subsides, blood can flow freely into vessels, which are further dilated by the
vasodilator agents in leech’s saliva.
Treating Eye Diseases by Leech Treatment in Nagpur
Prevent Progress of Glaucoma
Glaucoma is a condition that occurs when there is too much production of
vitreous humor or when there’s a very slow reabsorption of vitreous humor.
Vitreous humor is a transparent, jelly-like substance that gives nourishment to
the eyes. Too much of it however, can be problematic, where the intra-ocular
pressure can increase, causing compression of the eye structures. This causes
gradual blurring of vision and slow but certain loss of sight.
Leech Therapy can assist in the progression of this disease. The use of
leeches to lessen the rate of blood flow to the eye lessens the production of
vitreous humor and thus lessens the pressure inside the eye. Leech therapy can
therefore help patients with glaucoma if this procedure is done in regular and
frequent intervals and in conjunction with medicines that Ophthalmologists
[medical eye specialists] prescribe to lessen the production of vitreous humor
and lower the overall blood pressure in the area.
Preventing Eye Inflammation by Leech Treatment in Nagpur
Another area where leech therapy can be beneficial is eye inflammation.
Chorioretinitis [an inflammation of the choroid and retina of the eye],
conjunctivitis [inflammation of the conjunctiva of one or both eyes], Keratitis
[a condition in which the eye’s cornea, the front part of the eye, becomes
inflamed] and schleritis [a serious inflammatory disease that affects the white
outer coating of the eye, known as the sclera] are just some of eye
During Leech Therapy, blood is sucked out, thereby reducing
inflammation. This leads to a reduction in pressure and lessens
Hirudotherapy also has a rejuvenating effect, where a feeling of
vitality and renewed energy is felt by the patient. This is mainly due to
relief from pain in certain treated conditions, as well as cleansing of the
blood. There are no real explanations, but rather observations that over the
centuries, Leech Therapy has indeed been used as a cure for many eye diseases.
Treating Gum Diseases by Leech Treatment in Nagpur
Gum diseases are one of the most common problems suffered by all ages,
especially if strict dental hygiene is not followed.
Leeches are known to produce many beneficial enzymes and have been used
for many years to effectively treat gum disease and promote healing.
Anticoagulation agents increase blood flow in the gums, helping to flush away
toxins and allow delivery of nutrients to the affected area. These
anticoagulation agents also work wonders in dissolving blood clots that can
form in the gums.
Other beneficial components are anti-inflammatory agents, which decrease
swelling and inflammation of the gums. The saliva of the leech also contains
antibacterial components that assist in reducing bacterial growth.
The liver is a very important organ, not only does it function to filter
toxins from our body, but it also produces important enzymes, acts as a storage
area for vitamins and nutrients and helps maintain balance.
Leech therapy has been used in the treatment of many illnesses for
thousands of years.
A healthy blood supply is needed to fight off infection and inflammation
in the liver and beneficial enzymes found in the saliva of leeches include
anti-inflammatory enzymes which help reduce swelling as well as histamine-like
enzymes that act to vasodilate the blood vessels, further enhancing blood flow.
There are also antibacterial components in leech saliva that help fight
Treating High Blood Pressure
Leech Therapy for Hypertensive Patients
It’s known through various studies that the saliva of leeches contains
many beneficial enzymes that can help lower blood pressure.
Anticoagulation enzymes found in leech’s saliva reduce coagulation
tendencies of the blood, thus, promoting good blood flow to the body, as well
as another enzyme that dissolves blood clots, so not only does it break up the
blood clots, but it also prevents clots from traveling to other parts of the
body, causing a noticeable reduction in both the systolic and diastolic
These enzymes prevent blood from becoming thick, thereby promoting
better blood circulation not only in the heart but to other parts of the body
and can be used with current antihypertensive medications.
Treat Infantile Cerebral Palsy by leech treatment in Nagpur
Our brains, although enclosed in a very thick skull, is still a very
fragile organ. It can be damaged very easily even if we are still in the womb,
such as in the case of infantile cerebral palsy.
How can Leech Therapy Help
Individuals With Infantile Cerebral Palsy?
One of the unpleasant side effects of medications used in patients with
infantile cerebral palsy is vascular complications where an individual can
suffer swelling and bleeding. Vascular complications compromise health, which
can lead to more difficulties. Swelling can also reduce blood flow to the brain
and although the brain disorder is not progressive, further injury can result
from complications, which may cause possible degeneration of healthy brain
Using medications in conjunction with leech therapy can greatly reduce
the risk of vascular complications.
There are many enzymes in leech saliva that are very beneficial to the
Anticoagulation enzymes are known to help blood flow freely to the
brain, preventing thickening, which can lead to blood clots. If there are blood
clots already present in the body, enzymes from the leech’s saliva will help
dissolve them so blood can flow freely.
Another enzyme in the leech’s saliva is a histamine-like enzyme, which
helps dilate the vessels, promoting good blood flow to the brain. Swelling in
the brain is also reduced by anti-inflammatory agents, which are again found in
the leech’s saliva.
Antibacterial agents in the saliva of the leech can eliminate harmful
bacteria, therefore boosting the immune system and helping it ward off further
Treating Kidney Diseases
Leech Therapy and Kidney Diseases
It has been found that leech therapy can significantly help individuals
to have healthier kidneys.
