Case Studies - Wheatgrass Therapy

 

Foot and Leg Ulcers

 
Wheatgrass heals non-healing foot and leg ulcers!
 

Foot and leg 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 bio-active molecules that repair the nerves 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 ulcer?

Foot ulcers are skin injuries or wounds to the foot that take a long time to heal. They can be caused by poor blood flow (arterial), compromised veins (venous), continuous pressure or rubbing (decubitus) or decreased circulation (neuropathic) due to diabetes or similar conditions.

 

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 Ulcers

Ulcers are caused by severe or long term swelling from poor blood flow in the veins. This causes weakening in the tissue of your leg. The skin then breaks causing an ulcer to form.

 

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

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 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, 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.

 

Wound management using wheatgrass extract

- Wheatgrass promotes rapid re-vascularisation and re-epithelialisation of wound surface.

- Exudate is preserved while wound surface remains dry.

- ‘Non-stick’ surface facilitates pain-free removal of dressing.

- Ulcer heals faster due to retained exudate.

 
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
 

PATIENT'S TESTIMONIAL:

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 As A Wound-Healing Facilitator
 

Since the 1930’s, wheatgrass (and other cereal grasses) have been known to contain “growth factors” (2) (the term used in those days to describe substances that caused macroscopic growth in laboratory animals) capable of promoting rapid re-epithelialisation of acute wounds and burns. (3, 6-10) Wheatgrass was also used as a potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent.

 

However, by far the most important attribute of wheatgrass is its ability to generate a layer of new epithelial cells to cover the wound (or burn) surface within 24-36 hours.

 

This process seals the wound, contains the exudate and eliminates ooze and old blood.

 
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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.