About multiple sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a slowly progressive disease that has a negative effect on the brain and spinal cord. It is called a "demyelinating" disease because of the patchy destruction of myelin - the coating around the nerve that accelerates electrical impulses passing along it.
Nerve cells send electrical signals along their axons (conduction channels) to specific targets such as muscle cells. Many of these cells are covered with a fatty substance called the "myelin sheath" that enhances nerve conduction about 50 times faster than unmyelinated nerve axons. In multiple sclerosis, this sheath becomes damaged through demyelination, which disrupts nerve function.
Some effects of MS
There can be numerous symptoms such as muscle weakness, numbness, visual and emotional disturbances. The course of the illness is highly variable and unpredictable and there is no cure available. However, some medications can reduce the severity of the disease. The cause is unknown, but an immunological abnormality is thought to be responsible.
Some positive effects of wheatgrass
Since 1995, I have treated a number of patients with this condition using wheatgrass extract – some of whom have had encouraging results. For example:-
Case No. 1.
A nurse, who was also a mother with three young children - somehow managed to struggle through half a day's work, twice weekly. She also suffered severe chronic fatigue and spent most of her time resting when she wasn’t child-minding.
After taking wheatgrass extract for about two weeks she called me excitedly, as she had spent all day walking around the Melbourne Royal Showground with her children and felt on top of the world! The previous year she had to be pushed round the grounds in a wheelchair.
In 2002, I diaried: “Several reports from other sources have provided equally significant improvement in fatigue with fewer and less severe, relapses. One 54 year old male patient who had permanent neurological symptoms remained in remission for two years, but relapsed when he stopped taking the wheatgrass extract."
Case No. 2.
A young woman had suffered from MS for a number of years, her main symptoms being loss of sensation and numbness in both hands -a significant disability. I had sent her some commercially produced wheatgrass extract a month earlier which she had been taking three times a day. (Further study has shown she would most likely have done better by only taking once or twice weekly.)
She was ringing to tell me how delighted she was that she had burnt her hand, because it was very painful! She explained that she had had no sensation whatsoever in either hand for five years. It appeared that the MS-damaged nerves supplying sensation to her hands were beginning to recover.
(She subsequently regained full sensation in both hands. August 22, 2007 - View testimonial)
Case No. 3.
A young woman with MS for 17 years also reported dramatic recovery from fatigue, enabling her to regain an almost normal lifestyle. She also mentioned her hair and facial skin were now “glowing” and that even her partner and friends had noticed how well she looked. Clearly, there had been some recovery due to influence on her central nervous system
How does wheatgrass work for MS?
In laboratory animals it has been shown that barley grass (a cereal grass similar to wheatgrass) increases production of growth hormone and the hormone prolactin (which stimulates breast milk production) via the pituitary gland at the base of the brain. This appears to influence recovery of damaged nerve tissue.
A Canadian study, (See abstract offsite) observed that many MS patients' symptoms improved or disappeared during pregnancy i.e. when prolactin levels are high. Also, increased prolactin levels in mice demonstrated "a striking ability to repair demyelination" suggesting that the hormone could be a potential therapeutic agent for MS.
Perhaps wheatgrass also increased prolactin levels in the MS patients mentioned above, leading to remyelination of damaged nerve cells and subsequent acceleration in nerve transmission.
How should I treat my MS with wheatgrass?
This depends on what your symptoms are. For weakened muscle tissue, apply a little wheatgrass extract over the affected area(s) once weekly and persevere. Do the same for painful, stiff muscles. This often relaxes the muscles and relieves pain, but do not over treat. Try to hasten slowly.