Updated: Jan 22, 2019
Leech therapy is one of the most important and widely practiced methods of regimenal therapy (Ilāj bi’l-Tadbīr) used for local evacuation of morbid humours.
Ilāj bi’l-Tadbīr means treatment through regimen, by which care of the sick person is taken and the general health is maintained.
Leeching (Ta‘līq) is a method of elimination of morbid matter (Mawād Fāsida) from the body. In this procedure, Leeches are applied on the affected part to suck the blood from deeper tissues. During this process, the leeches also infuse their saliva into the blood, which is a complex mixture of different biologically and pharmacologically active substances. Recently, various studies have been conducted to validate these methods in various diseases, e.g. Arthritis, Hypertension, Skin disorders etc.