Messages from Dr Chris
How to use Wheatgrass for best results
Having used wheatgrass therapeutically since 1995, I have learned much from the many thousands of patients I have treated successfully, and many others who have provided feedback via my "Ask Dr Chris" page, and from numerous testimonials.
Wheatgrass most likely works by “signalling” feedback about damaged or poorly functioning areas of the body to the brain. In turn, the brain does what it can to remedy the problem.
However, if you use wheatgrass too frequently, whether applied to the skin or taken orally, this can sometimes slow the healing process. Wheatgrass is also a catalyst, so only a small amount is needed at any given time. So don't waste it!
For injuries, skin conditions etc. apply just a little wheatgrass spray or balm over the affected area once every second day.
For a boost to your immune system and general good health, take a small dose of wheatgrass extract (Supershots) – half a teaspoonful for children, one teaspoonful for adults - again, on alternate days only - and persevere.
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.
Topical steroid withdrawal: a global epidemic
Also known as 'Red skin syndrome', topical steroid withdrawal
occurs when people with eczema are treated for long periods
with topical steroid applications. E.g. hydrocortisone. One
estimate suggests 250 million suffer from this condition globally.
When the patient tries to stop the drugs, their skin flares
up. Pain, itching, peeling, weeping, red, inflamed, broken
skin can even lead to emergency hospital admission for treatment
Most doctors attribute this "reaction" to eczema
and deny the symptoms are actually caused by withdrawal from
the steroids. But a renowned dermatologist, Dr. Marvin Rapaport
in the US thinks they are in denial. Watch his convincing
argument in this video. 
And, because I have helped thousands of these patients overcome
their dependence on topical steroids using wheatgrass extract
to help control rebound symptoms, I agree with him.
BUT, I don't agree that these patients should simply stop
their drugs and go 'cold turkey'. Why? Because wheatgrass
can significantly shorten the withdrawal period and assist
recovery of the often severely damaged skin, back to its normal
AND, DID YOU KNOW?
ALWAYS USE DR WHEATGRASS SPARINGLY, OTHERWISE YOU'RE WASTING
That's right. The wheatgrass extract I use for treating a
number of conditions is really quite potent. Why? Because
wheatgrass is a CATALYST! It increases the rate of biochemical
reactions on the skin and inside the body. So you don't need
to use much when applying it to skin or injuries or taking
So remember. A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY. SO DON'T WASTE IT!
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.
Wheatgrass aids stroke recovery
For the past 19 years I have researched and worked with wheatgrass
looking for ways to assist healing and improve quality of
During this time, I have seen numerous healing "phenomena",
something one rarely sees in orthodox medical practice. (See
www.drwheatgrass.com for many examples.)
In January this year, while working as a volunteer GP at
a small clinic in Viseisei, Fiji, I was fortunate enough to
witness the most remarkable healing phenomenon I have ever
A stroke victim who had been paralysed down the left side
for 7 years was able to open his clenched, stroke-affected
hand about 10 minutes after application of a small amount
of wheatgrass Skin Recovery Cream. Over the following week,
with daily application of wheatgrass, he gained almost full
movement of his arm and leg and he is now able to drive a
Because it has always been generally accepted that strokes
are irreversible, it had never occurred to me to see if wheatgrass
extract could assist recovery of joint movement in neurologically
Thankfully, I have been proven wrong. Twice.
I would therefore like to share these two events with you
in these video clips that I took "off the cuff"
with my mobile phone during a very busy clinic.
It is however, important to note that it is impossible to
say whether wheatgrass will work in other stroke patients.
It really comes down to giving it a try, but the high safety
factor of wheatgrass (it is essentially a food) could make
it worthwhile. Both the Skin Recovery Cream and the Spray
worked well in these two patients when applied daily over
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B., B.S.
Wheatgrass for toothache
A burly truck driver, in tears and holding a face resembling
a football came into my office late one afternoon. He wanted
strong painkillers to tide him over until he got to the dentist
Standard analgesics being of little use in this situation,
he would normally have to suffer until the dentist drained
the abscess under his tooth. Luckily for him, he had come
to the right place.
