Treatment of varicose veins with leeches
The use of leeches in varicose veins is a form of treatment that has been used for nearly half a century. Such blood helps in thinning of blood, prevent the formation of blood clots, clotting, prevent deformation of the veins in the legs. Currently hirudotherapy is considered an alternative method for the treatment of varicose veins.
What is varicose veins
Varicose veins is an expansion of the foreign vessels of the lower extremities impaired blood flow and improper operation of the valves. As a result, formed a stagnation of blood and clots. Suffering from this disease, both men and women.
The causes of varicose veins are many. Among them are: sessile or sedentary lifestyle, work-related permanent stay on his feet, disorders of the blood vessels during pregnancy, and genetic predisposition and comorbidities.
Among the initial manifestations of varicose veins, you can emphasize the numbness and pain in the lower extremities, constant feeling of heaviness and fullness.
To cure this disease is difficult, but possible. There are many ways to get rid of varicose veins, with operative and medical treatment. Great success in the treatment of varicose veins using hirudotherapy.
Features hirudotherapy for varicose veins
Treatment with leeches called hirudotherapy. The effect of the procedure based on the effects of hirudin — specific substances contained in the saliva of leeches. The main feature is blood thinners. Sometimes, this substance can dissolve small blood clots.
hirudotherapy — an excellent preventive and curative procedure in thrombophlebitis, varicose veins and blood clots in the legs. The early stages of the disease, the effect of this procedure is high and will continue for a long time.
The usual leeches, floating in the swamp, because the treatment is not suitable. These animals are specially bred in sterile conditions for a long time. Called medical leeches.
So the effect was the largest hirudotherapy, leech to keep a hungry three months. By the way, it's just not pressed and the therapeutic effect of its use is zero.
The life of the community is put on the skin, and within 10 to 60 minutes the process of sucking blood. As a rule, a leech bite the skin to a depth of 2 mm and injects the resulting wound with saliva, which is the skin through the application of anticoagulant and antibacterial activities. Special enzymes in the saliva do not let the blood clot, and kill bacteria.
One session of hirudotherapy leech is able to absorb up to 15 ml of blood. Shoot the animal with tweezers, or water. A few hours from the wound can seep blood or lymph.
There are several rules related to the use of leeches. They are not used again. Such precautions associated with a high risk of transmitting different infections from one patient to another. In addition, these animals have long digestive blood — a maximum of 6 months. Therefore, at this time, the leech is not suitable for medical purposes.
The use of leeches in varicose veins
The use of leeches in medical purposes to help improve varicose veins and thrombophlebitis, high blood pressure and diseases of the cardiovascular system, to prolong youth and to preserve freshness of the skin.
During the bite, leech sucking blood, spraying into the bloodstream in biologically active substances with the saliva. Place, where to catch the leech, is the expansion vessel and the blood flow.
General hirudotherapy is so useful effect: improves blood circulation, reduces swelling and dissolves small blood clots, reduce the accumulation of blood in the diseased areas, strengthens blood vessels, reduces pain syndrome.
Leeches varicose veins in the legs are only effective if you use them correctly. Live worms are placed directly on the skin in a specific pattern. The latter should be developed with experts duly into account the characteristics of the disease and the health status of the patient. Sometimes leeches give the opportunity to choose the location of the bite. It is believed that animals are able to identify the problem area on the skin surface independently.
After the procedure hirudotherapy in many patients is to reduce the swelling, lost of vascular "stars", the deformed blood vessels nodes, decreased pain and chronic fatigue of the lower limbs.
Say, however, that the medical leech allows multiple sessions to completely cure the varicose veins, it is not necessary. It is known that the cause of this disease is not like the blood and improper functioning of blood vessels and valves. Worsen or improve the operation of these valves leeches can.
The effect of hirudotherapy short, and recommended to use it in combination with other treatments. If this is not done, then after a certain period of time all the symptoms of the disease the varicose veins return. Cure varicose veins without phlebology treatment impossible.
Contraindications to the use of leeches in varicose veins
Before the course of hirudotherapy need to visit the doctor a general practitioner and phlebologist. Treatment with leeches has a number of contraindications and warnings. And certain diseases of the use of hirudotherapy is strictly prohibited.
