How wheatgrass extract heals

Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S. Click pic for CV.
Wheatgrass extract heals many medical conditions & injuries

In 1995, when I was working as a general practitioner in Melbourne, Australia, to prescribe a 'natural' remedy in preference to pharmaceuticals was considered somewhat taboo by many, if not most, of my medical colleagues - and myself. Therefore, when I was presented with a jar of wheatgrass extract that had apparently healed a large wound on a racehorse's fetlock in three weeks when veterinarian surgeons failed after 9 months, (Figs. 2 and 3), I assumed it to be a "quack" remedy", dropped it in my doctor’s bag and forgot about it.

Several days later, I was asked to visit Alan, an 80 year-old retired bookmaker at his home who, for 2 years, had suffered severe pain caused by an “incurable” leg ulcer. (Fig. 3.) Daily dressing changes by domiciliary nurses for more than two years had done little to heal his wound or ease his pain, so his pleading for “some stronger medicine” (a narcotic), was appropriate. Unfortunately, due to risk of addiction, I was unable to assist. But, what else could I possibly do to ease his pain? Also, my waiting-room across the road would be filling quickly. I had to think of something – and quickly.

I suddenly had an idea. As Alan had been working as a bookmaker at a Melbourne racecourse for many years, I put it to him - not believing for a minute it would work – that because the wheatgrass in the jar healed a horse’s wound, it might also heal his!

So, with Alan’s approval, I cautiously spread a small blob of the cream lightly over his wound, covered it with a dressing, and left, promising to return for review the next morning.

Needless to say, I had a sleepless night, but the next morning I was amazed to find Alan up and about, cheerful and no longer walking with a painful limp. In fact, he was now pain-free and had slept like a log for the first time in more than a year. But that wasn’t all. To my amazement, the thick scab had completely disappeared ! (Fig. 3.) Furthermore, using a bright light and magnifying glass, I could very clearly see that the wound surface was now completely dry and that a thin membrane had formed across the entire wound surface as though it could be protecting the area from bacteria and other infections.

What’s more, Alan's wife was overjoyed that he had enjoyed his first pain-free night’s sleep for two years!

But, how could any “medication” possibly debride and seal over a wound surface - overnight, as well as relieve chronic, severe pain?

Aware that I was dealing with a remarkable therapeutic substance that could help assist treatment of many more medical conditions, (and perhaps injuries), I vowed to discover how it worked, and began testing it – tentatively to begin with - on minor injuries, skin disorders, burns, etc., finding it remarkably effective for assisting recovery of many conditions and injuries.

Little did I know it would take at least another 20 years to provide a valid theory on how the extract most likely works for such a broad spectrum of medical conditions and injuries.

Wound on horse leg
Fig. 1. A deep, infected fetlock wound unresponsive to 9 months veterinary treatment.
wheatgrass extract heals wounds quickly
Fig. 2. After 3 weeks wheatgrass extract treatment, the wound has healed and is covered with hair.
Fig. 3. The patient's venous ulcer one day after first wheatgrass extract application. Note that the crust (scab) has completely disappeared.
Fig. 3. The patient's venous ulcer one day after first wheatgrass extract application. Note that the crust (scab) has completely disappeared.

Clearly, I had been confronted with a healing phenomenon, and very soon, found an increasing number of medical conditions and injuries that also responded well to the extract. After all, chronic, non-healing wounds in the elderly simply don't recover so rapidly.

Ever since that day, I have used the extract successfully for treating a broad spectrum of medical conditions and injuries such as venous leg ulcers, second-degree burns - even fever - when no "modern" medicine was capable. For instance, in Figure 4, the extract has relieved the pain of a minor second degree burn and prevented blistering - about five minutes after application. Before wheatgrass extract was applied, the patient's skin was reddish-blue, blistered and swollen - then, five minutes after application, the swelling has almost disappeared, and 2 hours later, was pain-free. Also, the blister surface, by remaining intact, is protecting the wound from infection.

Again, in Figure 5 the extract has rapidly eased post-radiotherapy burn pain. (Please go to this page for more information about healing burns and easing pain with wheatgrass extract.)

Fig. 4. Wheatgrass extract relieves first-degree burn pain. Ear stud re-inserted several minutes later.
Fig. 4. Wheatgrass extract relieves first-degree burn pain. Ear stud re-inserted several minutes later.

