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0074. Wheatgrass extract heals leprosy ulcers

A novel topical application influences closure of plantar ulcers in leprosy patients: case studies in India

Reynolds, CL., Reynolds, SJ., Vardharajan, L.

Background:  Leprosy is a chronic infection caused by a type of bacteria.  Leprosy has been recognized for thousands of years—for much of that time, lepers were forced into colonies because of the mistaken belief that leprosy is highly contagious— it is not.  Because the bacteria can cause nerve damage, skin ulcers and a lack of feeling or sensation, particularly in the hands and feet, one of the effects of leprosy is the appearance of ulcers on the bottom of the patient’s foot or feet.
Wheatgrass has been used as a remedy for skin lesions of various kinds, including ulcers, for thousands of years.  This study was designed as a pilot study, or a first step, to determine if the use of a topical wheatgrass spray could assist healing of long-term ulcers on the bottoms of the feet of leprosy patients.

Clinical Study: 19 patients who had leprosy for a mean of 30 ½ years and foot ulcers for an average of about 10 years completed the study.  During the study, the skin ulcer was sprayed with a 4% wheatgrass solution every other day and a light dressing was applied between the treatments.  There was a total of 28 ulcers among the 19 patients. At the end of the study (1 year) all the ulcers showed at least some signs of healing. Signs of healing included re-vascularization (blood vessels growing back into the affected areas), the elimination of dead tissue and a re-filling of the ulcer.  Most impressively, 39% of the ulcers were completely healed. 

Conclusions: Topical wheatgrass extract, in a 4% solution has been shown to be useful for the treatment of leprous foot ulcers, even in people who had suffered from them for 10 years or more.


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Dr. Chris Reynolds | Monday, December 30, 2013Permalink
 

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