Diabetic foot ulcers. 8 Cases

Introduction

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

They tend to recur and may lead to amputation if blood circulation can’t be restored and, healing can take months to years. In fact, many never heal which is where wheatgrass can do much to help restore the blood supply and actively help heal these wounds.

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 diabteic ulcer?

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

Case #1.  Diabetic ulcer.

49 y.o. male. Left forefoot. Present 4 months, heals in two with wheatgrass.

Pre-wheatgrass. Note central blood clot (hematoma).

 

2 days’ wheatgrass. Hematoma has burst.

 

4 weeks. Ulcer almost 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).

 

2 months later. Ulcer is almost completely filled.

 

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.

 

5 weeks. Wound is significantly smaller & there is no pain or infection.

 

9 weeks. Ulcer contracting, dry with no sign of infection. Unusual as amputation increases risk of bone infection. Antibiotics not required.

 

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).

 

Close-up of ulcerated area prior to wheatgrass treatment.
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.

 

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.

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.

 

One week later, wound has almost healed. No infection present.

 

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.

 

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

Case #8. Wheatgrass recovers and heals skin graft over diabetic foot ulcer

Patient’s testimonial:

This 52-year old Type 2 diabetic suffered from peripheral neuropathy, where the nerves supplying his lower leg were damaged which ultimately lead to a diabetic ulcer.

The ulcer was operated on leaving quite a large wound (Fig.1.), and was then treated with negative pressure dressings, without improvement, so a skin graft was applied. Because recovery was incomplete, 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. 2. Closing of the wound

 

Fig. 3. Wound closed

Dr. Chris Reynolds.

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