Wound healing – a painful foreskin

When I look back, I wonder how I ever managed to practice medicine without wheatgrass extract.

As a general practitioner, there are so many areas where it can be put to use. For instance, wound healing, burns and soft tissue injuries, earache and high fever in children. Side effects are rare. These are all major advantages over many pharmaceuticals.

Combined with remarkable efficacy, low cost and accessibility without a prescription, (it is easy to grow wheatgrass at home) wheatgrass extract is an absolutely essential tool of trade in my medical practice – for my nursing staff as well. Often wheatgrass can resolve a problem where there is no suitable pharmaceutical alternative, as in the following example.

A small boy presents with a painful split in his foreskin that hurts to the point of tears every time he urinates. Just a little thing, but nonetheless a therapeutic dilemma.

What will you do, doctor?

“Er…..”

Well, in the old days I would have recommended perhaps an emollient cream or possibly some hydrocortisone ointment if that didn’t work. (I can hardly believe now that that is what I used to do!) But I would not have felt comfortable with either application because I knew that it was unlikely to be helpful.

The problem lies in the fact there is little available in our pharmacopeia that actively HEALS damaged or broken skin. Arnica (a herbal) could be a possibility, but it can’t be applied to open wounds.

In this case, I applied a smidgen of wheatgrass cream which healed the wound and relieved the boy’s pain overnight.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.