I often talk about wheatgrass being a topical (and systemic if taken orally) immune modulator or “immune system enhancer”.
I think most health practitioners would be delighted to know that such a thing exists, but it would simply be too good to be true.
Nonetheless, based on numerous clinical observations, medical research and other reports, I can vouch for the fact it does exist, that it often works and usually very effectively.
There is considerable evidence on this website that supports what I say. The large number of patients suffering with topical steroid withdrawal I have been able to wean off oral and topical steroids with wheatgrass may not satisfy the rules of medical research, but the results I have achieved I think speak for themselves.
Presuming wheatgrass is an immune-modulator (tissue normaliser), then one would expect it to have some positive effect in autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis, which it often does.
We know that autoimmunity occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly produces antibodies that react against the body’s own tissues. This is a phenomenon that occurs in all humans to a certain degree e.g. antibodies attacking abnormal cell development such as cancer cells. But when the immune system’s checks and balances get out of kilter, things can start to go wrong on a larger scale and an autoimmune “condition” develops.
The usual medical approach to autoimmune conditions is to use drugs such as steroids in an attempt to suppress the immune response thereby reducing tissue damage. This sounds like a sensible thing to do, but over time, immunosuppressants can do a lot more harm to the body than good so the “cure” can end up being worse than the condition. Also, an undesirable rebound can occur on stopping these drugs.
But are there no alternatives available to health practitioners?
As far as I am aware, not from the pharmaceutical industry.
So we have to look to the “alternative” side of medicine to find at least some of the answers, and that is where wheatgrass comes in.
But wheatgrass is not the only plant-derived immunomodulator. Echinacea is another example, but this can sometimes be toxic and is not recommended for long term treatment. I just happen to find that being able to apply or drink wheatgrass with impunity, and indefinitely when necessary, is quite a bonus. So wheatgrass can and often does help to modulate or steady the sometimes marked immunological swings that often occur in autoimmune conditions.
How then does wheatgrass actually work?
Currently this question remains unanswered. Scientists have analysed the cereal grasses to the point that there is very little they don’t know about their nutritional value. But so far they have not isolated the Grass Juice Factor, a powerful growth and fertility factor which is most likely the most important biological active in wheatgrass. This factor can act very quickly and produce recovery rates not normally observed in clinical practice. These phenomena suggest the existence of alternative biochemical and/or immunological mechanisms and pathways to the brain that have as yet not been identified.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.