My bottle of Superbalm always at the ready, I gently applied
some over the swollen cheek. Clearly displeased with my effort,
he demanded strong pain killers. I asked him to wait a few
Sure enough (I had seen it many times before, so I knew what
to expect) in about five minutes, the tears stopped and a
smile of amazement spread over his face as his pain subsided.
Unfortunately, it would return in an hour or two, but armed
with a small jar of Superbalm and some antibiotics, he would
at least get some sleep.
How can this be explained? There are possibly many reasons,
but two of them we do know something about.
Wheatgrass contains a natural anti-inflammatory called apigenin,
a potent natural substance that reduces the swelling, redness
and pain of injured tissues. Secondly, in laboratory tests,
wheatgrass slows production of Substance P, a nerve transmitter
that increases our ability to sense pain.
Whatever the bioactives may be, clinical observation strongly
suggests they are rapidly bsorbed through the skin into the
deep tissues underneath.
This most likely accounts for wheatgrass easing the pain
of fractures, sunburn, cancer-affected bones, soft tissue
injuries, shingles and many other painful conditions simply
by applying it to
the skin over the affected area. Just like I did with the
truckie with toothache.
I'm never without my wheatgrass. It works so well in so
Kind regards, and warmest and best wishes for the Festive
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B., B.S.
Wheatgrass for ulcerative colitis
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a relatively common condition
that causes ulcers and inflammation on the wall of the large
bowel and rectum.
Classic symptoms include abdominal pain, bleeding, diarrhea,
fatigue, weight loss and anemia. The condition mainly affects
males and females in the 15 to 30 age group. There may be
an underlying hereditary predisposition.
There are a number of theories regarding the cause of UC.
One suggests that the body's immune system reacts abnormally
to the bacteria that normally live in the large bowel. In
other words there is most likely an autoimmune component involved.
I would agree because wheatgrass, which can help these patients,
is a potent immune modulator, something no pharmaceutical
company has so far been able to produce.
Daily consumption of wheatgrass has improved the condition
of a number of my UC patients who took one 5ml Supershot a
day. Treatment usually consists of anti-inflammatory drugs
and/or steroids which can usually help the patient maintain
a reasonable quality of life. However, there can be serious
adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
Scientific support for wheatgrass for UC came in a clinical
trial of 23 ulcerative colitis patients in Israel where it
was found to have very positive and no adverse effects.
The simple message is that if you have any kind of auto-immune
disorder, it will not harm you to try wheatgrass. In fact,
it could do you a lot of good.
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.
Hello from Dr Wheatgrass HQ
As you may already know, we receive numerous accolades about
Dr Wheatgrass products from satisfied clients worldwide. However,
we just came across a couple of well-produced ads on a high-profile
website telling the world how good our Superbalm and Skin
Recovery Spray are.
You should know that we had no involvement in this venture
whatsoever. It’s simply another business paying their respects
to a couple of great products they sell – and we make.
You may like to use them or tell your friends about them.
The word is spreading.
Here are the links:
All the best,
WHEATGRASS: HOLD IT A MINUTE!
Taking wheatgrass daily in any form - Supershots, fresh
juice, tablets, powder - is important for everyone. By keeping
our immune systems strong, it helps resist disease from without
bacterial and viral infections, and from within by suppressing
development of cancer cells.
If you do take wheatgrass, I wonder if you've ever felt
a "rush" soon afterwards? This is a common, but
harmless phenomenon, although it can cause brief light-headedness.
Why this happens remains a mystery. These symptoms however
suggest that biologically active wheatgrass molecules are
penetrating the mucous membrane in the mouth directly into
the blood stream, then going straight to the brain.
Because these molecules are so powerful, even if you toss
wheatgrass straight down your throat the rush can still occur.
However, much of the health-giving goodness of wheatgrass
will be destroyed in your stomach acid. So holding wheatgrass
in your mouth for a couple of minutes to allow maximal absorption
of bioactives is the best way to go.
