Using wheatgrass for molluscum contagiosum
A Mother's Testimonial
Just wanted to drop you a line and say a huge thank you. Initially I thought my four year old daughter was developing skin tags, but very quickly the lumps and bumps quickly developed all over her stomach, groin and legs. After one got badly infected she was diagnosed by the GP with molluscum. He gave her antibiotics for the infection and said it was common virus and we should wait it out.
Not happy with the possibility that it could take 18 months (or longer) to clear on its own and seeing it spread like wildfire, I spent a long time looking on the Internet for a solution. Entirely sceptical, but willing to give anything a go rather than watch the distress it was causing, I used wheatgrass extract. I sprayed morning and night. After a week there was no real change, but it hadn't become any worse either, around day 10 the molluscum very quickly started to crust over and dry out. At two weeks they were healing and flattening and now at week 4 all that is left are some red marks that are fading fast. I could literally weep with relief – thank you so, so much. Photos attached – feel free to use.R. R. Australia.
This child's abdomen 4 weeks before and after wheatgrass treatment
Right thigh before and after 4 weeks wheatgrass treatment
About molluscum in childrenMolluscum contagiosum may be unsightly, but it is by no means a risk to the patient, either child or adult unless the lesions are interfered with by various physical "treatments". It is a very common and quite contagious viral infection most often affecting young children.
These viral lesions appear as small, sometimes itchy raised spots which can occur anywhere on the body, but mostly on the face and upper body, armpits and behind the knees. Although the condition is harmless, molluscum can be very unsightly and distressing to patient and carers alike. Sometimes the child is banned from public bathing areas because of it, which can itself be distressing.
How do children get molluscum?
The molluscum virus usually spreads by direct contact from person to person e.g. from family members or other infected children with whom they swim or bathe, or by sharing towels. The incubation period can vary between about 2 to 24 weeks. The condition itself, if left untreated will eventually disappear, but this could take up to 2 years or more.
How is molluscum treated?
If possible, start with prevention. If a family member has the condition, avoid the sharing of baths, towels and close contact with other children. As any parent would know, this is not always easy to achieve.
Traditionally, there has been little in the way of effective treatments available. Medical advice and treatment varies from "there's no treatment..it will disappear in a year or two", to freezing with CO2, cauterizing, squeezing, pricking, cutting and burning the spots. Other "treatments" include benzyl peroxide, Betadine, and Burrow's solution (aluminium acetate). None of these methods are satisfactory, and some can be quite distressing to a young child and should be avoided as scarring can result. For example, this child treated with cantharone, a highly toxic substance.
I discovered that wheatgrass extract (which I use for many conditions) worked for molluscum 1996 when one of my own children contracted the virus. More as an afterthought and not expecting it to work, (soon after I came across wheatgrass as a healing agent) I applied wheatgrass extract daily to the lesions. To my surprise, in about four weeks, they had completely disappeared. Since then wheatgrass extract has successfully rid thousands of patients worldwide of the molluscum virus. Most importantly, the collective feedback from numerous parents and patients around the world tells us it takes about 6 to 10 weeks of daily application of wheatgrass extract to eliminate the spots.
Because of the high safety factor in applying wheatgrass to the skin, (wheatgrass juice is a "food", consumed daily by millions around the world and the wheatgrass Spray can be used orally) it is ideal for treating infants and children - and side effects are rare. In fact, improvement of eczema is a common observation in these children. Wheatgrass is also safe to use around the eyes simply by applying a little with your finger or a cotton bud/Q-tip.
All Dr Wheatgrass skin products can be used for molluscum, but the spray, being the most economical product, easy to apply, quick-drying, non-sticky and even safe enough to treat oral conditions, is preferred.
How does wheatgrass work?
Molluscum, being a virus, can not be cured by drugs. Wheatgrass however, is not a drug, it is a herbal extract which has been shown to be a potent but safe, immune-modulator. In other words, it "powers-up" the patient's immune system to get rid of the virus. Topical application alone can eliminate the virus, however, adding daily oral ingestion of wheatgrass or wheatgrass extract could be reasonably expected to accelerate elimination of the virus by boosting the patient's immune system even further. Wheatgrass can also safely be applied anywhere on the body including the genital area.
How long will it take to work?
In the early stages, you won't see much change, in fact it is common for the spots to spread further at the beginning of wheatgrass treatment. It takes some time for the bioactives in wheatgrass to act on the immune system and prepare it for destroying the virus, so try to persevere. Remember, molluscum is not harmful, just unsightly. So keep working on the twice daily application of a little spray and spread it over the spots. It does not need to be rubbed in.
Around about six weeks is the time to start looking for change. This often shows as increased numbers and spreading of the spots, redness, enlargement of some of the spots and perhaps some yellowish colouration.
These are GOOD signs. Why? Because they show that the virus is REACTING to the extract and in the great majority of cases, is beginning to give up the fight.
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.