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Leeches used to treat diabetes patients

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Bantul   /   Wed, April 30 2008   /  01:10 pm
Leeches ready to be used in alternative medical treatment. (JP/Slamet Susanto)(JP/Slamet Susanto)

A patient has leech treatment for diabetes in Kauman village in Pleret, Bantul regency, Yogyakarta. (JP/Slamet Sutanto) The leech (Hirudo medicinal) is a disgusting creature to many but in the hands of Muhyidin, it is believed to have the potential to cure diseases. Everyday, Muhyidin's house in Kauman village, Pleret, Bantul regency in Yogyakarta is full of patients waiting for leeches to suck their blood. The father of two explained that leeches can cure diseases since their saliva contains active substances including hirudin which is usually found in egg white and penicillin. Hirudin has the ability to dilute blood. The leech has three jaws and is equipped with 100 small teeth. When a leech bites and starts sucking blood, it releases hirudin which enters the body and gets into the circulation. Blood clots, or dirty blood inside the human body, will diff...