How wheatgrass extract heals


In 1995, working as a general practitioner in Melbourne, Australia, I had a strong objection to any kind of natural remedy. I then came across a wheatgrass extract that worked better than orthodox medical treatments for injuries, pain and many illnesses - and no adverse side effects. Naturally, I changed my mind.

Ever since I saw it relieve instantly the severe pain of an elderly patient's leg ulcer, (a very common condition that can be difficult to manage), I have sought an explanation for how it could work so well on a broad spectrum of medical conditions and injuries - often instantly. It even worked for many other conditons considered to be incurable, such as alopecia (hair loss), and psoriasis.

Now, in 2021, after 27 years using the extract successfully for patients worldwide, I am able to explain to some degree, how the extract assists healing of a broad spectrum of medical conditions and injuries.

An important scientific discovery about wheatgrass extract

In 1987, Rhone Poulenc Laboratories in Paris, discovered 20 ligands in the wheatgrass extract.

A ligand is a molecule or atom which binds to, and influences the activity of millions of receptors (e.g. pain) throughout the body. For instance, if you prick your finger with a pin (as shown in Figure 1.), this activates pain receptor(s) to notify the brain, which immediately responds by rapidly drawing your finger away.

Heat, cold, vibration and many other neural transmitters work in a similar way via a variety of receptors. In this way, the brain continually "oversees" and modulates to help maintain the body's equilibrium.

Remarkably, in the laboratory test, the wheatgrass extract blocked Substance P transmission by 100 percent. Having observed rapid pain relief in numerous clinical situations after applying a little extract supports the laboratory's finding. Nineteen other neurotransmitters were tested with percentage inhibition of specific binding ranging from 7 to 100 percent. Since 1995, I have observed countless events where pain was relieved, for example after radiation therapy, burns and injuries plus milder conditions such as sunburn.

How pain is felt on the skin

skin and spinal cord pin prick return arrow (004)

Fig. 1. How pain is felt on the skin. Wheatgrass extract can prevent pain reaching the brain by inhibiting or blocking transmission of Substance P, even some time after the accident.

If you accidentally prick your finger with a pin, pain receptors in your skin instantly "report" the pain and its location to the brain (Fig. 1. - red line). The brain rapidly processes the pain signal and makes the hand withdraw. However, if wheatgrass extract is applied immediately after the injury, pain can often be eliminated or reduced by preventing Substance P reaching the brain.

But, Substance P is only one ligand of twenty or more discovered in wheatgrass extract. For instance, application of extract to the back of the neck of a patient with fever can often restore body temperature to normal in a matter of minutes. This response appears to be due to wheatgrass extract ligands (so far unidentified) influencing the hypothalamus, the region in the brain that controls body temperature. (Read about fever and wheatgrass.)

Figure 2 shows how wheatgrass extract probably assists the healing of damaged tissue, such as wounds, injuries and internal conditions, e.g. gastric ulcers and ulcerative colitis, by signalling the brain via sensory receptors throughout the body.


Fig. 2. How wheatgrass extract may assist healing of an injury. A variety of cell receptors are required to notify the brain of hemorrhage, inflammation, pain etc. so recovery of malfunction can commence.

Wheatgrass extract frequently relieves pain, reduces or stops hemorrhage, accelerates healing of wounds and helps prevent infection.

How does wheatgrass extract heal?

Although I attribute numerous "healing observations" to the bioactive properties of wheatgrass extract, the question remains: "How does it assist the healing of such a broad spectrum of skin and "whole body" or systemic, disorders?"

"Neuronal de-coupling and re-coupling"

Although I attribute numerous "healing observations" to the bioactive properties of wheatgrass extract, the question remains: "How does it assist the healing of such a broad spectrum of skin and "whole body" or systemic, disorders?"

I use this concept to explain how I think wheatgrass extract assists the healing process. For example, (Figs. 3 & 4.), a case of psoriasis in an adult male, where prolonged application of topical steroids has atrophied or thinned his skin, weakening its protective and self-recovery properties. Numerous pigmented lesions (red arrows) have spread widely over his upper body.

But, how did these lesions develop in the first place? To me, it sIeems that neuronal (nerve) connections between skin receptors and the brain have been partially or completely disconnected or "uncoupled". Ultimately, this interferes with the brain's "normalising" control of these areas so that ultimately, abnormal skin lesions  begin to form.

In this case, the brown(ish), dry and flaking skin cells suggest impaired blood supply and other physiological dysfunctions affecting multiple areas. (Red arrows).

I believe these changes (in many other skin conditions, also) are most likely due to "neuronal de-coupling" which, for some reason, e.g. infection, mental stress, injury etc., predisposes to neuronal (nerve) dysfunction with subsequent malformation and malfunction of body tissues.

This patient's lesions had been present for more than 15 years, but were unresponsive to a variety of orthodox medical treatments. Topical steroids were used for several years to no avail. (In fact they may have caused more damage by thinning the skin and reducing blood supply to the area.)

I believe these abnormalities can develop because of dysfunction of skin receptors responsible for signalling the brain of the skin's status. In this case, it appears that some nerves, for instance those controlling blood supply to the area, have "de-coupled" or disconnected from that particular area, hence the formation of dry, scaly skin lesions.

Logically, treatment should be aimed at reconnecting these and numerous other "damaged" areas to the brain. For example, what has appeared to have happened to the young woman in Figure 5.

