Case Studies - Wheatgrass Therapy


Foot and Leg Ulcers

Wheatgrass heals non-healing foot and leg ulcers!

Diabetic ulcers can respond very well, and often quickly, to wheatgrass therapy as shown by the cases below. Medical research and clinical observation suggest that wheatgrass contains bioactive molecules that repair the nervess and supply the skin with oxygen and nutrients.


Ulcers can respond very well, and often quickly. Medical research and clinical observation suggest that wheatgrass contains bioactive molecules that repair the nervess and supply the skin with oxygen and nutrients.

What is diabetic ulcer?

Diabetic foot ulcers are common in both Type 1 (insulin-dependent) and Type 2 (non-insulin-dependent diabetes) and can lead to considerable disability. Because of the absence of suitable treatments, these ulcers tend to recur and often lead to amputation to part of the affected leg or even to the death of the patient. Healing, if it occurs, can take months to years, but many never heal at all. About 15 percent of all people with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer at some point in their lives.

Cause of Diabetic Ulcers

Diabetic ulcers occur mainly due to reduced oxygen reaching the skin (ischemia) causing breakdown of overlying tissue. Also, the nerves controlling the blood supply may be damaged (peripheral neuropathy) which further reduces blood supply. The affected skin then becomes vulnerable to even minor trauma which breaks the skin surface. This is the beginning of an ulcer, and often considerable associated pain and mental stress ensues.

Wheatgrass Treatment for Diabetic Ulcers

Diabetic ulcers can respond very well, and often quickly, to wheatgrass therapy as shown by the cases below. Medical research and clinical observation suggest that wheatgrass contains bioactive molecules that stimulate production of growth factors. These factors help to repair the tiny nerves that control the calibre of the microscopical blood vessels supplying the skin with oxygen and nutrients. Prevention is better than cure, so wheatgrass should be applied to the feet daily to maintain the blood circulation and prevent such ulcers forming.


The diabetic ulcers shown below have only been treated every second day with wheatgrass spray and simple gauze dressings. Unless otherwise stated, other than regular diabetic medication, no debridement, antibiotics, sophisticated dressings or other treatments have been used during the wheatgrass treatment period shown in the photographs.

How do I treat foot ulcers with wheatgrass?

The best product for this is Dr Wheatgrass Skin Recovery Spray, however, Recovery Cream or Superbalm also works very well, if you prefer cream type. You can also combine with Supershots to boost healing process.


Spray a very small amount on to the ulcer floor daily. Wheatgrass extract is quite potent, so it is important not to overtreat any kind of ulcer. Apply a light dressing after spraying.


In about a week, the ulcer will show signs of debridement, i.e. removal of dead tissue and re-vitalisation of the ulcer floor due to a return in blood circulation. This is crucial for the ulcer to heal or to prevent potential amputation. Perseverance is essential.

Case Studies
Case Study 1
Diabetic Ulcer before treatment
Fig. 1. Diabetic forefoot ulcer present 4 months in a 49 yo male. Unresponsive to orthodox treatment. Commenced daily application of Dr Wheatgrass Skin Recovery Spray. Note hematoma (blood clot) bulging upwards from ulcer centre.
Diabetic Ulcer 2 days later
Fig. 2. Same patient after 2 days’ application of wheatgrass spray. Note that the hematoma has burst, blood clot resolved and new skin is encroaching on the ulcer surface around its upper and central margins. The remaining ulcer surface is well vascularised and vital.
Diabetic Ulcer 2 weeks later
Fig. 3. Same patient 2 weeks after daily application of wheatgrass spray. New skin has filled about 90% of the ulcer surface and vascularisation is no longer visible. The wound is clean and exudate minimal.
Diabetic Ulcer 4 weeks later
Fig. 4. Same patient 4 weeks after commencement of wheatgrass spray. Ulcer is almost completely filled and exudate is absent.
Diabetic Ulcer 6 weeks later
Fig. 5. Same patient 6 weeks after daily application of wheatgrass spray. Ulcer is completely filled and lesion markedly reduced in size. No exudate.
Diabetic Ulcer 8 weeks later
Fig. 6. Same patient 8 weeks after commencement of wheatgrass spray. Ulcer remains dormant
Case Study 2 - Non-healing diabetic ulcer following trauma 4 months previously almost healed after one week's treatment with wheatgrass spray.
Diabetic Ulcer before treatment
Fig. 1. Note surgical "cleansing" (debridement) of wound. This was followed by daily application of wheatgrass spray.
Diabetic Ulcer 1 week later
Fig. 2. One week later, the wound has almost completely healed. No infection present.
Diabetic Ulcer 3 months later
Fig. 3. Follow-up at three months. Wound completely healed. No evidence of ulcer recurrence.
Case Study 3- Skin graft over diabetic ulcer heals with wheatgrass
Before treatment
Fig. 1 - before wheatgrass treatment
After 2 days
Fig. 3 - 2 days later
After 7 days
Fig. 4 - 7 days later


I am a 52-year old Type 2 diabetic, with peripheral neuropathy and a rare bullosis diabeticorum complication. Related to this condition, I developed a lower leg ulcer, underwent wound debridement surgery on June 15th which left an open wound approximately 5 cm x 8 cm, and spent 10 days in hospital on IV antibiotics.


