Wounds: Abscess drained painlessly

One day, a middle-aged man was sitting, in severe pain, on the edge of his chair in the waiting-room.

He had a very large, “pointing” abscess on his buttock, very much like the one in this picture.

An abscess ready to be incised and drained
An abscess ready to be incised and drained

Pointing means the abscess is ready to be cut open and drained of the pus inside. Without this rather inhumane treatment, the patient would be likely to suffer until the abscess burst of its own accord, which could take several weeks. As you can see in the picture, this abscess is actually “pointing”. In other words, it is about to burst and it's time for the doctor to cut it open with a scalpel and drain the pus inside. (Photo: Courtesy of Amrith Raj. Wikipedia)

The small dark spot is a “plug” of keratin blocking the hair follicle from which the abscess most likely developed. Underneath, there lies a large collection of pus. Because there is no blood supply inside an abscess, antibiotics are of little use because they can’t reach the bacteria within. Therefore, it must be incised and an absorbent “wick” inserted to assist drainage of fluid and pus from the abscess cavity. As you can imagine, this can be quite a painful procedure, not to mention the suffering that can follow for several days, sometimes weeks, after the procedure.

Instead, by applying wheatgrass extract before draining the abscess, the wound healed rapidly and pain was markedly reduced to “humane” levels. This is most likely due to wheatgrass blocking the pathway of the pain neurotransmitter, Substance P reaching the brain.

Using wheatgrass for this procedure (and many other surgical interventions) significantly reduces pain and dries up any discharge from the wound thereby helping to prevent further infection. Also, the cavity left after the procedure had in this patient, shrunk dramatically so that “packing” the wound with gauze was unnecessary. This saved yet another visit to the doctor to have it removed, and the suffering of even more pain.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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