Wound healing history

It seems the idea of wheatgrass healing may be catching on again after seventy years waiting in the wings.

It is not generally known that wheatgrass was often scientifically trialled and reported, and was prescribed by many physicians and surgeons in the 1930’s and 40’s – with considerable success. Fresh wheatgrass compresses and the juice itself were applied to┬ápost-operative wounds, fractures and severe burns that healed rapidly.

In the American Journal of Surgery (1940), Benjamin Gruskin, M.D. recommends chlorophyll for its antiseptic benefits. The article suggests the following clinical uses:

  • to clear up foul smelling odors,
  • neutralize strep infections,
  • heal wounds,
  • hasten skin grafting,
  • cure chronic sinusitis,
  • overcome chronic inner-ear inflammation and infection,
  • reduce varicose veins and heal leg ulcers,
  • eliminate impetigo and other scabby eruptions,
  • heal rectal sores,
  • successfully treat inflammation of the uterine cervix,
  • get rid of parasitic vaginal infections,
  • reduce typhoid fever, and,
  • cure advanced pyorrhea in many cases.

Quite a broad healing spectrum! But, through my own experience, I can vouch for many of them.

Unfortunately the rapid growth of pharmaceuticals, and the introduction of synthetic vitamin pills after the Second World War replaced holistic, healing wheatgrass. But non-patentable grass was quietly swept under the therapeutic carpet.

Wheatgrass healing in fact goes back thousands of years and the knowledge surrounding it has survived the passage of time. Seventy years ago wheatgrass healing again made its mark as it continues to do so in the contemporary literature. To quote the late Steve Meyerowitz in his book “Wheatgrass – Nature’s Finest Medicine”, first published in 1983:

Wheatgrass is great to have around the house for cuts, bruises, rashes, burns and bangs. Make a bandage from gauze dipped in wheatgrass juice. Even better, re-dip the pulp and put a little under the bandage. If it is a large wound, wrap it in soaked gauze or pulp and protect it with a towel to prevent dripping. the American Journal of Surgery reported that in experiments with over 1,000 surgically wounded animals, chlorophyll increased the rate of healing by 25% over the non-chlorophyll control group. Until you use it, it is hard to appreciate just how rapidly it reduces swellings, takes the sting out of burns and heals wounds, frequently without leaving scars…..

It’s not chlorophyll that does the job, but that doesn’t matter. From my broad experience of using wheatgrass clinically, I can vouch for its efficacy in all of the abovementioned conditions.

So if wheatgrass is such an amazing healing agent whose effects have been observed and reported by numerous health practitioners around the world, why has it been forgotten? How can so many of my colleagues imply it can’t possibly work – without having tried it! Perhaps they have become straitjacketed by Big Pharma?

I mean, why would I want to put a potentially allergenic antibiotic cream on a burn or prescribe a costly, potentially dangerous antiviral medication for shingles when wheatgrass can do a quicker, cheaper and usually more effective job?

Dr. Chris Reynolds.