Vaginal dystrophy – wheatgrass can assist

Use of phytostimolin vaginal cream and lavage in cervical dystrophy after dilatation and curettage of the cervix.

Bottino. G. et al.  Minerva Ginecol. Mar 1991;43(3):123-5. (View abstract offsite)

A group of Italian doctors in Turin performed a double-blind study on 60 women with vaginal dystrophy using a herbal cream that contained phytostimolin derived from Triticum vulgare – better known as wheatgrass. There were two groups differentiated on whether they had undergone previous surgery or not. The groups showed an overall efficacy of 70% and 90%. The researchers attested to the “absence of side effects and the good level of tolerance” of the cream they used.

Dr. Chris’ comment:

Vaginal dystrophy usually affects menopausal women. A common condition, it is most often due to reduced estrogen levels. It can cause dryness, itching, burning, irritation and sometimes post-coital bleeding due to its effects on the cervix and vaginal wall. It is usually treated with supplemental estrogen which is not always effective and can cause adverse effects.

Like this research group, I also find wheatgrass extgract can be effective for
this condition. Why would it work? We don’t know exactly, but if we look at growth factors and their ability to cause cell regeneration and re-growth, and, knowing that wheatgrass in some way causes rapid regeneration of cells as seen for example in wound healing, it probably makes sense. Anti-aging remedies don’t only work on the skin.