A Bookmaker’s Leg Ulcer Heals
The first time I ever used a herbal remedy was in 1995 when doing a home visit.
Alan, an ex-bookmaker in his nineties, suffered from numerous medical conditions. One of them was a very painful ulcer on his ankle that had been present for several years. Covered by a thick crust, I could see it would take a good deal of work for a nurse to remove it. Alan had other problems as well, (diabetes, emphysema, heart failure etc.), and should have been cared for in hospital. Fearing he would never return home, he refused.
There simply was no way I could help relieve his pain. Other than narcotics, there was nothing pharmaceutical available that could. Under pressure to start work at my clinic, I felt quite helpless.
Then, somehow, a penny dropped. I recalled a tube of cereal grass “healing cream” given to me some weeks earlier. Photographs showed it had healed some leg wounds on a very expensive racehorse and saved its life. Vets had worked in vain for more than six months trying to heal the wound and the animal was about to be put down. Being highly skeptical about all “natural” remedies, I forgot I’d put it in my bag.
“Look, Alan.” I said cheekily. “You’re an ex-bookmaker, right? Well, I’ve got this cream that works on horse wounds. You never know, it might work on yours!”
“I don’t give a damn what you do doc, so long as you stop the pain.” he replied.
“I’m afraid that’s not on, but we might get some healing going.”
So, with a picture of the healed horse wound in the back of my mind, and the fear of making things worse in the front, I took a deep breath and gingerly applied a smidgen of the cream on the thickly crusted surface of the ulcer. I then dressed it and promised to drop by the next day.
The following day
Under a strong light, I prepared to remove the dressing which would be a painful process for Alan. The dressing would be stuck to the underlying wound by exudate, the fluid that weeps out of wounds.
But, to my amazement, the dressing peeled easily off the wound as if it had only just been applied.
“That’s a miracle!” I exclaimed.
To my further amazement, the crust covering the ulcer had completely disappeared. The wound was spotlessly clean, and when I shone a light obliquely across the ulcer surface, I could see a thin layer, like plastic film, sealing the entire wound. It seemed as if a new layer of skin cells had grown across the whole wound surface overnight, sealing it off as there was no sign of exudate!
In 25 years as a practising doctor, I had never seen such a healing phenomenon. I knew that I had stumbled on to something medically important.
“S’good that stuff Doc. That pain went soon after you left yesterday!” said Alan.
Again, I was stunned. Arterial ulcers are notoriously painful and can defy any kind of treatment except narcotics.
So Alan had a part of his old life back – and I was in deep shock. Two healing phenomena in as many minutes was a bit more than I could deal with!
Although the ulcer didn’t heal completely, it didn’t matter because the surrounding tissue paper-thin skin, (always a problem in healing leg ulcers) strengthened considerably over the next few weeks. Paper tape could then be used to fix the dressing in place, so Alan’s wife was able to dress the ulcer herself without having to depend on domiciliary nursing assistance.
Moving forward with wheatgrass healing
So, from that day on, knowing the cream was safe, I began testing it on a broad spectrum of medical conditions – from burns, fractures, painful swollen joints to earache in children and many more. I observed numerous positive responses, often after only a short period of time. (See many more healing cases on this site.)
Also, given the adverse reactions associated with many pharmaceutical applications, it was a great relief not to not have to worry about them. Overall, wheatgrass healed quicker and relieved pain better – and without side effects!
Dr. Chris Reynolds.