Small Medical leeches are by far our most popular product to date. Maybe due to its low price, making this small leech so affordable for purchase, or maybe because the small leech as a bloodsucker feels more comfortable to use for leech therapy by novice or shy patients, we do not know exactly, but this product is our #1 seller. Small leeches are easily and affectively used in every type of leech therapy, starting from cosmetic anti-aging and rejuvenation hirudotherapy procedures, through bloodletting on the belly button or on the body corpus, where small leeches will not leave a mark, and ending with the most difficult of places to apply leeches on, which is the head and the private region. Not to mention, small leeches are also the only size leech to use in delicate areas of the body: such as the arms, face, inner-thighs, throat & neck, as well as for hemorrhoids. Small leeches deal with all of those delicate situations equally well. Perhaps one application where the small leech might not be so suitable would be the calf muscles of the legs or the upper back. Larger leeches are required there, to release the built-up blood-pressure inside blood vessels, to effectively deal with back stiffness, leg pain or varicose veins. For everything else, small leeches have been used extensively and are almost always in stock and available for sale. Small leeches do however suck very little amounts of blood and do not release as much bio-compounds to facilitate ample afterward bleeding, which is why other sizes might be more suitable for your leech therapy purposes. For complicated or chronic conditions, small leeches might not be the answer, as you would need to use 5 times more of them to achieve the same result, as you would using a large size leech. Small leeches can be re-used on the same patient in approximately 3 months after the initial hirudotherapy.
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.