Leech Farming

When you hear the word leech what is the first thing that comes into your mind? Maybe leeches will cause for you to have goosebumps or for you to say “eew” because they are some of the creatures which are known to suck human blood. But today, aside from merely being tiny bloodsuckers, they are also already known for the several benefits which they provide to human beings.

This is the reason why leech farming is on its growing popularity. In fact, there can also be lots of profitable businesses which are related to them.

According to studies, these leeches are very useful in cosmetic and in medical purposes as well. In traditional therapy, the leeches will suck the blood of the patient in order for him to have relief from symptoms such as joint pain and headache as well. The leech oil is also known to enhance the sex capability of a certain man. In India, leech oil is also an effective one to prevent a common hair loss problem. It has already been accepted in the United States for therapy purposes. To prevent the spreading of any kind of diseases, the leeches are also treated so that they will only be used on the same patient.

That is the reason why more and more entrepreneurs are venturing into the leech farm business. In addition, this is also a necessity because of the fact that they are getting more extinct. So, to make sure that there will still be more leeches to be used in the clinic, leech farming is encouraged to entrepreneurs. When these leeches are bought by clinics and hospitals, a certain entrepreneur will absolutely become a wealthy one. In farming leeches, you will need more knowledge and know-how than money because this will be the prime key in order for you to assure your success. When it comes to feeding, you will not have problems because leeches only require low maintenance. In fact, they can live up to 1 year even if you don’t give them food.

In the farming procedure, you must take into consideration several factors so the needs of the leeches are met. Some of the factors which you need to be watchful of are water quality where the leeches will be kept and the appropriate temperature. To make sure that the leeches will have a longer life span, you should not place them in chlorinated water. The best option would be to use tap water.
You must also take into consideration the climate especially when you need to ship leeches to clinics of hospitals. Now, what is it is winter and a clinic or hospital badly needs the leeches? If the temperature in that certain area is just in a range of 5 Fahrenheit to 90 Fahrenheit, that can only be the time for you to hip them because the leeches will be in danger if the weather is colder.

