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.
Case #2. Longstanding (many years) diabetic ulcer (foot)
This wound healed sufficiently to enable skin grafting.
Big toe amputation wound heals quickly
Diabetic ulcer skin graft heals well in 3 weeks
Diabetic ulcer heals in 5 weeks after surgical debridement & wheatgrass
Non-healing diabetic ulcer (due to trauma 4 months earlier). Wound almost healed after one week of wheatgrass.
55 y.o. male. Non-healing ulcer on heel 4 years.
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.)