Since kidneys can be damaged by the effects of diabetes, one of which is
an increase in the viscosity of the blood, the enzymes found in leechï¿½s
saliva (particularly the anticoagulation enzymes) can help prevent coagulation
of the blood or thickening of the blood’s consistency. Another important enzyme
that reduces the stress on the filtering function of the kidneys is the enzymes
that help dissolve blood clots. To promote good blood flow or circulation,
blood vessels are dilated by the histamine-like enzymes. All these enzymes work
together to help the kidneys receive good blood circulation, thus, aiding the
kidney to properly filter toxins and waste materials from the body.
If there is any inflammation of the kidneys that impedes its filtering
action, leech therapy can prove to be beneficial through the anti-inflammatory
compounds in the leechï¿½s saliva. Other benefits of leech therapy include the
antibacterial effect that helps kidneys fight off infection.
Treating Migraines by leech treatment in Nagpur
Pain is somewhat relieved when circulation to the
particularly painful area is improved and the same principle holds true
with migraines and this is where leeches come in handy.
There is a theory that suggests migraines are caused by tiny blood clots
that are formed in the heart, which then travel to the brain and these blood
clots disrupt the flow of blood to the brain and thus cause the typical
symptoms of migraine like the one-sided head-ache, photophobia, and nausea.
As you may already know, there is a substance found in leeches called
Hirudin. This substance is an anticoagulant, causing blood to become more
diluted, thus allowing it to flow easier and faster. Hirudin can dissolve those
little clots that have formed by converting fibrinogen to fibrin.
It’s also known that leeches can increase the circulation in the body,
even on the head, because its sucks just enough blood to get the blood stream
flowing. Leeches can also cause vasodilation, meaning the vessels are widened,
thus lowering the pressure on the walls of these vessels, improving blood flow.
Good blood circulation is vital! In a painful area, it’s absolutely
necessary, especially in places like the brain and using leeches instead of
medications for migraines is healthier. For one thing, medications can have
serious side effects, unlike leeches which, if handled properly, are relatively
safe and have no prolonged adverse effects.
Treating Skin Diseases by leech treatment in Nagpur
The skin is the body’s primary line of defense against infection. There
are three common layers to the skin – Epidermis, Dermis and Hypodermis,
composed of skin cells, capillaries, sweat glands, and hair follicles.
Common skin diseases often occur in the two uppermost layers, the
epidermis, and the dermis. Uncomplicated skin diseases are easily cured because
the skin generally sheds after a couple of days, but more complicated skin
diseases are rooted at the hypodermis level and these are more difficult to
cure. Some skin diseases are rendered incurable and only subject to remission
and exacerbation; that is, they remain idle on occasions and flare up from time
Hirudotherapy for Alopecia
Alopecia is more commonly known as baldness. We are not talking about
the normal age-related baldness, but the gradual and radical hair loss due to a
fungal infection or dandruff.
One of the advantages of Hirudotherapy is improvement of blood
circulation. Bald spots in your head have less hair density because they have
less blood circulation compared to other parts. The proliferation of fungi in
the area can be one of the factors that cause the reduced blood flow.
Leech therapy is not generally associated with treating alopecia, but is
very effective nonetheless. Blood circulation improves as a result and the
body’s natural defense against fungal infection can once again be delivered to
the affected areas, thereby promoting healing.
Hirudotherapy to Treat Boils by leech treatment in Nagpur
Boils are infections deep in the skin. A boil begins as a red area and
gradually becomes tender and firm. An ‘eye’ forms at the center and contains
yellow fluid called pus, which is composed of white blood cells, dead bacteria
During leech therapy, leeches are placed directly over the eye of the
boil, so they can feed directly on the pus and at the same time, other leeches
will be placed around the area to rid the body of pooled blood. This is
important, because pooled blood causes pressure, leading to tenderness and will
relieve the patient of pain.
Treating Sport Injuries
Leech therapy is extremely beneficial in the healing process of sport
injuries due to enzymes found in leech saliva, which are known to reduce pain,
inflammation and dissolving blood clots.
Enzymes found in leech saliva dilate vessels and work together with
other enzymes to flush out toxins and promote healthy circulation to accelerate
the healing process, as well as containing antibacterial enzymes that help
prevent and eliminate the production of bacteria.
Leech therapy diminishes inflammation, swelling and pain of an injured
area, leading to an accelerated normal function.
During therapy, leeches also inject an anesthetic enzyme which deadens
the pain, as well as an antibacterial enzyme, which destroys the bacteria
present, preventing further infection of the site, all of which work together
to speed up the healing process of sport injuries.
Duration of leech therapy is dependent upon the severity of the sports
injury. Likewise, the frequency of the sessions and the number of leeches used
in the treatment also vary per individual.
Treating Venous Disease
Leech therapy has been proven to help patients suffering from venous
diseases. It can help reduce the pain and the swelling felt from varicose
veins, and can help dissolve blood clots that have formed. But leech therapy is
not effective for patients whose venous disease is caused by insufficient
valves and inadequate vessel dilation.
The saliva of leeches is known to contain beneficial enzymes. They have anticoagulation
properties that help prevent blood from coagulating or thickening. Aside from
this, there is also an enzyme that breaks up formed blood clots which can
occlude the veins. These two properties function to make the blood thin so that
it flows freely in the veins. To further aid in this function, another enzyme
acts as a vasodilator to allow better flow of blood.
Leech’s saliva also has antibacterial properties, which helps
individuals who have open sores complicated by venous disease.
Leech therapy is best used in conjunction with compression stockings,
weight management, diet, and exercise.
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