About Wheatgrass


Immunity & Auto-Immunity


I often talk about wheatgrass being a topical (and systemic if taken orally) immune modulator or "immune system enhancer". I think most health practitioners would be delighted to know that such a thing exists, but it would simply be too good to be true. I have told many of my medical colleagues about the efficacy of wheatgrass, but this is almost invariably ignored as being outside the bounds of reality. If such a thing existed "we", the doctors, would know about it. Nonetheless, based on numerous clinical observations, medical research and other reports, I can vouch for the fact it does exist, that it often works and usually very effectively.


There is considerable evidence on this website that supports what I say. The large numbers of eczema patients I have been able to wean off oral and topical steroids may not satisfy the rules of medical research, but the results I have achieved using wheatgrass extract I believe speak for themselves.

Eczema, autoimmunity and wheatgrass- "Atopic eczema (dermatitis) is essentially an auto-immune condition."

This statement may raise a few eyebrows in the medical fraternity. After all, the classic teaching is that eczema, like asthma, is predominantly hereditary or genetically predetermined. Well, immunologically speaking, that is a well-known fact. But does the hypersensitivity associated with eczema explain the relapsing and remitting nature of eczema? Does it explain the nebulous variety of presentations that can occur, even in the same patient? What about the predilection for the face, neck, hands and the back of the elbows and knees? Or the fact that eczema can disappear for years then suddenly reappear for no apparent reason? Why does it respond to systemic and topical steroids and other strong immune-suppressants, then frequently rebound with greater vigour when they are ceased? Many of these questions remain unanswered.


Having successfully weaned thousands of eczema patients off topical steroids using wheatgrass extract, I believe I have something useful to add to the discussion. Because wheatgrass appears to be a topical immune modulator it ollows that there is most likely a significant autoimmune component to eczema.


An example of this is a patient of mine who, like her mother and sister, has suffered severe atopic eczema since birth. Nothing has ever given lasting relief or control of symptoms. However, all three family members have had complete, sustained remission of symptoms after applying wheatgrass spray once or twice a day for several months. They remain symptom and steroid-free.


If eczema is genetic in origin, then why have these individuals recovered from their lifelong disorder? Why do some patients with severe, lifelong eczema recover often after several weeks' treatment with wheatgrass? I've never known this to happen with steroids or other pharmaceuticals. In fact, what we usually see in atopic eczema is a chronic relapsing and remitting course, regardless of the treatment used. To my mind, the answer is clear. Eczema is predominantly an autoimmune condition. Genetic predisposition is important, but secondary.


So the burning question is, "How does wheatgrass achieve such positive results?" In my view, the answer to this question lies in isolating and elucidating the nature of the Grass Juice Factor. This I believe would unravel many of the hidden secrets of the power of wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass and Auto-immunity

A group of medical researchers in Australia have decided to investigate the possibility that the use of antibiotics in infancy and early childhood may, by suppressing immunity, have contributed to the global epidemic of eczema that we see today. Well, I have little doubt they are on the right track.


Presuming wheatgrass is an immune-modulator (tissue normaliser), then one would expect it to have some positive effect in autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, which can often be the case.


We know that autoimmunity occurs when the body's immune system mistakenly produces antibodies that react against the body's own tissues. This is a phenomenon that occurs in all humans to a certain degree e.g. antibodies attacking abnormal cell development such as cancer cells. But when the immune system's checks and balances get out of kilter, things can start to go wrong on a larger scale and an autoimmune "condition" develops.


The usual medical approach to autoimmune conditions is to use drugs such as steroids in an attempt to suppress the immune response thereby reducing tissue damage. This sounds like a sensible thing to do, but over time, immunosuppressants can do a lot more harm to the body than good so the "cure" can end up being worse than the condition. Also, an undesirable rebound can occur on stopping these drugs.


But are there no alternatives available to health practitioners?


As far as I am aware, not from the pharmaceutical industry. So we have to look to the "alternative" side of medicine to find at least some of the answers, and that is where wheatgrass comes in.


But wheatgrass is not the only plant-derived immunomodulator. Echinacea is another example, but this can sometimes be toxic and is not recommended for long term treatment. I just happen to find that being able to apply or drink wheatgrass with impunity and indefinitely, is quite a bonus. So wheatgrass can and often does help to modulate or steady the sometimes marked immunological swings that often occur in autoimmune conditions, thereby enhancing the healing process.

How then does wheatgrass actually work?

Currently this question remains unanswered. Scientists have analysed the cereal grasses to the point that there is very little they don't know about their nutritional value. But so far they have not isolated the Grass Juice Factor, a powerful growth and fertility factor which is most likely the most important biological active in wheatgrass. This factor can act very quickly and produce recovery rates not normally observed in clinical practice. These phenomena suggest the existence of alternative biochemical and/or immunological mechanisms and pathways that are as yet unknown.


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