Chelation therapy is an alternative treatment method for the treatment of Coronary Artery Disease. In this therapy, some specific substances or chemicals are used to get rid of the toxic material built up in the body.
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
Coronary heart disease is commonly seen and is considered to be a serious heart disease. It occurs when the arteries supplying blood to the heart get blocked due to the deposition of fatty substances on the inner lining of arteries.
This is also called Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) and the patients may show symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness, nausea and sweating.
The basic principle of chelation therapy is that some substances on our body have the capacity to bind with other agents that can make them inactive and avoid the occurrence of harmful chemical reactions in the body. The use of such binding agents, also called as chelating agents the toxic material in the body can be removed. A commonly used chelating agent is EDTA and it also has the ability to bind with calcium, which is one of the substances in the plaque deposited on the inner lining of arteries.
Chelation therapy is practiced by administering a dose of EDTA intravenously. This substance has the ability to bind with free radicals and harmful substances in the body and excrete them out of the body. As it takes around 2 days to take action, it is generally administered after an interval of 1 or 2 days, or as decide by the therapists.
As there are chances that some trace elements and minerals may also be washed out, it is advisable to continue with nutritional supplements during the treatment course. This is a scientific and medical procedure and hence the entire treatment course should be followed under medical supervision and as per appropriate instructions.
Occasionally burning sensation at the site of injection is noted. Sometimes minor effects like nausea, headache or fever may occur. As there is flushing out of toxic materials from the body, there is increased workload over the kidneys. Hence special care needs to be taken and medical advice is required for those suffering from kidney diseases. Medical supervision and monitoring is required to undergo this treatment.
Chelating agents are known to bind with metals like lead and are used in treatment of lead poisoning. Chelation therapy is also widely used for treating angina or chest pain, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, prevention against heart disease.