By comparison, in Figure 5, the patient has suffered severe, deep burns following radiation therapy. These wounds can take weeks, even months, to recover and for the pain to ease. I am unaware of any topical medicines capable of easing the suffering of these unfortunate patients other than wheatgrass extract, which can do much to ease pain and accelerate burn recovery. The wheatgrass extract has quickly relieved this patient's pain simply by applying it lightly over the x-ray treated areas. The burn area should be sprayed with wheatgrass extract just before and soon after radiation for most effectve pain relief.


Fig. 5. Severe 2nd degree radiotherapy burns that wheatgrass extract healed in 2 weeks.  

Note that inflammation is almost eliminated and the wounds have completely healed, and that the patient is pain-free. Such rapid recovery is rare following radiation treatment. (Read the full story and more about treating burns with wheatgrass extract.)

Wheatgrass extract restores recoupling ability of dysfunctional cell receptors

Here, I have listed ten cases where wheatgrass extract has significantly accelerated the healing process. Also, numerous clinical observations and  laboratory testing strongly suggest the extract accelerates recovery of illnesses and injuries by reactivating "de-coupled" (i.e. dysfunctional) cell receptors, by restoring their ability to re-connect with the brain. So-called "re-coupling".

Due to the broad spectrum of ligands present in the extract, (at least 20), the extract contains considerable potential for re-activating dormant or damaged cell receptors which then assist acceleration of recovery of many medical conditions and injuries, such as skin disorders, poor blood circulation, gastro-intestinal disorders and many others. In a word, the extract appears to restore functionality of a broad spectrum of damaged or dysfunctional receptor cells - internally and externly - and devoid of adverse side-effects. (See Conditions)

The ten cases listed below represent only a small fraction of the very broad spectrum of medical conditions responsive to the extract.

Why functioning cell receptors are so essential for healing

Billions of cell receptors throughout the body continuously report their physiological status to the brain. For example, the hypothalamus, which is in the brain, is the body’s “thermostat” that maintains the body's temperature at 37 degrees centigrade. If your body overheats, numerous sweat glands are signalled to release their liquid to cool the body. Also, when the hypothalamus senses that you're too cold, it sends signals to your muscles to make you shiver, and create heat. This process is just one of numerous physiological processes that maintain the body's status in equilibrium.

I have often reduced a high fever to normal in a matter of minutes by applying wheatgrass extract to the back of the patient’s neck, which suggests  signalling by thermo-receptors in the area to the nearby hypothalamus, the body's temperature modulator, which then responds by lowering body temperature.

View two relevant cases.

Wheatgrass extract influences gene expression: Scientific proof

Many thousands of therapeutic responses by wheatgrass extract suggest it is capable of influencing gene expression. Given that the extract contains at least 20 ligands, it is highly likely they can re-activate dysfunctional cellular receptors. Many clnical observations of therapeutic success by the extract, often when orthodox treatment has failed, support this concept. For instance, an elderly female was relieved of the pain of reflex sympathetic dystrophy immediately following application of a minute amount of the extract to the affected forearm was followed by complete restoration of blood flow to the affected limb in several minutes. Yet this condition is considered to be irreversible.

Prof. Panos Ioannou

Gene expression is a process by which information encoded in a gene is used to either make molecules that code to produce proteins or to make non-coding RNA molecules that serve other functions. i.e. by working as a type of “on/off switch”. Gene expression is also carefully regulated, changing according to the requirements of various conditions. (See: National Human Genome Research Institute.)

Having used the extract for about 5 years for successfully treating numerous medical conditions and injuries, (Examples: Topical Steroid Withdrawal, Omphalocele). it seemed to me to facilitate or restore "re-connection" of disconnected or dysfunctional sensory receptors, to the brain.

Having observed numerous, accelerated therapeutic responses - and often complete recoveries - it occurred to me that the extract could be influencing gene expression of a broad spectrum of cell receptors such as pain, which the extract frequently relieved. (Later, it would become obvious that a broad spectrum of receptor cells were being affected.)

On 28th July, 2004, Professor Ioannou, at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute in Melbourne, who was seeking a natural remedy that might assist treatment for thalassemic children, requested a sample of the wheatgrass extract he had read about on my website. His laboratory being close to my office, I took him a sample, and a few days later, he notified me that: "the wheatgrass extract had induced fetal hemoglobin in three separate murine (mouse) cell clones, and strongly influenced gene expression". (Figure 6.)

