Chelation therapy is a method of removing heavy metals, such as lead, arsenic, mercury, iron, copper, and nickel, from the bloodstream. It is a standard treatments for many types of heavy metal poisoning. Chelation therapy involves injecting a type of medication called a chelating agent such as acid (EDTA), dimercaptosuccinic acid, and dimercaprol, into the body so it will circulate in the blood and bind to metals in the bloodstream. The bound compound that is removed leaves the body through the urine. In recent years, studies have suggested that chelation therapy can also help to treat heart disease, atherosclerosis, autism, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Heavy metal poisoning is the accumulation of various heavy metals in our body from the air we breathe and from the food we consume.
Some associated symptoms of heavy metal poisoning are:
Chelation therapy requires the use of powerful chelators that can produce a variety of mild to severe side effects. One of the most common side effects of chelation therapy is a burning sensation near the injection site. Other mild to moderate side effects include: