Leeches therapy in alternative treatment for Wound Healing

Published: 20th January 2010
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Our Alternative Treatment Centre for Diabetic Wound provides an option to diabetics suffering from diabetes wounds and foot ulcers whether to solve their problems at our centre or at other conventional clinic and hospital. Our centre provides complete alternative treatments and therapies together with its natural and halal medication specifically for diabetes wounds and foot ulcers. The treatments and therapies provided also use and adopt conventional modern treatments such as the use of surgical supplies, instruments, procedures and techniques where are applicable.

The nature and complexity of diabetes wounds continue to challenge health practitioners in the field as many of the alternative treatment options offered often fail to provide good outcomes to the diabetics. Diabetes wounds are often infected with various kinds of bacteria resistant to antibiotics, compounding the problem. However, some alternative treatments have been used and are gaining recognition. One of them is the use of leeches or known as leeches therapy on the diabetes wounds and foot ulcers.

Leeches therapy

The leech, once an indispensable part of the practice of medicine in the Malay ancient times which noted that Malay warriors suffering from the open wounds been treated with leeches and recovered faster were only to be abandoned in favor of scientific medical advances in 19th century, is seeing a renaissance in the area of modern plastic reconstructive surgery, particularly in microsurgery transplantation.

Medicinal leeches were cleared as a medical device in June 2004 in the United States by the FDA and are used today throughout the world as tools in skin grafts and reattachment microsurgery. The renewed interest in leeches can be ascribed to 2 Slovenian surgeons who described their use to prevent venous congestion of skin-flap transplants in an article in the British Journal of Plastic Surgery in 1960. Leeches work by creating a puncture wound that bleeds for hours, while anesthetizing the wound, preventing clotting and dilating vessels to increase blood flow.

While in 1985, Joseph Upton, a Harvard plastic surgeon used leeches in the reattachment of an ear in a small child. Ears have been notoriously difficult to transplant successfully due to the clotting of minute blood vessels during the procedure. The use of leeches saved the boy's ear.

Researches and medical literature have described countless cases of the use of leeches to relieve venous congestions following reattachment or transplantation surgery of fingers, toes, ears, penis, and other skin-flaps; in addition to breast reconstruction, reduction, or augmentation procedures where engorgement of the nipple can be a chronic complication.

Leeches possess properties that make them uniquely able to assist with venous compromised tissues. Their saliva contains:-

• A direct thrombin inhibitor called Hirudin.

• Antibiotic properties, which increases the local spread of leech saliva through human tissue at the site of the wound.

• A histamine-like vasodilator that promotes local bleeding.

• A local anesthetic.

Another major concern in the use of leeches is their migration from the surgical site, possibly into the body or the wound itself. One study suggested a possible simple solution, which was to attach one end of a surgical suture to the leech and tie the free end to a firm object or dressing.

Wounds and ulcers are the medical term for injuries that occur when skin is torn, cut, sore, bruised, punctured, or similarly damaged. Most diabetes wounds and ulcers can be treated at our Treatment Center.

Our Alternative Treatment Center for Diabetic Wound in Gombak Kuala Lumpur Malaysia has been operational since 1996 and has proven to diabetes world that diabetic wound and foot ulcers can be treated and can be avoided from being amputated.

Alternative / natural medication

Medication provided at the Center is all made of plants and processed in accordance to the standard of processing natural herbs. It is 100% drug free, safe and halal.

Kindly email us at a_diabetes@yahoo.com if you have any query. We will reply to you within 24 hours and will do our best to help you.


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