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Dr Wheatgrass Is An Important, Potent Natural Therapeutic Agent

Based on comprehensive scientific evidence and my own numerous clinical observations (>35,000) since 1995, Dr Wheatgrass and other cereal grasses appear to be capable of stimulating the activity of human growth factors. This process in turn facilitates the natural healing process in hemostasis and hemolysis, wound healing, fracture healing, inflammation and numerous other situations.

These pages provide information about some of the therapeutic benefits of a Dr Wheatgrass extract I have used extensively and successfully in clinical practice since 1995. The healing effects of Dr Wheatgrass are frequently attributed to chlorophyll, but I believe this hypothesis has little or no substance. The extract I use contains a barely detectable amount of chlorophyll, yet has a similar therapeutic profile as observed and recorded in numerous laboratory and clinical studies performed since the 1930's.

There are clearly (many) other biologically active factors at work.

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


New Case Study! Dr Wheatgrass accelerates closure of slow-healing skin graft. (View photographs)


Thalassemia: A DNA-technology-based cellular assay used to measure specific biological activity in a wheatgrass extract. [pdf Document]


Thalassemia: Wheatgrass Shows Promise As An Effective Inducer Of Fetal Hemoglobin


Wheatgrass extract improves blood indices in two siblings with sickle cell beta thalassemia. (View)


Thalassemia - A mother's pain (from Thalassemia Patients and Friends)


A Selection of 27 Summaries From Medical and Scientific Journal Articles Supportive of Clinical Effectiveness of Wheatgrass


'The Demise of Chlorophyll and A Fresh Look At Wheatgrass Therapy'
From the Journal of the Australian Integrative Medical Association, May 2004


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Split Lip

This young male suffered with a very painful split lower lip for 12 months. Being an affable, fun-loving person, the chronic wound seriously affected his quality of life because it hurt to smile, let alone laugh so he isolated himself from his friends. He had sought numerous remedies including steroid creams, anti-fungals, antibiotics and emollient creams - all of which were unsuccessful.

I gave him some Dr Wheatgrass extract in a cream base to be applied twice daily with review in two weeks. When he returned, the wound had completely healed as seen in the picture on the right. Because it stung when applied to the wound, he only used it once!

Dr. C. L. Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.

Split Lip

Split Lip

6 August 04. Split lower lip. Chronic wound - present approx. 12 months. Painful. Patient unable to laugh or smile 20 August 04. Wound healed one week after one application of wheatgrass cream.

Papulopustular Acne

Papulopustular acne present 10 years. Resolved to a few small post-acne scars using wheatgrass spray and cream combination for 5 weeks.

Acne Before Wheatgrass Acne 1 Month After Wheatgrass Acne 6 Weeks After Wheatgrass
Pre-treatment 3 October 2003 29 October 2003 (26 days) 10 November '03 (38 days)

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Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster virus or shingles can be a very painful condition. The virus is the same as the one that causes chicken pox and, after the infection has settled, lives on in one of the nerve roots near the spinal cord. Later in life, the virus can re-emerge, but this time it causes a very different rash e.g. as seen below. This rash erupts around the distribution of the nerve under the skin causing blistering, inflammation, pus formation and quite often, severe pain. This pain can persist for years or even indefinitely in some patients.

The rash is most commonly limited to one side of the body and only affects one nerve root in most cases. Although not a life-threatening condition, if the nerve near the eye is affected, herpes zoster can cause blindness.

Standard treatment is antiviral medication such as acyclovir which can disrupt the life cycle of the virus. However, it can also cause significant, and sometimes, lethal immunosuppression. It is also quite expensive. By comparison, the wheatgrass lotion is quite safe to drink.

The patient below had moderate pain on day 4 of his illness, but after using a wheatgrass-based lotion three times a day, his pain subsided in just 2 days.
 
Dr. C. L. Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.