Some people find it easy to gulp down fresh wheatgrass juice,
but for ordinary mortals like me, it can be quite a struggle,
not to mention the after taste! It was this unpalatable experience
that drove me to develop pleasant tasting, non-odorous Supershots.
And, because the wheatgrass sprout concentrate we use is so
strong, 5mls a day is enough.
My own experience taking wheatgrass daily since 1995 is
remarkable. Colds and flu that used to plague me (health carer's
occupational hazard) have all but disappeared. I take no medication
and my health is excellent. I put in a 17 hour day without
tiring and have energy to burn.
Similar stories abound, and Ann Wigmore, the lady who brought
wheatgrass juicing to the world in the 70's lived to over
90. Unfortunately, she died of smoke inhalation in a fire!
I often wonder how much longer she might have lived taking
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.
First Aid for Everyone
After eight decades waiting in the wings, the remarkable
healing properties of wheatgrass are once again being recognised.
During this period, wheatgrass/chlorophyll medical research
developed into a large body of evidence supporting its therapeutic
Wheatgrass was used clinically by many physicians and surgeons
in the 1930's and 40's. Fresh wheatgrass compresses and the
juice itself were applied to post-operative wounds, fractures
and severe burns with great success.
In 1940, Dr. Benjamin Gruskin in the American Journal of
Surgery sang the praises of chlorophyll for its ability to
clear up foul smelling (human) odors, neutralize streptococcal
(bacterial) infections, heal wounds, hasten skin graft healing,
cure chronic sinusitis, overcome inner-ear inflammation and
infection, reduce varicose veins, heal leg ulcers, eliminate
impetigo and other scabby eruptions, heal rectal sores, (e.g.
anal fissure), successfully treat inflammation of the uterine
cervix, get rid of parasitic vaginal infections, and cure
advanced pyorrhea (gum infection).
I can personally vouch for most of the above as I have achieved
similar results in clinical practice. Also, compared with
other remedies, wheatgrass is top of the list for injuries
at home, school, work and on the playing field. It should
be included in every first aid kit.
To quote wheatgrass guru and author of "Wheatgrass
- Nature's Finest Medicine" Steve Meyerowitz:
"Wheatgrass is great to have around the house for
cuts, bruises, rashes, burns and bangs. Make a bandage from
gauze dipped in wheatgrass juice. Even better, re-dip the
pulp and put a little under the bandage. If it is a large
wound, wrap it in soaked gauze or pulp and protect it
with a towel to prevent dripping."
Or, make life even easier. If you have any Dr Wheatgrass
topicals on hand - cream, gel, spray or balm - use that instead.
I hope you won't need it, but if you do, I think you will
be very pleasantly surprised.
Until you use wheatgrass, it is hard to appreciate just
how rapidly it reduces swellings, takes the sting out of burns
and bites, and heals wounds, frequently without leaving scars.
You don't need a prescription - and it works.
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B., B.S.
Burns. Get better results with wheatgrass
Most of us have been burned (physically) at some time or
other. Some burns are much more severe than others, but I'm
talking about first and second degree burns - the ones that
don't usually require hospital admission, but may need a number
of trips to your GP for initial treatment, analgesics, perhaps
antibiotics and frequent regular dressings. If the burn is
deep or it becomes infected, treatment could go on for a month
or more and sometimes skin grafts are required.
How does one treat burns? And what about sunburn? Bright
red shoulders and sleepless nights. Other than cooling the
burn immediately by running cold water over it for 5 to 10
minutes, there is little if anything that makes much difference
- except wheatgrass. Let me illustrate using one of my own
An 18 year old university student approaching final examinations
spilt boiling hot soup over her hand while waitressing at
a nearby restaurant. She had what appeared to be second degree
burns and the whole palm was affected. She was in severe pain.
Desperate that her final examinations were imminent (she writes
with the burnt hand), she was also facing eviction for overdue
rent. If she didn't work, she would be on the street.
