Before and After

Before & After

Acne


* Chronic acne present 10 years causing marked disfigurement. No response to numerous and various medical treatments. After only six weeks’ treatment with wheatgrass spray and cream combination, there is significant improvement in appearance.


Wheatgrass appears to contain growth factor activators which may be responsible for the remarkable improvement shown in these photographs. In acne, there is a disturbance of the sebaceous glands. The activity of these glands is controlled by various hormones which in turn are controlled by the body’s immune system.


Wheatgrass, as a potent immune stimulant most likely plays an important role in acne treatment via this mechanism.




















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*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.



Alopecia


* Alopecia areata is quite a common condition that causes patchy and sometimes complete hair loss, usually from the scalp, but can affect any part of the body. The condition can occur at any age and is considered to be due to autoimmunity i.e. where the body’s immune system attacks and damages normal body tissues. In this case, it attacks the hair follicles or bulbs beneath the skin and “turns off” their ability to grow.


About 50% of these patients recover spontaneously within 6 to 12 months, but many can suffer the condition for many years. There is reputedly no known cure, but I have increasing numbers of patients recovering completely using my wheatgrass extract. The patient and/or carer however, needs to commit to daily application for at least 12 months. The case below emphasizes the importance of perseverance when using wheatgrass for alopecia.


Recovery may be brought about in the same way that wheatgrass produces rapid healing of injured body tissues such as skin, muscle and bone following injury. Wheatgrass appears to contain hormone-like molecules that stimulate growth factor activity. Growth factors are essential for promoting cell division and proliferation and for immune stimulation. This may well create an environment for re-activation of dormant hair follicles and subsequent hair re-growth.


Case Study: 28 yr. Old Lady













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Fig. 1. K. T. 14 Aug. ’02. Alopecia areata. Present 5 years, prior to treatment with wheatgrass cream. Fig. 2. K.T. 4 February ’03. Complete recovery 4 months later. This photograph was taken 2 months after completion of treatment.

This 28 year old Japanese woman suffered from alopecia areata for 5 years including a large, readily visible and embarrassing bald area at the back of her head. She had tried a number of treatments without success. She first attended my clinic on 14 August, 2002. After applying wheatgrass cream every second or third day, she regained complete hair re-growth within 4 months. On 4 February 2003, hair remains normal. I have increasing numbers of patients recovering completely using this treatment.


*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.



Haematoma(bruising)


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* A large bruise (haematoma – marked by arrows) seen 2 hours after this footballer from the Highett Football Club was kicked on the right temple during a game. Wheatgrass cream was applied immediately after injury. No ice was used. The swelling was originally very tense and blue, but when this picture was taken, it had already softened and the dark purple-blue discoloration almost disappeared.


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The following day, (less than 24 hours after the injury) the swelling has virtually disappeared leaving only the skin abrasion where impact occurred still visible.


The Head Trainer of Highett Football Club, Malcolm Matthews estimates that since a wheatgrass-based cream was introduced to the Club, recovery rates for hamstrings and other muscle injuries, groin strains, abrasions, blisters and many other injuries have improved by at least 30 percent.


Malcolm is happy to share his wheatgrass healing experiences with anyone who is interested. Please call him on 0429 171 171.


This is an excellent example of how quickly wheatgrass can stop bleeding under the skin and in deep tissues thereby reducing the swelling of traumatic injuries. If this simple, inexpensive method of contusion management was widely used, post-traumatic swelling and therefore injury recovery time could be dramatically shortened.


The potential uses for wheatgrass as a first-aid application are numerous. For instance, sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, before and after surgical procedures and operations, falls in the elderly, school playground injuries and so on. It would prove invaluable in every ambulance, hospital and doctor’s office, home, office and glove box.


*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.



Molluscum


What is molluscum contagiosum?


Molluscum contagiosum is a common and quite contagious viral infection affecting mainly school-age children. It appears as small, sometimes itchy raised spots anywhere on the body, but mostly on the face and upper body, armpits and behind the knees. Although not dangerous, molluscum can be quite unsightly and distressing to both child and parents. Sometimes the child is banned from public bathing areas because of it. Scarring, dermatitis or skin infections can sometimes result from the infection.


Molluscum also occurs in adults and is usually, but not always, sexually transmitted.


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 people with whom they swim or bathe. The incubation period can vary between about 2 to 24 weeks.


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.


