The leech therapy is one of the oldest healing methods of traditional medicine history
November 3, 2015
From the Indian medicine the first description comes with extensive representation in Sushruta (between 100-600 v. Chr.). In Chinese medicine the leech therapy has always been present but had a subordinate role. In Europe it was since the beginning a be understood as scientific medicine Part of medical treatment, but also always part of folk medicine. Even the learned Greeks and Romans knew them to treat diseases. The Roman physician Galen (129-199 n. Chr.) Wrote a treatise and some of his students treated Osteoarthritis, gout, varicose veins, headaches, fever and psychosis with leeches. From the Middle Ages, there is ample evidence of their healing ministry. In the army they were helpers inWound treatment and had great importance in the prevention of sepsis. In the second half of the 19th century scientific medicine developed towards our modern medicine. Pathogens and appropriate medication to kill this, were discovered. The leeches application was forgotten. Since the 70s of the 20th century leech therapy experienced a remarkable international Renaissance through the use of postoperative venous congestion with subsequent graft failure in plastic and reconstructive surgery. At the same time carried out the proliferation of Leech therapy by modern naturopathy in the German-speaking countries. There were successes Leech therapy as part of a naturopathic pain therapeutic approach and results several scientific studies from university naturopathic departments on Aid Effectiveness Leech therapy in symptomatic osteoarthritis.