Chelation; Chelation therapy; EDTA therapy
Short Description or Definition
Chelation therapy has applications in allopathic medicine, and the technique has also been embraced by practitioners of complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine (CAIM). While CAIM practitioners have used this technique to treat cardiovascular disease, allopathic practitioners consider chelation therapy to be highly effective and is the treatment of choice in treating heavy metal poisoning (Ernst et al. 2001) although more recent work suggests that chelation plus antioxidant supplementation to be more effective than monotherapeutic interventions (Flora et al. 2008). Recent clinical applications have included autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (James et al. 2015; Rossignol 2009), although more extensive research is needed. Some research also suggests that iron chelation therapy with desferrioxamine may have application in the treatment of malaria (Mabeza et al. 1999).
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