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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

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Q: Do leeches really have some valid medical use or is this folk medicine?

Dr. Yevgeny Gavrilov,
International SOS Clinic:

"Bloodletting has been one of the main methods of treatment from time immemorial. Leeches are still used as a subsidiary treatment. It is a combination of bloodletting and anticoagulant therapy. Leeches are of much help in the treatment of some thrombophlebitis cases."

Professor Ulrich Franzech,
private practice, Zurich (Swiss Medical Association):

"I have never tried this treatment method and do not know any colleagues who have practiced it."

Dr. Igor Pushkarev,
European Medical Center:

"Long ago it was used in medicine; nowadays it is considered to be folk medicine."

Dr. Svetlana Zorina,
Ne Bolit Medical Center, Andreyevsky Clinics:

"Leeches have a tremendous medical value. They can be used in up to 300 medical functions. We are actively employing them in our clinics when treating high blood pressure or hypertension, arthritis, heart problems. We use them for hemodilution."