121 Comments

  • Bishal Adhikari said on October 17, 2010
    At my place leeches are available at large naturally. It would be great if I can get the buyer of leeches. As well as the way to make the oil. Thanx
  • Peter Roberts said on December 4, 2010
    hi there how do i start a leech farm and where to sell them have a lot in a creek and what to freed them on
  • Jozef Ruckschloss said on February 2, 2011
    Hello I would like to start leech farm.Please let me know where I can buy leeches for farm and some instruction. My farm is located in Mount Forest Ontario Canada. Thank you Jozef
  • vaiibhav kadam said on February 18, 2011
    I am trying to breed leech. wanted to know number of leeches in a tank i have setup a 400 liter tank and introduced 30 leech. is it sufficient
  • Amel Chaherli said on March 23, 2011
    Hi, I would like to start a leech farm and I need to know the necessary equipment, minimal land area and what is the specific weather for implementing this project. I need all the data to create my business plan. I'm located in Tunisia.
  • Renee said on April 28, 2011
    Hi I'm here in Florida and would like to get the right info on starting a leech farm.
  • madhav patade said on May 2, 2011
    hi . i am from india . i want to start leech farming . any literature can you provide.
  • Doug said on June 24, 2011
    I would be interested in hearing how to start a leach farm if this is possible. Please contact me. Thank you. Vancouver BC Canada
  • stan kaminsky said on July 14, 2011
    hi, I am interested in starting a small leech farm. Please send me some info with regard to startup. I am located in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
  • sami said on July 30, 2011
    I am electrical engineer , I live in Canada ON. I would like to start leech farm what shall I do or prepare to start and how can I sell my product please
  • nayeem said on August 21, 2011
    i am from India mumbai and hyderabad with several acres of land both cities need more info on leach and process for oil and sale
  • Walter Z said on October 3, 2011
    I have certified medicinal leaches. Would like to expand the family of my lovable creatures. Where I can found information on breeding leeches. Thank You.
  • don said on November 7, 2011
    I am an australian but want to start a leach farm in sri lanka. How do I get the necessary information about the process, I am keen to do this asap. Thanks
  • ravindar.M said on November 27, 2011
    I am from India, wanted to start leech farming.....related products production unit, can you please help me by providing more info, as i am seriously wanted to startup this biz. Thanks in advance.
  • waris said on November 27, 2011
    Hello mr bishal adhikari...m waris frm delhi n m wanted to buy your leech...so could u plz contact me my cell no is-7503816080
  • Satyanarayana Murthy said on December 9, 2011
    Hi I am from Hyderabad India I want to start leech forming within a month's time. Pl guide me how much capital required and exporting facilities Regards. Murthy
  • Viorel said on January 8, 2012
    hi, I am interested in starting a leech farm. Please provide me necessary info with regard to startup. Thank you so much. I am located in Bucharest, Romania.
  • Iustinian Sabin said on January 12, 2012
    Hello, I am from Arad, Romania. Would You be so kind to guide me starting a leeches farm. I want to get complete information about this business, and also I'd like to cooperate on this business, selling leeches and related products, inclusive. Best regards, Iustinian
  • Mohammad Faiz Taher said on February 6, 2012
    Hi, I have a orchard consisting of 500 Lychee ,1300 Lemon, 600 Mango trees.I need a good amount of organic fertilizer. I tried several times to start a small scale earthworm farm but every attempt concluded with dead worms. Now I am interested in both leech and earth worm farming, how can I get your Help please?
  • manouchehr said on February 24, 2012
    Hi I am a Dr. from Iran and I decided to move Toronto Canada,please guide me about this business such as farming, breeding, problems, interesting of government about this and finally about expenses and income thanks
  • Wambui Waweru said on March 5, 2012
    Hi. I live in Nairobi,, Kenya and I would like to do some sort of farming in my back yard. I was thinking of ornamental fish or leech farming. Please direct me to some information on leech farming for a freshman.
  • Natalia said on March 28, 2012
    Hello !I am from Romania , i would like to start a leches farm , can you guide me , i want to get complete information about this business. Can you help me please ?!Thanks.
  • yogendar kumar said on March 30, 2012
    Pls anybody let me know where can i get leech oil in india near by delhi to stop hair fall. Thanks
  • hariharan said on April 1, 2012
    Pls note that all of you have to be careful with the selection of the species of leeches that can be used on human beings; besides these have to be bred in a controlled environment if it is used for blood letting; however I am not sure these stringent standards are required for producing leech oil.
