Medical Q&As

Chelation - explain?

I have heard of a technique called chelation. Can you enlighten me more on the subject?

Chelation is special technique whereby certain compounds in the body can be bound to a so-called chelating agent, which is introduced into the body by intravenous infusion. This technique has been used effectively in the removal of toxic heavy metals from the body such as lead, cadmium and mercury. The body is unable to metabolise these metals however once they are bound to the chelating agent they can be successfully eliminated. These successes lead some doctors to suggest that chelation might be effective in a range of other conditions. It has been postulated that chelation might be effective in the treatment of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. It has been suggested that removing calcium from their walls might soften hardened arteries. Proponents claim that chelation is also effective in decreasing angina, reversing of gangrene, healing of diabetic ulcers, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, psoriasis and Alzheimerís disease. None of these alleged benefits have been proven in well-designed clinical trials. You can read more about chelation on this site by following this link: http://www.irishhealth.com/index.html?level=4&id=1165. The general consensus within conventional western medicine is that chelation is not an approved treatment.