Chelation Therapy - Find out the truth about oral chelation therapy!
Chelation therapy is still a great concern for society. Chelation therapy is touted to do many things. Unfortunately, there's a lot of misinformation out there about chelation therapy.
The term chelate, from the Greek chele for claw, refers to the "claw-like" structure of the organic chemical ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), first synthesized in Germany in the 1930s. Chelation therapy is usually a medical treatment performed in a doctor's office -- typically one who specializes in antiaging medicine. Chelation therapy improves metabolic function and blood flow through blocked arteries throughout the entire body. This is accomplished by administering an amino acid, ethylene-diamine-tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), by an intravenous infusion using a small 25-gauge needle.
Intravenous Chelation was the most common practice until a few years back. However, with the introduction of oral chelation it became the preferred choice of most patients and doctors. There were a number of contributing factors to this shift of choice. Probably the biggest factor was the cost factor. Though intravenous chelation would not cost you a fortune, still the cost will be way above the price of Oral Chelation. This initiated the use of oral chelation among the customers who were using intravenous chelation. Once they started using it on a regular basis, the other benefits of oral chelation became more apparent:
One of the major advantages of Oral chelation is its capability to chelate Mercury from the body. EDTA (Ethylene Diamine Tetra Acetic acid) injected in intravenous chelation cannot bond with Mercury. The organic substances used in oral chelation agents do bond successfully with mercury and eliminate them from the body.
Oral Chelation – a painless process
Oral chelation involves nothing but taking 1-2 spoon full of doses of medicine. Most of these are based on some tasty ingredient like honey or jelly and are extremely delicious. Intravenous chelation involved a painful process with small risk of infection. Additionally, intravenous chelation would often lead to other side effects like pain, fever, fall of blood pressure etc.
Most of the drugs used for oral chelation are not prescription drugs and are easily available to most people.
Oral Chelation is mostly free from side effects. Problems with using these chelating agents are rare. However, if you encounter any minor problems like headache, fatigue or muscle pain, it is advisable to increase your water intake and see a physician. 8-10 glasses of water everyday would help the chelation therapy to work more effectively without any of these occasional side effects.
Oral chelation therapy is a safe and convenient method of preventing and curing heavy metal toxicity. The chelating agent supposedly helps in lowering blood cholesterol, prevents blood clots and reduces heart attacks.
Oral chelation agents can also work as a preventive medicine for people with family history of heart disease, a stressful lifestyle or unhygienic diet.
The only situation in which intravenous chelation might score over oral chelation is when the patient has severe conditions. Oral chelation generally takes a few months to work, so if the patient is in immediate need for treatment, intravenous chelation may be a better option than oral chelation. Again, it is advisable to consult with your physician.