At least two to three weeks off work. Painful, difficult
daily dressing changes, wound debridement, pain management,
infection risk and a possible allergic reaction from antibiotic
creams crossed my mind as possibities. High medical costs
to her employer would also be on the cards. He would need
replacement staff and expect an increase in workers' compensation
After soaking and cleansing the wound, I applied wheatgrass
Skin Recovery Cream
and a thick, firm dressing as protection and prescribed a
strong analgesic. I told her she would most likely be able
to return to work the next day, but she tearfully shook her
head. She came in early the next morning minus the bandage,
looking very happy and ready for work. Her pain had disappeared
around midnight. She had a full range of pain-free movement
of the hand and fingers, and there was no tenderness over
the burn, blistering or broken skin. The palm was mildly red,
but that was all. Neither bandage nor antibiotics were required
and much to her employer's relief, she resumed work immediately.
I have seen many burns recover as quickly and I often wonder
if there are other equally effective topicals available. Wheatgrass
reduces or prevents blistering and fluid loss, minimises the
risk of bacterial infection and prevents scarring. Even if
skin is lost, it regenerates much more quickly than by conventional
How does wheatgrass achieve such remarkable healing? It
is a potent natural anti-inflammatory, but it also appears
to influence gene expression - the rate at which DNA produces
various proteins involved in the healing process. Exactly
what this process is, is unknown, but chlorophyll was used
for burns treatment in the 30's (see research).
Standard medical treatment for burns is application of silver
sulfadiazine, an anti-bacterial cream. This helps prevent
infection, but it does nothing for healing.
Imagine the potential savings to the insurance and health
industries if doctors were open to using wheatgrass for burns.
It's cheap, effective, no prescription is required - and it
Interesting related topics:
other types of wheatgrass healing
quickly heals sickly skin graft
bites dog. Wheatgrass to the rescue
- wheatgrass testimonials
Groin Pain In Sport
Athletes frequently suffer from groin pain. This can have
a profoundly negative effect on physical performance, mental
attitude and the will to win - but it can be cured.
Usually labelled osteitis pubis or "OP", the pain
most often originates from inflammation of the insertion of
the large adductor muscles into the pubic bone deep in the
groin – so-called adductor tendonitis. These muscles are located
on the inside of the thigh and are responsible for pulling
the leg in towards the midline. (See figure) Sometimes X-ray
examination can show changes to this attachment area, but
there is no consensus regarding their significance. Pain can
occur while exercising or even at rest and the affected area
may be very tender when pressed.
One of the least understood injuries in sports medicine,
OP creates heartsink for doctors, physiotherapists, trainers
and other sports-related health professionals. Why? Because
they know there is little can be done about it other than
surgery which doesn't always work and that the athlete could
be out of action for some time.
All manner of treatments are used by trainers, physiotherapists,
etc. – ice, heat, rest, exercise, massage, anti-inflammatory
medication - oral and topical. Results are usually disappointing
and the condition often becomes chronic.
The following is a true story which prompted me to write this
Recently I saw a 40 year old jockey who had suffered groin
pain since age 10. The pain was so bad his quality of life
was virtually ruined. Surgeons even explored inside his scrotum
as they thought the pain may be coming from his testicle,
but everything was normal.
My examination revealed marked limitation of leg movement
and exquisite tenderness over the insertion of his adductor
muscles. A classic case of OP!
I massaged in a little Superbalm over the tender area. Ten
minutes later he had full movement of his leg and walked without
pain for the first time in 30 years. At follow up a month
later, he remained pain-free.
Hard to believe, I know, but you have my word for it…and
this patient was only one of many I have treated over the
years who also recovered from OP using wheatgrass. So far,
I have not had a treatment failure.
How does it work? Wheatgrass can act as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
This may have something to do with pain relief, but when it
works so quickly as in this case, the cause of OP (generally
regarded as disordered musculo-skeletal mechanics) needs to
be reviewed. It can hardly be due solely to mechanical causes.
One must therefore find another mechanism.
