Chelation therapy is an alternative treatment for addressing atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries) and other chronic degenerative diseases involving the circulatory system including heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and lung diseases. It is mainly used to treat these ailments by regulating metals in the bloodstream.
Chelation therapy occurs when ethylene diamine tetra acetic acid, or EDTA, is either injected or ingested into the bloodstream where it attaches itself to heavy metals and removes them in a healthy manner. These metals include iron, lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and zinc. Humans require varying amounts of iron, copper, manganese and zinc, but excessive levels can be damaging. Over time, these metals can build up to cause illness and functional disease.
Benefits of Chelation Therapy
Before chelation therapy can occur, a patient would need comprehensive blood work done as well as discussion on personal lifestyle, personal health history and family health history. Because chelation therapy is administered orally, via suppository or intravenously, it is important for a patient to be examined to ensure that they are treated by the proper method.
For patients undergoing intravenous chelation therapy, a series of about 10 to 30 treatments over a period of weeks or months is typically necessary. These treatments usually last between 90 minutes to 3 hours (depending on your physician), during which time patients are encouraged to relax through resting on recliner chair, reading, listening to music or watching television.
Though not as popular as intravenous chelation therapy, oral chelation therapy is also used to soften arteries, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and neutralize free radicals throughout the body. Oral chelation therapy is best for patients who have already finished an IV treatment regimen and want to maintain their health. Like intravenous chelation therapy, oral chelation therapy is successful in fighting and preventing disease.
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