Ankle / Leg Ulcers

Leg ulcers are common. Approximately 2% of adults will have a leg ulcer at some stage in their lives. Literally thousands of people develop a leg ulcer each year in the United Kingdom and many of those get more leg ulcers as the years go by. Despite the misery they cause, leg ulcers remain a neglected problem. 


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Causes of leg ulcer. 

4 out of 5 ulcers (80%) are caused by a problem with the leg vein pump and they are called venous ulcers. The leg vein pump is the mechanism by which blood flows out of the leg back to the heart. So problem with the deep veins such as obstruction from a deep vein thrombosis, superficial vein reflux or perforator vein problems can cause venous leg ulcers. The leg vein pump depends mainly on good ankle movement, good calf muscles and healthy leg veins. About 95% of venous leg ulcers can be correctly identified by their appearance, by checking by pulses in the feet and by checking sensation. 

Where on the leg do you get venous ulcers?

Venous leg ulcers appear on the lower part of the leg usually just above the ankle. Often, the are varicose veins or thread veins around the ulcer and leg is usually swollen. The skin is often thickened and discoloured by varicose eczema which may actually develop many month or years before the ulcer as a warning sign that the vein circulation is not normal.

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Leech therapy for complicated varicose veins.

We evaluated the effectiveness of medicinal leech therapy in producing venous decongestion, reversal of oedema, hyperpigmentation and healing of varicose ulcer(s). Whether the leech selectively sucks venous blood was also investigated. Hirudo medicinalis (medicinal leech) was applied to the area surrounding the varicose ulcer(s) in 20 patients with varicose veins with complications and the patients monitored for ulcer healing, and decrease in hyperpigmentation, oedema and limb girth. After leech therapy all the ulcers showed healing, while ninety five per cent of patients (95%) showed a decrease in oedema and limb girth. Seventy five per cent  patients (75%)  demonstrated a decrease in hyperpigmentation. Thus it appears from this study that the medicinal leech sucks venous blood and aids ulcer healing, and can probably therefore be used as an effective adjunct in the management of complicated varicose veins.

from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9701897

Knee pain – Arthritis – Chronic Pain

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Osteoarthritis  is characterized by inflammation in specific joints – especially joints that are constantly mobile, and may have received age-related damage over time. That inflammation leads to joint pain (in this case, knee pain) with swelling that may contribute to a lack of mobility. Osteoarthritis generally starts mild, but can become worse over time if not treated.

Leech therapy helps relieve symptoms with osteoarthritis of the knee.

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Leech saliva contains many bioactive substances, including anticoagulants, analgesic, blood-thinner, vasodilators,  antibiotics- like substances , Hyaluronidase, Destabilise, Bdellines,  Eglines, Histamine-like substances, Lipolytic enzymes, Lipase, Neurotransmitters, Hormones   and many more.

Chronic Pain

Medicinal leech therapy is used in a variety of conditions; most of which have pain as a major symptom. Its mode of action relies on the injection of leech saliva into patients’ tissues during the process of blood withdrawal. Leech saliva contains active ingredients with anti-inflammatory, thrombolytic, anti-coagulant and blood- and lymph-circulation enhancing properties.

Pain relief from leech therapy is rapid, effective and long-lasting in many conditions.

 

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painLeeches reduce arthritis pain – BBC News

„Scientists have found the tiny parasitic creatures can bring welcome relief for people who have the condition in their knee. Use of leeches helped to ease both the pain and the inflammation associated with the condition. Leech treatment produced rapid pain relief after three days, with the greatest effects registered 24 hours after treatment. The effects were sustained four weeks later. It seems likely that leeches help to relieve pain because their saliva contains various compounds that have an anaesthetic effect.”

reed more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/1543325.stm

Home Visit!  No Pain !  No Side Effects !

Leeches offer vein hope – BBC News

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Leeches have been used successfully to treat varicose veins. 