My theory, based on thousands of clinical observations and
considerable research over 15 years, suggests there may be
an autoimmune component to the pain of OP. When an individual
is under sustained physical and mental pressure, the body's
immune system can become compromised. The immune system then
attacks normal tissue such as tendon attachments in OP and
plantar fasciitis. Wheatgrass, being a potent immunomodulator,
is able to eliminate part or all of this component.
This may or may not be so, but I believe I'm on the right
track simply because wheatgrass works for OP better than any
other treatment modality I am aware of.
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S
Non-healing Leprosy Ulcers. Wheatgrass Makes A Difference
The terrorist attacks in downtown Mumbai having recently
shaken the world, arriving at the International Airport a
few weeks later made me a bit apprehensive.
Terrorists or no, I was determined to complete my mission:
to learn as much as I could about leprosy during my brief
stay in India. Although the disease is still prevalent in
northern Australia, I had never actually seen a case.
Leprosy affects mainly the nerves, skin and mucous membranes.
Patients can lose sensation and motor activity such as inability
to move joints. Sensory loss is patchy and predominantly affects
the hands and feet. Because affected skin is anaesthetised,
the patient is unaware if it has been injured or broken. Once
this happens, an ulcer readily forms which can last the patient’s
lifetime. Many persist for 30 years or more.
Surgery e.g. skin grafting, can help but there is no satisfactory
medical treatment available. Even if the leprosy is cured,
the ulcers tend to remain.
So we tested our Skin Recovery Spray on a patient who had
ulcers on the sole of his foot that had been present for a
year. After three months' treatment, it had healed significantly.
We subsequently decided to perform a pilot study of 20 patients.
The results have been quite remarkable. For example, this
ulcer over the front of the ankle and present for 2 years
healed completely in 9 weeks. So far one quarter of the ulcers
Leprosy ulcer 2 years.
9 weeks. Healed.
The stigma of leprosy often leads to ostracism by family,
friends, employers and the community which can be immensely
damaging to patient morale, self-esteem and dignity. Depression
is understandably common in these patients. The irony is that,
contrary to popular opinion, the disease is not transmitted
via skin contact, but from nasal droplet infection. This often
takes a long time while living in cramped quarters.
Today in some parts of India, leprosy is still thought to
be due to sinful behaviour. Unfortunately for patients and
health workers, this type of myth has bedevilled leprosy sufferers
for several thousand years.
Now there is a glimmer of hope for many of these unfortunate
people. Healing their ulcers may, in time, remove a major
impediment to them being once again accepted into the community
||Dr. Laxminarayan Vardharajan Ph.D., ("Rajan"),
Project Co-ordinator of the Leprosy Pilot Study in India,
rides his new motorcycle, compliments of Dr Wheatgrass.
Rajan has spent 30 years working in close contact with leprosy
patients, sharing their lives and treating their ulcers -
with ungloved hands. He works hard to show leprosy is not
easily transmitted to others.
Soft Tissue Injuries and SuperBalm
Because wheatgrass can stop both superficial and deep tissue
bleeding, it is ideal for the treatment of soft tissue injuries.
The new SuperBalm contains more than 300% more wheatgrass
extract than the Skin Recovery Cream. It is therefore very
potent. I have little doubt it will eventually replace ice,
the only topical “treatment” currently available for soft
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.
Leukemia and Wheatgrass
Leukemia - A brief overview:
Leukemia literally means "white blood" and is a
type of cancer that develops from the stem (immature) cells
of the bone marrow. This results in massive over-production
of abnormal “leukemic” white blood cells that “crowd out”
normal white and red cells which reduces their development
Normal white cells prevent infection by ridding the body
of invading bacteria and other organisms. They also help kill
the cancer cells that continually develop in the body. Because
there aren’t enough of these normal cells, the patient can
develop infection, anemia, and easy bleeding. The latter is
due to a reduction in blood platelets that normally help control
bleeding. This can cause the skin to bruise easily or the
gums to bleed.
There are a number of different types of leukemia, usually
divided into acute (rapid development) and chronic (slow development)
that are more prevalent in different age groups. For example,
acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most common form in young
children, but it also occurs in adults.
