A Survey Study on Leech Storage Practices in Ayurveda Hospitals

  • Sudeepa Professor, Department of Shalya Tantra, Muniyal Institute of Ayurveda Medical Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka, India.
  • Gururaj D. Professor, Department of Shalya Tantra, Muniyal Institute of Ayurveda Medical Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka, India.
  • Sneha A Final Year BAMS, Muniyal Institute of Ayurveda Medical Sciences, Manipal, Karnataka, India.
Keywords: Medicinal leech, Storage, Ayurveda, Jalauka

Abstract

Leech therapy is one of the popular treatment method adopted in Ayurveda hospitals. We have conducted a survey study to evaluate the method of collection; storage and maintenance of leeches. Data regarding the leech storage were collected from 31 Ayurveda hospitals, on the basis of a standardized questionnaire. All the responding hospitals practiced leech therapy, mostly with a storage setup in the minor OT. 68% procured leeches during rainy season from the leech suppliers. 42% responders used tap water and plastic jars for storage. 94% of Ayurveda hospitals did not subject the water used for storage of medicinal leeches for physiochemical and microbial parameters periodically. There is a need for breeding centers in order to supply of medicinal leeches throughout the year. There is a need for establishing national guidelines for good storage and maintenance of medicinal leeches in India.

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How to Cite
Sudeepa, Gururaj D., & Sneha A. (2022). A Survey Study on Leech Storage Practices in Ayurveda Hospitals. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences, 7(3), 17 - 22. Retrieved from https://www.jaims.in/jaims/article/view/1782
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