What you should know before your appointment
BEFORE WE BEGIN THERAPY, A COPY OF A CURRENT BLOOD TEST (NO LATER THAN 6 MONTHS) IS REQUIRED.
The appointment can vary in time from half an hour to up to 3 hours depending on how the leeches are attaching and how long they will be left on the body. Ensuring you have come without any strong artificial odours will help to make the attachment of the leeches smooth.
You may feel a pinching sensation when the leech attaches, but this will not last too long, as the natural painkillers in the leech saliva will have taken effect after a few minutes.
After the leech has come off the skin, the wound will continue bleeding for a few hours (any where up to from 12-24). This is a normal reaction and is considered part of the desired effect of hirudotherapy. Not all the fluids that are coming out are blood, some of it is lymph fluid and other substances. Of course it still looks red because it is mixed with blood.
Hemophilia, Leukemia, Anemia, Bone-Marrow Suppression, Severe Allergic Diathesis, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Keloids, Pregnancy, individuals with HIV-infection-AIDS, while in Chemotherapy or Radiation, Cancer, Cirrhosis, while in Dialysis, clients with installed Pacemaker, during menstrual period, children under 16 years old and the Lack of Client Consent.
If anticoagulant medication, such as Coumadin, Plavix, Lovenox or similar are in use, please contact your physician before you set up an hirudotherapy appointment; Hirudin in leech SGS (salivary glands secretion) works as commonly as other anticoagulant medications. Consequently, the two blood thinners cannot be applied together at the same time.
If Ginkgo Biloba products, Fish Oil, Aspirin, and Viagra, Vitamin E are in use, the intake of such should be temporarily stopped 2-3 days before the leech therapy treatment. You do not need a physician's consent to stop Aspirin, Ginkgo Biloba, Fish Oil, and Viagra. Please inform your hirudotherapist of any intake of anti-inflammatory and antidepressant medication, strong pain-killing drugs, tranquilizers, homeopathic remedies, Chinese herbs. Consult your doctor and hirudotherapist about any other concerns or questions.
If you are on any specific diet such as starvation diet, juices-only diet, cleansing diet, dietary supplements diet, etc., YOU HAVE TO FINISH IT before you begin Hirudotherapy sessions, and please notify your hirudotherapist about that.
Please remember that it is in your best interest not to perform two different modalities at the same time while in hirudotherapy treatment. For example: colon hydrotherapy, any liver cleansing, kidney cleansing and/or any other detox, lymphatic drainage, chelation, acupuncture, chiropractic visits, Bee Venom therapy, Maggot therapy, etc. should be finished or stopped before you start the hirudotherapy sessions.
Physical therapy, any type of massage, reflexo-therapy, aromatherapy, acupressure, jogging, biking, intensive swimming, weight-lifting cannot be performed on a day and for the next two days right after each hirudotherapy session. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any other questions.