Symptoms can be numerous, but common ones are fatigue, weight
loss, night sweats, and frequent infections due to compromised
There is no single known cause for leukemia, but radiation
e.g. natural radiation from the sun, viruses, chemicals and
hereditary factors are all thought to predispose to the condition.
The most common treatment used is chemotherapy, and less
frequently bone marrow transplants. Survival rates vary considerably
depending on what type of leukemia the patient has.
I was prompted to write about leukemia and wheatgrass because
of an encouraging email I received from a mother in Florida,
USA whose 7 year old daughter is undergoing treatment for
the condition. She wrote:
My 7 year old daughter, K. has Leukemia. The treatment for
Leukemia is 2 1/2 years for girls and 3 1/2 years for boys.
Being on Chemotherapy for years can be very destructive to
When I purchased your products I must admit that I was really
worried about it being a rip off. You must know that I am
completely delighted with your products.
My daughter takes the Super shots every day, twice a day.
Your Recovery Cream is unbelievable. K. got some sort of severe
skin irritation from the chemo. It was swollen, cracking and
very red. We applied the cream several times throughout a
48 hour period. Much to my astonishment the irritation started
to heal right away and disappeared after two days. Now, she
will let me know when an outbreak is starting to happen and
your cream handles it immediately. Never, would I have dreamed
that a product would work so well.
K. is the star of the Oncology clinic because she does not
look like a cancer patient. Her skin is bright, eye's bright,
physically she is strong and much to the amazement of the
oncology team, she has had very little side effects for the
amount of chemo she is getting. We are doing quite a bit of
alternatives and yours is primary.
On the blood counts, K's counts have stayed pretty consistent
for months. I never connected the possibility that the Super
shots was directly related to this. Before the super shots
her counts would go down to 100 for ANC, (Author's Note: A
normal ANC* is above 1,500. An ANC less than 500 significantly
increases the risk of infection.) and then come back up. The
medical staff made this sound very normal. The last time K.'s
count was very low was on the 14th of April. Since that time
her counts have been in the 1000's. I do not recall exactly
when we ordered, but think this correlates to using the shots.
Her ANC has not dropped below 1000 since that time.
*Absolute Neutrophil Count. Neutrophils are white blood cells.
Numerous studies over the years have shown potent anti-cancer
effects by wheatgrass and other cereals. As recently as 2007
(yes, they’re still researching wheatgrass) Karadan (1) and
his colleagues stated:
“Wheatgrass (Triticum vulgare/aestivum ) is a rich source
of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals and has higher levels
of cancer-fighting phenols and flavonoids in ethanol extracts
than water extracts (e.g. by juicing). Flavonoids have been
shown to have anticancer properties and can prevent some mutations
that lead to cancer development.”
Their study showed that wheatgrass extract (similar to the
type I use with my patients) is capable of inhibiting growth
as well as inducing death of human (acute lymphoblastic) leukemia
cells significantly faster than non-blood cancer cells. Also,
the response was dose dependent i.e. the stronger the extract,
the quicker the cancer cells were killed.
There exists a large number of laboratory studies demonstrating
the efficacy of wheatgrass (and other cereals) working against
cancer development and progression. My own clinical experience
and numerous anecdotes from around the world also attest to
Footnote: Wheatgrass and Alopecia
Alopecia areata is a common disorder where loss of (usually)
scalp hair occurs, probably due to auto-immunity i.e. the
patient's immune system goes awry and attacks normal body
tissues causing damage.
There is really no satisfactory treatment of the condition,
but I am glad to say I have had a number of patients regain
full heads of hair using wheatgrass extract. This is most
likely due to re-activation of dormant hair follicles under
the skin. Click here to see how effective the extract can
1. Karadag, A. et al. Antiproliferative and apoptotic effects
of wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum L.) extracts on chronic myeloid
leukaemia (CML) cell line. Planta Med 2007; 73
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.
