Chelation therapy is a non-invasive alternative treatment method for metal poisoning and certain chronic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, and heart disease. If you or a loved one suffers from chronic pain, you may want to consider chelation therapy as a treatment option, as this therapy can be an effective way to detox the body from metals that trigger symptoms like joint pain.
At Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates, we offer Orlando chelation therapy as part of our medical services. Our facility also provides internal medicine and primary care services to diagnose and treat chronic illnesses and other conditions. That way, we can get a whole look at your physical health and determine whether chelation therapy may be an effective treatment for you.
What Is Chelation Therapy?
As mentioned, chelation therapy is a non-invasive treatment, meaning you do not have to undergo surgery to receive this therapy. Rather, chelation therapy involves chelator injections or oral pills since it is a chemical-based procedure.
Chelators, or chelating agents, are chemical compounds that attach themselves to metals already existing in the body’s bloodstream. To do this, patients can swallow an oral pill or receive an intravenous (IV) drip. Once the chelating agents attach themselves to metals in the bloodstream, those metals can then be filtered out through urination.
Chelating Agents Can Reduce Metal Poisoning and Other Conditions
Different types of chelating agents exist to treat metal poisoning and certain chronic conditions. Some of the most common types of chelators used in chelation therapy include
- Ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA): EDTA is the most common form of chelating agent since it can remove various types of metals from the body, such as copper, iron, calcium, and lead. Its ability to remove calcium can also serve as an effective way to reduce artery blockages for people who suffer from heart conditions.
- Penicillamine: This chelating agent primarily reduces copper levels in the body, which can help treat illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis (an inflammatory disease that causes joint pain), scleroderma (a skin disorder that hardens the skin due to excess collagen production), and Wilson’s disease (a genetic illness that increases copper levels and causes damage to major organs, like the liver).
- Deferoxamine: This chelator helps reduce iron, zinc, and copper levels in the bloodstream. Patients with anemia who often receive blood transfusions can use deferoxamine as a way to control their iron levels.
- Dimercaprol: Another chelator used for metal poisoning, this agent helps reduce copper, gold, and mercury levels. Additionally, it can be used to treat arsenic poisoning and Wilson’s disease.
This is not a complete list of chelating agents. Depending on your symptoms and chronic conditions, our office physician may recommend one of the above or other chelating agents as part of your treatment plan.
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Chelation Therapy Can Treat Chronic Health Conditions, Like Inflammation
The following studies have shown that chelation therapy can be used to treat:
- Metal poisoning: The Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine Biology released a report that found chelating agents can reduce heavy metal toxicity when paired with antioxidants. Chelating agents can help reduce metal levels involving copper, iron, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury.
- Rheumatoid arthritis: Arthritis Research & Therapy published a report stating that tetrathiomolybdate (TM), a chelating agent, can be used as a treatment method for rheumatoid arthritis since it helps reduce systemic copper levels in the bloodstream as well as synovial hyperplasia and inflammatory cell invasion in joint tissue. Patients experienced minimal side effects. Biometals also released a study report that found patients saw improvement in their condition within six months.
- Heart disease: According to Mayo Clinic, some physicians claim that chelation therapy can be used to treat chronic heart conditions, such as coronary artery disease, and help patients avoid other conditions related to cardiovascular health, such as Type II diabetes. This is because certain chelating agents can reduce calcium levels in the bloodstream, which can eliminate blockages found in arteries.
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Benefits of Chelation Therapy Lead to Detoxing in the Body
Some benefits of chelation therapy include:
- Detoxification: The International Journal of Molecular Sciences released a study report that found that chelating agents can reduce neurotoxicity triggered by toxic metals, chemotherapy, pathogens, and other harmful agents. EDTA can be used to treat neurodegenerative diseases caused by chronic metal intoxications as well as substance use disorders.
- Antioxidation: Chelation therapy, when paired with antioxidants, can reduce inflammation in the body caused by excess oxidation in joint tissue.
- Metal level reduction causing chronic illness: Patients with chronic conditions may have high levels of specific metals. For example, people with Parkinson’s disease were found to have higher levels of iron in the brain, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. As such, certain chelating agents can be used to reduce iron levels, which may relieve symptoms related to the neurological disorder.
Our office physician can discuss other benefits related to chelation therapy that pertain to your health after examining your medical history and physical condition.
Side Effects of Chelation Therapy
Side effects of chelation therapy include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Flu-like symptoms
- Headaches or migraines
- Skin rash
- Changes in blood pressure
Some severe side effects that may occur, though rare, include abnormal weight loss, kidney or liver damage, hypocalcemia (a condition caused by low calcium levels), and anemia. If you experience any of these side effects, consult your physician immediately.
Call Now to Schedule Your First Chelation Therapy Appointment at Our Office
If you or a loved one is interested in using chelation therapy as a treatment method for a chronic condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis or inflammation, feel free to schedule your first appointment at Anti-Aging & Regenerative Associates. Your first appointment will involve a general physical and a consultation with our office physician, who can discuss the benefits and side effects of chelation therapy.
Call now to schedule your Orlando chelation therapy appointment. Our office also offers other treatment options that may supplement your wellness plan, such as IV infusion therapy and metabolic cardiology.