|Etymology/ Definition||जातमात्रस्य वेदोक्त कर्म जातकर्म । च.शा.८/४६ चक्रपाणि|
|Literary Meaning||Leech M / W – treating on the application of leeches|
|Implied Meaning||Jalaukaa acquire their name since they reside in water and their life is purely depending upon water. They are also known as Jalaauyukaa as their abode is water.|
|Elaboration||Application of leeches is the most delicate method of bloodletting. It is advocated mainly in cases of wealthy people, children and old, timid, debilitate women and delicate people.|
Leech emerges from water, lives in cold and is sweet. Hence it is useful for bloodletting when blood is vitiated by Pitta .
Sus`hruta describes two types of leeches:
Savisha Jalaukaa ( Poisonous leeches ) – These are six in number. If a person is bitten by them, then he exhibits the following signs and symptoms: local swelling, excessive itching, fever, burning sensation, vomiting, fainting, local necrosis and depression.
Nirvisha Jalaukaa ( Non poisonous leeches ) – These are also six in number and are identified by the characters like round body, livery colour ( Yakritavarn`ee ), long and sharp mouth, swift motion and sucking type. These types of leeches are used for bloodletting purpose.
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