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Varicose veins are a common problem, affecting up to 1 in 3 adults in their lifetime. They are usually a sign of an underlying venous insufficiency. Follow the link below to find out more.
Thread veins can appear anywhere on the body but are mostly evidenced on the legs and face. They are more common than varicose veins, affecting up to 80% of adults. Follow the link below to find out more.
Leg ulcers appear as broken skin in the lower leg or feet. We have been successfully treating venous leg ulcers for over 20 years. Follow the link below to find out more.
Upfront and fixed prices. Find out exactly what you’ll pay before attending. Medical Insurance should fund varicose vein treatment. Follow the link below to find out more.
We just do veins and are the most experienced clinic in Europe. We strive to provide patients with the best possible service in a friendly environment. Follow the link below to find out more.
Can leeches be used to treat varicose veins?
The simple answer is no. This applies to all CAM (Complementary Alternative Medicine) ‘treatments’ for varicose veins. Varicose veins need proper scientific investigation and management. Clinics offering such treatments are at present subject to formal complaints.
Leeches suck the blood out of veins, which, from a pseudoscientific view, may sound sensible; but if blood is drained from a vein and nothing done to kill the vein wall, it will just fill up again. A further downside, apart from the fact that leeches will have no beneficial effect, is the damage they can cause.
See below photo of a patient who has had leech treatment. It clearly shows that the veins are still there but also the scars from where the leeches latched on to the skin.