Medicinal leeches (PHOTOS)

Northern Iran is ideal for breeding these creeping blood suckers.

Medicinal leeches, which are used in the treatment of a number of conditions such as headaches, sinusitis, migraines, and infectious and cardiovascular diseases, are catching on in the world.

Thailand is a major breeding ground, literally, of medicinal leeches which are said to earn the Southeast Asian country the equivalent of Iran’s crude oil revenues.

Alireza Tondrou is one of a handful of leech breeders in northern Iran which is ideal for breeding these creeping blood suckers.

The following images have been released by Mehr News Agency:

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