Animals: Wounds heal faster with wheatgrass

Summary

Veterinary surgeons find wheatgrass effective for healing open wounds and dermatitis.

Methods

19 surgeons took part, none having prior experience of wheatgrass as a healing agent, treating mainly horses, cats and dogs.

110 questionnaires were returned and vets were paid a nominal fee for reporting.

Results

Open Wounds

80 percent in all three groups were declared “Very effective” and 18% “Moderately effective”. (Fig. 1)

Eczema/Dermatitis

51% found “Very effective”, 41% “Moderately effective” and the remainder, “Not-effective”. (Fig. 2)

Overall, 92 percent considered WE “effective”, 64% “very effective” and 28 percent “moderately effective”.

Discussion

Being an animal study, placebo effect could be ruled out.

Conclusions

These results show that wheatgrass facilitates wound healing in animals.

Horses

Wheatgrass extract was highly effective in most cases, and chronic wounds that were unresponsive to other treatments also healed rapidly.

Dogs

The extract was “very effective” for open wounds and eczema/dermatitis.

RESULTS:

Condition Treated Effectively

Horses

Dogs

Cats

Other

Total

Open wounds 21 22 10 3 56
Eczema/ dermatitis 2 34 1 37
Burns 2 2
Pulled muscle 1 1
Nasal granulation 1 1
Acute pyoderma 4 4
Boils, abscesses, infected cysts 4 4
Metatarsal fracture 1 1
Acute lick granuloma 1 1
Hot spot 1 1
Cat bite abscess 2 2
Total 23 70 14 3 110

Dr. Chris Reynolds
Australia. July, 2001