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Hirudotherapy (also bdellotomy) is a method of treating different diseases with the use of medical leech (Hirudo medicinalis). The name "hirudotherapy" comes from the Latin. Hirūdō -leech, therapy θεραπεία- treatment in Greek. The word "bdellatherapy" also uses the Greek word βδέλλα, which means also a leech. Hiruda-medical leech (LAT. Hirudo medicinalis), originating from Europe, was used for clinical bloodletting for many hundreds of years. Hippocrates, Galen, and Avicenna wrote about leech treatment. On the walls of Egyptian tombs, drawings with use of leeches were discovered. Ancient Greek Nikandra of Colophons (200-130 BC) is considered a pioneer of this method. The use of leeches were distributed in Tsar's Russia, they are used for therapeutic purposes in present days.
What is a hirudotherapy or treatment with leeches?
Hirudotherapy. Translated from Latin — leech treatment. This is one of the most ancient, time-tested techniques of medicine! In old documents, for example, there is evidence that wise Cleopatra, when healed herself using leeches from a serious illness, ordered to portray it on the walls of the pyramids for ten generations. In the not so distant 19th century, in our Mother-Russia 27 million leeches were sold every year, and everyone was being treated with them, including peasants, and gentle ladies and royalty. But the paradox is that hirudotherapy is a progressive direction of modern medicine. Why now, when the medicine armed with such a myriad of medications, we apply again to this "prejudice"? Because along with the stunning effectiveness, hirudotherapy has almost no side effects. Nature itself "in the face of leeches" protects a person from them.
What are the advantages of hirudotherapy?
Hirudotherapy treatment is a natural mechanism that is provided by nature itself. Typically, the standard course lasts 7-10 sessions 2-3 times a week. The following diseases can be cured using leech therapy: In gynaecology and obstetrics, leeches are effective in fighting with acute and chronic inflammatory and infectious diseases of the female genital organs, mastitis, myoma, colpitis, endometriosis, adhesive processes, and climacteric disorders. In addition, leech therapy reduces the risk of unwanted effects after abortion; cure some types of female infertility and habitual miscarriage pregnancy. In urology, leeches successfully cope with urolithiasis, chronic prostatitis, kidney disease, adenoma of prostate, infertility in men and many other diseases. When treating with leeches there are improvements of the cardiovascular state of a patient: hypertension retreats, arteriosclerosis, cardio sclerosis, varicose of veins are cured, peripheral artery disease, neurocirculatory dystonia, haemorrhage. .
In neurological practice discirculatory encephalopathy, venous, toxic, intracranial hypertension, migraines, herniated disc, sciatica, epilepsy, neurosis, autonomic dysfunction, dizziness, headache, neuralgia can be cured with hirudotherapy. In ophthalmology: getting rid of glaucoma, keratitis, increased eye pressure, is commonly used in inflammatory processes, trauma of eyes. Leech treatment is also effective at such ENT-diseases as neuritis of the auditory nerve, frontal sinusitis, sinus trouble, dullness of hearing, and diseases of the paranasal sinuses. Skin diseases: psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, eczema, furunculosis, acne, scarring. After a few treatments such musculoskeletal diseases: osteochondrosis, arthrosis, post-traumatic arthrosis of joints and bones start to recede. Rheumatic diseases: scleroderma, periarteritis, rheumatoid arthritis, a disease of Wenger, rheumatism. Endocrine diseases: diabetes mellitus, thyroid cysts. Metabolic diseases: gout, diathesis, obesity. Gastroenterologic diseases: cholecystitis, cholelithiasis, biliary dyskinesia, constipation, colitis, steatosis, pancreatitis.
Hirudotherapy is also effective in cosmetic practice; it is unique in skin rejuvenation, getting rid of puffiness, vascular "stars", cellulite, wrinkles, scars, acne vulgaris, and bad complexion. Many acute and chronic skin diseases retreat and are cured: thanks to the small list of contraindications to medical applications of hirudotherapy, among them cancer, incoagualability of blood, exhaustion, pregnancy and idiosyncrasy, leech treatment recommended itself as one of the most versatile and effective treatments of diseases without side effects. Leech treatment requires special knowledge, so although self-treatment is acceptable, but may lead to undesirable consequences.
The process of bite
Leech sticks, then penetrates the skin to a depth of 1.5-2 mm, and injects saliva into the wound that contains enzymes, and ferment hirudin preventing blood coagulation. At one time, a leech can suck about 5 ml of blood. The session lasts up to saturation of the leech (20-60 minutes), after that wound remains, which normally releases blood, lymph and tissue fluid, up to 6-16 hours.
As in nature leeches find their prey by smell, they are extremely sensitive to fragrances. They refuse to stick to skin with perfume, or with smells of alcohol, tobacco and others. Used for treatment leeches are grown in special plants for the sake of sterility. In addition, a leech is disposable, which eliminates the infecting of other patients.
Therefore, we recommend you undergo leech therapy in our sanatorium "Barviha", where you can perfectly combine a comfortable holiday with affordable and quality treatment. The impact of medical leeches is recognized for long time as multi-faceted. High-class specialists carry out leech therapy sessions in "Barviha", they will give you correct recommendations on procedures and appoint treatment in accordance with your health results.
Thanks to these sessions and professionals in our sanatorium, with hirudotherapy we can help you :
If hirudotherapy is indicated to you, the cost of this procedure will be incomparably lower than treatment with costly drugs. Positive effect is achieved in almost all the cases. In addition, internal organs are better supplied with oxygen thanks to the fact that medical leeches deliver special enzyme girudin. A very important effect is the increased sensitivity to drugs, which allows you to take medicines at lower doses or cease to apply them at all.
Cost for hirudotherapy in the sanatorium "Barviha" is acceptable for almost all our patients, so this procedure is very popular.
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