Traditionally, there has been little in the way of effective treatments available. Medical advice and treatment varies from “it’s impossible to treat..it will disappear in a year or two”, to freezing, cauterizing, squeezing, pricking, slashing and burning the spots. Other “treatments” include benzyl peroxide, Betadine, and Burow’s solution (aluminium acetate). None of these methods are satisfactory, can be quite distressing to a young child and should be avoided as scarring can result.


One of my own children contracted the virus and more as an afterthought, not expecting it to work, applied the wheatgrass extract daily to the lesions. To my surprise, in about three weeks, they had completely disappeared.


Since then the collective experience of my and many other health practitioners’ patients and hundreds of people around the world shows it can take anywhere between two weeks and three to four months for the spots to disappear. Because of its high degree of safety in infants and children and rare treatment failures, it pays to persevere.


Either the wheatgrass extract in a topical cream base or a lotion can be used for molluscum, but because individual responses vary, it is impossible to predict which is most likely to work. For large affected areas, the lotion would be more economical. Twice daily application of either formulation, parental patience and the knowledge that treatment will most likely be successful are the keys to treatment.













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Molluscum contagiosum on child’s abdomen 4 weeks after wheatgrass treatment

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.



Sports and soft tissue injuries


* Sporting injuries – forget the ice – use wheatgrass


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


Recently I was in the change room at half-time at a local Highett Football Club game. Players were pressing plastic bags full of crushed ice against pulled muscles and bruises like security blankets. Knowing there was a better way, I wondered why ice is used at all for sports injuries. Ice does not stop bleeding either from the skin, the nose or from deeper tissues.


Researchers have shown that ice can cause inflammation and swelling in the deeper tissues which significantly slows recovery.(1) There also seems to be little agreement among experts about how long ice should be applied.(2) Ice, ethyl chloride spray and other coolants may numb the skin and perhaps relieve pain a little, but essentially they do little if anything to assist or hasten tissue recovery.


Yet it appears these rather primitive methods are all that’s available for emergency treatment of sports injuries. If they don’t stop the bleeding that predisposes to slow healing and recovery, then they shouldn’t be used. But what alternatives are there? Isn’t there SOMETHING that does a better job? Yes, wheatgrass does.  Considering the enormous amount of playing and working time lost from sports injuries, not to mention the pain and disability they cause, it’s time the sporting world woke up to this strikingly superlative alternative treatment method.


How can wheatgrass be more effective than ice?


Let’s look at an example. The young footballer pictured below received a hefty boot to the head causing a massive bruise within minutes (Left). On the right is the bruise less than 24 hours later.













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All it required to achieve this stunning result was to smear some wheatgrass cream over the bruise. No ice or compression was applied. It is not necessary because wheatgrass penetrates the skin, stops the underlying bleeding and rapidly reduces swelling, often within 24 hours.


Any kind of injury can cause tissue damage. Blood vessels rupture and blood spreads into surrounding tissues causing inflammation and swelling. Pressure build-up then slows muscle, nerve and other tissue recovery.


So, the most important thing to do for any injury is STOP THE BLEEDING! Blood in the tissues can do a lot of damage. The sooner wheatgrass is applied, the sooner the deep and surface bleeding stops, swelling is reduced and blood supply returns to the damaged tissue. Rapid recovery is the usual outcome.


Too good to be true? Not at all. I have used an extract of wheatgrass to treat numerous injuries since 1995. It is without doubt a powerful hemostatic agent i.e. it stops bleeding quickly. Blood noses, open wounds, bruises, sprained ankles, cuts, scratches, abrasions and deep tissue injuries such as corked, torn or pulled muscles – usually respond quickly to wheatgrass. I can understand your scepticism but I can assure you this is very real.


But how does it work?


Wheatgrass is an amazing healing agent, and soft tissue injury is just one of the conditions it works for. If you read the following basic scientific explanation for these phenomena, it all starts to make sense.


For years I have suggested that wheatgrass probably activates Growth Factors. These are small molecules that act as cell messengers to stimulate production by DNA of the numerous proteins required for the healing process. The immune system response, wound healing and stopping bleeding and absorption of blood clot are just a few of the functions vital to the maintenance and repair of damaged tissues mediated by Growth Factors.


I have researched the literature extensively since 1995 and made thousands of clinical observations (the head bruise shown above being a classic example) which strongly suggest that wheatgrass contains Growth Factor Activators. What they do is “kick start” and thereby facilitate the natural healing process resulting in faster healing than expected.


