One more type of therapy has been applied at the Ilizarov center starting from 2008 – hirudo therapy. Hirudo therapy is a treatment using medical leeches. This kind of therapy is known from the ancient times for treating a variety of diseases such as osteochondrosis, arthritis, atherosclerosis, hypertension, myocardium infarction, ischemic heart disease, bronchial asthma, gastritis, and some others. The method of hirudotherapy has been efficiently applied in urology, surgery, and gynecology; for metabolic, nerve, eye and endocrinal diseases; for diseases of the ear, throat, nose, mouth and skin.
With the development of science the action mechanism of leeches’ saliva was deciphered. It contains a large number of biologically active substances that contribute to the improvement of health. The saliva secretion of leeches has anti-inflammatory and anesthetic effect. The physicians of the Ilizarov center use the method for postoperative complications. Leeches remove intercellular liquid that contains toxins on the operated area and improve capillary flow thus contributing to wound healing.
Healthy people are recommended to have the procedure once a year for prophylaxis.
Note. Current hirudotherapy uses leeches grown at special biofactories in Perm, Saratov, St. Petersburg and Moscow. They are grown for one and half year and considered conditionally sterile as they are fed with purified bovine blood. Before being used in clinic they are kept starved for 4 months so that semi-starved species were more effective. One medical leech is used per 10 kg of patient’s weight. The procedure itself is painless and by sensation resembles electrophoresis. Leeches are kept on skin from 15 to 80 minutes and trigger the cells of affected area to recover.
Some facts. Hirudotherapy dates back to 10 thousand years B.C. according to Chinese sources. Useful vampires are depicted on the walls of Egyptian pyramids. The first world congress on the use of leeches in medicine was held in 1992. In 2002 the ministry of health of the Russian Federation issued recommendation on the use of hirudotherapy. The 44th WHO session in Geneva stated the positive effect of hirudotherapy basing on scientific data.
In recent years, the medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis, has been used to aid salvage of compromised microvascular free-tissue transfers, replanted digits, ears, lips and nasal tips in the plastic surgery. Accordingly, the survival of compromised, venous-congested tissues improved by early application of leeches. In July 2004, the FDA approved leeches as a medical device in the area of plastic and reconstructive surgery. A survey of all 62 plastic surgery units in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland showed that the majority of these units use leeches post-operatively.
Since 2003, in collaboration with physicians in the Department of Plastic Surgery of the Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, 23 patients (14 males and 9 females), 8-79 years old (average: 35.9 years) presenting with venous congestion of revascularized or replanted fingers, free or local flaps were treated by leech therapy. Of the 15 fingers, 10 fingers were saved (4 out of 9 replanted fingers and 6 out of 6 revascularized fingers), while 17 out of 18 flaps were salvaged (3 out of 4 free flaps and all 14 island and random flaps). Fifteen patients received 1-13 units of packed blood cells (average 2.9). The patients with revascularized or replanted fingers were treated in average of 2.5 days and each finger was treated with an average of 5.7 leeches. The 15 patients with flaps were treated in average of 3.4 days and each flap was treated with an average of 9.2 leeches. In conclusion, leech therapy should be considered as an integral part of the armamentarium used in reconstructive surgery. It improves greatly the success rate of the surgery in cases of post-operative venous congestions, allowing blood drainage until angiogenesis is established.
Have you ever thought of doing leech cupping. At first you will only feel a small little bites ( like an ant bites) and after that you will enjoy it.Leech cupping therapy can help those who is having Diabetes, gout and hypertension. with the leech sucking out the acidic blood out from the body...usually the leeches will take about 1-2 hours to suck out the blood as they can suck 5 times more than their body size. The leech saliva or Hiruda has the ability to unclog a clog blood so that its easier for them to suck it out.Once there is a person suffering from gout went for the leech therapy. He put on the leech to suck out his blood on his foot where he has the gout.After 1 hours the leech fell down, they thought the leech is already full and after less than 5 minutes the leech died sufferred from the acidic blood from the foot that having gout.. the acidic blood can killed the leech and think about yourself having the acidic blood in your body?..With the leech cupping therapy it could help to reduce the sickness and probably might help to cure the sickness as well..The American and European has been doing this therapy and proven to help in medication and cure. Leeches has so many benefits that we could have think of.