Herpes Zoster Herpes Zoster Cure
Fig. 1. Day 4. No treatment. Note marked erythema and widespread pustular lesions. Patient had mild pain at this stage and contact tenderness. Treatment commenced with wheatgrasss extract t.d.s. Fig. 2. Day 6. After three times daily application of wheatgrass spray. No other treatment required. Note significant resolution of pustular lesions, absence of erythema and general reduction in activity and extent of rash. Patient had no pain.

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Efficacy Of A Wheatgrass Topical Application In The Treatment Of Plantar Fasciitis: An Internet Pilot Study

Dr. C. L. Reynolds. M.B.,B.S.
Melbourne, Australia

Abstract

A wheatgrass-based topical application shows promise in the treatment of plantar fasciitis.

Introduction

Plantar fasciitis (PF) is a common, painful heel condition that can subject some sufferers to physical and associated psychological disability for many years. It is often refractory to treatment, although many cases remit spontaneously. Response to therapy varies as widely as the many interventions available, such as orthotic footwear, steroid injections, extra-corporeal shock wave therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, physiotherapy and surgery.

Given the documented, anti-inflammatory effects of wheatgrass and preliminary clinical observations of symptomatic improvement in patients with plantar fasciitis using a topical wheatgrass cream, this pilot study was instigated to test the efficacy of the application.

Materials and Methods

The pilot study was performed over the internet. Thirty-one patients were recruited on a first come, first served basis with the approval of the webmaster of www.heelspurs.com, a popular, semi-commercial English language website in the United States . This site offers support and advice via message boards for sufferers of plantar fasciitis and associated heel pain conditions.

Participants were not informed of any of the known effects of wheatgrass, and were promised adequate supplies of the application to cover the three month trial period in return for completing pain level measurements at the requested times. Tubes of cream were despatched to each respondent, and replenished at one and two months after commencement of the trial or on request. Participants were sent a basic questionnaire and a protocol by email. They were asked to report their maximum pain levels on either foot on an ascending scale of 0 to 10 at weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, and 12 following commencement of treatment. Because some pre-trial patients had responded rapidly, often within the first week of treatment, pain levels were requested more frequently in the early stage of the trial period. If updates were not received on the prescribed date, respondents were contacted by email for their pain levels. Once daily application was advised in order to examine the effects of minimal intervention. Participants were instructed to apply a small amount (“rice-grain size”) of cream to the most tender or painful area on either or both heels.

Participant responses were collected regularly and descriptive statistics calculated. Baseline and followup pain scores were compared using a paired sample t-test.

Results
Thirteen males and 18 females joined the trial; 30 from the USA, one from Canada and one from Ireland. Twenty subjects had undertaken previous therapeutic interventions which included surgery, extra-corporeal shock-wave therapy and steroid injections. No exclusion criteria were imposed. The average age of participants was 45 years (range 23-68 years) and the mean overall symptomatic period for PF was 48 months (range 9-144 months).

Plantar Fasciitis
Fig. 1. Heel pain. Daily wheatgrass topical application. Mean maximum pain levels associated with plantar fasciitis over 12 weeks. n = 31

There was a progressive overall decline in mean maximum pain levels over the 12 week period from 6.1 to 3.25. (Figure 1). By the end of the 12th week, 16 participants (51.7%) had a greater than 40% reduction in maximum pain level while four (12.9%) recovered completely. Six subjects (19.4%) experienced no improvement and one suffered an increase in pain and withdrew from the study.

The mean +/- (SD) pain at baseline was 6.1 +/-(2.5) and at 12 weeks was 3.25 (2.5). There was a significant difference between pain at baseline and 12 weeks, (p < 0.05).

Discussion

To the author’s knowledge, topical applications have been of little use in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Extensive research into the therapeutic properties of cereal grasses began in the 1930’s in the U.S.A. , however, no study of the effects of topical wheatgrass applications in the treatment of plantar fasciitis was found in the literature.