Treatment of varicose veins with leeches can not be done, if you have such health problems: there is ongoing cancer, blood disease (hemophilia, anemia, poor clotting, etc.), chronic hypotension, chronic or acute infection, hyperthermia syndrome, tuberculosis.
There are restrictions and age. Therefore, treatment with leeches is not for children. You should not use hirudotherapy for pregnant women and during childbirth recovery. The presence of the patient's menstrual period also does not allow leeching.
In addition, hirudotherapy is just the first three months after surgery, and chronic administration of antiplatelet agents and anticoagulants.
Don't forget personal intolerance. Therefore, before the use of leeches in varicose veins in the legs is necessarily done an Allergy test. If within ten minutes no skin redness, burning, itching, rash, so the body normally sees the effects of hirudin.
Do not take this treatment for people who have sensitive and delicate skin. They also should not resort to such treatment.
It is not recommended to put leeches on their own. In the best case, the procedure does not bring any result. At the worst, complications can occur, such as bleeding, allergic reaction, acute inflammation of blood vessels, abscesses, lymphadenitis, education trophic ulcers, persistent pigment spots biting.
How to put leeches in varicose veins
Today, there are a large number of different private clinics and offices, which spetsializiruyutsya is hirudotherapy. It is best to come to the clinics, which operate on the basis of health centers and larger health centers. girudoterapii taking is, to be educated and have diplomas certifying their professional skills.
Varicose veins there are many options and systems settings leeches. However, some of them didn't choose a doctor, you must follow certain basic rules. The installation of leeches is done directly on the veins or pronounced varicose veins node. Not used leeches and mucous membranes. This can harm the upper layer of the epithelium and the formation of wounds and blood. Leeches do not put the inner side of the thigh. This is especially true for thin people. They have no subcutaneous fat in the right amount, and leech can cling to artery and cause severe bleeding.
Before deciding how to put the leeches in varicose veins, the doctor carefully examines a selected area of the skin. Should not be closely located vessels and visible damage.
Most often girudoterapii out of parallel installation. In this case, the leeches, set together with the patient's vessel, wherein the one and the other. However, they are not on the same level. Leeches are staggered order. One foot required 4 10 adult leeches per session.
In addition, the location of the leeches on the foot, experienced girudoterapii recommended to use them in the area of a rhombus, and a Michaelis-and the tailbone. In this region are biologically active points, which have a positive effect on overall health.
When the blood-sucking is no longer alone, the doctor realizes that the session is over. It usually takes no more than 30 minutes. If the leech was very hungry and in half an hour not disappeared, the doctor will remove it with tweezers or wash with water. The installation of on-site blood can absorb the small wound. He can bleed, but it's not terrible. Bites should be treated with antiseptic and apply a sterile dressing.
Procedure setting leeches can be performed in the supine and sitting position. Before the session the doctor will need to determine how you would prefer.
The production of leeches in varicose veins is performed with hands, forceps, or directly from the tube. The latter method is better. This is due to the fact that the reactions of the animal to the metal or the heat of human hands.
Leech treatment is not carried out every day. The gap between sessions is up to 3 days. Number one of course can be different. It defines girudoterapevt depending on the health condition of the patient, the degree of varicose veins.
When using the classical scheme of regulation leeches (the animals are placed in the different length of the legs from the coccyx to the heel) will not need more than 10 pcs. The distance between them is 7-10 inches. In this treatment, the second session of the is possible not earlier than 4 days. In rare cases, it can be 7.
If the doctor uses up to 4 leeches per session, then repeat the procedure every day or every.
The patient will feel the effects of hirudotherapy it is necessary, as a rule, 8 of 11 procedures. There are times when patients feel improvement after the first session.
The second course of hirudotherapy can be conducted through 1-2 of the month. This can be done without any side effects and complete healing of all places previous installation of leeches.
The use of leeches in varicose veins proven medical research. The effect of the procedure hirudotherapy, as a rule, is visible at once. However, you need to understand that at the advanced stage of varicose veins the patient will need a complete and comprehensive treatment. Hirudotherapy can be one of the methods. The best option would be a combination of the use of leeches and drug exposure.