Fig. 4. Chronic psoriasis prior to wheatgrass extract.

Fig. 3. Chronic psoriasis prior to wheatgrass extract application. (The "Neuronal decoupled stage?")

Fig. 5. 2 months after wheatgrass extract application.

Fig. 4. Two months later. Note significantly enlarged and more robust (?re-activated) psoriatic lesions, likely due to neuronal re-coupling with subsequent restoration of blood supply and improved skin function.

In Figure 4, wheatgrass extract has been applied twice monthly for two months. During this time the lesions have darkened significantly and increased in size, suggesting bioactivity. I believe that these changes were due to "re-coupling", i.e. where there has been re-connection of damaged neuronal links between skin cell receptors, (pain, blood circulation and many others), and the brain. Ligands, that we know exist in the extract appear to have have played an important role in this process.

In this particular case, the lesions have not only enlarged but what was most likely their original dark brown colour has returned, suggesting improved blood circulation. Also, the patient's age (about 60), may be an important factor if blood circulation is at all compromised.

Compare this with Figure 6, where a 17 year old female had suffered psoriasis for several years. Topical steroids failed her, but wheatgrass extract applied once weekly completely healed her skin in four months. This suggests that restoration of normal blood supply following neuronal re-coupling, has most likely assisted her recovery.

Most drug treatments for psoriasis (and eczema) such as topical steroids, tend to reduce inflammation but do nothing to restore the skin's normal anatomical and physiological structure. In fact, the opposite occurs with atrophy or thinning of the skin leaving the patient exposed to infection and unpleasant topical steroid withdrawal symptoms if treatment is ceased.

How does wheatgrass extract help healing?

Possibly by the ligands - (20 at least) - known to exist in the extract. They appear to assist the "re-coupling" process - not just for the skin, but for internal conditions as well. For example, in ulcerative colitis. In fact, wheatgrass extract has a positive "whole body effect" that is capable of recovering numerous medical conditions and injuries.

Fig. 5. 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 - once weekly application.
Fig. 5. 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 - once weekly application.

Compared with the patient in Figure 4, the remarkable response of this teenage girl's psoriasis (Fig. 5.) to wheatgrass extract suggests that age may be an important factor in wheatgrass extract's skin healing ability.

Such effective recoveries of complex wounds and topical steroid damaged skin suggest facilitation of "signalling" tissue malfunction or damage, directly to the brain. Numerous clinical observations suggest influence of the hypothalamic/pituitary/adrenal (HPA) axis which controls the body's hormonal and many other bioactivities. For instance, the extract has helped many infertile women conceive.

It appears that wheatgrass extract also assists whole body repair by restoring damaged neuronal connections between the brain and adversely affected areas(s), (e.g. skin rash, alopecia, venous ulcers etc. ).

For instance, in this case of severe psoriasis. (Fig. 6.)

Fig. 6. Severe, chronic psoriasis, unresponsive to orthodox medical treatment exhibits remarkable recovery just two weeks after commencement of wheatgrass extract application.
Fig. 6. Severe, chronic psoriasis, unresponsive to orthodox medical treatment exhibits remarkable recovery just two weeks after commencement of wheatgrass extract application.

Just two weeks after wheatgrass extract was applied to the affected area, (Fig. 4.) 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, the patient is young, which might facilitate  the healing process.

This case also suggests that the CAUSE of psoriasis might be related to dysfunction of efferent nerves from the brain to  "affected" areas. This concept is supported by a number of conditions such as skin disorders, hemorrhage, pain, itch etc. that frequently respond to wheatgrass extract

Why chlorophyll doesn't assist the healing process

A green-coloured commercial product, "Chlorophyllin", (containing an extract derived from wheatgrass sprouts) was, in the United States in the 1930/40's, found to be effective at healing infected wounds and helped create the myth that “green” chlorophyll "heals". In fact, if left for a short while, fresh wheatgrass juice turns from dark green to black as the chlorophyll oxidises.  Chlorophyllin manufacturers overcame this problem by adding a green copper salt to the mix and calling it "sodium copper chlorophyllin".

In 1947, US Army surgeon Lieutenant-Colonel Bowers reported remarkable healing of wounds by applying them with Chlorophyllin. Although he incorrectly attributed the results to chlorophyll, he observed:

Absence of odour in infected wounds.
Acceleration of wound recovery when used as a dressing - particularly for burns.
A drying effect for abscesses, sinus tracts, surface wounds and bone infection.

Having also observed the same experiences many times using a wheatgrass extract (which actually contains no chlorophyll), I can vouch for many of Bowers' observations.

He also reported faster healing of anal fistulaCrohn's diseaseulcerative colitisbedsores and bone fractures - even gunshot wounds. I have no doubt whatsoever that his observations were as he described, but there are a few "facts" about wheatgrass healing that need to be corrected.

For instance, contrary to Bowers' understanding, chlorophyll, although essential for the production of oxygen, is neither  capable of healing wounds, nor any other medical condition. See Fig. 7.

Chloroplast diagram
Fig. 7. Chlorophyll can only assist oxygen production inside a live, biologically active plant cell in the same way that a mitochondrion can only produce energy inside a living human or animal cell. Once the cell is damaged, e.g. by juicing, chlorophyll loses its natural functionalities.