Burns: 2nd. degree. Case study

An accidental burn at work

A young waitress ran in to my surgery screaming with pain. She had just spilled boiling hot soup over her hand at a nearby restaurant.

The burn looked serious. A large area of her palm was bright red, swollen and already beginning to blister. I immediately sprayed some wheatgrass extract over the area and applied a non-adherent dressing.

Under normal circumstances, (i.e. without wheatgrass extract) it would most likely take at least two or three weeks to get her skin healed sufficiently for her to return to work. Also, because burns are prone to infection, she would need regular follow-up, daily dressings, wound debridement, pain control (which is always a difficult challenge), and antibiotic cover. Additional social complications such as final university examinations, likely eviction for unpaid rent and loss of her job, made matters worse.

Meanwhile, her employer would have to find and train a replacement, deal with insurance matters and possibly face an increase in insurance premium because of the injury and time off work.

Had I taken the "standard" medical approach and applied silver sulfadiazine, (a type of antibiotic used widely for burns) there would not only be risk of wound infection and allergic reaction, it would do nothing for her pain.

How wheatgrass solved the problem

Having used wheatgrass extract for 10 years or more for relieving pain and healing second degree burns, I was quietly confident the young lady's burn would heal quickly and she would return to work sooner than later.

Instead of cooling her hand in cold water, (a wrong way to treat burns), I sprayed a little wheatgrass extract over the burn then covered it with a protective bandage. The secret to healing second-degree burns is to maintain blood flow to the burn area at all costs. Cold water application only inhibits the healing process and should never be used for treating burns.

As she left, I told the patient her pain would be gone by the morning and she could most likely return to work.

"I don't think so." she said, shaking her head.

Just in case, I prescribed a strong pain killer (which she didn't need) and asked her to return the next morning.

When she came in, I was met with her beaming smile and a bandage-free wound!

Her pain had disappeared by midnight and apart from a good night's sleep, she had a full range of pain-free movement of the hand and fingers. There was no blistering, tenderness to the touch or broken skin. Her palm was a little red, but that was all.

She returned to work the next day.

More about using wheatgrass extract for burns

Since I began using wheatgrass for healing burns in 1995, infection or prolonged pain have never been an issue. Wheatgrass clearly has potent anti-inflammatory/analgesic properties and also helps prevent wound infection. It appears that wheatgrass helps the body to heal itself.

I often wonder how useful wheatgrass extract could be in hospital emergency rooms, ambulances and doctors' surgeries - and on the beach for protecting against and relieving sunburn pain, not to mention jellyfish sting wounds!

To my knowledge, nothing else rapidly eases pain, prevents or reduces fluid and protein loss from the burn surface than wheatgrass extract. It also effectively assists healing of the burn wound - with minimum or zero scarring - if applied soon after the injury.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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