Leeches are used therapeutically to fast for at least hundred days. All territories anatomical, apart from the central facial, breast and penis falls leeches. Broussais advises applying a hundred leeches per session and each session costs the lives of many verses. The patient lies for not having sight of leeches and blood. We thoroughly washes hands and seized the medium sized leeches, agile and eager to bite; we take those located out of the water, as more hungry. To excite them to take, roll them limply in a dry cloth, and warm, if possible. For that leeches are good, the area should be cleaned with soap and warm water, if shaved necessary, then dried well by rubbing a little roughly the skin. He must not remain of soap could prevent the leeches take. The skin friction congests vessels, encourages the animal to bite. A little milk or sugar water also excites the bite.
References – History and art pharmaceutical 11/16 To apply, they are introduced into a narrow glass as possible, which is about to reverse indicated. If we want that leeches bite at a specific point, is interposed between a perforated cardboard glass and skin, aligning the orifice with the selected location. Maintained in this position until that all the leeches have taken, what we realize by removing the glass slowly. Those who have not secured in the glass slide. The others remain suspended. When they refuse to bite, they are excited to passing the wine in the glass that is used to place them. Do so that may arise against the walls of wine, they are quick to attach to the skin that attack quickly. Other techniques use tubes or playing cards. Leeches remain in place for a quarter of an hour to an hour (nowadays, it does not leave up more than 20 minutes). They generally fall themselves. However, if you want the to detach earlier, we powder with a little salt. The quantities punctured occasionally reach 8 to 9 times the initial weight of the animal ranges from 2 to 4 grams. The blood continues to flow through the bites for a while, then stops spontaneously. If we wish to extend the flow is applied lukewarm linseed poultices on bites. If small wounds bleed too long, we stop the bleeding with a tinder buffer after having sprinkled with a little rosin or alum. The dressing will be very simple: the small wound should be washed very carefully to avoid any nfection at the same time as removing the anticoagulant liquid. Will be preferably alcohol 90 or tincture of iodine. Is covered with a little powder aristol and a compress, and one maintains all with band and cotton wool. It often put a considerable thickness cotton to absorb the blood continues to flow. This precaution is to avoid good soiling the bed or clothes. Healing bites is complete in two or three days. They leave small scars white, star-shaped, with three branches, which are very characteristic. Poor protocols for the dressing, such as spider webs or tinder were used for a long time; they were originally very serious infectious complications.