Chlorophyll myth and a new look at how wheatgrass heals

The Demise of Chlorophyll and A Fresh Look At Wheatgrass Therapy 

Reynolds, C. Journal of the Australian Integrative Medicine Association.  2004

Summary:  In this article, (View .pdf file at bottom of page for complete version) Dr Chris Reynolds describes his journey from conventional to integrative medicine—and the role that wheatgrass played in that transition.

Almost 20 years ago, Dr. Reynolds who had been trained as a mainstream physician had an experience that changed his fundamental practice of medicine.  He tried a new treatment, and that treatment used an extract of wheatgrass.  He found that not only did the treatment work, it worked better than anything else he had tried! That success led him on a road of discovery, research and continued clinical success with a diverse set of clinical problems.

Dr Reynolds also discusses his belief that chlorophyll is not the active agent in the wheatgrass extract—most simply and obviously be the “shelf-life” of the wheatgrass extract is much longer than the “shelf-life” of chlorophyll.  In addition, lab tests show that very little chlorophyll remains in the extract after it is processed. Another factor, called Grass Juice Factor (GJF) may be responsible for the healing properties of the wheatgrass extract.

Another aspect of the Wheatgrass Story is the wide range of medical conditions that Dr. Reynolds has found the extract useful for, including topical steroid withdrawal,  pain associated with broken bones, anal fissures causing constipation, ear infections, plantar fasciitis, early-stage of viral infections and numerous skin conditions, wound healing and burns recovery.

After many years of clinical experience with wheatgrass, Dr. Reynolds has been able to significantly reduce use of various drugs. has increased his use of wheatgrass extract and has, at the same time, revived his love of medicine as both art and science.

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