A Broken Arm
A nine year old boy fell off the playgym at school and fractured his elbow. It was not badly displaced, but the elbow was very swollen and painful. The fracture was reduced and the limb immobilised in a collar and cuff. Wheatgrass extract was applied frequently over and around the exposed elbow. The first night, the boy woke at midnight complaining of pain, more cream and spray were applied and he slept till morning. The following day he was virtually pain-free. At day five, swelling was markedly reduced and bruising only just visible which was quite remarkable for a supracondylar fracture. At ten days, X-rays showed new callus formation, which amazed the orthopaedic surgeon, as did the absence of pain and a full range of movement at the elbow so he could dispense with his sling. Clearly, wheatgrass extract had hastened the healing process, and although the surgeon was impressed, he was not interested in “alternative” treatments.
How is wheatgrass effective in this situation? Well, wheatgrass slows and/or stops cutaneous and subcutaneous bleeding. I have seen this phenomenon many times. For instance, I have often used the wheatgrass extract to staunch bleeding in an open wound that has been hemorrhaging slowly for several hours, and it only takes a few minutes. The swelling of a sprained ankle, some of which is caused by subcutaneous blood loss, can be reduced dramatically over 6 to 8 hours or less by applying wheatgrass.
In fractures, where there is usually considerable bleeding from the broken bone, wheatgrass slows or halts the hemorrhage which slows the healing process. Pain reduction is usually quite rapid. Even if the wheatgrass is applied to the exposed skin at the ends of a plaster, it can still work.
One of the most enigmatic features about wheatgrass is that it stops surface bleeding AND absorbs blood clot, which is difficult to explain. Both of these processes are modulated by the immune system, but there must be much more to it.
It is also a readily observable healing phenomenon that could open up a whole new field of research into blood clotting mechanisms, not to mention the enhanced healing possibilities in surgery and orthopedics.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.