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Wound and eczema healing in animals

Efficacy of wheatgrass extract (WE) in the treatment of  a variety of conditions in veterinary practice.

 By Dr. Chris Reynolds M.B.,B.S. 
Melbourne, Australia
July, 2001

Summary

A study of the therapeutic effects of topical wheatgrass extract in a variety of animals was conducted by veterinary surgeons over a twelve month period. In the treatment of open wounds (WE) was considered 98 percent ‘very effective’ or ‘moderately effective’. For eczema/dermatitis (mainly in dogs) this figure was 92% and the overall rating of (WE) for all conditions (N=110) was again 92 percent.

Methods

19 private veterinary practices from various states in Australia and one from New Zealand participated. Practitioners were chosen at random and none had prior knowledge of the product. Respondents were given a quantity of (WE) pump-pack sprays and a cream in a neutral base each containing the same concentration of active ingredients. They were asked to apply the compound one to three times a day as considered clinically necessary.

(WE) was used in a broad variety of conditions (Table 1) mainly in horses, cats and dogs. Respondents were asked to complete a questionnaire and state whether they considered the clinical outcome to be “highly effective”, “moderately effective” or “not-effective”. 110 questionnaires, one for each condition treated, were completed and returned. A fee was paid for each report.

Results

Open Wounds

80 percent of assessments for wound healing in all three animal groups were determined “Very effective” with another 18% considered “Moderately effective”. (Fig. 1)

Eczema/Dermatitis

This condition applied mainly to dogs. 51% responses to treatment were considered “Very effective”, 41% “Moderately effective” and the remaining 8 percent “Not effective” (Fig. 2)

Overall Assessment of Wheatgrass Extract

Altogether 92 percent of veterinary surgeons assessed (WE) to be effective. 64% very effective and 28 percent moderately effective. (Fig. 3)

Discussion

Although this was an anecdotal trial, because animals were used for testing, any placebo effect can safely be ruled out. Also, the veterinary surgeons had no previous knowledge of the product. Veterinary surgeons, like doctors are by and large conservative and traditionally do not respond enthusiastically to new products. However, both during and after the trial, several vets were so impressed by their observations they requested more product.

The results obtained in this trial parallel my own experiences of wound healing in humans. I am constantly astounded by the speed of wound closure and the  absence of infection, swelling, pain and bleeding. When dressings are removed after a day or two, almost invariably the dressing is clean, does not stick to the wound and any blood that might have oozed from the wound has been absorbed.

Conclusions

These results clearly demonstrate that (WE) has formidable wound-healing properties in animals and validates my own clinical findings in humans. Formal controlled studies are indicated.

Horses

(WE) was reported as highly effective in most of the horses treated. In most cases of wounds and skin repair, veterinary surgeons reported that the healing process was accelerated through the application of (WE). In other words, healing was ‘quicker than expected’. Chronic wounds, which had not responded to other treatment healed rapidly and completely. 

Dogs

Clinical interventions applied to dogs mainly for open wounds and eczema/dermatitis. In the majority of cases, the veterinary surgeons considered (WE) to be ‘Very effective’. The remainder were mainly ‘Moderately effective’ and a few ‘Not effective’.

Some of the veterinary surgeons commented that the inclusion of (WE) could reduce the amount of corticosteroids required for the successful treatment of many of these conditions.

In some dermatitis cases, veterinary surgeons used (WE) as a substitute for corticosteroids and found that the results were unexpectedly successful.

 

 

   

Condition Treated

Horses

Dogs

Cats

Other

Total

Open wounds

21 (incl. Chronic wounds)

22

10

3

56

Eczema/ dermatitis

2

34

1

 

37

Burns

 

2

 

 

2

Pulled muscle

 

1

 

 

1

Nasal granulation

 

1

 

 

1

Acute pyoderma

 

4

 

 

4

Boils, abscesses, infected cysts

 

4

 

 

4

Metatarsal fracture

 

1

 

 

1

Acute lick granuloma

 

1

 

 

1

Hot spot

 

 

1

 

1

Cat bite abscess

 

 

2

 

2

Total

23

70

14

3

110

Table 1.

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