How to book treatment &
General Information
medicinal leech therapy london

Before booking:

  1. Download and read GENERAL INFORMATION document.

  2. Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

  3. Read Contraindications List below (MOST IMPORTANT!!!) and check if you don't suffer from any of contraindicated conditions.


General Information

COMPLEX Medicinal Leech Therapy

Important information:


  • Please remember that we DO NOT PERFORM Medicinal Leech Therapy (MLT) simultaneously with other treatments, at least 1-2 days after and before the treatment.

  • Physical training such as weight lifting, running, swimming after treatment is FORBIDDEN 1-2 days after the treatment.

  • Prior to your first leech treatment, the patient MUST HAVE YOUR BLOOD TEST done.

  • Doppler scan MUST BE DONE before treatment for Varicose Veins.

Contraindications and important
informations for hirudotherapy:

This is brief list of conditions. Please contact therapist for further advice. A list of commonly established contraindications for Hirudotherapy (P. Flecken, A. Michalsen):

  • Haemophilia and anticoagulants (acenocoumarol, marcumar, warfarin, heparin and heparinoids)

  • Anemia and general fatigue

  • Hypotension lower than 80/60 mmHg

  • Upper gastrointestinal tract post - haemorrhage condition

  • Severe infection, active tuberculosis

  • Severe internal diseases, immunosuppression and immune system conditions such as HIV, AIDS, etc.

  • Cancer

  • Aneurysm

  • Severe allergy

  • Cold & flu, high fever

  • Pregnancy and menstruation

  • Wound healing complications

  • Children and unconscious patients

  • Mental impairment

  • Keloids

  • Bleeding disorder e.g. bleeding from stomach ulcers

  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

  • Diabetic foot and tissue necrosis

  • Dermatomycoses

  • Skin malignancies

  • Skin tissue loss, ulceration, decubitus

  • Autoimmunological pemphigus


Also contraindications for hirudotherapy are:

  • Diets such as detox diet, juice diet, etc. (diet must be completed)

  • Recent vaccinations 

  • Medication such as aspirin, gingko biloba, viagra, ibuprofen,  

       (treatment is possible 5 days after).

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Frequently asked questions:

What are the risks of Medicinal Leech Therapy (MLT)?

​During the procedure:

  • An allergic reaction may occur, including anaphylactic shock.​
After treatment:
  • A small scar may remain - healing is accelerated by wound preparations available at the pharmacy. Local reactions at the leech site may occur: swelling, redness, itching; rarely generalized reaction with lymphadenopathy, feverishness, weakness and drowsiness.
  • The emergence of this type of reaction proves the effectiveness of therapy and is not an indication to withdraw from subsequent treatments. As a rule, symptoms regress after 24-48 hours.
  • To alleviate local changes, Fenistil or other anti-edema gels may be used.
  • To alleviate general changes anti-allergic preparations may be used.
  • During hirudotherapy, an infection with Aeromonas hydrophila may occur sporadically, which manifests itself among others in skin changes, high fever and requires urgent medical consultation and the use of chemical drugs (antibiotics). However, more possible is an infection (with different kind of bacteria) due to lack of post-treatment hygiene and not following aftercare rules.

Does it hurt?

Not really - but some people feel some pinching, itching sensation for first 1-5 minutes.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment time is variable but generally takes 60-90 minutes.

How long will I bleed?

Generally, it is slowly bleeding last 4-12 hours.

Are the leeches used only one? And are they safe?

Yes. Our medicinal leeches are cultivated under special controlled conditions at a biological laboratory "BIO-GEN" or "Lodeksa", entirely under sterile laboratory conditions. That makes our animals completely safe - they can be safely used for medical purposes.

How many treatments do I need?

You should feel difference after 1-2 treatments. But maximum is 5 to 7 treatments, at intervals of 4 - 7 days, followed by 3 months break. Effects depending on the severity of the disease, the health of the patient and the type of ailments. It is important that the high concentration of leech-substances is maintained in the bloodstream.

What determines the leech treatment effective?

Effects are not guranteed and depending on the severity of the disease, the health of the patient and the type of ailments. The effect depends on the severity of lesions, patient's cooperation, a frequency of treatments, following aftercare rules.

Is the treatment done in the clinic?

No, at the moment service is mobile- home visits, for two reasons: comfort and time (which vary 30-90minutes).

What is the cost of MLT?

Cost is £110 per treatment + amount of leeches (average price £6 each).