Chelation therapy, more formally referred to as EDTA chelation therapy, is a procedure
employing intravenous administration of EDTA (ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid), often along
with nutrients, to help manage atherosclerotic vessel diseases and partially revitalize the
circulation. EDTA was found to be a chelating agent in the early 1950s, and is excreted from
the body intact, mostly in the urine. Modern chelation therapy for circulatory health grew out of
the use of EDTA to remove toxic minerals, such as lead, from the body.
Chelation therapy is most effective when employed as part of a comprehensive, individualized
program which also includes dietary and lifestyle revision, nutritional supplementation,
exercise, stress reduction, and medications when necessary. This integrative chelation
management strategy does not depend on surgical revascularization to be successful; rather,
chelation might be a viable substitute. It is also likely to enhance outcome following surgery.
Chelation has negligible risk, and the materials are affordable and readily available. Thus,
both the benefit-risk profile and the cost-effectiveness of chelation are likely to be superior
over bypass and angioplasty.
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The word “chelation” comes from the Greek “chele,” referring to the claw of
a crab or lobster. The chelation concept involves trapping the target ion in
a “cage” stabilized by multiple sites of bonding with the chelating agent.
EDTA is thought to partially surround, bind with, and tightly grip metal ions,
then facilitate their excretion by way of the urine. The EDTA compound
used for removal of lead from the body is the calcium-EDTA salt; that used
for circulatory revitalization is the disodium-EDTA salt.