Burns: Wheatgrass saves a child’s life

Impoverished Indian child recovers from extensive burns

A tiny hovel on the outskirts of a dusty provincial town in Madhyar Pradesh State in India is home to an impoverished family of six. Dirt floors, no sanitation, no beds (they sleep on the floor) and no electricity. Sun-baked cow dung seals the cracks in the paper thin walls. On a kerosene cooker, a kettle boils.

Five year old Pawan runs into the room and knocks over the cooker which explodes, drenching him in flames. He suffers severe burns to 40% of his body and is rushed to the Burns Unit at a large private hospital nearby. Pawan is lucky because they admit a limited number of impoverished burns victims, free of charge.

But there is a catch.

The burns must be healed sufficiently within a week, (an impossible task in most cases), or the patient will be sent home where wound infection will likely bring his life to an end.

Also, being poor, follow up treatment is highly unlikely and unhygienic surroundings at home could threaten his survival. In fact, many of these burns victims don’t even make it to a hospital, and die at home.

The burn surgeon's assessment

I visited Pawan on day 4. His entire buttock region had been badly burnt, and the entire area glistened under the ceiling light, a sign the wound was infected - ruling out any chance of applying a skin graft over the wound.

The boy was going to die.

"Do you think the wheatgrass spray might help?" asked the surgeon. "He must be discharged in three days, because the family has no more money.”

Having seen wheatgrass heal many nasty burns, I told her I thought it was possible.

At the surgeon’s request, I sprayed just one small corner of the wound. The boy winced a little and a few minutes later said it wasn't painful any more, but didn't want any more spraying.

An amazing outcome

The next day, the surgeon contacted me to say that overnight the infection had completely disappeared. The wound surface had dried and was no longer exuding fluid. A skin graft would  no longer be necessary!

The boy's burns recovered so well that he was discharged several days later to be reviewed at the Outpatient Department.

How could this have happened? At the time, I noted my observations:

"Yesterday, 19 March, 2013, I applied the spray to a very small area of a 3rd degree burn on a 5 year old boy who was in severe pain with 40% burns to his body. The doctor was going to do a large skin graft today. I squirted the extract on just one small corner of the burn. Today, he has no pain, and the graft has been cancelled because it’s not necessary."

I am quietly happy.

The wheatgrass extract clearly saved this young boy's life. This was most likely by "re-connecting" the burn-damaged area to the brain. The brain then responded by "re-activating" the healing process to the damaged area. Many thousands of similar "healing" responses suggest this is a basic principle behind the extract's remarkable healing ability.

The video below re-tells this story.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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