Fig. 6. The professor reports: : “Our measurements suggest a 3-5 fold increase in the production of fetal hemoglobin by the wheatgrass extract. This is a substantial increase and could certainly provide an explanation why some thalassaemic patients may derive significant benefit from it.”

The professor continued: "These results, albeit in vitro, increased the possibility that the beneficial effects of freshly juiced wheatgrass noted by Marwaha, et al. [an Indian hematologist], may have been due to the induction of gamma-globin chain synthesis leading to greater fetal hemoglobin content in the red cell (via the influence of gene expression). 

He continued: "Clearly, this hypothesis needs further study, but it holds the promise of some very exciting and simple therapeutic possibilities that may preclude the need for repeated blood transfusions.”

Panos, aged 54 and in his professional prime, tragically succumbed to cancer on 18 April, 2005. Unfortunately, the important discovery he left behind and which may have improved the quality of life and longevity of many thalassemic sufferers, for some reason, was quietly forgotten.

How wheatgrass extract helps relieve pain

The blood-brain barrier (BBB) prevents most drugs (other than very small molecules) from passing into and influencing the brain. By comparison, ligands in wheatgrass extract, because they activate cell receptors actually located on nerve endings, can signal the brain is instantaneously - a  response that is often seen in clinical practice.

In addition, ligands are molecules that influence cell-receptor DNA to release neurotransmitters that transmit messages such as pain, pressure, taste, vision, touch etc., to the brain. To achieve pain relief for instance, (Figure 8), it appears that pain from cell receptors, both topical and internal, can be  blocked by the extract (up to 98 percent), from reaching the brain.

Disconnected receptor cells re-connected by wheatgrass extract

Figure 7, shows how wheatgrass extract may prevent pain from reaching the brain. Even a small injury can lead to complex tissue damage such as bleeding, nerve damage to skin, muscles and blood vessels etc. However, ligands present in wheatgrass extract appear to re-activate damaged or dysfunctional cell receptors which then re-couple with the brain so that recovery can follow. Naturally, responses vary according to the severity and age of tissue damage, the patient's age, state of health, and many other factors.

Fig. 7. How wheatgrass extract probably heals a wound. (1,2) Damaged skin causes "de-coupling" of cell receptors to the brain. (3,4) Ligands in extract re-store DNA's ability to  "re-couple".
Fig. 7. How wheatgrass extract probably heals a wound. (1,2) Damaged skin causes "de-coupling" of cell receptors to the brain. (3,4) Ligands in extract re-store DNA's ability to "re-couple".

 Fig. 8. How pain is felt.

Figure 8 shows how pain cell receptors signal pain from a pin prick to the brain via the neurotransmitter, Substance P. The "victim" instantly draws his/her hand away. Then, if wheatgass extract is applied to the painful area, it helps ease pain by blocking Substance P from reaching the brain.

(Note, some "infertile" women have conceived by taking a small dose of wheatgrass extract daily - possibly, because it 'normalises' the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA), so vital to conception.)

Wheatgrass extract restores leprous and chronic spider bite wounds to normal

To achieve healing of leprosy and Buruli ulcers (due to similar mycobacteria), defies modern medicine - yet wheatgrass extract can heal both. For instance, all treatment attempts for this patient's 9 year old leprous ulcer, (Fig. 9.) failed completely, yet after just six, once-monthly applications of wheatgrass extract, his foot completely healed.  (View more cases.)

Another remarkable healing case of a non-healing (9 years) spider bite in Figure 10, speaks for itself, but the question remains as to how the wheatgrass extract achieved such a remarkable recovery.

Fig. 4.  'Unhealable' leprosy wound present 15 years in 60 year old female heals after 4 once a monthly applications of wheatgrass extract.  (View 6 more cases)
Fig. 10. This severe spider bite failed to heal after 9 years' orthodox medical treatment, but healed completely in 7 months after wheatgrass extract treatment.  

