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Wheatgrass works for diabetic foot ulcers

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.

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.

Like leprosy 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. (View this video on You Tube that shows how quickly wheatgrass can influence the micro-circulation in a positive way). 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.

Case #1  Diabetic foot ulcer (Left foot)

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.

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.

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.

Fig. 4. Same patient 4 weeks after commencement of wheatgrass spray. Ulcer is almost completely filled and exudate is absent.

Fig. 5. Same patient 6 weeks after daily application of wheatgrass spray. Ulcer is completely filled and lesion markedly reduced in size. No exudate.

Fig. 6. Same patient 8 weeks after commencement of wheatgrass spray. Ulcer remains dormant.

Case #1  Diabetic foot ulcer (Right foot)

(Sufficient improvement to proceed to skin graft)

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. Amputation being considered.

Fig. 2. Same patient. Closer view. Note satellite ulcer (arrow).  Daily treatment with wheatgrass spray commenced.

Fig. 3. 2 weeks after daily application of wheatgrass spray. Revascularisation of the ulcer surface is clearly visible and new tissue formation is occurring around the edges. Note that the satellite ulcer has already almost completely healed. (arrow)

Fig. 4.  2 months after commencement of wheatgrass spray. The ulcer is almost completely filled, is no longer protruding above the wound edges and the surface is almost completely dry with early re-epithelialisation occurring. The overall surface area has reduced in size.

Fig. 5. At 4 months, the wound is clean, dry and completely covered with new skin formation. (Re-epithelialisation). Because the wound had improved to the point where skin grafting was possible, the patient was advised to proceed, but declined.

Fig. 6. At 7.5 months, the ulcer persists, but has not regressed. The patient also reports return of sensation which may suggest recovery of peripheral nerve function. He continues to refuse application of a skin graft.

Case #2 Big toe amputation site heals quickly

Fig. 1. 40 year old non-insulin dependent diabetic female. Painful open wound persists four weeks after amputation of big toe which became gangrenous due to diabetes. Treated with placental extract but wound very slow to heal and weeping profusely. Commenced application of wheatgrass spray every second day.

Fig. 2. After 5 weeks wheatgrass treatment and simple dry gauze dressings, the wound has contracted significantly, the surface is dry and clean and the patient is no longer in pain. There is no evidence of infection.

Fig. 3. At 9 weeks the ulcer continues to contract, remains dry and there is no sign of infection. This is an unusual outcome after amputation as there is always risk of recurrence, bone infection and further amputation. This patient has not been taking antibiotics.

Fig. 4. At 4 months, The wound is healed, clean and pain free. There is no evidence of bone infection. The patient's medications are for diabetes treatment only.

Case #3 Diabetic ulcer skin graft heals in 3 weeks

Fig. 1. Non-insulin dependent diabetic patient, 6 years. Had skin grafted over non-healing diabetic ulcer 6 months earlier. Part of the graft failed to heal (arrow), and did not respond to various treatments.

Fig. 2.  Close-up view of ulcerated area prior to commencement of treatment with wheatgrass spray.

Fig. 3.  Three weeks after commencement of daily application of wheatgrass spray, the ulcer has healed. (arrow)


Case #4. Diabetic ulcer heals in 5 weeks after surgical debridement

Fig. 1. 55 y.o. female. Insulin-dependent diabetic, ulcer present greater than one year. Day 1 after surgical debridment and application of wheatgrass extract. Treatment conducted in a large specialist hospital for diabetic patients in India.

Fig. 2.  After 2 weeks' daily application of wheatgrass extract, the wound is clean and there has been rapid regrowth of normal skin around the wound.

Fig. 3.  After 5 weeks daily wheatgrass spray, the wound is completely healed.


Case #5. Non-healing diabetic ulcer following trauma 4 months previously almost healed after one week's treatment with wheatgrass spray.

Fig. 1. Note surgical "cleansing" (debridement) of wound. This was followed by daily application of wheatgrass spray.

Fig. 2. One week later, the wound has almost completely healed. No infection present.

Fig. 3. Follow-up at three months. Wound completely healed. No evidence of ulcer recurrence.


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