Leech Bank Inaugurated At AMU, To Treat Chronic Eczema And Many Skin Disorders

Leech Bank Inaugurated At AMU, To Treat Chronic Eczema And Many Skin Disorders

Aligarh, Dec 12 (TNA) Leeches get a bad rap — but they might not deserve it. As the humble leeches are making a comeback with a clinical significance in the Indian Medicine, these crawly blood sucking insects will now be stored in the recently inaugurated Leech Bank at the A K Tibbiya College (AKTC), Faculty of Unani Medicine, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) for the Hirudotherapy or Leech Therapy procedures in line with the Ministry of AYUSH guidelines.

“The procedures of Hirudotherapy and Hijama are increasingly getting internationally accepted for treating non-healing ulcer chronic Eczema and Psoriasis, Alopecia Plantar Fascists, and Musculoskeletal disorders and the Ministry of AYUSH is also promoting the art of natural way of healing through these Unani treatments.

Studies with leeches have been carried out to observe the healing of complicated varicose veins, pain reduction in osteoarthritis, and other disorders”, said Prof F S Sherani (Dean, Faculty of Unani Medicine).

Prof Shagufta Aleem (Principal, AKTC) pointed out: “Traditional Indian Medicine is one of the oldest medical systems in which leech therapy was adopted for treating specific disease conditions of patients”.

After putting leeches in an aquarium during the inaugural of the Leech Bank, Prof B D Khan (Department of Moalejat) and Dr Arshi Riaz (Department of Kulliyat) said: “This Leech Bank is eco-friendly and has been established under the Ministry of AYUSH norms”.

They added, “Since the saliva of the leech consists of anesthetic agents, anticoagulant, antiplatelet aggregation factor, antibiotic, anti-inflammatory substances, and gelatinous substances; the leech therapy can be used in treating various chronic ailments”.

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