“I was in Austria doing a cleanse and part of the treatment was leech therapy.” - Demi Moore
While leeches have been used for centuries to combat a variety of ailments from fever to flatulence, it’s only recently that the slimy, wriggling blood-suckers have been making appearances in medical spas, and at up to several hundreds of dollars per session. Just to give you an idea of what this treatment entails, the beauty website www.Plasmetic.com lists the following as Procedure Highlights:
- Highly trained medical leeches (how the hell do you train leeches?)
- Shaving of the entire body before applying the leeches (I thought this was more commonly done for cancer patients)
- Patient being immersed in turpentine (Turpentine? Really?)
- Patient experiences a stinging sensation (you know, this is starting to not sound so fun)
- It causes bleeding in the patient (okay, this is definitely not fun)
- Oh! But it also makes the person look younger!
So if you’re like me, you’ll look over that list and take solace in the fact that only crazy people would subject themselves to such a disturbing “treatment.” Well, think again because apparently this nightmarish version of bloodletting has made its way to Hollywood and is being touted by the likes of Demi Moore.
“I feel like I’ve always been someone looking for the cutting edge of things that optimize your health and healing” said Demi Moore. “I was in Austria doing a cleanse and part of the treatment was leech therapy.”
Okay, I wish I were making this up – but unfortunately for the world, I’m not.
MEDICAL HOME SERVICE
PACKAGE A (INDIVIDUAL)
PRICE : RM450.OO per person
* 5 x treatment
*Biohirudo oil (10ml)
PACKAGE B (FAMILY)
Maximum of 10 person
*Biohirudo oil (10ml) each
PACKAGE C :
HOUSE TO HOUSE
KLANG VALLEY ONLY
Walk in Price :
3 leeches - RM 35.00
10 leeches - RM80.00
*Add on - Traditional full body /foot reflexology massage
-HEALTH- TOURISM -
(Leech treatment /Body Massage+ visit place of interest )
KEUSAHAWANAN GRADUAN 2009
Kawasan dimana bekam boleh dibuat di sekitar tubuh , depan, belakang dan juga kaki, betis dan peha
Kegunaan dan manfaat lintah di dalam bidang perubatan telah lama dikenali dan diakui. Amnya lintah-lintah yang dikategorikan sebagai “medicinal leeches” adalah lintah Eropah (H. medicinalis), lintah Asia (H. manillensis) dan lintah Amazon (Haementeria ghiliani). Pihak Food And Drug Administration di Amerika Syarikat (USFDA) hanya mengiktiraf kegunaan H. medicinalis sahaja bagi tujuan perubatan.
Bekam merupakan pengubatan yang dicontohkan oleh Nabi Muhammad SAW, sebagaimana dijelaskan dalam hadist Bukhari :
Dari Ibnu Abbas r.a. Rasulullah SAW bersabda : "Kesembuhan (Ubat) itu ada pada tiga hal: dengan minum madu, pisau hijamah (bekam), dan dengan besi panas. Dan aku melarang ummatku dengan besi panas." (Hadist Bukhari)
Pemilihan waktu bekam adalah sebagai tindakan preventif untuk menjaga kesehatan dan penjagaan diri terhadap penyakit. Adapun untuk pengobatan penyakit, maka harus dilakukan kapan pun pada saat dibutuhkan. Dalam hal ini Imam Ahmad melakukan bekam pada hari apa saja ketika diperlukan.
Imam asy-Syuyuthi menukil pendapat Ibnu Umar, bahwa berbekam dalam keadaan perut kosong itu adalah paling baik karena dalam hal itu terdapat kesembuhan. Maka disarankan bagi yang hendak berbekam untuk tidak makan-makanan berat 2-3 jam sebelumnya. 1. Dari Abu Hurairah RA, Rasulullah SAW bersabda: “Barangsiapa berbekam pada hari ke-17, 19 dan 21 (tahun Hijriyah), maka ia akan sembuh dari segala macam penyakit.” (Shahih Sunan Abu Dawud, II/732, karya Imam al-Albani) 2. Dari Abdullah bin Mas’ud RA, Rasulullah SAW bersabda: “ Sesungguhnya sebaik-baik bekam yang kalian lakukan adalah hari ke-17, ke-19, dan pada hari ke-21.” (Shahih Sunan at-Tirmidzi, Syaikh al-Albani (II/204))
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