Wheatgrass can help modify auto-immune conditions
I think about wheatgrass as being a topical (and systemic, or whole body if taken orally) immune modulator, or “immune system enhancer” – an assumption based on numerous clinical observations over many years.
For instance, wheatgrass has helped a large number of my patients suffering with topical steroid withdrawal overcome severe symptoms associated with these immune system-damaging drugs.
If we assume wheatgrass to be an immune-modulator (tissue normaliser), it would be reasonable to expect it to have some positive effect in autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis, which it often does.
We know that autoimmune conditions occur when the body’s immune system mistakenly produces antibodies that react against the body’s normal tissues, but there can also be a positive effect when, for instance, the antibodies attack and destroy cancer cells.
Dangers of steroid drugs
The usual medical approach to autoimmune conditions is to use drugs such as steroids to suppress the body’s immune response thereby reducing tissue damage. This may be 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 being treated.
But there are no alternative drugs available to overcome such symptoms.
So we need to look to the “alternative” side of medicine to find some answers. Wheatgrass has provded me with many answers.
But how does wheatgrass extract work? This is not an easy question to answer, but we do know it contains numerous ligands that influence tissue cells to report their status to the brain which then responds by “normalising” damaged or abnormal body cells. The hypothalamus is very important in this process, by “overseeing” the “normalisation” process of damaged or dysfunctional tissue.
It follows that wheatgrass should be used sparingly and should only be applied or taken orally on alternate days or less for best results.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.