The use of medicinal leech

Use of medicinal leeches after surgery

Leeches are used to assist in the reattachment of severed body parts such as fingers, hands, toes, legs, ears and noses.

Leeches are used to help with venous insufficiency when there is sufficient arterial flow when reattaching severed body parts.

They are especially useful when reattaching small body parts that have many small blood vessels. Leeches are used to prevent the clotting of blood in these small veins.




How to use medicinal leeches

Leeches are gently placed in the area needed by a qualified healthcare provider, and allowed to attach and engorge for the next 6-12 hours, after which they will release. The entire course of treatment may require one to 6 treatments or more, depending upon the goals and rate of response.