Did you know it’s possible to cure meralgia with leeches? Don’t laugh! Think of leeches as deep acupuncture. Or not. In any case, leeches are back in the good books of the conventional medical fraternity, so don’t dismiss this unusual, harmless, cheap, non-toxic treatment. Here’s the video:
And here’s the transcript: Hi, I’m Ben. I’m here to talk to you about using leeches for meralgia paresthetica therapy. Now I know that’s a big word, what it means is that if you have meralgia paresthetica, you have pain that goes down the front of your thigh and it’s caused by usually some sort of entrapment of the femoral cutaneous nerve that goes under the inguinal ligament. That nerve becomes irritated and inflamed and this can cause intense pain all over this leg. Of course, other things can cause this pain too, such as spinal impingements.
But I’m going to talk to you about how I’m going to treat myself with leech therapy. Why do I use leech therapy? I use leech therapy whenever standard orthodox medicine falls short of my expectations. What have I got to lose? May work, may not. So far, it’s always worked. I’ve used it for blood clots, I’ve used it for arthritis and meralgia now. Of course, many people have been using leech therapy for hundreds of years, use it for many other conditions and it’s widely researched, a lot of publications done on this, the Russians have done some fantastic work, research work. In fact, some research companies such as Bayer have even used leech peptides in some of their newest formulations. The chemistry that leeches have to offer can do exceptional things. For example, if I had some sort of pulmonary disease, you know, emphysema or something, this would be one of the things I would add to the standard list of treatment.
But anyway, we’re here to talk about meralgia. I’m not going to put the leeches on me today in front of the camera because I would pretty much just have to disrobe and I’d get a lot of bad email from that. But I’m going to describe what I’m going to do, I’m going to show you what the leeches look like and how I go about handling them, because should you ever make up your mind to use leech therapy, you need to know what to expect, right?
Okay, first thing, if you order your leeches, your leeches will arrive by mail. They’ll be at your doorstep usually in either a box or a thermos or some sort of plastic container. I think my last delivery was in a container like this, whatever. It will be delivered to you usually within about three days of when you order it. They can be bought on the internet, generally prices run from about $8 a leech on up, depending where you get it and usually the delivery fee is a one-time fee of about $25.
Okay, you’ve got your leeches in, what do you do? The first thing you do, because you’re not going to be ready right away, I put them in a jar and then I put them in the refrigerator, keep them cold, keeps their metabolism down, keeps them under control. I mean, you don’t want these bad boys dying on you before you give them a chance to have dinner on the house, so to speak. So I put them in a jar and cover them with foil. These little nylon foot things my wife gave me are great for covers. Just put it over the jar lid, lets the leeches get air into there, water, put a rubber band on them just to hold it on. So that’s how you can store them. When you get ready to use them, put your leeches out of the refrigerator for a day to warm up and acclimate to room temperature.
Now know this, when the leeches arrive, these little critters are hungry. I mean, they’re looking for the big meal so they’re going to bite just about anything that comes their way, doesn’t matter whether it’s a pencil or a glove or whatever. So they’re a little tricky to handle and I’ll try to put you at ease on that a little bit. Once they’re fed, they just roll off, they get probably maybe 10 times their size and they just roll off and take a nap and you can pick them up in your hand, they’re like gentle caterpillars. You can play with them if you want, whatever you decide. But they’re kind and nice once they’ve had a good meal.
So let’s begin, I want to show you what a leech looks like, a hungry one, and how to deal with it because he’s going to stick to anything I put in that jar. First thing I’m going to do, always wear gloves or at least it’s a good idea to. And we’re going to try to get some of these critters to stick to whatever I put in there. I think I’ll just put a pencil in there and see if we can pull out a leech or two. Okay I’ve got six in here, whatever I order, I order at least six, sometimes 10 because when you use them, chances are you’re going to probably lose one, get away from you, get on the floor, get covered up in cobwebs or something, you’ll never see him again. Or you may have one that’s just not hungry so I always allow two for error, so to speak, or Murphy’s Law.
Okay, let’s put a pencil in here, see what happens. And of course Murphy’s Law, nothing will happen. So I didn’t really count on that, let’s try to put a finger in there. And they were thinking about it but they’re not sure exactly what they want to do. I’ve got two or three cornered here. Now these leeches are holding onto the jar, for some reason they think the jar is a better deal. Okay now before these guys climb out, let’s put this little nylon back over it. Here is a leech, this is a small leech, it’s going to be very hungry. Somehow, I can tell you, the leech just ate the tip of that glove off but that would be a lie. I don’t know what happened to that.
Okay. You’ve got this leech here, he’s very, very hungry. It’s going to be hard to get him where you want him because he’s trying to feed on my glove but ultimately, I need him in some kind of container, so I’m going to put him in a container out here. And of course, he’s not going to go where I want so I am going to threaten him at knifepoint. I’m just being silly. What I do is because he’s attached so tight with that sucker, I’m just going under the sucker and scrape that off. He’s now in the little container. If you don’t have a sharp edged tool like a knife or something, and be very careful because remember, he’s about to feed on you and he wants to get out.
Now your next move, and I’m going to mention it real quick, where I’m going to treat meralgia, which is up here where the lateral femoral cutaneous comes through, I’m going to just take this, slap it upside down on my skin and in about three or four minutes, this bad boy is going to be having the dinner of his lifetime. I’m going to put him back in here. Or not, looks like he’s got other plans for dinner. Okay there he went back in.
Now the biggest problem is fear. It’s natural to be scared of these guys because you don’t know how to control them, you’ve never been in this situation and you’ve got all these fears. What if he crawls up my arm and everything? Well worst comes to worst, you can always just grab him and pull him off. It’s easier to try to not kill him doing that and take a knife or something and scrape his little suckers off. But there’s really nothing to fear, just fear itself, but I was that way the first couple of times, scared me to death. But got through it okay and now I kind of enjoy these guys, it’s kind of fun to name them and they enjoy swimming and socializing and they’re just really interesting creatures.
The thing that’s important to know is that these must be a particular variety called the medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis is the exact name. They have the exact peptides that you need for whatever condition you’re trying to treat. I would personally use this on anything where orthodox medicine wasn’t really doing anything. I’ve found that it cured my arthritis, I wasn’t even intending to do that but it just did it automatically. Helped with my blood clots, yadda yadda but you have to be aggressive, you have to be the kind of individual that doesn’t mind taking some risks. You don’t want to use these if you’re in an immune compromised situation. If you have some disease that your immune system is being compromised for, these critters do carry bacteria like just about everything and although I’ve never had any problem with it and I don’t do any special preparations. If you don’t have a working immune system, just surface bacteria can cause a problem. Now I’m not a medical doctor, of course, you’ve gathered that by now but I can’t tell you to do this or anything that would be irresponsible. But I can tell you how I treat myself.
As we age, we begin to fall apart in more ways than one. I mean, I am older than a fossil but you probably wouldn’t know it, I still try to engage in sports such as they are as best as I can but the trick I think is to keep pushing, pushing for good health. If something hurts, fix it. So these little guys are one of my alternate lines of defense.
I think I’ve covered everything pretty well. When you get done, you can either put them in a jar for instance, on the back dresser there, you’ll see a couple of jars, I have some leeches swimming in there, they’ve been in there for months. They’re just kind of fun to watch. They don’t eat anything because they’ve already have their meal, they’ll last on that one meal for six months, maybe a year. So you’ve got your own supply of leeches next time you need them or you can buy hungry ones. You need to understand that if you don’t want to keep them, you can euthanize them by putting them in rubbing alcohol. I hate to see them euthanized but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.