This study resulted from the clinical observation that several patients with plantar fasciitis responded quite rapidly (sometimes in a day or two) to treatment using the wheatgrass-based topical application. The findings of this study suggest that this application may be a useful and effective adjunct to treatment in some patients. Kubota et. al. demonstrated potent anti-inflammatory effects from barley juice.3  In a privately funded, unpublished study, the author found indomethacin-equivalent anti-inflammatory responses to carrageenin-induced inflammation on the skin of laboratory rats. Given all cereal grasses are essentially nutritionally identical,4 an effective anti-inflammatory response to wheatgrass extract in some of the trial subjects was not an unexpected finding.

The results of the study are limited by the small numbers of participants, the lack of a control group and by the subjective method of pain measurement by participants. A larger, well-controlled study is indicated.

References

1.       Seibold. R. L. 1991. Cereal Grass. 112-117. Keats Publishing, Inc.

2.       Meyerwitz. S. 1999. Wheat Grass. 59-74. Book Publishing Company.

3.       Kubota, K., Matsuoka, Y., Seki, H., 1983. Isolation of potent anti-inflammatory protein from barley leaves.  Jap. J. Inflam. Vol. 3. No. 4

4.       Seibold. R. L. 1991. Cereal Grass. p61. Keats Publishing, Inc.

This study was funded by the author.

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Wheat Grass Juice in the Treatment of Active Distal Ulcerative Colitis

A randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial.
Scand J Gastroenterol 2002;37:444-449

Based on a preliminary pilot study which suggested efficacy of wheatgrass juice in the treatment of ulcerative colitis (UC). 23 patients diagnosed clinically and sigmoidoscopically with active UC were randomly allocated to receive either 100cc of wheat grass juice, or a matching placebo, daily for 1 month. 21 patients completed the study. Treatment with wheat grass juice was associated with significant reductions in overall disease activity and severity of rectal bleeding. No serious side effects were found. The researchers concluded that wheat grass juice has a therapeutic role and offers a genuine therapeutic advantage in patients with active left colon ulcerative colitis. Notable was the potential of patients being empowered by producing their own wheatgrass thereby becoming active participants in their own treatment.

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Some Clinical Observations Suggesting Immunomodulation By Wheatgrass

Since I began, in 1985, to make clinical observations of thousands of patients’ responses to a wheatgrass extract, it has become increasingly clear to me that it acts as a powerful topical and systemic immunomodulator. i.e. it tends to “normalise” damaged, inflamed or diseased tissue. Systemically, it boosts and/or modulates the body’s immune system.

(Please note: I have no pretensions to being a medical scientist, and I have no controlled clinical trials to support my observations. Nonetheless they did - and still do - occur regularly in my daily work as a practising doctor. Some of the specific observations mentioned below were made by others.)

Clinically wheatgrass extract consistently demonstrates four main general properties:-

  1. Anti-inflammatory effect (often rapidly reduces swelling, pain, local heat and hastens recovery of function)  e.g. burns, soft tissue injuries

  1. Hemostatic agent i.e. it assists hemostasis both on the surface of and deep to the skin. e.g. acute hematomas tend to resolve within 24 hours; superficial skin hemorrhage often ceases within several minutes of application

  1. Wound healing – stimulates rapid re-epithelialisation and regeneration of skin and mucus membranes. e.g. anal fissure, burns, wounds and lacerations, abscesses

  1. Skin & connective tissue softening – this can occur within 10-15 minutes of application e.g. stiff, arthritic joints, burn contractures

More specifically:-
 1. Remarkably rapid rates of wound healing are frequently observed in lacerations, superficial and deep burns, and to a lesser extent in varicose and arterial ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers. The absence of bacterial infection during treatment suggests T4-cell stimulation. A thin membranous re-epithelialisation forms over open wounds and burns within 24 hours of application of the extract. This appears to be important in excluding infection. Several cases of chronic leg ulcers, always returning positive swabs for bacteria, reverted to the negative state following application of the extract. This phenomenon is supported by clinical observation.