 New Scientist reports that doctors in India have used the blood-sucking leeches to cure the leg ulcers and swelling that result from the condition.

The researchers said that the treatment works because blood in veins has had the oxygen removed. Leeches prefer this venous blood to the oxygen-rich blood carried in arteries.

Varicose veins are veins that have been stretched and grow out of proportion to the blood they have to carry.

The condition, which affects about two-thirds of adults in the UK, occurs when valves in the veins malfunction.

Conventional treatment involves surgery to remove the problematic vein or else injections of a substance that causes the vein to scar and close. Research in the US recently showed that a chemical derived from the creatures could help reduce deaths and heart attacks in people suffering coronary heart disease.

Leeches have been making a comeback in the medical world of late. Leeches were widely used up until this century for many medical conditions, including tonsillitis and piles.

But leeches are becoming big business as doctors go back to their roots.żylak pod kolanem Biopharm, a leech farm in Wales, provides the NHS with 15,000 leeches a year and ships another 15,000 around the world. Marian Bower, the farm’s manager said business is booming. „We started as a small company in Wales. Now we have distribution offices around the world and are about to open another in South Africa,” she said.

source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/179227.stm


Venous Diseases

The symptoms can include pain and fatigue in the legs, swollen ankles and calves, burning or itching skin, skin discoloration and leg ulcers. In less severe cases, thin, discolored vessels – “spider veins” – may be the only symptom.

Leech therapy has been proven to help patients suffering from. It can help reduce the pain and the swelling felt from varicose veins, and can help dissolve blood clots that have formed. But leech therapy is not so effective for patients whose venous disease is caused by insufficient valves and inadequate vessel dilation.

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The saliva of leeches is known to contain beneficial enzymes. They have anticoagulation properties that help prevent blood from coagulating or thickening. A side from this, there is also an enzyme that breaks up formed blood clots which can occlude the veins. These two properties function to make the blood thin so that it flows freely in the veins. To further aid in this function, another enzyme acts as a vasodilator to allow better flow of blood.

Leech’s saliva also has antibacterial properties, which helps individuals who have open sores complicated by venous disease.

Leech therapy is best used in conjunction with weight management, diet, and exercise.

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What Are the Symptoms of Ankle Ulcers?

Venous stasis ulcers aren’t always painful, but they might slightly burn or itch. They’re usually red, with yellowish skin over them. An infected ulcer may leak yellow or green fluid. The skin may feel warm or hot to the touch, and the area surrounding the ulcer may be swollen and discolored. Your legs may ache, and, depending on how swollen your ankle is, the skin may feel very tight and have a shiny appearance.

Who is at Risk for Ankle Ulcers ?

Venous ulcer affect people who have deep vein problems, usually from a past deep vein thrombosis (DVT), people who have superficial venous disease or those with ankle mobility problems. Also:image2

  • previous leg swelling
  • history of blood clots
  • varicose veins
  • history of inflammatory diseases

The bloodsucking medical miracle – Telegraph

Leeches are back and helping doctors treat burns victims, re-attach body parts and reduce the pain of osteoarthritis, writes Sarah Lonsdale

As assistant manager at Britain’s only leech farm, Carl Peters finds that getting bitten is an occupational hazard. Each year, he raises thousands of the two-inch long, brownish-black invertebrates and has been bitten around two dozen times, usually while cleaning out their tanks.

wiz 27But Peters suffers so that NHS patients may benefit: every year, hospitals buy some 12,000 to 15,000 leeches from his farm, at £9.95 each. Long valued in western medicine, though neglected for the past century, they are used in burns and plastics units for their anti-coagulant and blood-draining properties.

