Chelation therapy consists of IV injections of a chelating agent called EDTA, vitamins, and other beneficial substances. The chelating agent binds with heavy metals such as lead and mercury and pulls them from the body.
Heavy metals in the blood cause oxidative damage to the blood vessels. The body repairs this damage with a variety of substances including cholesterol and new cells. Increasing damage caused by heavy metals creates increasing accumulations of these substances. This accumulation (called and atheromatous plaque) will increasingly block circulation in the blood vessels and may lead to strokes, heart attacks, or other circulation problems.
Any disease that can be attributed to poor circulation can benefit from chelation therapy. This includes heart disease, ischemic stroke, deep vein thrombosis, and diabetic peripheral vascular problems. People with kidney disease must be cautious when using chelation therapy even though most of those with decreased kidney function that choose to have chelation therapy will see their kidney function improve.
Chelation therapy is not a one-time cure-all treatment. Some patients will see improvement in their condition with only a few treatments but many will need a series of treatments before they see results. It is recommended that a person receive at least 15 treatments, spaced 1-2 weeks apart, lasting 1 to 2.5 hours per treatment.
While this may seem like a lot of time to spend on a treatment, one must consider that this therapy is one of the only treatments that benefits the entire circulatory system, faster and more extensively than any combination of herbs and supplements alone, while the more invasive treatments, such as bypass surgery and angioplasties, only target select arteries around the heart.
The process of cardiovascular disease does not limit itself to the arteries around the heart, it is a systemic disease. Chelation therapy is a systemic treatment.