 2. Some viral infections can be strongly suppressed by the wheatgrass extract. e.g. in the early stages of herpes zoster and primary herpes simplex. Molluscum contagiosum can resolve in a few weeks. In infectious mononucleosis I have observed numerous patients recover completely within 2 or 3 days of commencement of treatment, providing this happens early in the disease. Bacteriostatic and mycostatic effects also suggest immune stimulation.

 3. Solar keratoses and basal cell carcinomas tend to gradually recede and disappear over several weeks or months with regular application suggesting tumour necrosis factor activity.

 4. Some acutely inflamed osteoarthritic joints have been observed to revert to a quiescent state a short time (approx. 30 minutes) after application of the extract. Chronically inflamed joints can also respond favourably, the relaxation of joint stiffness being a major feature.

 5. In Raynaud's Disease, rapid vasodilatation can occur in both hands following application of the extract to one hand. By comparison, vasoconstriction can occur when applied to chilblains. This may support the concept of Raynaud’s as an immunological rather than a sympathetically mediated disorder. It may also explain the often short-lived effects of sympathectomy.

 6. A number of patients with chronic fatigue due to multiple sclerosis, post-viremic syndromes, HIV/AIDS etc. showed remarkable improvement in fatigue within one or two weeks of commencement of oral ingestion of wheatgrass extract. In a small private study, a number of HIV/AIDS sufferers demonstrated increased T4 cell counts.

 5. A tendency towards homeostasis in sufferers of diabetes mellitus, (glibenclamide binding) and glaucoma has been observed.

 6. Equine veterinary surgeons and trainers report rapid clinical improvement in horses suffering from nodular pharyngeal hyperplasia. Dogs with “kennel cough”, an upper respiratory tract infection, reportedly responded quickly to treatment.

 7. Hardened, keratinised skin frequently softens soon after application of the extract.

Some Other Unexplained? Immunomodulatory Phenomena Following Wheatgrass Application

1. Hemostasis and fibrinolysis occur in the same wound simultaneously

2. Alopecia areata – some recoveries in 6 to 8 weeks

3. Burn contractures – softens scar, relaxes contracture

4. Molluscum contagiosum – usually works very well . anti-viral effect

5. Ganglia – can occasionally disappear completely – sometimes in a few days

6. Trigger finger – can be released in a few days

7. Psoriasis - systemic reduction in pruritis - even if only applied to one affected area of skin. Reduction in plaque thickness and scale with tendency towards recovery.

7. Wheatgrass extract is often effective for temporo-mandibulitis, plantar fasciitis and epicondylitis. Does this suggest that these and other conditions mentioned above are auto-immune in nature or have a strong auto-immune component? It may be contrary to classical teaching, but extensive clinical use of wheatgrass suggests to me this is most likely the case.

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Equine Sarcoid - Response to Wheatgrass Recovery Spray

Equine sarcoid, thought to be due to the bovine papillomavirus and/or autoimmunity, is a common affliction of horses that is notoriously difficult and expensive to treat. The owner of this horse in the United States used my wheatgrass spray once daily to excellent effect as can be seen in the photographs. Complete healing was achieved in 5 weeks including hair regrowth over the lesion. It had previously been treated with Cansema, a topical application used in equine sarcoid. To quote the horse's owner: "Once the lesion fell off, it was only a day or two later when I started using the wheatgrass spray. It grew smaller right away - I was amazed! It was probably a 2 x 3 (inches) wound that healed completely within a few weeks. I don't think it would have healed this well without it. In fact, he kept itching the original lesion and after applying the wheatgrass, he never itched it again."

The powerful immune-enhancing properties of wheatgrass suggest that the rapid healing seen here is most likely due to the auto-immune nature of equine sarcoid. In humans, wheatgrass frequently excels in the treatment of auto-immune skin disorders such as psoriasis. Evidence of dramatic wound healing by the wheatgrass spray in horses and other animals can be seen in the veterinary trial on this website

Note: I have received a number of reports that suggest wheatgrass extract is ineffective against the sarcoid tumour itself. However, once the tumour is removed, skin healing can be quite rapid as seen in this case.   