The leech bite creates a puncture wound that bleeds for hours, while the leech’s saliva contains substances that anaesthetise the wound area, dilate the blood vessels to increase blood flow and prevent the blood from clotting. More recently, leeches have been useful in reducing the painful inflammation of osteoarthritis.
Peters now has individuals ordering leeches directly from him, after recommendations from their GPs.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/3306232/The-bloodsucking-medical-miracle.html

Trichotillomania – hair pulling help

Trichotillomania is seen to have a combination of complex biological and behavioral causes. Hair-pulling disorder is mainly attributed to an imbalance of certain neurotransmitters in  the brain, mainly dopi1116mine and serotonin. There are many indications that obsessive-compulsive disorder may also be due to failure of the immune system.

These factors tend to increase the risk of trichotillomania:

Family history.Genetics may play a role in the development of trichotillomania, and the disorder may   occur in those who have a close relative with the disorder.

Age. Trichotillomania usually develops just before or during the early teens — most often between the ages of 11 and 13 — and is often a lifelong problem. Infants also can be prone to hair pulling, but this is usually mild and goes away on its own without treatment.

Negative emotions. For many people with trichotillomania, hair pulling is a way of dealing with negative or uncomfortable feelings, such as stress, anxiety, tension, loneliness, fatigue or frustration.

Positive reinforcement. People with trichotillomania often find that pulling out hair feels satisfying and provides a measure of relief. As a result, they continue to pull their hair to maintain these positive feelings.

Other disorders. People who have trichotillomania may also have other disorders, such as depression, anxiety or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

hirudo trichTreatment with leeches can brings positive results.  Leeches contain in their saliva many substances which may stimulate the growth of hair (improving circulation, nourishes the hair roots ) and contain neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, acetylcholine and hormons of happiness (endorphin). Leech therapy stimulates and increases immune system activity

We invite patients from: Luton, Milton Keynes, London, Cambridge, Oxford, Northampton, Bedford, Coventry, Peterborough and the surrounding area.

 Leech therapy for complicated varicose veins.

 The symptoms can include pain and fatigue in the legs, swollen ankles and calves, burning or itching skin, skin discoloration and leg ulcers. In less severe cases, thin, discolored vessels – “spider veins” – may be the only symptom.

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We evaluated the effectiveness of medicinal leech therapy in producing venous decongestion, reversal of oedema, hyperpigmentation and healing of varicose ulcer(s). Whether the leech selectively sucks venous blood was also investigated. Hirudo medicinalis (medicinal leech) was applied to the area surrounding the varicose ulcer(s) in 20 patients with varicose veins with complications and the patients monitored for ulcer healing, and decrease in hyperpigmentation, oedema and limb girth
After leech therapy all the ulcers showed healing, while 95 per cent of patients showed a decrease in oedema and limb girth. Seventy five per cent patients demonstrated a decrease in hyperpigmentation.
Thus it appears from this study that the medicinal leech sucks venous blood and aids ulcer healing, and can probably therefore be used as an effective adjunct in the management of complicated varicose veins.

