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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hirudo_medicinalis

Hirudo medicinalis, the European medicinal leech, is one of several species of leeches used as "medicinal leeches". Other species of Hirudo sometimes also used as medicinal leeches include H. orientalis, H. troctina, and H. verbana. The Mexican medical leech is Hirudinaria manillensis, and the North ...

sciencenetlinks.com/science-news/science-updates/modern-leeching

In the 1800's, leeches used to be the state-of-the-art medicine. ... blood or the congested blood, until the person can actually grow back small, venous capillaries.

health.howstuffworks.com/medicine/modern-treatments/leeches-in-modern-medicine.htm

Learn how leeches are used in modern medical treatments. ... worms' sole reason for existing is to make people recoil in disgust at the very sight of them.

www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/bloody-suckers-leech-therapy/11360

Nov 17, 2002 ... Leeches have been used by physicians since ancient times. ... living mostly in fresh water — have long had a place in the doctor's medical kit.

www.healthline.com/health/what-is-leech-therapy

Apr 21, 2017 ... Leeches have been used in medicine since the beginning of civilization. ... it may very well be that the treatment has even more practical use ...

www.rasmussen.edu/degrees/health-sciences/blog/leeches-in-modern-medicine

Jun 26, 2014 ... Medical experts weigh in on how these slimy creatures are used today and ... Leeches actually have the same blood-thinning properties in their ...

www.livescience.com/203-maggots-leeches-medicine.html

Apr 19, 2005 ... Maggots and Leeches: Old Medicine is New. By Ker Than ... Historians think Egyptians used leech therapy 3,500 years ago. The treatments ...

www.webmd.com/heart/news/20040628/leeches-cleared-for-medical-use-by-fda

Jun 28, 2004 ... After thousands of years of use as an alternative treatment to blood-letting (an antiquated and abandoned practice of draining blood to cure ...

www.nbcnews.com/id/5319129/ns/health-health_care/t/fda-approves-leeches-medical-devices

Jun 28, 2004 ... Leeches are already widely used in American hospitals, and ... FDA noted that today they are used in medicine throughout the world as tools in ...