Treatment of varicose veins with leeches. Hirudotherapy for varicose veins.
Exact data, when hirudotherapy was first applied, was not preserved. Perhaps this was done by the healers of the primitive communal system. Mention of the use of leeches for medical purposes is in the writings of Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galen. There is reliable evidence of leech treatment in ancient Egypt. For centuries, hirudotherapy has remained a worthy and effective tool in the arsenal of many doctors of the past.
Treatment for varicose leeches
No wonder. Until the beginning of the 20th century, leech treatment simply had no direct competitors. Any complications of such treatment faded in comparison with the effect of hemodilution (blood thinning). This is due to the presence in the saliva of a leech of hirudin, a substance with the effect of hemodilution. In this regard, leeches were the best means of their time. The availability of leeches was also the factor that determined their presence in the arsenal of most doctors and healers of the past. Everything fundamentally changed the discovery of heparin in 1916. There was a more effective, and most importantly, safer and more controlled means to reduce blood clotting activity. Nevertheless, today a number of modern specialists continue to use leeches for these purposes. Mainly to improve blood supply to ischemic tissues (with reduced arterial blood flow).
The use of leeches in the treatment of varicose veins in past centuries was probably dictated by the effect obtained with the development of venous thrombosis. There were no analogues of hirudotherapy then and were content with what was.
The use of leeches for the treatment of varicose veins and venous thrombosis today, in the 21st century, is not entirely professional and even absurd.
Hirudotherapy in the treatment of varicose veins
For the treatment of venous thrombosis, there are much more effective and safe means. Treatment of varicose veins does not involve the use of blood-thinning agents in principle. In other words, hirudotherapy for the treatment of varicose veins has, in general, no scientific basis. At the same time, the consequences of such treatment are familiar to every practicing phlebologist.
Specific scars that reveal the previously occurring local necrosis of the skin and tissue, tissue pigmentation, local inflammatory reaction - this is the effect of the absolutely useless treatment of varicose veins with leeches.
Complications in the treatment of varicose leeches
Today, many actions are dictated by the principles of economic success and profitability. Medicinal leeches are available at a relatively low cost. With the proper marketing approach, hirudotherapy is profitable! But do these factors justify the use of leeches today? The answer of a good modern specialist is: definitely not. Hirudotherapy was relevant in its time, but this time has passed, like the time of the "duremar".
Even if you are a devoted fan of traditional methods and traditional medicine, remember, treatment of varicose veins with leeches is ineffective, unsafe and just stupid.
Tatyana from Moscow is interested in: do you prescribe leeches with varicose veins of the lower extremities?
Dear Tatyana! Specialists of the Moscow City Phlebological Center do not use leeches (hirudotherapy) in the treatment of varicose veins, never. Leeches with varicose veins of the lower extremities are not only ineffective, but can also cause complications.
Natalia from Moscow asks: where do you recommend putting leeches with varicose veins?
Dear Natalia! The position of the Innovation Phlebological Center in Moscow is unambiguous, we do not recommend the use of leeches in case of varicose veins.
Isabella from Moscow asks: do leeches help with varicose veins?
Dear Isabella! Hirudotherapy (the use of leeches) is absolutely ineffective for the treatment of varicose veins. In addition, the use of leeches can cause quite unpleasant complications of varicose veins.
Bahor from Moscow asks: a doctor at the city state hospital advised treatment with leeches of varicose veins. I doubt whether it is worth undergoing treatment with leeches?
Dear Bahor! Leeches with varicose veins are not a good idea, there will be no positive effect from such treatment. Serious complications are possible. I recommend you a specialist consultation in a good city phlebology center, where effective treatment will be prescribed.
Margarita from Moscow is interested in: is leech treatment for varicose veins effective with an ulcer?
Dear Margarita! The use of leeches with varicose veins complicated by a trophic venous ulcer is strictly contraindicated. The ulcer not only does not heal, but can become infected and increase in size. A truly effective treatment for varicose veins complicated by an ulcer is only possible in a good city phlebology center, which I highly recommend contacting.