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Leech Therapy on Animals

Hirudotherapy in Veterinary Medicine

Hirudotherapy in Veterinary Medicine

Hirudotherapy in veterinary medicine Natalia Sobczak1, Magdalena Kantyka2

1Department of Genetics, Faculty of Biology and Animal Science, University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Kożuchowska 7, 51-631 Wrocław
2Division of Parasitology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Wroclaw University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Norwida 31, 50-375 Wrocław; Poland

Corresponding author: Natalia Sobczak; e-mail: natalia.sobczak@gmail.com

ABSTRACT. The saliva of medicinal leeches, e.g., Hirudo medicinalis and Hirudo verbana commonly used in hirudotherapy, contains more than 100 bioactive substances with various therapeutic effects, including anticoagulant, vasodilator, thrombolytic, anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic properties. Recently, leeches have been used...


Leech therapy on animals

Leech therapy on animals

Leech therapy on animals

What is good for humans has also proven itself in the animal world: leech therapy. It is now a traditional and recognized form of therapy that is used on both humans and animals. Why is it so popular? A number of medically effective substances are contained in the saliva of medicinal leeches. For this reason, they are classified as finished medicinal products in accordance with Section 2 (1), No. 1 of the Medicines Act.

Leech therapy: a good choice for many diseases:
Leech therapy on animals helps with various ailments. It is used on small animals...


Leech therapy on dogs

Leech therapy on dogs

Leech therapy on dogs

 

 

HOW IT WORKS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

 

In human medicine, leech therapy is a traditional and recognized therapy for various clinical pictures, even beyond the musculoskeletal system. Our animals should also benefit from what is good for us and what helps us.

The leech is considered a finished drug, like most drugs that are manufactured by the pharmaceutical industry and not by the pharmacist himself. It is also known as a kind of "biological pharmacy". Various medically effective substances have been detected in its saliva. These substances contain active ingredients that...