Injuries. Don’t use ice.

I wince whenever I see an ice pack applied to an acute injury.

Having observed thousands of rapid recoveries from pulled muscles, ligaments, tendons, large bruises etc. using wheatgrass extract, it is hard to believe that ice is still used at all for injuries. Wheatgrass is so much more effective. These observations have convinced me that wheatgrass somehow activates the Growth Factors that are essential for healing.

Professor Lan Zhou and colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic in the US recently showed that when skeletal muscle is injured (in laboratory mice), remarkably high levels of Insulin Growth Factor -1 (IGF-1) are released from the inflammation that occurs.  (IGF-1) is vitally important to the healing process. It follows that inflammation is essential for hastening healing. Therefore, applying ice to reduce inflammation actually slows down the effects of (IGF-1) thus prolonging the healing process.

Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal that published the article (Read abstract offsite) said, “For wounds to heal we need controlled inflammation, not too much, and not too little. It’s been known for a long time that excess anti-inflammatory medication, such as cortisone, slows wound healing. This study goes a long way to telling us why.”

So, instead of slowing healing with ice, it makes sense to speed it up with wheatgrass.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.