What is Chelation?
Chelation therapy is a treatment in which chemicals are used to remove heavy metals and other substances from the body. A chemical substance is introduced into the body through an intravenous (IV) drip. Once it enters the bloodstream, the chemical substance binds to certain molecules (such as metals or minerals) and then removes those molecules from the body.
Although chelation was originally used to treat conditions like lead poisoning, this therapy is now claimed to protect against heart disease and other major health problems.
The most common form of chelation therapy uses a synthetic amino acid called ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA). EDTA is known to remove substances such as lead, iron, copper, and calcium from the blood
The term “chelation” is derived from the Greek word “chele” which refers to the claw of a crab or lobster. It implies the binding like action of an organic compound upon a metal ion. This therapy has been recognized in medicine as being of value in the removal of toxic compounds from the body. Recognized by a few conventional medical physicians is its effects in the reduction of arteriosclerotic plaques from arteries and veins.
Chelation therapy remains controversial but have provided significant relief for a number of patients so that it continues to be popular. The American College for the Advancement of Medicine (ACAM) has continued to study and promote chelation therapy as a safe and viable alternative treatment to bypass surgery.