Iraq- Treatment by Complementary Medicine is Common in Iraq
The head of Iraqi Specialist Center for Complementary Medicine, Dr. Bashir Al-Tamimi indicated that leech therapy is among the oldest medical treatments that predates the medieval era. Leeches are used for medical purposes; to suck blood as a treatment for headaches, depression, and even deafness. In 2004 FDA approved the use of medicinal leech therapy to relieve venous congestion following reconstructive and plastic surgery. On the other hand, cupping therapy is a traditional therapy used from ancient era. Cupping is used in the treatment and cure of a broad range of conditions.