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Medicinal leech therapy (hirudotherapy): a brief overview.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010 Nov; 16(4):213-5.CT

Abstract

Hirudotherapy is a treatment using medicinal leeches. Hirudo medicinali, have been used to treat patients for centuries. In the past, leeches have proved to be an effective treatment for a number of conditions including battle wound treatment. Currently leeches may be used to assist in the treatment of abscesses, arthritis, glaucoma, myasthenia gravis, thrombosis and some venous disorders. Medical leeches may also be used in plastic surgery and in some blood circulatory problems. During feeding, leeches secrete a complex mixture of different biologically and pharmacologically active substances into the wound. Hirudin is the prominent constituent of leech saliva. It is sometimes used to describe all the active constituents in the leech saliva. This paper outlines the potential use of leech therapy in current medical care in India.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Sri Dhanwantry Ayurvedic College, Department of Dravyaguna, Chandigarh, India. amritpal2101@yahoo.com

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20920805

Citation

Singh, Amrit Pal. "Medicinal Leech Therapy (hirudotherapy): a Brief Overview." Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, vol. 16, no. 4, 2010, pp. 213-5.
Singh AP. Medicinal leech therapy (hirudotherapy): a brief overview. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010;16(4):213-5.
Singh, A. P. (2010). Medicinal leech therapy (hirudotherapy): a brief overview. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 16(4), 213-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2009.11.005
Singh AP. Medicinal Leech Therapy (hirudotherapy): a Brief Overview. Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2010;16(4):213-5. PubMed PMID: 20920805.
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