Wounds: Diabetic – healing of infected wound

A challenging healing task

This 55 y.o. non-insulin dependent diabetic female suffered a severe injury to her knee. After closure with 26 sutures (stitches), it soon became infected and re-opened. Two weeks later, most of the sutures had ruptured and the patient suffered severe pain. (Fig. 1.).

After cleansing, the wound was treated only with wheatgrass extract on alternate days only. Antibiotics were not required.

 Two weeks after infection of knee injury. Pus oozing from infected wound. Wheatgrass extract applied 3 times weekly.
Two weeks after infection of knee injury. Pus oozing from infected wound. Wheatgrass extract applied 3 times weekly.
Fig. 2. Two weeks later, the wound has dried, and surface is beginning to heal with no sign of infection.
Fig. 2. Two weeks later, the wound has dried, and surface is beginning to heal with no sign of infection.
Fig. 3. At 5 weeks, the wound is quite clean & healing well.
Fig. 3. At 5 weeks, the wound is quite clean & healing well.
Fig. 4. At 2 months from commencement of wheatgrass extract.
Fig. 4. At 2 months from commencement of wheatgrass extract.

The wound has completely healed and the patient is pain-free and fully mobile. Wheatgrass extract has facilitated healing of an otherwise very difficult challenge. Also, as no antibiotics were required, wheatgrass extract was clearly crucial in healing this patient's wound.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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