Breast Cancer, Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy and Wheatgrass
Wheatgrass Assists Patients Having Chemotherapy for Breast
Chemotherapy is notorious for causing adverse effects in
many patients undergoing this type of treatment for cancer
and can at times be life-threatening. One of the more serious
consequences is myelotoxicity or damage to the bone marrow.
This can cause significant falls in the level of red blood
cells (anemia), white blood cells (reduced resistance to infection)
and platelets (increased risk of bleeding). These effects
can be reduced or prevented by using strong medications such
as erythropoietin (EPO), but they can also cause serious,
at times life-threatening side effects and are costly.
A study published last year (view abstract offsite) compared
60 (two groups of 30) chemotherapy patients being treated
for breast cancer – one group taking 60mls of wheatgrass (WGJ)
juice daily and the other group receiving regular supportive
therapy, but no wheatgrass.
Researchers found 15 patients (50%) of the non-WGJ group
required termination of treatment or other intervention in
order to continue chemotherapy compared with only 15% of the
Over the years, I have known many patients sail through chemotherapy
while taking wheatgrass with acceleration of post-treatment
recovery. None of them required hospitalisation for management
of side effects.
It has been known for many years that wheatgrass has a positive
effect on red and white cell production. This may well be
due to stimulation of growth factors which could explain some
of the results of this study.
Wheatgrass Cream Reduces Skin Toxicity in X-Ray Treatment
of Breast Cancer Patients.
Deep X-ray therapy for the treatment of breast cancer can
be fraught with complications and adverse reactions called
"skin toxicity". Essentially, this means that after
treatment, the skin becomes inflamed, tends to blister and
break down leading to pain, difficulty in management and wound
infection. Because of skin toxicity, the patient has to wait
much longer between treatments for the skin to recover sufficiently
to allow the next treatment. This in turn tends to reduce
the patient's chances of recovery.
For over 100 years the inability to succesfully manage skin
toxicity has been a major management issue, and to date, nothing
has been found that can significantly reduce it. Many topical
substances have been trialled and tested over the years, but
to no avail.
In this controlled, double-blind study, 29 breast cancer
patients applied either sorbolene (current best practice)
or a commercially produced wheatgrass-based cream (Dr Wheatgrass
Antioxidant Skin Recovery Cream) to the irradiated area three
times a day from commencement of radiotherapy.
The researchers determined that "the wheatgrass extract
delays the severity of acute radiation skin toxicity"
and, on the basis of their results, recommended "a larger
multicentre randomised trial."
These findings do not surprise me. Wheatgrass has extraordinary
healing and pain reducing effects for burns. The burn surface
is covered with a layer of new cells within 48 hours thus
preventing bacterial infection and loss of body fluids. As
already mentioned above, this appears to be due to hyperstimulation
of growth factors responsible for cell division and increased
production of proteins essential to the healing process.
1. Bar-Sela G. et al. Wheat grass juice may improve hematological
toxicity related to chemotherapy in breast cancer patients:
a pilot study. Nutr Cancer. 2007; 58(1):43-8 (ISSN: 0163-5581)
2. Coulter, K. et al. Wheatgrass extract as a topical skin
agent for acute radiation skin toxicity in breast radiation
therapy: a randomised controlled trial.(Clinical report)
J. Aust. Trad. Med. Soc. 2006.
Dr. Chris Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.
Wheatgrass extract contains higher antioxidant levels
than fresh juice
Hello again from Dr. Chris.
As you know, antioxidants are a much discussed topic and
there is a formidable amount of information about them on
the internet as a quick search on Google
Scholar will quickly demonstrate.
Basically, as oxygen is used up by the body’s normal metabolic
processes, potentially damaging chemicals called ‘free radicals’
are produced. Environmental chemicals can also increase free
radical levels. In turn, the free radicals attack other cells
in the body, oxidizing them and causing damage. This oxidizing
process is somewhat similar to when the cut surface of an
apple turns brown when exposed to the air.
Damage can affect cell membranes, DNA and other cellular
structures. This can lead to such untoward developments as:
- premature ageing
- arterial damage
- cataracts in the eye
- and some nervous disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
Antioxidants help to neutralize the adverse effects of free
radicals, so our diet needs to contain high enough levels
to help prevent or slow these developments. Because wheatgrass
is antioxidant-rich, taking it daily is one way of helping
your body stay healthy.
