Burns: 2nd. degree. Case study

A waitress in distress (Actual event)

An 18 year old waitress ran in to my surgery screaming with pain having just spilled boiling hot soup over her hand at work in a nearby restaurant.

The burn looked serious. A large area of her palm was bright red, swollen and already beginning to blister.

With final university examinations approaching, likely eviction for unpaid rent and losing her job because of the burn made her very worried.

It would take at least two or three weeks to get her fit to return to work, and because burns easily become infected, she would need daily dressings, wound debridement, pain control (which is always a difficult challenge), and antibiotics.

There was also a possibility of allergic reaction to silver sulfadiazine - "the" burns application used by most doctors worldwide. Aslo, it does little or nothing to ease pain or prevent infection, which makes one wonder why it is used at all.

Her employer would need to find a replacement, deal with insurance paper work and possibly face an increase in the premium.

How wheatgrass solved the problem

At this stage, I had been using wheatgrass extract for 10 years or more, for relieving pain and healing second degree burns, simply because it worked far better than silver sulfadiazine. Wheatgrass extract is a highly effective anti-inflammatory, analgesic and wound-healing agent.

So, instead of cooling the wound with cold water, I sprayed a little wheatgrass extract over her hand and covered it with a protective bandage. (The secret to healing second-degree burns is to maintain blood flow under the skin at all costs, which wheatgrass appears to do.) By comparison, cold water actually slows the healing process by reducing blood supply to the injured area. It should never be used for burns.

I informed the patient her pain would be gone by the morning and she could most likely return to work.

She shook her head.

"No way." she said.

I prescribed her a strong analgesic (which was not required) and arranged her review first thing the next day.

Walking into the office next morning, I was met with a beaming smile and a an uncovered wound!

She said the pain disappeared around midnight so she didn't need painkillers or a bandage. She also had a full range of pain-free movement of the hand and fingers. There was no tenderness to touch, blistering or broken skin. Her palm was mildly red, but that was all.

She returned to work the next day.

More about wheatgrass for burns

Since I first used wheatgrass for healing burns in 1995, I have never had to deal with infection or prolonged pain.

Wheatgrass clearly has the properties of a potent anti-inflammatory/analgesic medicine and also prevents wound infection. Observations of numerous healing phenomena over more than 25 years suggest that wheatgrass helps the body heal itself.

How useful wheatgrass extract could be in hospital emergency rooms, ambulances and doctors' surgeries - even 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 and significantly assists healing of the burn wound - with minimum or zero scarring.

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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