Regeneration therapies with leeches are way more modern than many other pain therapies and natural.
Leeches are classified as readily available medication. In fact many modern pain medications available in pharmacies contain extracts from leeches.
Leeches are a segment of worms that belong to the phylum Annelida and the subclass Hirudinea. Leeches do not have bristles, their bodies are solid and they have two suckers, one at each end. Leeches, such as the Hirudo medicinalis, have been used in medicine with their priority task to remove blood from patients (bloodletting). Leeching can be traced to the ancient Greece and continued well into the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe and North America.
In modern times, leeching is used as pain therapy, in reconstructive and plastic surgeries and in treating osteoarthritis. In operations such as reconstructive and plastic surgeries problematic venous congestion can arise due to inefficient venous drainage and leeches are applied to a congested flap. They consume a certain amount of excess blood, inject the protein hirudin before the leech falls away.
A leech therapy is way more than a pain therapy, it is a modern regeneration therapy, preventing in some cases even knee surgeries. Leeches contain an active anticoagulant component a small protein named hirudin. The discovery and isolation of this protein hirudin led to a method of producing it. Today modern medicine uses recombinant hirudin as an intravenous anticoagulant preparation for injection. At the Hyperthermia Centre Hannover, leeches are used as readyly avaiable medication, recombined hirudin is only applied to patients who are allergic to leeches or cannot tolerate heparin.