Leech therapy or Raktamokshana Jaluka Charana is a kind of blood purification therapy, where leeches are used to suck the impure blood from the infected part of the body. While most of us know that a leech is a worm that sucks blood, not many of us know that it sucks only impure blood. These blood-sucking worms can cure skin infection or save someone’s foot from a diabetic foot injury.
This therapy, when done under expert supervision, can be the most effective cure for many diseases and problems. It is an advanced form of treatment in Ayurveda. You may not find many Ayurvedic practitioners who are capable of providing leech therapy because medicinal leeches are not readily available. Secondly, only an expert Ayurvedic Vaidya can manage and administer leech therapy for the best results. Elements like cleanliness and hygiene play a vital role in the success of leech therapy.
Leech therapy is also used successfully to manage problems like high blood pressure and arthritis. Research has proved that the saliva of leech has over hundred bioactive substances that bring fantastic health benefits. One of the useful factors from the leech saliva is it can decrease the viscosity of the blood. This helps patients who are suffering from blood clotting, which commonly occurs post diabetes or under high cholesterol conditions. The saliva of leech makes the consistency of blood thinner, resulting in improved blood circulation. This therapy has proved to be an effective treatment for Haemorrhoids, also known as piles.