Equine Sarcoid Cure Equine Sarcoid Cure Equine Sarcoid Cure Equine Sarcoid Cure Equine Sarcoid Cure
Equine sarcoid
post-treatment with Cansema.
Pre-treatment with wheatgrass spray
3 days treatment wheatgrass spray 8 days 12 days 5 weeks - wound completely healed, hair regrown

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Leg Ulcers

Leg ulcers are very common and can often be difficult to treat. They affect approximately 1% of Australians, and, as the population gets older, this percentage will increase.

There are a number of causes of leg ulcers including diabetes, poor circulation/varicose veins, trauma and prolonged pressure (as in bedsores).

The treatment of these ulcers varies from one doctor, hospital and nurse to the next and the huge global ulcer-healing industry is yet to find a simple, effective and economical way to manage them. The cost to taxpayers is substantial as is the cost of dressings and other "ulcer-healing" paraphernalia to the patient. Many require domiciliary care.

The elderly, who represent the bulk of ulcer sufferers, do just that - suffer. Pain, leakage, the unsightliness of wet dressings and malodour can embarrass the patient. They often feel hopeless with the indolent nature of their condition and quite rightly question the medical profession's inability to find a suitable remedy. Understandably, depression can develop which further aggravates their plight.

However, there is hope - but we have to return to another era to find it.

Back in the 1930's and 40's, substantial research into the cereal grasses, including wheatgrass, showed dramatic improvement in the cleansing and healing of infected wounds and skin ulcers.  Much of this research was carried out by leading surgeons and other specialists in large medical institutions in the United States. Then, in 1941, penicillin was found to have highly effective antibiotic properties. The interest in cereal grass as a potential antibiotic promptly ended.

By chance, in 1995, I was fortunate enough to re-discover wheatgrass as a healing agent, an event that abruptly changed my view of the wound and ulcer healing process. It led to considerable success in this area compared with what my classical medical training had taught me.

These photographs illustrate just one of numerous ulcer patients who have benefited from wheatgrass.
Leg Ulcer Cure   Leg Ulcer Cure Leg Ulcer Cure 
 Pre-wheatgrass  9 days wheatgrass Fully healed in 3 weeks
This 82 year old man was understandably worried about the state of the skin on his lower legs which had been breaking down for about 6 months. As the skin thins with ageing, exudate (a type of tissue fluid) finds its way through to the surface and macerates the tissue. Ulcers form, the skin scales and scabs form over the broken areas. If this process isn't halted, ulcers coalesce and deepen, creating a nightmare for patient and health professionals alike. This man knew of others with a similar problem and was well aware of the potential for further deterioration.

I explained to him how I thought wheatgrass might work for him by activating growth factors under the skin. That in time, they would most likely create new skin cells which would heal the several small ulcers present, and strengthen the skin itself. I suggested he use wheatgrass extract once daily and keep the area covered with a dry dressing, which he did.

As you can see, in just 9 days of this very simple, inexpensive treatment (I used a simple gauze dressing), there has been significant improvement. The scale and overlying scabs have almost disappeared and the ulcerated areas have healed. The skin has become smooth and is already strengthening. Above all, the patient was happy and his wife greatly relieved.

Below is another case of an inflamed, very painful ulcer over the shin in an 80 year old man who has been taking steroids (prednisolone) for emphysema for nearly 8 years. One of the side effects of steroids is atrophy or thinning of the skin. These patients bleed and bruise easily and immunosuppression by steroids can predispose wounds to infection and significantly inhibit the wound healing process.

