Foot ulcers: Diabetic – “Charcot’s Foot”

Diabetic ulcer debridement

This 75 year old woman suffered from a recurring “abscess” (which ultimately turned out to be a diabetic foot ulcer) for many years.

She wrote: “Prior to the purchase of your (wheatgrass) 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’s Foot” refers to distortion of the bones in the foot caused by damage to the nerves supplying this area. This nerve damage (neuropathy) is often due to diabetes, and can lead to distortion of the patient's foot, particularly the sole.  Continued pressure of the skin overlying the bony prominence can erode the overlying skin and create an ulcer. These ulcers are commonly difficult to heal and many never do. In this case, after two weeks' application of wheatgrass extract over the ulcer, sensation that had been absent for several years, began to recover.

Diabetic “Charcot” ulcer pre-wheatgrass.
Diabetic “Charcot” ulcer pre-wheatgrass.
Diabetic "Charcot" ulcer debrided with wheatgrass
6 months wheatgrass extract (magnified)

After six months wheatgrass treatment twice weekly, the ulcer is now pain-free but appears to have grown significantly. This is deceptive because in fact the dead tissue around and inside the ulcer edge has been debrided or removed, thus revealing the actual size of the ulcer.

Also, note that the bottom of the ulcer shows that the blood supply, which was severely compromised by the patient’s diabetic status, has returned. This means there has been repair of the microcirculation, the tiny blood vessels that are essential for feeding tissues with oxygen and nutrients. The ulcer can now be healed.

6 weeks later, aided by renewed blood supply, The ulcer has almost healed.
6 weeks later, aided by renewed blood supply, The ulcer has almost healed.
2 months later, the wound is completely healed.
2 months later, the wound is completely healed.

Comment

As the world's ageing population increases, the problem of diabetic foot wounds approaches epidemic proportions. Unfortunately, “modern” medicine with all its expensive wound dressings, oxygen chambers, antibiotics and so on, appear not to be meeting the challenge of repairing the dysfunctional microcirculation that is the cause of ulcer formation.

Wheatgrass extract provides an alternative, but effective and inexpensive path to healing these wounds.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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