  • Smith said on May 20, 2012
    Hi. I am from Canada and would like to start Leech Farming, but as you are aware that the temperatures are quiet frigid. Under such a situation, what will be the best remedy. Secondly, what type of equipment will be needed if an artificial type of environment for leech farming has to be established.
  • Rex Traw said on July 6, 2012
    We are in Tulsa Ok. I need some good resources for leech farming info. Rex
  • Cassandra said on July 23, 2012
    Located near mnt forest ontario looking to buy leeches wholesale steady business. Contact: aqo15@hotmail.com
  • raghavender reddy said on August 22, 2012
    hi i am from hyderabad i want to start a leech forming how can i start. i want to know details of it please help me
  • Omer G said on October 5, 2012
    i'm from Turkey. I produce medicinal leeches(hirudo) please don't hesitate to contact me if you are serious buyer. mail: omergurkana@hotmail.com Leechs are conformable to European standards.
  • Junnon said on October 31, 2012
    Thank you very much for your article about "Leech Farming". I would like to know "How to make Bacteria free leech extract in liquid form, powder form, and oil?" Please advice. Regards, Junnon (xp2012dhk@hotmail.com)
  • Niloufar Kashani said on November 4, 2012
    I am from Iran, I wanted to start leech farming (medicinal leeches) i want to know details of it please tell give data about " how I fed them without blood " & "how I can farm them in lab "& ...any data like "I have to start farming by egg of leech " & " about quality control for leech as product ". thank you, with regards
  • Sergey said on November 12, 2012
    Hello. I am from Russia would grow leeches as do I begin
  • julian said on December 1, 2012
    I would like to start a leech farm, I live in SK Canada. I have a heated shop and would like to use the space in it for breeding.where do I get all the equipment and what are the steps I need to take?
  • tom said on December 14, 2012
    hi i need to buy medical leeches today please contact me as soon as possible. 289-300-0394 i live in toronto
  • zeljko said on January 5, 2013
    hello, i am from serbia and i would like to start leeches farm, can you help me i want to get complete information how to start with this business?
  • Kevin Dailey said on January 27, 2013
    Yes, I too would like to know every thing it would take in starting a leach farm, also how to get FDA permission? Have a great day. Kevin.
  • John said on January 30, 2013
    Can you please tell me where can I buy medicinal leeches for practical use
  • Dave said on February 24, 2013
    Hi, I am from Bunker Hill, WV, USA. Would you please send me information on raising and resealing medicinal leeches? Thank You, Dave
  • Szekely Csaba said on February 26, 2013
    Hi there! I am from Romania and I would like to start a leech farm! Can you help me with documentations for start, and successfully bread of leech, for medical use.
  • prakash said on April 6, 2013
    i would like to start leech farm at my agriculture land it is located near:-hyderabad,andhrapradesh,india. how much capital i have to invest and where should i sell my product.
  • dr bhupinder singh arora said on April 12, 2013
    hello i'm m.d ayurvedic dr in amritsar. i want leech for therapy. how can i receive leech by u, how much cost? plz guide me. my mob. is 09316078128, 9914321828.
  • Erick Alexander said on May 3, 2013
    Hello, I am from New Orleans, LA USA. I would like all info in starting a leech farm. Thank you, Erick
  • tammy said on May 10, 2013
    Hello, I live in Ontario and would like info regarding starting a leech farm. Thank you. Tammy
  • SUBHAS ROY CHOWDHURY said on June 25, 2013
    hi, i am from india, i like to set up medicinal leech farm i want know pros and cons of the business like - how much capital is needed, demand in the market , equipment and last but not the least from where to get leeches?
  • Ali said on August 2, 2013
    Hi there. I live in Iran and so far I know, we have very suitable climate for leech farming. would you please provide me more information on the subject?
  • charles richardson said on August 15, 2013
    Hello, I am from Gray, Georgia USA. I would like information on starting a leech farm and where to buy and sale. Thank you
  • majid said on September 10, 2013
    i am from iran. i would like to start the leech farm. please tell us production process of it from beginning to end. thank you.
  • nicu said on September 13, 2013
    hello I am from ROMANIA I got a leeches farm I look to sale 1 million leeches a year. phone 00447943866038 thanks nick
  • kenneths said on September 16, 2013
    looking for info to start a leech farm in texas
  • Ashok Yadav. said on October 10, 2013
    Hi, I am Ashok Yadav, from Pune, Maharashtra, India. I am interested in Medicinal Leeches farming and Leech Oil Products. Can you please guide me that where I can get complete information. Here I know the climate is suitable for Leeches. Waiting for your kind reply. My Mail add. ashokyadav1956@gmail.com Thanks Dear.
  • Andi said on December 8, 2013
