The doctor will bleed you now …

IT MIGHT seem like something from the Dark Ages but a “new” health treatment is being offered in Scotland that is sure to make your skin crawl.

For £70 a visit, you could have leeches biting at your skin and sucking your blood while trying to relieve ailments such as stress relief, skin disorders and haemorrhoids.

Katarzyna Tulin – or “Dr Leech” – is the hirudotherapist championing Scotland’s first leech clinic in Edinburgh’s Montrose Terrace.

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The Polish practitioner got the unconventional idea after she was trying to source alternative remedies in aiding a friend who was recovering from a serious car crash.

But doctors have warned that not enough is known about the use of leeches and precautions are needed in order to combat the risk of infection.

Ms Tulin insists that all the leeches used are sterile and can cure the symptoms of everything from heart disease to piles.

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