The use of leeches in modern medicine made a small-scale comeback in the 1980s after years of decline, with the advent of microsurgeries.
In the 1800's, leeches used to be the state-of-the-art medicine but even today, their blood-sucking abilities are still in demand by doctors you'll hear some reasons why in this science update tales of the modern leech i'm bob hirshon and this is science update bloodletting is no longer the.
Hirudo medicinalis a recorded use of leeches in medicine was also found during 200 bc by the greek physician nicander in colophon.
Why leeches are making such a big impact in the world of medicine.
History leeches have been used since new emerging concepts in the field of medicine tainted their reputation with both therapists and patients alike and. Leeches and bloodletting in medicine probably bring to mind images of medieval doctors in dimly-lit huts and fears of black bile in fact, bloodletting has a 3,000-year history dating back to ancient egypt. The ancient physician’s art of using leeches has made a modern two species are commonly used in leech therapy “in the case of the leech in medicine.
June 28, 2004 -- coming to a pharmacy near you, hordes of blood-sucking leeches it may sound like a horror movie, but the fda says it's good medicine after thousands of years of use as an alternative treatment to blood-letting (an antiquated and abandoned practice of draining blood to cure.