This ulcer, caused by a minor injury in an 80 year old male, had been present for 5 months and was clearly not doing well. By applying the wheatgrass spray daily, in 13 weeks, the ulcer has healed completely. No antibiotics were required and the patient's pain disappeared after the first month of treatment.
Leg Ulcer Cure Leg Ulcer Cure Leg Ulcer Cure 
 Pre-wheatgrass 6 weeks wheatgrass
 13 weeks wheatgrass

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Which Wheatgrass Product Should I Use And How Should I Use It?
Because the Skin Recovery Spray contains fewer ingredients than the Skin Recovery Cream, there is less likelihood of an allergic reaction. This is rare, but, like any topical application, possible. On the other hand, some patients do better using the cream than the spray, so it is really a matter of finding what is best for you.

I usually recommend the spray as first line treatment. This product is very safe, however in most cases, we are dealing with very fragile skin, so it is best to hasten slowly. Therefore, apply just a little spray AROUND the ulcer(s) once or twice weekly only to begin with, and try to avoid the ulcer surface.

The reason for this is that the microcirculation on the floor of the ulcer can recover quite quickly forming new granulation tissue (new connective tissue cells and tiny blood vessels that form during the healing process). In some cases, this can lead to an increase in exudate (fluid containing protein and cellular debris) that can macerate surrounding skin, particularly if the skin is thin as often occurs in the elderly.

Granulation is essential for the ulcer to ultimately fill and provide the substrate for new skin growth which may or may not eventually occur. There are no guarantees in ulcer healing. Overuse of wheatgrass should be avoided and bear in mind that a little goes a long way.

Concurrently, the skin surrounding the ulcer(s) tends to strengthen after several months which helps prevent skin damage from adhesive dressings, tape etc. and further degeneration of the ulcer edges.

If granulation does occur and exudate increases, cease treatment for a week, then try spraying around the ulcer again. As with any kind of ulcer treatment, responses can vary considerably, so a watchful and careful eye is needed when using wheatgrass.

Whatever the bioactives are that stimulate granulation, they appear to penetrate rapidly through the skin and can still stimulate new growth even though there is no direct contact between wheatgrass and the ulcer surface.

Prevention is better than cure. Many of these ulcers can be prevented simply by applying wheatgrass to ageing skin daily - and it pays to persevere.

Refs:

Chlorophyll in the treatment of ulcers. Gahan, E., Kline, P., Finkle, T. Arch. Derm. & Syph. 1943. 47:849-851.
Provides some historical information concerning the isolation of chlorophyll and its use in stimulating tissue growth. Ulcers of the skin were treated topically with chlorophyll ointment and aqueous solution. 19 of 25 patients responded favourably to the treatment. Chlorophyll appeared to have a stimulating effect on supportive tissues with rapid development of granulation tissue in some cases.

Treatment of chronic ulcers with chlorophyll: Review of a series of fifty cases. Cady, J., Winfield, S. 1948. Am. J. Surg. 75:562-569

Gratifying results followed the application of an ointment containing water-soluble derivatives of chlorophyll (Chloresium) in a hydrophilic base in 50 indolent ulcers. Subjective relief of symptoms was expressed by every patient. Objective evidence of healing was noted to an appreciable degree in all except three patients.

The researchers believe that chlorophyll therapy should have a place in the management of chronic ulcers although it cannot be used to the exclusion of other recognized methods of medical and surgical management.

The effect of the topical application of several substances on the healing of experimental cutaneous wounds. Brush, B., Lamb, C. 1942. Surgery. 12:355-363

Wounds made on the abdominal wall of guinea pigs were treated with various substances, including chloramines, urea crystals and chlorophyll ointment. None were found to consistently exert an accelerating effect on wound healing. In the chlorophyll group 4 animals showed accelerated healing and 7 displayed no effect.

