Journal of Medicine and Health Research
 

Journal of Medicine and Health Research, ISSN No. : 2456-9178, Vol.: 2, Issue.: 3

Review Article

HIRUDOTHERAPY: WILL THE GLORIOUS PAST RETURN?

 

VINEET NAIR1*, KRISHNA PADA DAS2 AND NAIRITA SAHA3
1Department of Periodontology, North Bengal Dental College and Hospital, Darjeeling, India.
2Department of Dentistry, National Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
3Department of Oral Medicine and Radiology, North Bengal Dental College and Hospital, Darjeeling, India.

Abstracts

Hirudotherapy or leech therapy is a practice that dates back to the ancient ages, where it was employed as an alternative to phlebotomy. However, it has now made a space for itself in today’s modern world therapy after the discovery of several medicinal substances in its saliva which have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, anti-metastatic, anaesthetic, anti-coagulant properties and several other effects. Although the procedure is not risk free, no serious outcomes have been reported in studies till date. Now, scientists are on the verge of developing a mechanical device, which could act as a leech. This review article on leech therapy covers 100 references spanning from 1854-2014 AD and was compiled after scanning all major scientific search engines and also in the classical textbooks of Unani medicine.

Keywords :

Annelid; hirudin; Hirudo medicinalis; leech therapy; Talīq.