Recent Antioxidant Research
In 2006 a group of Indian scientists (Kulkarni et. al.) performed
an important study prompted by the knowledge that “the search
is on for plant products with high antioxidant activities”.
Anitoxidant levels (phenolic and flavonoid compounds) of
water-based (i.e. wheatgrass juice) and alcohol-based
extractions of wheatgrass were measured from plants grown
under different growing conditions over periods from 6 to
15 days. These conditions included tap water, tap water with
nutrients, soil and tap water and soil with nutrients.
These extracts were compared with a commercially available
The scientists found antioxidant levels were:
1. Highest at the end of the growing period (15 days).
2. Up to 250% higher in alcohol-extracted solutions compared
with freshly juiced wheatgrass.
3. Highest in soil with nutrients.
4. Higher than many natural extracts and vegetables.
5. Significantly lower in the wheatgrass tablet compared with
both fresh juice and alcohol-extracted solutions.
During the processing of my own wheatgrass extract, one of
the steps involves alcohol extraction. From what I have observed
in patient recovery clinically since 1995, I have no doubt
wheatgrass has a very positive effect on the human body and
on the skin. The benefits from daily ingestion of wheatgrass
can really make a difference to one's health while many have
enjoyed healthier skin after topical application.
For more information about wheatgrass, its therapeutic and
health benefits, visit my website, Wheatgrass
for Health Professionals or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.
Dr. Chris' Wheatgrass At Work Newsletter
Sporting Injuries - Forget The Ice, Use Wheatgrass
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
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 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,
you guessed it - wheatgrass. And 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. On the right is the bruise less than 24 hours
later. 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.
Bruise + wheatgrass cream Less than 24 hours later
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
Too good to be true? Well, I can assure you it's not. I have
used and extract of wheatgrass to treat numeorus 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, very real.
But how does it work?
Wheatgrass is an amazing healing agent, and soft tissue injury
healing is just one of the things it works for. But if you
read the following basic scientific explanation for these
phenomena, it all starts to make sense.
For several 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
I have researched the literature extensively since 1995 and
made thousands of clinical observations - the head bruise
shown opposite being a classic example - which strongly suggest
that wheatgrass contains Growth Factor Activators. These activators
may well turn out to be the elusive and so far unidentified
Grass Juice Factor alluded to by Kohler in the 1930's. What
they do is "kick start" and thereby facilitate the
natural healing process by stimulating Growth Factor activity
resulting in faster healing than would otherwise be expected.
So remember, the first 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 very significant improvement in injury recovery
time - and quickly. Too good to be true? Not at all. Try it
Some injuries that respond well to wheatgrass:
* Pulled muscles (hamstrings, quadriceps, calf, loins, back)
* Groin injuries (osteitis pubis, adductor tendinitis)
* Blisters, abrasions, wounds, bruises, corks - heal in a
few days, not weeks. Perfectly safe to use on open wounds.
* Muscle cramps
* Blood rule - stops bleeding in a few minutes
* Shin splints
* Achilles tendinitis
* Runners knee
* Sprained ankle
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.
In my last newsletter I mentioned a young woman with multiple
sclerosis (MS) who had been taking the wheatgrass Supershots
for about 6 weeks. Sensation in both hands that had been absent
for more than five years as a result of her illness, was returning.
Well, I'm very pleased to say her sensation has now completely
recovered when no other medication ever worked. You can read
her inspiring testimonial here. Again, this may be Growth
Factor Activators assisting recovery of damaged central nervous
system cells - essential for recovery from this condition.
Dr. Chris Reynolds.
This newsletter is sponsored by Wheatgrass Pty. Ltd., Melbourne,
Australia. We manufacture potent, effective, natural Dr Wheatgrass
skin recovery products and Dr Wheatgrass Supershots - products
that are changing the way the world uses and takes wheatgrass.
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