A FORMER Caloundra GP will head to India in a few weeks to advance the use of wheatgrass, which he believes will revolutionise the treatment of burns patients.
Dr Chris Reynolds said the Choithram Hospital, in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, had invited him to share his knowledge and experience of wheatgrass with its staff.
He has extolled the healing powers of wheatgrass for the last 18 years, since witnessing the overnight improvement of a diabetic's troublesome foot ulcer.
The doctor has been involved with the use of wheatgrass to treat leprosy patients in India and trials on the use of wheatgrass on diabetic ulcers in patients there.
He said the Choithram Hospital had recently begun using wheatgrass to treat burns patients.
Dr Reynolds was visiting the hospital when the head of the burns unit decided to try wheatgrass on a five-year-old boy whose third degree burns were infected and who was unlikely to recover if discharged from hospital.
"I sprayed one corner of his burn and he jumped a bit. We waited for a few minutes but you can't tell a five-year-old what to do," Dr Reynolds said.
"I had to leave the next morning. She emailed me the next morning to say that she'd discharged him and he was being treated as an outpatient.
"That was the absolute zenith of my medical career," he said.
The result was good news for Dr Reynolds, who said he had struggled to find support for wheatgrass among the medical fraternity in Australia.
"I'm glad I've stuck to my guns. I've had some pretty solid scepticism over the years, but when I saw what happened to that little boy, it's been worth it."
Dr Reynolds said the use of wheatgrass in the treatment of burns victims would be researched in case studies at Choithram Hospital.
He said he hoped to see Choithram Hospital's work with wheatgrass replicated in Australia one day.