Chelation is a method of removing substances from the body through intravenous infusions, and occasionally, orally. In the process of chelation a substance is attached to and transformed by a chelating agent. The name chelation comes from the Greek ‘chele’, meaning claw, which refers to the ‘claw-like’ structure of the organic ethylene diamine tetra-acetic (EDTA), the most universally used substance for this process. EDTA is a man-made amino acid, which has a particular affinity for toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium, aluminium and lead. When EDTA meets with these substances through an intravenous infusion, they are ‘grabbed’ and then secreted in bodily wastes.
Chelation is a safe and effective method for arteriosclerosis and the conditions it causes (coronary heart disease, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic gangrene).
Treatment for atherosclerosis consists of a number of intravenous infusions. Tests will be carried out to individually tailor the infusion to the patient and their health needs. The number of infusions usually falls between 5 and 40, depending on the condition being treated, and its severity. Infusions take anything between 1.5 and 4 hours and can happen once or twice a week. Patients are usually also recommended to follow a self-help plan, which will include nutritional guidelines.
Conditions for which chelation is used
- Arterial diseases
- Claudication (leg pain)
- Heavy metal poisoning (including mercury)
- High blood pressure
- Parkinson disease