Hirudo Therapy (Leech Therapy)

Author

DR SYED MUHAMMAD NAVEED UL HUDA / CYBERJAYA UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, MALAYSIA.

Language

English

Title

Hirudo Therapy (Leech Therapy)

Proceeding

7th INTRACOM – 2nd ICBWI 2009

Date

24th July 2009

Place Held

PWTC, Kuala Lumpur

Abstract

INTRODUCTION
The  word  " leech  is a derivation  of  the Anglo- Saxon  loece,  meaning   "to heal." When a leech is applied to biologically active areas of the human body, the bite itself gives a positive effect similar to reflexotherapy. The substances released along with leech saliva have a direct effect on the entire body, not just one particular organ or symptom. For example, if leeches are used to treat patients suffering from varicose veins, they also cause a simultaneous decrease in blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improve mood and digestive tract function, and heal hemorrhoids etc.


BACKGROUND
The leech was used in medicine as a means of "local blood sucking” (bloodletting) from the ancient days of Greece, Rome, and Arabia, dating back to 2500 years.
RATIONALE :  The bite of a leech produces
•  Local anesthetic.
•  An anticoagulant.
•  A local vasodilator, this mimic’s venous circulation in compromised tissue.
• Bleeding can continue up to 48 hours after leech detachment


OBJECTIVES
• To assess the use of leeches in plastic surgery, micro vascular surgery, skin grafts etc.
• To assess the use of leech & its products in the Cosmeceutical industry.
• To make a protocol for leech therapy.
• Implementation of use of Leech therapy & leech products in wellness industry.


LEGISLATION
• List of Countries with Legislation
Argentina, Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Moldova, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, U.S.A, Yugoslavia
• List of Countries without Legislation
Mexico,Chile,Uruguay, Paraguay, Columbia, Malaysia,Nepal,all african countries.Middle east Etc.


EDUCATION
Institute for Medical Informatics, Biometry and Epidemiology, University of Essen, Germany.
Institue of  Biotherapy USA.Central Council for research in Unani medicine.India.Board of Indian Meidicne.University of Maimonoides

Keywords

Hirudo Therapy, Leech Therapy

Session

Symposium 2C (ICBWI

Topic

Cosmeceutical/ Function/ Bioprocess