Chelation therapy is the administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the
body. Chelation therapy has a long history of use in clinical toxicology.
When is Chelation Therapy used?
Chelation therapy is used as a treatment for acute mercury, iron (including in cases of
thalassemia), arsenic, lead, uranium, plutonium and other forms of toxic metal poisoning.
Which chemicals can be removed through chelation therapy?
The most common forms of heavy metal intoxication involving lead, arsenic or mercury can be removed using chelation therapy
How are chelation agents administered?
The chelating agent may be administered intravenously, intramuscularly, or orally, depending
on the agent and the type of poisoning. Several chelating agents are available, having different
affinities for different metals.
When is chelation therapy used for autism treatment?
Based on the discredited hypothesis that mercury poisoning may trigger the symptoms of
autism, chelation therapy is widely used by alternative therapists to treat autism, with
some surveys suggesting 2–8% of children with autism have had the therapy.
Which chemicals are used in chelation therapy?
The most commonly used chemical for chelation therapy is ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (ETA).
DMSA dimercaptosuccinic acid has been recommended for the treatment of lead poisoning in
children by Poison Centers around the world. Other chelating agents, such as
2,3-dimercapto-1-propanesulfonic acid (DMPS) and alpha lipoic acid (ALA), are used in
conventional and alternative medicine.
Which conditions are treated with Chelation Therapy?
Chelation therapy has been used to treat lead poisoning, heart disease, cancer, autism and other conditions.
Chelation therapy can be hazardous when used inappropriately.
What are naturally occuring chelating agents?
Cilantro, Coriander Seeds, Fermented Foods and Chlorella are used as natural chelating agents.