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Wheatgrass for various skin-related conditions

Below is a list of some of the skin and skin-related conditions where wheatgrass extract has frequently proved to be effective. Wheatgrass appears to facilitate the natural healing process most likely by activating the growth factors necessary for this process. Because of its high margin of safety, including application to open wounds, wheatgrass is always worth trying in virtually any situation where the skin or soft tissue is injured, damaged or compromised. The outcome can include pain reduction, minimal swelling, hemostasis (stops bleeding) and substantially improved recovery times. The extract can also be quite safely applied to open wounds. 

Note: In general, with wheatgrass, less is better. Use it sparingly, not because it is harmful, but because it is catalytic in nature so a little goes a long way. Often, once daily application or even less for skin ulcers, diabetic ulcers etc. is sufficient.

Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.

Acne rosacea

Apply daily to affected area. Persist. WG is the only therapeutic agent I know

Acute, painful rashes

Apply sparingly to affected area. Can provide rapid, dramatic reduction of pain, swelling & blistering.

Alopecia areata

Apply wheatgrass cream or spray twice daily. Responses vary considerably and treatment needs to continue for at least 12 months before deciding whether to continue or not. Wheatgrass appears to have a positive effect on auto-immune conditions such as alopecia, psoriasis and acne rosacea. (View alopecia case histories)

Burn contractures

Apply sparingly to contracture 3 times a day or more frequently. Contracture can soften in 15-20 minutes allowing increased mobilisation. Long term effect not known. Also worth trying on Dupuytren's contractures.

Burns (Minor or Second Degree)

Apply immediately to burn area. Apply light, non-stick dressing (eg Melolin) only if necessary. Change dressing daily. Pain reduction or elimination can occur within hours or even less. Low or negligible infection & rapid healing with reduced scar formation. For these reasons, I believe wheatgrass is of major medical importance as a treatment for burns, both superficial and deep. (Read more)

Chilblains

Apply every few hours. Can moderate symptoms.

Diabetic foot ulcers

Apply sparingly to ulcer once every three days & cover with light non-stick dressing. If too painful, apply around ulcer. Can reduce pain & risk of infection. May induce healing & increase circulation to affected area. Do not apply more frequently as it is not necessary and could slow healing.

Excision of skin lesions

Smear small amount of WG over base of excision e.g. cyst, or over sutured skin. Cover firmly with non-stick dressing. Re-dress daily.

Minimal or no pain after local anesthetic wears off. Clean, blood-free open wound site next day, no adherence to dressing. Little ooze. Can prevent infection, with fast healing & reduced scarring.

Granulomas

Apply WG daily with light dressing. Antibiotics not usually required. Exudate can dry up in 48 hours. Lesion may take several weeks to resolve.

Herpes zoster

Use medication if indicated. Apply WG every 4 hours to developing or established rash. May assist & shorten healing process & ease pain. (View case history)

Ingrown toenail

Apply to inflamed area & cover with light dressing once a day. Often marked reduction in pain & inflammation in a few days.

Injection sites

Apply immediately to injection site & cover with bandaid. Can prevent local pain, tenderness & swelling.

Jellyfish & insect bites & stings

Apply immediately to affected area.Can ease pain & reduce inflammation if applied early.

Laser burns

Apply to burn site once a day. Can prevent & reduce inflammation & pain.

Paronychia

Apply to affected area. WG almost invariably produces remarkable improvement, reducing pain, inflammation and swelling overnight. Antibiotics not required and extract prepares area for incision and drainage. However, pus tends to be absorbed and incision often unnecessary.

Phlebitis

Apply WG 3 times a day or more frequently to affected area. Can soften tissue & reduce swelling, tenderness and pain.

Phlebotomy, IV sites

Apply immediately after vein puncture. Can prevent bruising & inflammation. Ideal for venepuncturists.

Psoriasis

Apply twice daily to affected areas. Persist. May take a couple of months for lesions to fade. Usually itch disappears in first few days or weeks, then plaque becomes thinner with reduction in scale shedding. Lesions become smoother and in time, centre begins to fade.

Slow healing insect bites (e.g. White-tailed spider)

Skin abscess

Apply daily to wound with light non-stick dressing. Repeat daily.Wound can dry quickly & heal within several weeks or sooner.

Solar keratoses

Smear small amount of WG on lesion twice daily. Can eradicate lesions in about 6 - 8 weeks. Not so useful for basal cell carcinomas.

Sunburn

Apply as soon as possible to affected area. Repeat 4 hourly. Can significantly reduce pain and inflammation. Helps remove peeling skin. Wheatgrass can also augment the effects of sunscreen. Apply it to the skin before applying your sunscreen.

Varicose ulcers

Smear small amount of WG over the surrounding skin no more than 3 times a week. Apply non-stick light dressing. Compression not required. Pain reduction & cleansing of ulcer floor can occur with healing from wound edges & center of ulcer. Skin surrounding ulcer thickens & strengthens. Relatively easy self-care for patient. Cleansing agents, astringents, compression bandages are not usually required. Highly cost effective. Can reduce need for hospitalization.

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