Foot ulcers: Diabetic. 8 Cases

Introduction

Diabetic foot ulcers are common in both Type 1 (insulin-dependent) and Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent diabetes). They can lead to considerable disability.

With a tendency to recur, they may lead to amputation if blood circulation can’t be maintained and can take months or years to heal. In fact, many never do. However, wheatgrass extract can assist by restoring blood supply to the affected area and actively assisting wound recovery.

How do diabetic ulcers form?

Mainly due to reduction or blockage of blood flow to a particular area, which causes the skin to break down. Because the nerves controlling blood supply have been damaged, (peripheral neuropathy), affected skin becomes vulnerable to even minor injuries that can damage the skin surface and result in an ulcer. Fortunately though, diabetic ulcers usually respond well to wheatgrass extract where it appears to repair the minute nerves controlling blood flow to the area. This video shows how quickly wheatgrass can alter blood flow in the micro-circulation.

How should I use wheatgrass on a diabetic ulcer?

Generally, less works best when using wheatgrass, so apply just enough to cover the ulcer surface once a week only and cover the wound with a light gauze dressing and bandage. Persevere. 

Case #1.  Diabetic ulcer.

49 y.o. male. Left forefoot. Ulcer present 4 months and heals after two months' treatment with wheatgrass extract.

Pre-wheatgrass. Note central blood clot (hematoma).
Pre-wheatgrass. Note central blood clot (hematoma).
2 days’ wheatgrass. Hematoma has burst.
2 days’ wheatgrass. Hematoma has burst.
4 weeks. Ulcer almost healed.
4 weeks. Ulcer almost healed.
8 weeks. Ulcer healed.
8 weeks. Ulcer healed.

Case #2.  Longstanding (many years) diabetic ulcer (foot)

This wound healed sufficiently to enable skin grafting.

Daily wheatgrass treatment commenced. Note satellite ulcer (arrow).
Daily wheatgrass treatment commenced. Note satellite ulcer (arrow).
2 months later. Ulcer is almost completely filled.
2 months later. Ulcer is almost completely filled.
At 4 months, wound sealed by cell regrowth. Skin graft refused.
At 4 months, wound sealed by cell regrowth. Skin graft refused.

Case #3.

Big toe amputation wound heals quickly

Diabetic toe amputation due to infection/gangrene. No response to placental extract. Wheatgrass commenced alternate days.
Diabetic toe amputation due to infection/gangrene. No response to placental extract. Wheatgrass commenced alternate days.
5 weeks. Wound is significantly smaller & there is no pain or infection.
5 weeks. Wound is significantly smaller & there is no pain or infection.
9 weeks. Ulcer contracting, dry & no infection. Unusual as amputation increases risk of bone infection. Antibiotics were not required.
9 weeks. Ulcer contracting, dry & no infection. Unusual as amputation increases risk of bone infection. Antibiotics were not required.
At 4 months, wound is healed & pain free. No bone infection.
At 4 months, wound is healed & pain free. No bone infection.

Case #4.

Diabetic ulcer skin graft heals well in 3 weeks

Non-healing diabetic ulcer 6 months. Section of graft failed to heal (arrow).
Non-healing diabetic ulcer 6 months. Section of graft failed to heal (arrow).
Close-up of ulcerated area prior to wheatgrass treatment.
Close-up of ulcerated area prior to wheatgrass treatment.
After 3 weeks wheatgrass treatment, ulcer has healed. (arrow)
After 3 weeks wheatgrass treatment, ulcer has healed. (arrow)

Case #5.

Diabetic ulcer heals in 5 weeks after surgical debridement & wheatgrass

55 y.o. insulin-dependent diabetic. Ulcer 1 year. Day after surgical debridement and wheatgrass application. Treatment conducted in diabetic hospital, India.
55 y.o. insulin-dependent diabetic. Ulcer 1 year. Day after surgical debridement and wheatgrass application. Treatment conducted in diabetic hospital, India.
2 weeks later, wound is clean with rapid regrowth of normal skin around the wound.
2 weeks later, wound is clean with rapid regrowth of normal skin around the wound.
After 5 weeks daily wheatgrass extract, the wound is completely healed.
After 5 weeks daily wheatgrass extract, the wound is completely healed.

Case #6.

Non-healing diabetic ulcer (due to trauma 4 months earlier). Wound almost healed after one week of wheatgrass.

Surgical “cleansing” (debridement) of wound. Followed by daily application of wheatgrass extract.
Surgical “cleansing” (debridement) of wound. Followed by daily application of wheatgrass extract.
One week later, wound has almost healed. No infection present.
One week later, wound has almost healed. No infection present.
3 months later, wound completely healed.
3 months later, wound completely healed.

Case #7.

55 y.o. male. Non-healing ulcer on heel 4 years.

Note hematoma (blood clot) bulging upwards from ulcer centre. Daily application of wheatgrass extract commenced.
Note hematoma (blood clot) bulging upwards from ulcer centre. Daily application of wheatgrass extract commenced.
2 weeks’ wheatgrass. Hematoma has burst, blood clot absorbed & new skin forming at the edges. Ulcer surface shows renewed blood circulation.
2 weeks’ wheatgrass. Hematoma has burst, blood clot absorbed & new skin forming at the edges. Ulcer surface shows renewed blood circulation.
6 weeks. Wound continues to heal and is almost closed. Patient lost to follow-up
6 weeks. Wound continues to heal and is almost closed. Patient lost to follow-up

Case #8. Wheatgrass recovers skin graft applied to diabetic foot ulcer

This 52-year old Type 2 diabetic suffered from peripheral neuropathy, where the nerves supplying his lower leg were damaged causing a reduction in blood flow to the area, resulting in a diabetic ulcer.

The ulcer was operated on leaving quite a large wound (Fig.1.). Further treatment was unsuccessful, so a skin graft was applied. However recovery was incomplete, so he began applying wheatgrass extract to the wound.

The patient writes: “Within a couple of days of commencing use of wheatgrass, the wound had revascularised and the open areas were beginning to close. (Fig. 2). The open areas of the graft/wound closed after just 7 days and the graft/wound continued to make outstanding progress.” (Fig. 3.)

Fig. 1. Pre-wheatgrass
Fig. 1. Pre-wheatgrass
Fig. 2. Closing of the wound
Fig. 2. Closing of the wound
Fig. 3. Wound closed
Fig. 3. Wound closed