Hirudo Therapy

Leech Therapy —Sounds scary, but there’s proof it could help — a lot

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Dr. Konstantin Lakeev
Founder & Certified Hirudotherapy Practitioner
I have been practising leech therapy in NE Philadelphia, PA for more than 15 years.
My journey of helping people started in 1981 when I graduated from Voronezh State Medical University named after N.N. Burdenko (the oldest medical academy in USSR and now in Russia). I believe that all my clients are unique and I see myself as an important part of their journey of fixing different health issues. My mission is to be an instrument in Creator's hands and to use my knowledge and experience for healing and helping people.

I have extensive practical experience in hirudotherapy, alternative medicine, along with clinical practice in hospitals for more than 30 years. Currently involved in the teaching of leech therapy students in the United States.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is "Leech therapy" and why that word again began to appear in the pages of medical news?
Hirudo-therapy ( in Latin - leech therapy ) ancient method of treatment used more in the ancient world , and was used by the pharaohs, kings. Prior to joining so beloved by modern medicine antibiotics and hormones Hirudotherapy firmly held its very important place in medicine. This is truly a natural treatment that cures any pathology and at the same time rejuvenates and revitalizes the entire body. It is known that the day before the prom ladies in Europe put leeches to rejuvenate the skin and refresh the complexion.
Why Hirudotherapy was the focus of your medical practice?
After Medical Academy being neurologist applied knowledge of traditional medicine in their practices (in particular, acupuncture and moxibustion ) . One day I found that the statement of leeches to the point where I usually put a needle or cauterized the grass yields more meaningful results. After graduating from a specialized course in 1997 I became, along with acupuncture use of medicinal leeches in the treatment of patients. I then began to apply the so-called "Hirudopunktura" (statement of leeches on the active points of the body , known Asian medicine) and not just a statement of leeches on the liver and sore spots, as it was practiced in the majority of cases. Focus on Hirudopunktura still forms the basis of my practice.
What are the characteristics of Hirudotherapy?
First of all, do not be afraid to leech bite. Sensations at the console leech bite like a mosquito, and then do not feel at all, select the area as an anesthetic substance. It should also be remembered that the leeches - creation, are very sensitive to various odors and to avoid any kind of flavors for the body, including scented soap and cosmetics on the day before the procedure. Treatment time lasts from half an hour to one and a half hours, depending on the effect to be achieved in the course is 7-9 Treatments.1 -2 times a week.

Effect after treatment most often kept from six months to a year. Therefore, it is desirable to leech therapy at least once or twice a year. Leech therapy is often used in patients who have been long standing disease. Typically, they are repeatedly treated in the hospital, so taking large doses of medicine. In this case, of course, medication is not canceled.

But after 3-5 sessions of treatment with leeches in many cases significantly reduced doses of drugs, and by the end of the course Hirudotherapy man remains at the minimum maintenance doses of medication.
In what cases, doctors urge leech help?
I would outlined in the general range of pathology, which uses Hirudotherapy and which has almost no alternatives from other treatments. First - diseases associated with stagnant lymph and blood, and, of course, are observed during this edema. Another wide range of diseases - is a pathology, accompanied by degeneration and even atrophy. In the first case, a leech increases the outflow of interstitial fluid through the lymph and vein, after which normal tissue homeostasis. But in the second case, due to a significant increase in local and overall microcirculation (i.e., increase blood flow to tissues), and as a consequence - increase tissue nutrition and detoxification. Thus, the leech virtually indispensable when you need to quickly and permanently eliminate puffiness, get a draining effect, to restore the microcirculation of blood, to achieve immune stimulation.
Patients with any disease most often appeal to you?
You can call the following items:
  • Cardiovascular (coronary heart disease, hypertension, prevention of myocardial infarction, trophic ulcers, thrombophlebitis, varicose veins, hemorrhoids)
  • Urological diseases (chronic pyelonephritis, prostatitis, priapism, benign prostate hyperplasia,chronic cistitis)
  • Gynecological (acute and chronic inflammation of the pelvis, uterine fibroids, infertility,complication of menopause)
  • Gastroenterological disease (hepatitis, cirrhosis initial stage, gastroesophageal reflux)
  • ENT disease (chronic otitis media in different locations, chronic tonsillitis, sinusitis, Meniere's disease and vertigo)
  • Neurological disease (encephalopathy, back pain, neuralgia, neuropathy, carpal tunnel syndrome)
  • Ophthalmic diseases (glaucoma different species, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy)
Are there any contraindications to Hirudotherapy?
Of course, as with any method, although they are few. Blood diseases, low blood pressure, pregnancy, bleeding, and certain types of cancer.
Diseases that can be treated with leeches

The use of a pharmaceutical or medicinal leech allows several times to reduce the time of the course of the post-covid syndrome, normalize neuro-endocrine disorders, and significantly reduce ischemic and toxic manifestations of brain damage.

Acute and Chronic. Conservative Treatment, Symptoms & Causes.

Naturopathic Treatment Options For Interstitial Cystitis by Medicinal Leeches

Leeches, when applied over the affected part of herpes, suck the blood and thereby interfere with extracellular communication through these exosomes by showing pain reduction, reduction in burning and arrest of the progression of the disease.

Non-invasive hirudotherapy is an effective treatment for inflammatory conditions of the urogenital tract, prostate, and, dysfunction and injuries

Arthritis is a broad term that encompasses more than 200 disorders that cause pain in the joints and surrounding tissues.

Leech therapy is sometimes the greatest solution for treating asthma, and it can match or even outperform pharmacological treatments in some circumstances.

Leeches are useful for improving blood circulation and dissolving blood clots. It should come as no surprise that they can be utilized to treat circulation problems and heart disease.

The Therapeutic Effect of Hirudotherapy

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11400 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19116
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