source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9701897

Causes of Piles / Haemorrhoids

Piles are very common. The people most at risk of developing haemorrhoids are those who have more causes for increased pressure in the tummy, for example: constipation, pregnancy, overweight people, and heavy lifting can all lead to an increased risk.
Haemorrhoids or piles are a condition characterized by occurrence of swollen blood vessels in and around anus. These are of two types: internal piles and external haemorrhoids.
Internal haemorrhoids are those which lie inside the rectum, far enough from the anus that one cannot see or feel them.
Causes of Internal Haemorrhoids
Internal haemorrhoids have the same causes as those of external haemorrhoids. Although the exact cause for haemorrhoids is still unknown but piles may be caused due to varicose veins which may be inherited or weakness in the veins present in the rectum and anus. Extreme abdominal pressure may lead to swelling up of veins that become susceptible to irritation.
Sitting or standing for long durations, obesity, straining on the toilet, pregnancy, sneezing, coughing, vomiting and holding the breath for long time, are some of the factors that may exert pressure on these veins.
Piles are also related with diet. Eating more fibrous diet helps in preventing haemorrhoids while eating processed foods may increase the risk of developing hemorrhoids. Constipation causing factors like inadequate liquid intake or low fibre diet may also irritate the swollen veins, aggravating piles.
Signs and symptoms of PlLES / Haemorrhoids
These are mostly painless due to presence of lesser number of sensory nerves inside the rectum. But one may be able to see or feel them as pinks and moist pads of skin when these grow abruptly and enlarge to protrude outside the anal sphincter. This is also characterized by inflammation or redness around the protruding haemorrhoids. This happens in case of prolapsed hemorrhoids which are painful due to presence of more sensory nerves in anus. Internal haemorrhoids can be classified into 4 grades depending upon the extent of protrusion as:
Grade 1 – when there is no prolapse
Grade 2 – when these hemorrhoids protrude only at the time of passing bowel and come back inside after some time.
Grade 3 – these protrude at the time of bowel movement but piles need to be pushed back manually
Grade 4 – these are the most severe kind of internal hemorrhoids and piles cannot be pushed back manually.
Bleeding is the most common feature of this type of hemorrhoids which helps to recognise its existence when pain is absent. One may see bright red streaks of blood along with bowel or on toilet paper especially while passing out stools. Sometimes the bleeding can be chronic and profuse with more than just streaking.
Sometimes, there is discomfort and pain during the bowel movement due to rubbing of the walls of hemorrhoids by the bowel.
Diagnosis of Internal Hemorrhoids
Internal hemorrhoids can be diagnosed by careful clinical examination by the doctor where the doctor examines the anus either with gloved and lubricated finger or through anoscope or a protoscope that are inserted inside the rectum. Other ways may be through colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy which include insertion of a flexible tune for viewing the deeper parts of rectum or colon. Barium enema followed by X-ray of lower gastro-intestinal tract may also be helpful.
It is necessary to rule out other diseases associated with anal bleeding. These include Crohn’s disease, anal fissure, colitis and colorectal cancer.

Treatment of Hemorrhoids / Piles
I recommend Diet modifications and Lech Therapy.

Iwona Zawalska – Naturopath

IwonaTreatment with leeches is my passion and gives me a lot of joy.

In 2012, succumbed to an accident as a result of which I had severe shoulder fracture. Also hurt my spine. The pain did not leave me for several months. At that time I used such methods as: orthopedic manual Wręczenie dyplomówtherapy, massage, physical therapy, cryotherapy, sulphide baths, radon, ointments etc. My spine still hurt.

For the first time I had leeches applied to postoperative scar (I had adhesions that I really bothered about). To  my surprise not only the scar stopped pulling and pinching me but also  back pain stoped. I enjoyed it very much. After several months of suffering the first day without pain. And then the next day and the next.

dr Maciej ParuzelLeeches applied partly worked well on the whole body. Brought me so long awaited relief to the suffering. And so I fell in love with these little creatures. Helped not only my body but also gave me a lot of energy and joy.

In 1989, I graduated from Secondary Medical School in Poland.

In 1997 I graduated from International College with Naturopathy.

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In 2014 I decided to expand my previous medical education in the field of Leech Therapy. I completed my training in several Leech Therapy Centres in Poland and England, including several months of practice in Warsaw Clinic.

 

 

In January 2015, I completed my training organized by the British KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAAssociation of hirudotherapy in London. I had the opportunity to learn about the latest technologies used in hirudotherapy and procedures applicable in the UK.

 

 

Iwona Zawalska - Leech Therapy Practitioner

Iwona Zawalska Leech Therapy Practitioner

With the versatile knowledge and experience I can now effectively help others and bring hope for a better life without pain. 

Iwona Zawalska, Naturopath,  Hirudotherapist  (Leech Therapy Practitioner ),   Qualified Nurse,  Membership of British Association of Hirudotherapy

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Medicinal leeches are manufactured at a bio-factory or biological laboratory.

 Each leech is used only once and is then humanely disposed of.

I do not put leeches into salt !!!