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The benefits of leech therapy are many since the modern medical world is still struggling with purification of blood and removing clotting. This therapy can warm up and clean the skin.The special property of leeches, the anti-blood clotting enzyme
It may be difficult to believe that leeches can remove blood pooling around a muscle or skin flap and purify blood better than modern drugs and other treatments. Ayurveda, the Indian medical system which has been successful since the dawn of history, uses leech therapy successfully to heal diseases such as psoriasis, thrombos, cramp veins, certain cancer diseases, piles, cysts, etc. What is leech therapy? Leech therapy, which is called in Ayurveda system as Jalauka or Rakta Moksha, is an old form of Ayurvedic detoxification with the help of lthe creeping insect leech. The impure blood which is the root cause of most of the human ailments is removed from the body. Leeches have the ability to suck blood clotted around muscles or skin. The anti-blood clotting enzymes in their saliva makes the blood circulation normal. In this way, leech therapy does wonders in many diseases connected with blood clotting. Effectiveness of 'hirudo' therapy After receiving leech (hirudo) therapy, some patients say that their condition improves. A UGM student suffering from rheumatism, who wished to remain anonymous, said after a leech sucked his blood, his legs did not feel stiff anymore. ""The saliva of a leech contains the enzyme hialuronidase, which can break down the hialuronate acid and bind the connective tissue,"" explained Prof Sugeng about why leeches can cure people of their rheumatism. H. Abdul Rozak, a heart patient from Tegal, Central Java, said that his heartbeat returned to normal after taking hirudo therapy twice. Sardjiono of Lampung, Sumatra, who had a stroke, can now walk again after two sessions of hirudo therapy. Prof Sugeng said that a leech would suck blood containing the residue of metabolism that had been deposited for a long time. If this residue is not taken out, it can disrupt the functions of several body organs like kidneys, the heart and the lungs. It is yet to be scientifically explained, however, how a leech can cure people with diabetes. Besides Muhyidin, another diabetes patient, H. Ahmad Nurhadi from Jakarta, has also been cured of this illness. In a letter to Muhyidin, he said that after a session of hirudo therapy, the glucose level in his blood stabilized at below 120 mg/litre. It is still difficult to explain,' said Prof. Sugeng, with great curiosity. Although leeches can be used to cure people of various ailments, Prof Sugeng warned that not every patient could take this therapy. If you have hemophilia, a rare disease in which blood continues to flow after a cut or other injury because one of the substances that causes it to thicken does not work correctly, then you cannot take hirudo therapy. ""If you have hemophilia and take this therapy, your bleeding may be difficult to stop,"" Prof Sugeng stressed. Besides, hirudo therapy can also cause allergies, the possibility of additional infection and stress responses. Although they look repugnant, leeches can cure several illnesses. With time, it has been discovered that more and more illnesses can be cured by hirudo therapy. Prof Sugeng even includes in his paper titled 'Hirudo' Therapy, the result of research conducted by Dr Andreas Michalsen et al of Essen, Germany (2002) to the effect that hirudo therapy is better than chemotherapy that uses diclovenac, a very potent painkiller. With the cost of drugs and hospital treatment increasing, hirudo therapy is relatively cheap and can provide people with strong hope, especially the less well-off, that a cure is available for their illnesses. There's only one drawback, though: You have to overcome your repugnance of leeches.
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