• Gregory Curylo

Leeches in medicine


leech therapy
Application of the leech

It is not surprising that leeches coming back to the medical field in the last decade. The effectiveness which they offer is huge. Dr. Maciej Paruzel plastic surgeon and father of modern MLT said: "...Sometimes the effects of such therapy are shocking. Lower cholesterol stabilized blood pressure, reduced migraine headache pain and tinnitus are just some examples...".


Leech therapy was used in ancient times in Ayurvedic Medicine, Tibetan Medicine, Egypt, and Greece. Probably already in the Stone Age leeches were used for bloodletting, as a habitat of demons or evil spirits that caused illness. In pre-Columbian America, the blood-sills were valued by the Aztecs, believing that evil spirits would leave human beings with them. In the Maya state, the art of dropping blood was in the hands of a special group of priests-healers. Notes regarding the medical use of leeches date back to the beginnings of civilization. In ancient Egypt, the use of leeches was as old as the pyramids. In the Middle Ages, the demand for leeches was so large that it almost contributed to the extinction of these animals.


Treatment with leeches consisted of cutting or pricking the skin and putting the leeches in place. In ancient Greece, blood was treated with infectious diseases. Blood was often bleed from the vein in the elbow joint or from other veins - on the foot, under the knee, and even under the tongue. This treatment was used by