Leech therapy is applied on skin diseases, arthritis, chronic headaches and sinusitis.
The saliva of leeches contains many bioactive substances, which can prove helpful for patients.
Sayed Ishfaq said his mother had been undergoing allopathic, unani treatment for the last 12 years but with no great result or relief. The family then decided to go for leech therapy, and within 15 to 20 days, there was 25 percent relief.
The use of blood-sucking leeches was approved by the U.S. government in 2004 to heal skin grafts or restore circulation.
Leeches were first used in medicine as early as 200 B.C. and were common until the mid-1800s when some new therapies replaced them.