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Chelation Therapy

By

Denise Millstine

, MD, Mayo Clinic

Medically Reviewed Oct 2021 | Modified Sep 2022
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Practitioners of chelation therapy believe that many disorders are caused by having too much of a metal in the body even when people were not exposed to the metal and blood tests do not show high levels of the metal. Thus, they treat many different disorders with chelating drugs.

Medicinal uses

Chelation therapy with EDTA has also been suggested as a way to remove calcium and thus treat atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis Atherosclerosis is a condition in which patchy deposits of fatty material (atheromas or atherosclerotic plaques) develop in the walls of medium-sized and large arteries, leading to reduced or... read more Atherosclerosis and help prevent heart attacks and strokes. However, studies suggest that these benefits of chelation therapy are insignificant or nonexistent.

Possible side effects

Side effects of chelation therapy to remove calcium include a low level of calcium, which can be serious and rarely is fatal. Other possible side effects of EDTA include low blood pressure, vomiting, fatigue, headache, seizures, and muscle and joint pains. Use of chelation therapy may also cause harm by altering other body chemistries, including causing low blood sugar.

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