    Hi, Ițm from Romania and I recently heard about the medicinal leech farming and I was thinking to start a small business. I started to gather documentation around it, but I would need more specific articles and advices about its life cycle, feeding in controlled environments and also information on obtaining different types of extracts. Thanks in advance. Andi
  • Dwayne mydonick said on January 13, 2014
    Hi I'm from saskatchewan, Canada. Want to start a leech farming business. Help. Thank you
  • pushparaj said on January 21, 2014
    Hi...i am from india...anybody want leech pls call this no...9743750807
  • zenmagda said on January 21, 2014
    Hello! I'm rom HUngary and as most of the others, would need some know-how on the farming process. Do you know where can I get reliable information about it? Is there a "market place" of medical leeches already starting to be born internationally? Do you know about any organisation dealing with the logistics', request and supply of leeches on various medical markets? Thank you in advance! Magda
  • ali said on January 22, 2014
    dear sir, hello i established a leech farm in iran one years ago but after a year i didn't see baby.
    1- what kind of food i should give to them?
    2- what is the best temperature for them?
    3- do you have any advise for me to do?
    there is a lot of picture from my farm if you want i can send you. thank you
    ali farhadinia
  • Arif Hussain Azeemi said on January 23, 2014
    Can any one tell me about pricing and buyers list of Leeches.
  • Manjinder Singh said on January 30, 2014
    need leeches, in Chandigarh, Punjab, (India) Dead or live call me on 07696244482 or email me on oilherbs@gmail.com
  • Dr. vikash said on February 16, 2014
    i am from Mauritius, need to import medicinal leeches for treatment purpose. Kindly let me know from where i can buy, and the procedure to import from India to Mauritius. thanks
  • Agnius said on February 18, 2014
    Hi, my location is Lithuania. Info about obtaining, environment, breeding, transporting and market would be helpful considering my location.Thanks.
  • homa said on March 2, 2014
    I answered all these questions ...... How do I do this?
  • homa said on March 3, 2014
    Hi, Please help me to find and see the answers. Questions have been raised to friends. pls help me
  • Abd Mon said on March 13, 2014
    Hello, I am from north of Iran, I want to start leech farming (medicinal leeches) please give me all information about breeding leech in detail and some Business Plan about this subject... Thanks
  • mohd said on March 26, 2014
    I am from Iran. I am gonna start a leech farming (medical types). Would you mind sending me any detailed required information to do this? many thanks
  • arezou said on March 29, 2014
    hello, I'm from north of iran. I want to start leech breeding (medical type). please send me all information about leeches breeding in details and business plans. thanks a lot
  • ritesh said on April 3, 2014
    I need leeches plz Let us Know through mail or call at 7307792522
  • Diana said on April 27, 2014
    Hi, i'm interested to start leech farming like everyone, if i don't have farmaceutics study can i do it and what i need to start and it's big needs of them in the world at this time? Thank you.
  • vpn said on May 4, 2014
    hi there, am very much interested in this. please help how do i cultivate this and where to market it. price am from india . i am waiting for u r kind reply
  • Tony Sweet said on May 14, 2014
    Hello, I am very interested in the medical grade leech, any info on FDA approval process and the amount of time to have a breeding colony to use as your supply.
  • Huseyin Cetin said on July 1, 2014
    hi, i want to make the production of medicinal leeches. Can you help me please? thanks..
  • mercy matuma said on July 2, 2014
    hi, am from kenya, egerton university i would like to start a project on leech farming please may i know the requirement for leech farming
  • anna said on August 5, 2014
    hello. i'm from ukrain and i want to know how to breading leaches, can you give me breading leaches videos? and Can any one tell me about pricing and buyers list of Leeches. thanks.
  • navdeep gupta said on September 9, 2014
    Hi I just wanna to know how to produce leach farm and their products like leech oil etc. Pls guide me properly .my mob no. Is +919779009332 India Punjab Amritsar.
  • Dr Ahmed said on September 26, 2014
    I want to know about leech forming and procurement in india kindly request u to plz help me.
  • Luka Drago said on October 1, 2014
    Hi, I'm interested where and to who I can sell leech. Thank you.
  • alphonso olaniyan said on October 7, 2014
    hi, am a nigerian living in nigeria. pls how do i start leech farm and how could i get leech to start the farm. also how and where will i sell it. thanks
  • Alvaro said on October 23, 2014
    Hi, i am in Spain, and would appreciate full information in farming medicinals leeches , also to produce oil out of them, Commercial marketing considering my geographical point . Thanks
  • amir said on October 28, 2014
