Monday, 21 September 2015

Leech Therapy for Acne

Since ancient times, leeches were used to treat many illness and disease through bloodletting. Sushruta included bloodletting procedure under fine bio-purification procedures stating that the removal of impure blood from the body treats the root cause of the sufferings.

Leech therapy is used for many diseases e.g. Arthritis, Varicose Veins, Deep Vein thrombosis, Ulcers, Abscess and various skin diseases including Acne.

In Ayurvedic texts Acne is mentioned as “Yuvan Pidika”. Ayurveda considers vata, pitta and kapha as three doshas which are building blocks of body constitution and it deals with the disease by applying various medical, surgical and par surgical methods of treatments to balance these three doshas.

The etiopathology of the disease yuvan pidika is considered to be due to vitiated blood (Rakta Dushti) along with kapha and vata. Vitiated kapha blocks the normal excretory function of skin and get the waste material stagnated inside, producing symptoms like itching, pustules and module formation. Vitiated Rakta that also get stagnated,and produce multiple eruptions, redness, raised local temperature, thick bloody discharge and abscess. To get rid of the problem, the pathophysiology of the disease should be break down and for this purpose the disease causing vitiated doshas should be either removal from the body or to be pacified with local or systemic medication.

Leech therapy is a well accepted treatment for vitiated Rakta dosha. As the circulating blood acts as a carrier of vitiated doshas,and  responsible for the disease producing pathology. The process of removing this stagnated blood i.e leech therapy will prove significant to treat the disease. Leech when applied at the site of the disease, removes the stasis of blood. It also improves the micro circulation to the tissues by removing stagnated blood. Leech therapy also improves capillary tissue perfusion and thus supplying proper oxygen and nourishment to the skin.

Hence, we conclude that leech therapy is the best alternative in treating acne, and even surpasses pharmacological treatments.


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