Similarly, in Figure 11, note positive changes in the patient's psoriatic lesions just 2 months since the extract was first applied. These lesions failed to respond to a variety of applications, including 15 years of topical steroids, which appear to have severely thinned and damaged the skin's complex structure along with many protective and other cell types. Clearly, after 2 months' treatment (twice monthly) with wheatgrass extract, the lesions have significantly darkened and enlarged. My interpretation is that this is not a negative result. Instead, it suggests that the wheatgrass extract has "re-coupled" cell receptors in the affected area to the brain, resulting in restoration of blood supply to the affected areas and deepening in colour of the darkened patches. Psoriasis. Effect of wheatgrass extract on chronic psoriasis.

Fig. 11. Psoriasis. Present 10 years. The lesions on the left are dry, insipid and lack vitality. However, after two months wheatgrass extract application, the lesions on the right are now deeply coloured and enlarged, suggesting restoration of blood supply (and many other reparative changes) to the affected area due to "neuronal re-coupling". 

Probably, "re-coupling" of sensory receptors from the periphery (skin), to the brain has restored numerous physiological functions in the skin-damaged areas, such as blood supply and lymphatic drainage. (Red arrows) It is also likely the patient ceased using the extract, thinking that the darkening and enlargement of the skin lesions could be negative signs.

To me, treatment should be directed towards "re-coupling" steroid-damaged areas on the skin with the brain, rather than do more damage with steroids. This can usually be achieved by stopping all medications and using only wheatgrass extract once or twice weekly. It may take several months, but if the patient can bear the steroid withdrawal symptoms, the skin can in time, recover completely.

This basic principle of sparingly using wheatgrass extract is important because it applies to the treatment of most, if not all, other medical conditions and injuries - internally and externally. For example, in Figure 10,  this supposedly "incurable" spider bite wound defied medical treatment for nine years, has healed rapidly following wheatgrass extract treatment.

It appears to me that these "negative" changes are the result of peripheral cell receptors losing  contact with the brain, i.e."de-coupling". This in turn leads to inadequate blood supply reaching  the area, which in this case is causing skin dryness, cracking etc., and "lifeless" pallid lesions. Other steroid-caused symptoms, such as weeping skin, pain, erosion and infection are also common, but can be overcome by perseverance with topical wheatgrass extract.

Also, the 17-year-old girl in Figure 12 had suffered from psoriasis for three years, but topical steroids failed her. By comparison, wheatgrass extract applied once weekly, repaired her skin completely in four months. This was probably due to wheatgrass extract restoring numerous physiological processes such as blood supply, cell receptor functionality, etc., to the brain - via 'neuronal re-coupling' where there has been remarkable recovery of dysfunctional cell receptors.

Most drug treatments for psoriasis (and eczema) such as topical steroids, can reduce inflammation, but can do nothing to restore the skin's damaged structure and multiple functions. In fact, they do more damage and expose the skin to infection and often expose it to severe topical steroid withdrawal symptoms.

Compared with the patient in Figure 11, the remarkable response of this teenage girl's skin to wheatgrass extract, suggests that age is an important factor for predicting the patient's likely response to it.

Fig. 12. Peri-umbilical psoriasis in a 17-year-old female, present 2 years. Unresponsive to topical steroids and numerous other treatments. Healed by wheatgrass extract in 4 months with once weekly application.
Fig. 12. Peri-umbilical psoriasis in a 17-year-old female, present 2 years. Unresponsive to topical steroids and numerous other treatments. Healed by wheatgrass extract in 4 months with once weekly application.
Wheatgrass extract removes psoriatic plaques, restoring skin almost to normal in 2 weeks
Fig. 13. Severe psoriasis unresponsive to medical treatment responds remarkably well to wheatgrass extract.
Fig. 13. Severe psoriasis unresponsive to medical treatment responds remarkably well to wheatgrass extract.

Just two weeks after wheatgrass extract was applied to the affected area, (Fig. 13.) there has been remarkable recovery of the patient's skin after two applications. The large areas of thick plaque have almost disappeared, revealing normal skin underneath. This suggests there has been a rapid "re-connection" (re-coupling) between the psoriatically damaged skin area and the brain which has then responded to help restore the patient's skin to normal. Also, in this case, the patient is young, which could also help expedite the healing process.

This case also suggests that psoriasis might develop due to dysfunction of cell receptors near the skin surface. This concept may also be the cause of other conditions such as skin disorders, hemorrhage, pain, itch etc. that often respond well to wheatgrass extract