Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Is Leech Detox Therapy Legitimate?

Wednesday 10th February 2010

If you saw the feature on Sky News yesterday about Leeches and how they are fast becoming the hot celebrity beauty secret, then you may be curious to know a little bit more about this seemingly bizarre form of beauty treatment favoured by actress Demi Moore.

If we start at the beginning you would want to know that using leeches for medicinal purposes actually goes back a long long way, with the popularity declining toward the first half of the 20th century, leeches are still in use today primarily by plastic surgeons where they help with skin graft surgeries or when reattaching severed fingers or toes.

While Demi Moore insists that her experience of leech therapy was as a detox, I have to say that this is rather an overstatement. Leeches do not have some magical gift in which they feast on around 5ml - 15ml of your blood and replace it with some substance from the 'fountain of youth'. However, leeches do release a number of enzymes into the blood stream that inhibits blood clots, but these enzymes do not provide any form of blood detoxification at all.

It seems that all the hype surrounding Demi Moore and her highly publicised claims of detoxification by leech may be another one of those scam specials that will have literally hundreds of people running to their nearest unauthorised therapists, but lets hope not.

What are your views on leech therapy and the claims made by Demi Moore?

If you would like to read more about it then read this scambuster report to get the facts.

See you again tomorrow!


Chris on 6 March 2010 at 06:31 said...

Hi! I saw this on TV where they debunk scams. And it's also quite disgusting. It's hard to believe people pay for that. Ewww


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