Chelation therapy is a method for removing heavy metals, such as lead, arsenic, mercury, iron, copper, nickel, from the bloodstream. It is one of the 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, which circulate in the blood and bind to metals in the bloodstream. They collect all the heavy metals into a compound that is removed through the urine.
In recent years, there have been claims that chelation therapy can also help to treat heart disease, atherosclerosis, autism, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
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:
Riskier potential side effects include:
Due to these dangers, chelation therapy is only recommended for use in treating metal poisoning where the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.
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:
Long-term exposure to metals can be toxic, causing harmful side effects that range from headaches to organ damage. It’s important that you seek medical treatment if you have heavy metal toxicity.
Symptoms of heavy metal toxicity vary depending on the type of metal you’re overexposed to. Mercury, lead, arsenic and cadmium are some of the more common overexposed metals.
Acute symptoms associated with these metals include:
In more severe cases of chronic heavy metal poisoning, you may experience symptoms including: