A 75 year old woman suffered from a recurring abscess (actually a foot ulcer due to diabetes) for many years. She wrote: “Prior to the purchase of your spray I was using Medi-Honey or calcium alginate, alternating. The appearance was pink skin with little exudate (“leakage of body fluid”). I have “Charcot Foot” with a bony protuberance that acts up every few years.”
(“Charcot Foot” is due to diabetes and other medical conditions damaging nerves (neuropathy) and weakening muscles in the leg that maintain the foot in its normal position. This causes a degree of deformity on the sole of the foot so that continued pressure tends to erode the skin and create an ulcer which can take many months to heal. Some never do.)
After about two weeks’ use of wheatgrass extract, the patient began to regain sensation that had been absent for several years.
Debridement of ulcer: After six month’s wheatgrass treatment, the ulcer has been pain-free and appears to have grown significantly, but this is deceiving. In fact, the dead tissue around the ulcer edges has been debrided or removed revealing the true size of the ulcer. This has been achieved by application of wheatgrass extract just twice a week. (I now recommend application once weekly only for all long-standing wounds, particularly in the eldery.) Also, note that the bottom of the ulcer shows that the blood supply, which was previously compromised by the patient’s diabetic status, has returned, indicating repair of the microcirculation (the tiny blood vessels essential for feeding tissues with oxygen and nutrients). This process is very important in treating all wounds in that wheatgrass facilitates the regrowth of minute nerve endings that control small blood vessel blood flow.
Now that the ulcer is completely debrided and the blood supply fully restored, healing of the wound can begin.
Six weeks later, aided by renewed blood supply, there has been significant recovery of the wound which has almost healed.
After another 2 months, the wound has healed completely and the patient remained pain-free.
Comment: I began using wheatgrass extract in 1995 for treating (and healing) numerous diabetic and other ulcers often considered to be “untreatable” other than by frequent debridements, cleansing and dressings, which did little if anything to aid the healing process. Given the global trend of ageing populations, these ulcers are approaching epidemic proportions. Yet “modern” medicine (pharmacology, sophisticated dressings etc.) appears to be unable to assist the healing process. Surely it is time for the medical profession to consider using alternative approaches to help overcome this problem. After all, wheatgrass and other cereal grasses were used with considerable success for wound healing agent in a number of reputable United States hospitals in the 1930’s.
Perhaps it is time to review various successful healing processes from the past which could not only eliminate much of the misery so many of these patients suffer but significantly reduce national health budgets in the process.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.