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Leech therapy

nerudite

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It looks like medieval medicine is making a comeback as the Germans find leech therapy a possible treatment for arthritis.

I think I would have to be suffering pretty bad to want one of those bloodsuckers on me!
 

kms

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A nurse just recently told me that leeches are still used for certain treatments. I saw a report on TV that showed how leeches are used to stimulate growth of new, small blood vessels after some surgeries. It would just stimulate me to throw up, and that's probably why they use a screen so people can't see the treatment.
 

giff57

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The treatment works very well for part re-attachments. Supposed to stimulate blood flow.
 

nerudite

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Does anyone know more about this? Do they reuse the same leeches? If so, what is the risk of contamination for blood-bourne diseases?
 

Planderella

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nerudite said:
Does anyone know more about this? Do they reuse the same leeches? If so, what is the risk of contamination for blood-bourne diseases?

Oh gosh. I can see the ramifications already. Patients contacting H.I.V. from contaminated leeches and such.
 

Tom R

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jwb

giff57 said:
The treatment works very well for part re-attachments. Supposed to stimulate blood flow.

Makes one wonder about John Wayne Bobbit.
 

tsc

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If they don't reuse the leeches... I wonder what they do with them.... does PETA get involved.... do they have a retirement pond?
 

BiteMeElmo

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Makes me think there's hope for all those unemployed leeches out there (sorry brothers-in-law)
 
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