So remember, the top priority in treating sports and other traumatic injuries is to STOP THE BLEEDING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. If you play sport or have anything to do with managing sports injuries, I can guarantee that if you use wheatgrass, you will see a marked improvement in injury recovery time with reduced pain and swelling. Too good to be true? Not at all. Try it and see for yourself.


Some injuries that respond well to wheatgrass (perseverance pays)

•    Pulled muscles (hamstrings, quadriceps, calf, loins, back)

•    Groin injuries (osteitis pubis, adductor tendonitis), tennis elbow

•    Blisters, abrasions, wounds, bruises, corks – heal in days, not weeks. Safe for open wounds.

•    Muscle cramps

•    Blood rule – stops capillary bleeding in a few minutes

•    Shin splints

•    Achilles tendinitis

•    Runners knee

•    Sprained ankle

•    Sacro-iliac strain

•    Plantar fasciitis

•    Fracture pain

•    Joint injuries and swelling


References:

1. Meeusen R, Lievens P. The use of cryotherapy in sports injuries. Sports Med. 1986 Nov-Dec;3(6):398-414

2. MacAuley, D. Do textbooks agree on their advice on ice? Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine. 11(2):67-72, April 2001.


*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.



Wound Healing


“In a moist environment exudate provides the cells involved in wound repair with nutrients, controls infection, and provides the best environment for healing.” 


This statement is very true, but the orthodox method of maintaining a moist environment for optimal wound healing is mechanistic and basically flawed. We know that exudate is a crucial product of the natural healing process and contains the necessary growth factors that bring about that healing. By allowing exudate to form above the wound surface, absorb it with a dressing then remove it when the dressing is changed is to waste this all-important natural healing resource. The aim therefore should be to retain exudate under the wound surface to enable it to perform optimally its natural function. Wheatgrass helps facilitate and achieve this function by sealing the wound surface and preventing exudate loss.


* In this case a 50 year old businessman suffered a large, deep injury to his left lower leg when attacked by a pit bull terrier. A split skin-graft was applied to the wound on the same day and orthodox medical management of providing a so-called “wet” environment commenced.


Antibiotic dressings that kill bacteria (but suppress the immune response and rate of healing of body surface tissues) were also applied.


Keeping the wound moist is an age-old concept mainly based on clinical experience, conventional wisdom and research that shows cells grow faster in wet rather than dry environments.


My approach is precisely the opposite. I use a wound-healing wheatgrasss extract that keeps the surface dry by default i.e. by sealing the wound with a new layer of epithelial (skin) cells. This allows new cell growth to occur underneath the surface layer. Wheatgrass is known to stimulate the production of growth factors. These factors are responsible for new cell production throughout the body, including tissue repair in the process of wound healing.


This almost invariably results in:



  • A faster healing wound

  • Virtually pain-free dressing changes. Because the wound surface re-epithelialises i.e. a thin layer of cells spreads over the wound within 24-48 hours, exudate, which can be quite sticky and tends to adhere to overlying dressings, is greatly reduced or eliminated. This provides a “non-stick” surface.

  • Prevention of bacterial infection

  • Minimal scarring

  • Elimination of blood, ooze, clot formation, swelling and inflammation

  • Significant cost reduction e.g. dressings, nursing care, antibiotics, medical management


Instead of intervening with the natural healing process, wheatgrass facilitates it.


In this patient, the skin graft failed to “take”‚ requiring time-consuming and costly regular antibiotic and other dressing changes every few days over the following six weeks. Considerable discomfort occurred each time dressings were removed due to exudate adhering to the dressing.


Wound Treatment with wheatgrassFig. 1. DAY 43 – Orthodox management. The antibiotic dressing has been removed leaving a brown discolouration on the skin and a wet surface which is due to exudate


Note the rough surface of the grafted skin (whitish color), poor, irregularly contoured attachment to the surrounding normal skin and raised areas of granulation tissue. (These are the yellow and red irregularly shaped areas that indicate the body’s attempt to heal the overlying surface. It is not due to infection.)


The wound was cleaned, wheatgrass extract (4% solution) applied then redressed with a light, non-stick dressing. (Melolin). The patient was asked to change the dressing daily.




Wound Treatment with wheatgrassFig. 2. DAY 45. Just two days after the first application of wheatgrass extract there is dramatic improvement in the surface of the skin graft. Even to the unpracticed eye the wound is looking much healthier. Note the dry wound surface with a thin layer of re-epithelialisation (re-growth of new skin cells) visible over the yellow granulation areas. This seals the wound surface naturally rendering it impermeable to bacteria and preventing infection.