Chlorophyll: an experimental study of its water-soluble derivatives. I. remarks upon the history, chemistry, toxicity and antibacterial poperties of water-soluble chlorophyll derivatives as therapeutic agents. Smith L. 1944. Am. J. Med. Sci. 207:647-654
Reviews the chemistry of chlorophyll, including the structural formula (C 55H 72O 5N 4Mg) and provides a list of references. Chlorophyll can be obtained from leaves by extraction with acetone. Chlorophyll is similar to hemoglobin, but in hemoglobin iron is substituted for magnesium, globin is substituted for the phytyl radical, and at Carbon 4 ther is an allyl instead of en ethyl residue. Water-soluble chlorophyll is more preferable in clinical use than the oil-soluble form. This study examined the toxic effects of chlorophyll on rabbits with the solution being administered by mouth, intravenously, intraperitoneally and subcutaneously. There was a total absence of toxic effects. Chlorophyll is thought to produce an unfavourable environment for bacterial growth resulting in a bacteriostatic effect. It is important in the treatment of infected surface wounds and appears to contribute to rapid tissue repair.

Chlorophyll in wound healing and suppurative disease. Bowers, W. 1947. Am. J. Surg. 1947;73:37-50.
Lieutenant Colonel Bowers of the US Army reports on the use of water-soluble derivatives of chlorophyll in over 400 cases over a period of nine months. He (and colleagues) noted several major effects, notably: loss of odour associated with infected wounds; a stimulating effect on tissue formation (granulation tissue) when used as a dressing particularly for burns; and a drying effect in the case of abscesses, sinus tracts, surface lesions and osteomyelitis. Mention is made of chlorophyll efficacy in treatment of cyst wounds, fistula-in-ano (6 cases), sarcoma/carcinoma (4 cases), ulcerative colitis (1 case), thoracic empyema (several cases, 2 particularly effective), gunshot wound sinus tracts (17 cases), decubitis ulcer (4 cases) and burns (4 patients). In 119 cases of compound fractures to limbs chlorophyll reduced odour and enhanced healing, in some cases with exceptional results, e.g. legs saved from seemingly inevitable amputation. Numerous other cases and conditions are mentioned. Chlorophyll was comfortable as a wet dressing and was easily tolerated by patients. The author is convinced that chlorophyll is the best agent known for use in the treatment of suppurative diseases, indolent ulcers or wherever stimulation of tissue repair is desired.. although it is not presented as a cure-all.

Chlorophyll and wound healing. Experimental and clinical study. Lam, C., Brush, B. 1950 Am. J. Surg. 8:204-210. 1950.
Chlorophyll was used in an experiment with cutaneous wounds in guinea pigs, and in treating dermatome donor sites, clinical burns and surgical wounds and ulcers in human patients. Wound healing in guinea pigs showed acceleration in only 30% of cases, and did not enhance healing time for dermatome grafts. In clinical burns cases the chlorophyll ointment was a satisfactory dressing but did not appear to contribute to wound healing.

Clinical experiences with chlorophyll preparations with particular reference to chronic osteomyelitis and chronic ulcers. Carpenter B. 1949 Am. J. Surg. 77:167-171

A clinical study using chlorophyll preparations to treat chronic osteomyelitis, osteomyelitis secondary to compound fractures and chronically infected wounds and ulcers. The study included many patients that had been resistant to other forms of therapy. The author considered chlorophyll preparations not necessarily a cure, but was interested to find such rapid eradication of infection and healing of wounds. Photos show epithelialization and healing of lesions, chronic ulcers and a grossly infected amputation stump. In many of the wound healing and ulcer cases there was no evidence of recurrence of infection or of breakdown at 18 months.

Chlorophyll. An experimental study of its water soluble derivatives in wound healing. Smith L, Livingston A. Chlorophyll.  Am. J. Surg. 1943. 62:358-369
Wound healing involves an inflammatory (exudative) phase and a proliferative tissue growth and repair phase that presumably involves growth stimulating factors. This study tested various water soluble chlorophyll preparations and other agents including vitamin ointments and sulfathiazole on wounds created by excising portions of skin from rats, guinea pigs, rabbits and dogs. Response in rate of healing tended to be greater for chlorophyll than with other agents tested (the data is summarized in several tables not reproducible here).
Conclusion: On the basis of these observations it is suggested that chlorophyll preparations should be used much more extensively in the treatment of wounds and burns.

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