We are a professional company organizes courses of leech therapy based on years of experience leech therapists, doctors, biologists and psychologists. The course covers theoretical and practical application of leeches in specific cases of disease and cosmetology. Course is connected to the issues and using maggot therapy. Training takes place in a rehabilitation center, in a professional consulting room. After completion of the training spend certificates, diplomas and certificates entitling to exercise.
Hirudin – the most known substance produced by medicinal leeches, discovered by Hycraft in 1884. In 1903 Jacobi gave the substance its present name. It is a highly specific thrombin inhibitor, i.e. by deactivating thrombin it prevents the natural process of coagulation
Calin – a thrombocyte adhesion and aggregation inhibitor; it prolongs the time of bleeding after the application of leeches
Bdelins – inhibitors of trypsin, plasmin and acrosin. They are located all over the body of a leech but the greatest number of bdelins is found in the external reproductive organs. Bdelins inhibit the activity of inflammatory factors and prevent them from spreading over tissues. There are two forms of this inhibitor: bdelin A and bdelin B
Hirustasin – serine proteinase which is an inhibitor of kallikrein chains, tripsin, chymotripsin and cathepsin G, i.e. substances needed to keep regular blood pressure
Apyrase – plays an important role in reducing blood viscosity
Antielastase – inhibits the activity of elastases, i.e. the enzymes which destroy skin elastin and effectively slows down the process of skin ageing
Eglins – a strong anti-inflammatory substance (an inhibitor of inflammatory factors) and effective antioxidant. Eglin C is the best known of all eglins produced by leeches.
Destabilase – a substance which has strong antiaggregating properties causing decomposition of clotted blood. Destabilase also contains a unique low molecular substance – prostaglandin, which regenerates blood vessels, the digestive tract and controls the level of blood sugar
Hyaluronidase – a substance which plays two functions. It is a strong antibiotic and facilitates tissue permeability. Due to these properties neighbouring body cells and tissues can easily permeate through the cellular membrane. Another interesting property of this enzyme is the ability to dissolve polisaccharides which are components of endospore walls of many microorganisms.
LDTI – Leech Derived Tryptase Inhibitor is a substance secreted by leeches when they incise the host’s skin. LDTI protects the mouth part of the leech against the proteolytic enzyme (tryptase) produced by the immune system of the host
Factor Xa inhibitor – a substance which is a component of the Xa complex. In the cascade of blood coagulation the substance is responsible for conversion of prothrombin into thrombin. The complex deactivates the Xa factor, which results in the inhibition of the coagulation process
Carboxypeptidase A inhibitor – a substance which increases the blood flow and to some extent, removes clots which appear when the leech feeds on the host
Anaesthetics, neurotransmitters – strong analgesic factors, however not yet really identified. It is supposed that the analgesic properties are connected with neuropeptides produced by leeches. They include endorphins, which are known as happy hormones. Apart from killing pain endorphins eliminate a feeling of anxiety and euphoria, bring calmness, remove physical and mental addictions, negative emotions, nausea, depression and other symptoms observed in drug and alcohol addicts.
Substances dilating blood vessels – very similar to histamine; an organic compound, not yet well identified
Antibiotics – demonstrate strong antibacterial properties. They are produced by bacteria called Aeromonas veronii biotype sobria, which lives in a symbiosis with the medicinal leech
- History of leech therapy
- Outline of human anatomy for hirudotherapists
- Morphology of peripheral blood – interpretation of laboratory tests
- Functional morphology and physiology of the leech
- Surgery for medicinal leech therapy – regulations.
- Procedure with the use of medicinal leeches
- Contraindications and indications for the application of hirudotherapy
- Body areas used in leech therapy
- Larval therapy
- Psychology – principles of good contact with patient
- Leechtherapy and larval therapy in veterinary medicine
- Curiosities from the world