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'Blood sucking' leeches cure migraine, gout and skin allergies

Doctor Tatijana Gambar has been running a "leech clinic" for the past three years in Porec, west Croatia. The clinic receives and treats patients with various ailments such as gout, skin allergies and migraine.

tech reviews Updated: Dec 18, 2013 20:07 IST

Doctor Tatijana Gambar has been running a "leech clinic" for the past three years in Porec, west Croatia.

Leeches produce an enzyme in their saliva called hirudin. Hirudin is a powerful anticoagulant. They produce it to prevent their host from forming a clot so that they can feast on blood more easily.

When you apply a leech, the hirudin acts locally at the bite site to allow continued bleeding for 2-3 hours after the leech is removed.

While attached, the leech actively removes some of the built up blood which eases the pressure within the tissue. After the leech is removed, the built up venous blood will continue to drain from the site where the leech was attached, which is therapeutic for the tissue.

The effects of the hirudin may last up to a few hours. You can tell that it's no longer active when the blood stops draining. It is at that time that you should apply another leech, unless directed by the physicians to do otherwise.





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Doctor Tatijana GambarDoctor Gambar is aided by her husband Pino Gambar who is a medical assistant. They provide "leeching" as a form of medical treatment in their clinic.



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Pino Gambar



Leeches are preserved in bottles and is spread out on patient's skin during the treatement.



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http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/12/leeches5.jpg The clinic receives and treats patients with various ailments such as gout, skin allergies and migraine.



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Leeches suck blood from patients, which allegedly cures various ailments as the body gets rid of the bad blood.



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(Source : Medi-Wiki, Photos : Reuters)