    dear sir, please send me a business plan or instruction for leech farming. please say how can export and where is the best importer?
  • Richard said on November 11, 2014
    I am interested in leach farming can you provide me with the details please
  • Saimon said on November 15, 2014
    Hi I am from Bangladesh. The weather and the environment is very favorable for breeding leech. I can supply large amount of leech if any buyer communicate with me. Here is a great opportunity for a contractor or importer to collect large amount of leeches in a very reasonable prices.
  • Isanka said on December 9, 2014
    Hi, I would like to start a leech farm. could you please let me know about equipment and other resources we should have.
  • vassil said on December 15, 2014
    Hi, I am from Bulgaria. I would like to start a leech farm. could you please let me know about equipment and other resources we should have. also how and where will i sell it.
  • Sadegh said on December 31, 2014
    Hi. I'm from Iran and I've got a leech farm. I can provide leech in high amounts to other countries. You can contact me for the details at: kenevisi.sadegh@gmail.com
  • Kesavan M said on January 7, 2015
    Hi I am from Blore , I want to start lech farming for medicinal as well as oil and cream purpose ... Pls guide me.
  • deepak said on February 17, 2015
    Hi. i want to start leech farming in Washim district maharashtra state india.
  • lica ovidiu said on March 12, 2015
    We are a new company that is engaged in the sale of medicinal leeches ( Hirudo Verbania , Hirudo medicinalis ) looking for business partners worldwide faapt which come to market with competitive prices starting from 180euro/ kg hoping for a good collaboration please contact us. lica ovidiu, 0040740885652
  • I want to sell leech said on March 18, 2015
    everyone wants to start farming of leeches in this portal. Why? to whom will you sell. Buyers please rever back on rana.or.ranjeet@gmail.com I have huge number ofr Hirudo medicinalis leeches @ reasonable price.
  • Selling leeches said on March 24, 2015
    Price starting from 140 eur/kg, or from 0.6 eur/per piece. Over 6 years of experience. euleeches@gmail.com
  • akbari said on April 1, 2015
    i'm from Iran. i want to grow leeches farms . i want some advices for this job and necessary situations . i want your reply force majure. plz answer me
  • keon rideout said on June 1, 2015
    wanting to start a leach farm for fishing bate only, need to no where to get them and how to raise them through the winter and the summer months and how big of place I need the food they eat....I live in the Edmonton area.....and also wondering about worms to raise them to....
  • Navid.Aghebati said on June 1, 2015
    Hi, i'm from Iran, I am the Master of Science in Industrial Engineering. And I want to leech farm. I would like information about the price of the purchase and sale of leeches in several countries. Can I sell my leeches to them? Please send your response to my email thanks.
  • Bryan Hostetter said on June 21, 2015
    Hello, I'm from denver CO and would like to start a leech farming business. Curious on how to get permission from the fda, how to market them etc. Been breeding leeches for fishing and want to expand my potential.
  • Dr Azharuddin said on June 29, 2015
    I am unani physician in India. I want to buy leeches for treatment so can anybody guide for suppliers in India that can provide fresh medicinal leeches. My contact no 09784088184. thanks..
  • Estiak Hasan said on October 6, 2015
    I need some dry leech in Bangladesh. Are you from Bangladesh ?
  • Ali beginner adviser said on November 18, 2015
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  • deepak said on January 16, 2016
    i want to buy leeches, where can i find in bulk. is it be a good business to start? Thank you
  • Michael said on January 19, 2016
    Hello I would like to learn how to breed the leeches. I'm currently located in Poland. There is one farm, but no one will give me an information about it. Please contact me on perun_1978@wp.pl
  • Mohsen Amini said on January 29, 2016
    Hello. I am located in Iran. please someone send me some good info on breeding medical leeches. thanks in advance email: dry_status@yahoo.com
  • frank nasco said on February 4, 2016
    I would like to start a leech farm in a tank in my barn it is very large. where can I purchase the equipment and leeches? I am located in south Carolina, America
  • nasrollahi beginner adviser said on February 13, 2016
    Hello, I have Fisheries and teacher education courses proliferation of medical leeches city of Kashan in Isfahan, Karaj city of Alborz am. Thank God trainees of these courses have been satisfied and have been working. Of course, I also propagation and breeding of leeches for laboratory work, and I've brought good results.

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  • masoud abbasian said on May 7, 2016
    hi, i am leech producer and i am looking forward to run my business and i need to find market .

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