There is substantial filling in of the previously depressed areas‚ covered by the graft seen in Figure 1. The grafted skin is now looking strong and healthy and has blended seamlessly with the surrounding normal skin. The irregular border has smoothed out as has the surface of the granulation tissue. The wound is quite clean,  free of infection and dry.




Wound Treatment with wheatgrassFig. 3. DAY 50. One week after the first application of wheatgrass extract, skin coverage, which appears strong and increasingly integrated with normal surrounding skin, has progressed significantly as granulation areas continue to contract.




Wound Treatment with wheatgrassFig. 4. DAY 55. Twelve days after the first wheatgrass extract application, the wound is almost completely covered with strong looking skin. Apart from two very small areas of granulation, only scab formation remains. This will now heal naturally with dressings used for protection only.




Wound Treatment with wheatgrassFig. 5. DAY 63. 20 days after the first wheatgrass extract application.  Wound healed. No dressing required


Wheatgrass extract (4% solution) was applied after 6 weeks of treatment effectively sealing the wound and rendering it dry. Just two days after the first application, significant improvement was observed to the wound surface which continued to improve rapidly. The patient managed his own dressing changes with ease, and, other than returning for photographs, required no further medical or nursing attention.


In this example, as in numerous others I have managed since 1995, I have no doubt that wheatgrass could revolutionise the effectiveness and economics of skin graft, open wound and burns management.


*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.



Psoriasis


Psoriasis is a common skin condition that can affect people of all ages. It is characterised by a scaly rash that may or may not be itchy. It is not contagious nor is it due to an allergy.


There is a genetic predisposition to psoriasis (it can run in families) but there is also an autoimmune element involved. i.e. the body’s immune system attacks normal skin and causes damage. The condition affects men and women equally and is often very mild, however it can become quite severe in some patients


About 5% of psoriasis sufferers will develop joint pains (psoriatic arthritis) which can affect one or more joints.


Psoriasis often responds well to wheatgrass extract resulting in reduced scale, thinning of plaque (the lesions can become very thick and unsightly) and reduced inflammation. Daily topical application of wheatgrass extract in a cream base or preferably a lotion appears to helps reduce inflammation and possibly boost the skin’s immunity which may help overcome the autoimmune component of the disorder. Ideally, combine the wheatgrass extract orally with the topical lotion.


Typically, itch tends to diminish early (sometimes in two or three days) followed by thinning and flattening of plaque over several months. Following continued daily application, lesions begin to fade and can eventually disappear or reduce in number or size. Patients generally find that in time they can apply the extract on a needs basis rather than every day.


For a fair assessment of efficacy, treatment should be continued for at least six, preferably twelve, months. Many patients are eventually able to dispense with both oral medication and topical pharmaceuticals.


* Case History: Psoriasis 20 years


Back & buttock lesions


Psoriasis in a 63 yo male present for 20 years. Numerous topical applications, UV, cortisone injections with little, if any improvement over the years except in summer.


The photograph on the left (after one month’s treatment with wheatgrass Skin Recovery Spray twice daily) shows thick plaque, heavy scale formation and rough, thickened edges around lesions. By this stage, the patient’s itch had significantly improved, and only required occasional topical steroid application.


Centre (6 months treatment), plaque visibly thinner, lesions flattening and spreading, pinkish skin colour returning to lesion surface and edges more clearly defined. Most noticeable are the numerous “skin lines” forming, a sign that I believe shows that skin “normalisation” has begun. More “pseudolesions” have appeared, but these tend to become pale and disappear in time. At this stage, the patient’s genital psoriasis, present for many years, had largely resolved.


Right (9 months treatment) Lesions flatter and fading, approaching normal skin colour. Significant improvement in appearance of lesions over treatment period.


Note: These photographs were not taken by the author.

















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C. P. 19 Feb ’03

1 month treatment WG Spray


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6 months treatment WG Spray


C. P. 22 Oct ’03

9 months treatment WG Spray


C. P. 2 Feb ’04

12 months treatment WG Spray


Leg Lesions















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C. P. 19 Feb ’03

1 month treatment WG lotion
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3 months treatment WG lotion
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6 months treatment WG lotion. Note large areas of new skin formation and resolution of psoriatic plaque and scale.













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C. P. 29 Sep ’03

8 months treatment WG lotion
C. P. 2 Feb ’04

12 months treatment WG lotion

*Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person.


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