Hirudo Medicinalis. Medical /Medicinal/ Leech MEDIUM SIZE. The medium leech is our third most popular product sold on Leeches.com. Nevertheless, this size leech is probably the most versatile in its use and application than all other size leeches. Preferred by Hirudotherapy patients for general overall use and placement all over different body parts. Medium sized leeches suck approximately 3 times more than small leeches and about twice less than large leeches. The after-affects of blood-oozing also lasts longer than small leeches, but not as long as when applying large ones. If kept at home and given proper care, leeches will be able to be re-used on the same patient, in just 3 to 5 months. Being slightly older, medium leeches are slightly more experienced and able to de-clot and thin the blood very well. They form a good, clean sucking channel and inject a good amount of bio-chemicals necessary for the job. Medium leaches are also good at improving tissue micro-circulation and re-building the capillary structures. Hirudotherapy leech applications using medium leeches involves a minimal amount of pain or discomfort, as compared to their small counterparts, as they are able to inject a good amount of Hirudin, Painkillers and Antibiotics, making hirudotherapy with them easier and more comfortable, as well fairly fast. Medium leeches are also easy to take care of, being more resilient, they have higher survival rates than smaller leeches and therefore live longer. They are also slower than them, and harder to run away or escape. A medium-sized Hirudo Medicinalis leech displays a good amount of instinct in sensing problem areas on the body that need therapy. Since medium leeches are so versatile, they can be used on virtually any part of the body, except for the most delicate parts (arms, face and inner-thighs, throat and neck). You can safely apply medium leeches near veins (hands and legs), as well as all over the legs and hands (making them ideal for treatment of varicose veins). They can be used for leech therapy all over the torso, back of the neck and internally on gums and cervix.
UPON ARRIVAL: Immediately transfer your leeches out of the container with special gel and into a jar of cold water! You may use tap or rain water. You may add ice.
HOW TO GET THEM OUT: Pour out the gel with the leeches from the container. If the leeches are still inside, you may add a bit of cold water and swoosh everything around vigorously. If they are still stuck to the walls, you may try to use your fingers. Regular tweezers may harm the body of the leech, so they are not recommended for use - its best to purchase the recommended leech forceps used for easy removal and handling of hirudo medicinalis leeches. In the absence of forcepts, be sure to handle your leeches quickly, so they don’t start sucking blood from your fingers.
BEST CONTAINER TO USE: Keep your leeches in a large glass (or plastic) jar with a tight lid. The container needs to be filled about 1/3 full of ice-cold water. The lid needs to be always closed. Do not make any holes in the container or lid!
CARE: Change the leech-water at least once a week. Dump out old water by shaking it around vigorously first, with the lid on, until the leeches’ skins come off (they shed their skins about once a week). Skins appear as slimy whitish-clear particles, floating in the water. Carefully pour-out the old water with skins, taking care not to pour out any of the leeches, then, refill the jar again, close and shake. Repeat this process as many times as needed, until all the skins are completely gone and the water is perfectly clear. Fill the jar again with 1/3 cold water (its ok to use tap) and close the lid tightly. Keep the jar with leeches in a cold, partly dark place, away from direct sunlight. During winter, they can be kept outdoors, partly-covering the jars with a towel, to protect from full sun-exposure. We do not advise you to feed your leeches, they can keep for 1 year without feeding. Keep your fed leeches apart from the hungry ones, as they will prey on each other. Be sure to purchase separate jars, to separate your medical leeches properly.