From June 16th to August 16th the wound was treated with a negative pressure dressing / attached medical device (Renasys Go). In the 2 months of treatment with the negative pressure dressing / attached medical device the wound decreased in size to about 3 cm x 5 cm. In an effort to accelerate wound recovery, doctors recommended a followup skin graft operation. The skin graft operation was performed on August 16th and I spent 6 more days in hospital. About 90% of the skin graft ‘took’ but there remained some open areas and the graft / wound was slow to fully recover. (Fig. 1.)


I commenced use of Dr Wheatgrass Skin Recovery Spray on September 11th, 26 days after the skin graft operation, applying the spray a couple of times a days and using a simple combine dressing for wound protection. Within a couple of days of commencing use of the Dr Wheatgrass spray, the wound had revascularised and the open areas were beginning to close. (Fig. 2). The open areas of the graft / wound closed by September 18th, just 7 days after commencing use of the Dr Wheatgrass spray, and the health of the graft / wound continued to make outstanding progress. (Fig. 3.)


As a result, I was able to return to work on September 19th after over 3 months away due to this medical condition. I have found the use of Dr Wheatgrass Skin Recovery Spray to be complementary to the conventional wound debridement surgery, negative pressure dressing / medical device, and skin graft surgery. I am very happy with what I think were the accelerated graft / wound healing benefits resulting from my use of the Dr Wheatgrass Skin Recovery Spray. I will continue to use the Dr Wheatgrass Skin Recovery Spray daily, both to help thicken / toughen up this graft / wound area and on my shins, ankles, and feet to help prevent leg ulcers. Thank you Dr Wheatgrass for a great product.


T. H. South Coast, NSW, Australia

Wheatgrass lowers super level in diabetics

Wheatgrass can lower sugar levels in diabetics, both insulin-dependent and non-insulin dependent. The reason being I have seen similar results in a number of diabetics taking my wheatgrass extract. The first time I observed this was in 1995, and there have been many more since then.


Medical research and my own observations suggest that wheatgrass is most likely a powerful stimulator of human growth factors. This is seen in many instances such as rapid skin recovery, wound healing and increased production of blood elements by the bone marrow. There are many similarities with what is happening to your diabetics and the activity of Insulin-like Growth Factor 1 (IGF-1), which influences most, if not all, the body's cells in a positive way. Most importantly, IGF-1 has an insulin-like effect on blood sugar. It reduces glucose levels and helps to stabilise them. Also, the Factor has a direct effect on removing excess fat tissue from the body, which is possibly why so many regular wheatgrass drinkers observe weight reduction.


Testimonial from J. C. New South Wales.

I was a supplier of organic wheatgrass on the Central Coast NSW Australia, for about three years. Whilst growing and supplying I became curious about the effects that wheatgrass would have on diabetics (as it tastes so sweet) so I asked my daughter's employer who is diabetic (stable control) if she would try it for me so we could see how it affected her levels. She took 30 mls the first day and her levels dropped from 13.5 to 11.5 in half an hour then that night she went home and ate an ice cream (which I do not advocate). To our surprise her levels were down to 9.5 the next morning. So she started on a program of 30 mls daily, her levels stayed at 9.5 till I introduced frozen wheatgrass out of convenience. Her levels dropped to 4.2 on 60mls per day. Her levels have remained the same even though she has stopped taking wheatgrass some years ago. I also have a friend who is a surgeon here in Australia. She is an insulin dependent diabetic. Fer level prior to taking the juice was 19.5. Her level dropped to 7.2 the next morning. She has taken wheatgrass juice every two months and her level has stayed down to 7.5.

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Dr. Chris discusses how to facilitate healing of diabetic foot ulcers with wheatgrass

Diabetic foot ulcers are increasingly common throughout the world, and because standard treatments are limited in what they can do, many of these patients require amputation in due course. Here Dr. Chris Reynolds explains how effective wheatgrass extract can be for debriding (cleaning) these ulcers and accelerating and aiding their healing.