Leech therapy in the Vienna hospital
Ancient method: leeches in the AKH
The General Hospital (AKH) in Vienna not only focuses on the latest medical treatment options. Leeches, like those from antiquity, are used for healing purposes - about 50 times a year.
The medical leech is not only the best-known representative of the leeches, but also a medical device and is used as such at the AKH. It is kept in a separate chamber in the AKH institutional pharmacy. There, Alexander Gregor, the senior pharmaceutical assistant, takes care of the animals that need a lot of care: “The leeches are...
Leeches in Asian medicine
Leech therapy is one of the rejection procedures of medical naturopathy. The first representations of leech therapy come from India (approx. 500 BC). In Europe, treatment with leeches was first introduced around 200 BC. BC mentioned by the Greeks Nikander and Colophon.
Leech therapy is now experiencing a renaissance in naturopathy, but also in surgery.
The overall effect of leech therapy is due to blood loss and the specific leech agents. The leech produces an anticoagulant substance called hirudin in its neck glands. Hirudin has an anticoagulant, antithrombotic, immunizing and antispasmodic effect through local...
Hirudo therapy in the medical practice
What is leech therapy?
In leeches treatment, leeches are placed in a suitable location so that they bring about a small bloodletting.
With the help of leech saliva and the relaxing effect of hirudin, the outflow of blood is stimulated from the naturopathic perspective and wound healing is improved.
Application / therapy / diagnostic options
There is an acceleration of the lymphatic drainage and subsequent bleeding in the bite area of the leeches. Experience has shown that the healing effects of the active substances in leeches are used in naturopathic practice...