TOKYO-2018 People / Self-Portrait

Leech Therapy Revisited

  • Prize
    Gold in People/Self-Portrait
  • Photographer
    Amy Siqveland
  • Photo Date
    2015, 2017

Leeches address maladies in the body by sucking "bad blood."A therapy was described to me where a dr would place a noose around a woman's neck until she passed out.When veins appeared on her forehead, the dr would cut one & the patient would bleed ~1cup.The people who took me to the clinic in Iran believed that the treatment helped w problems related to a woman's womb.As I have a blood disease that causes inflammation in multiple systems (incl my uterus),I've been researching medical options.2 yrs later I did a project about my condition & included representations from this earlier experience.